When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy crashes headlong into new-comer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young friend behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding Josie in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.
5 + Stars!
“You’re like the tonic note. You’re the note that all the other notes revolve around and gravitate to. You’re home. Without you, the song just might not be a song, your family might not be a family.”
Running Barefoot is such a exceptional story and Amy Harmon seriously never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful storytelling. This book made me feel things that I wasn’t fully prepared to feel and also had me hoping. A story about a girl who has had to grow up too song, and has been the one to hold her family together. A girl who has so much strength and faith to keep going even when life is unfair. I absolutely loved this book!
Josie is so strong, smart, brave, and so very passionate. I loved reading her journey from childhood into womanhood. How she poured all of herself into music but more so in the Piano, and into classics. Her want to learn was so inspiring, and Amy Harmon spun the most beautiful story even when tragedy was present.
Samuel is running away from who he is but also trying to discover who he is at the same time. He has no idea how to claim both side of his lineage but meeting Josie changes his life. The impact that she makes on him is something that will stick with him forever.
This is such a wonderful love story that is built on the bonds of a friendship of two people who feel like outsiders watching the world move around them, but they get one another. Only problem, there is an age gap. Now this isn’t some story that is inappropriate.
Amy did a great job with how she wrote this book, and while there is a big age gap nothing ever comes of it. I loved that because at first my mind began to reel, but then Samuel knew right from wrong and he makes the biggest decisions that are smart and right.
I loved how the story went through the years, and it was truly phenomenal! Sorry, I likely just rambled and made no sense but overall I would absolutely recommend this book, but be sure to have a Kleenex near by just to be safe.
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