Running the marathon that her boyfriend can’t will change Annie’s life—and not just for 26 miles.
It’s been months since her boyfriend, Kyle, was killed in a car accident, right after he and Annie had reconciled from a fight about their futures. To deal with her grief, Annie resolves to run the Music City Marathon, the race Kyle was training for when he died. The training doesn’t come easily to her—she’s slow, her knees hurt, her stomach is sensitive, and there’s even some embarrassing chafing. But her coach, Matt, and her new running friends keep cheering her on, not to mention Matt’s brother, Jeremiah, a daredevil who makes Annie feel so many things: fear, guilt, lust…and maybe love? But to move on with Jere, Annie will have to make peace with the loss of Kyle, while adjusting to leaving home and starting college. If she keeps breathing, she might just make it. While experienced runners might question pitfalls that don’t seem to negatively affect Annie’s running times, most readers will be more frustrated with the stop-and-start progress of her relationship with Jere. More importantly, though, Annie’s grieving and growth are realistic, and she makes it to the starting line in the best shape—physical and emotional—to tackle the challenges ahead.
Despite the racing theme, a pleasingly deliberate look at grief and healing. (Fiction. 14-18)