Making the Run by Heather Henson

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loner lu, crazy lu

All her life Lulu McClellan has heard the names. Growing up in a small Kentucky town, Lu has forever felt like she's on the outside looking in. Maybe that's why she takes pictures-to make sense of what she sees and feels but doesn't always understand.

countdown to freedom

Now that graduation is almost here, Lu and her friend Ginny are moving in a quick blur of drugs and drink. Lu thinks she's just marking time, waiting for the moment when life will begin for real.

end of innocence

But the road is full of unmarked twists and turns. Without warning, Lu free-falls into first love, white Ginny begins a deadly spiral into oblivion.

a startling portrait

In stark, poetic prose, Heather Henson writes about what it means to come to a crucial crossroads and find the courage to make a run for the unknown.

 

About Heather Henson

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Heather Henson was born and raised in Kentucky and later moved to New York City, where she studied creative writing at the New School University and at City College/City University of New York. She has worked as an editor of books for young readers and as a freelance writer. Her short stories have appeared in the literary journal Promethean. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. This is her first novel.
 
Published May 1, 2002 by HarperTempest. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ginny drinks while Lulu prefers smoking, but the petite, dark looks of Lulu and the tall, blonde gorgeousness of Ginny both spell trouble.

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A girl, almost 18, from a dysfunctional family bides the time before her birthday by doing drugs, "making the run" (driving with her best friend to buy alcohol in the next town) and focusing on photography.

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