Publication date: 5 March 2020
When Amber runs, it’s the only time she feels completely free – far away from her claustrophobic home life. Her father wants her to be a dutiful daughter, waiting for an arranged marriage like her sister Ruby.
Running is a quiet rebellion. But Amber wants so much more – and she’s ready to fight for it.
It’s time for a revolution.
Y’all better run to bookstores for this book. Manjeet Mann gave a fresh new voice to a #OwnVoices tale of a rebel breaking away from her society’s old fashion restrictions.
Amber is a runner, she runs to feel air through her lungs and for her legs to pump blood through her body to feel alive. In a house that is no more than a jail cell with her Punjabi father as the warder.
Definition of a girl, by Amber’s father:
-Comes straight home after school
(or no school, even better!)
-Never go out with friends
-Never be seen with a guy
(the horror! the shame!)
-Waits on him
-Be a punching bag
-Stays home until she is married
-No running on the track
Run. Rebel tells the story of Amber going through the anatomy of a revolution to break herself and her mother free from the unfairness of their society. I love that the author wrote sections of poems in the point of view of her mother and her sister. Thanks to that, we were able to look through their eyes to see their stories as well. The characters in this book are very thought of, I felt the deep connection Amber has with her family despite all the negativity. This book speaks for itself, there is power in the pages waiting for you to discover it. Written in pop poetry like the works of Sarah Crossan, readers will fly through this diverse read. They will soar.
Definition of a girl, by Amber
Thank you to @times.reads for sending me a review copy.
Trigger warnings: Anxiety, Abuse, Violence, Fall In Love At The First Page, Unable To Put Tt Down and Will Need Lots Of Sticky Tabs To Bookmark Quotes.