A story told in free-verse poetry, this book is about Annie, 12, who leads her life by the sole pleasure of running. Reluctant to join the school team, she enjoys the more natural schematics of running. However, her running partner, Max, runs to deal with personal problems. Slowly, Annie's life deteriorates as her mother reveals that she is pregnant and her grandfather becomes sick.
As you feel the pounding of Annie life, the constant rhythm of the footsteps across the hardwood floor, you feel into the rhythm of her heartbeat of her life.
This book does not take a long time to read but yet it has soo many themes. It shows a girl trying to find out who she is and not letting anyone change who she is. She shows how strong she is and how she supports her family through and through. An okay book that deserves to be read.
The story was not entertaining. I was very bored and nothing is resolved at the end. This story is not Creech's best and it was unsatisfying. It needed some major editing because there were many parts it could have done without. It wasn't great--it was awful. This story is easy to forget and it was very annoying at times. I didn't like it and I won't read it again.
This book was simply, yet perfectly written. Its about a twelve year old girl named Annie. Her life revolves around running barefoot around her neighborhood, breathing in the air, and seeing the nature and beauty around her. She always remembers the thump-thump of her heart and her footsteps. To her, this is the rhythym of her life and is the one thing she can count on not to change.
She loves to run with her friend Max. Both of them are good, fast, and strong. But Max has big dreams to get out of thier small town and not be a nobody, but a professional runner. He doesn't want to to be a nobody. But Annie see things differently. She always sees the world changing, and it fascinates her. Her family life is changing, as well. Her mom is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetting things more and more, Max is becoming "moody" and competitive. Change is everywhere, just like the apple she has to draw every day for 100 days for art class.
That apple represents the change in Annie's life, and that change can be good, just like the miracle birth of her baby brother. But at least there are some things she can count on to stay the same: her love for running and the persistent rhythym of her heart and footsteps, and the love of her family forever.
This book teaches that no matter what happens in life, change or no change, what happens happens for a reason and you have to learn to accept this and take it the best you can. You need to learn to work around changes and be grateful for what you have to rely on. This book is very realistic and contains humor, as well. Young girls will love this book because it's true and the main character is innocent, but is full of insight. Its a very interesting and heartwarming book for all girls. Read it!