Struck by impulse, Annabelle Agnelli decides to run from Seattle to Washington D.C. A skilled cross-country runner, she thinks she can do it. More importantly, she needs to do it. With her grandpa travelling with her, a tactical team at home, and the sneakers on her feet, Annabelle embarks on a journey that introduces her to a variety of people and, as her story gains momentum, the tools she needs to heal. Deb Caletti masterfully weaves a story of tragedy and growth through the eyes of someone touched by gun violence who is going to make amends the only way she knows how: running.
- Clare— From Clare's Recs
“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay
“A book everyone should read right now.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A vital and heartbreaking story that brings together the #MeToo movement, the effects of gun violence, and the struggle of building oneself up again after crisis.” —Elle
“Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful.” —BookPage
A Printz Honor Book
Each step on Annabelle’s 2,700 mile cross-country run brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past in National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti’s novel about the heart, all the ways it breaks, and its journey to healing. Because sometimes against our will, against all odds, we go forward.
Annabelle’s life wasn’t perfect, but it was full—full of friends, family, love. And a boy…whose attention Annabelle found flattering and unsettling all at once.
Until that attention intensified.
Annabelle is running. Running from the pain and the tragedy from the past year. With only Grandpa Ed and the journal she fills with words she can’t speak out loud, Annabelle runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, and toward a destination she doesn’t understand but is determined to reach. With every beat of her heart, every stride of her feet, Annabelle steps closer to healing—and the strength she discovers within herself to let love and hope back into her life.
Annabelle’s journey is the ultimate testament to the human heart, and how it goes on after being broken.
About the Author
Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award; A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; and Girl, Unframed. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and she was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. She lives with her family in Seattle.
“Masterful… This is one for the ages.” –Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay
“Caletti’s novel dazzlingly maps the mind-blowing ferocity and endurance of an athlete who uses her physical body to stake claim to the respect of the nation.” –E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars
“More than bittersweet… It will nestle inside your brain as well as your heart.” –Jodi Lynn Anderson, award-winning author of Midnight at the Electric
“Remarkable.” –Booklist, starred review
“A timely novel.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Powerful.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A moving novel centered on timely issues.” –School Library Journal
"A moving, unfortunately timely, and gut-wrenching story that will stick with you."
"This is, quite simply, a book everyone should read right now."
— New York Times Book Review