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Girl on the Run by [Myers, B. R.]
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When seventeen-year-old track and field star Jesse Collins’s dreams of a full scholarship are shattered after the sudden death of her dad, she leaves home to work as a summer camp counsellor to escape the nosy stares in small town…and her own secret guilt. After a mix-up at registration, she’s put in charge of a boys’ cabin, and the head counsellor, Kirk, predicts she won’t last the first two weeks.

In the midst of fending off four twelve-year-old boys who are hell-bent on mortifying her and a growing attraction to Kirk, Jesse finds the inspiration to run again from an unlikely source. After all, a good pair of legs can take a girl far, but it’s facing the truth that makes all the difference.

About the Author

B. R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Lois Duncan. She collects vintage jewelry, appreciates a design in her cappuccino, and believes bacon makes everything better. When she's not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and their two children. She is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Visit her at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Nimbus (Aug. 17 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015EP10LI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Myers had me fall in love with the characters immediately and I had empathy for the main character, Jesse, for many aspects of her life. A typical teenager in many ways, she was trying to reinvent herself after suffering a devastating loss doing what she loves - running.

Jesse has the need to escape her past and found the perfect friend who is helping her do that. First one the agenda is to find the best kisser, second is to work at a summer camp hours away from where everyone knew her. At seventeen years old, Jesse had it all just a few months before, including an hilarious grandmother who was realistic in her expectations, packing many extras that were later used for decorating purposes. She ended up having to send more.

A story of summer camp leaders and campers struggling to find their place in between water safety lessons and macrame classes.

Highly recommended as a beach read for older teenagers as it deals with some mature content near the end.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland
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HASH(0x9af01630) out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it. Nov. 26 2015
By BookWorm221 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I couldn't stop reading! I started this book at about 5pm and by 12:24am I was reading the last page, and take into consideration that I took about a 2 hour brake for dinner and a bit of tv.

This book just hit me really hard, it was so easy for me to get into Jesse's mind set, her problems, her fears and her pain, there were many similarities between us that at times I felt like I was reading my own journal.

This book centers around Jesse, she a track and field runner at her school, that was until she lost her Dad, now is the summer and all she wants is to get away from home, to give her mom time to grieve and to also give herself some time as well, so she becomes a counselor at a summer camp, but when she gets there she gets assigned to a cabin with 4 boys instead of girls, soon it becomes apparent that these boys are a handful.

The fact that this book takes place almost in its entirety at the camp, made every chapter go by fast, there were always things and activities and pranks going on that it made the book a very fast read, I gotta be honest and say that Jesse lasted longer than what I would've had, those boys were crazy!

Sometimes I really got frustrated with Jesse but then I remembered all the feelings that she was keeping and pain and that made me think twice about judging her or her actions.

There's a bit of romance in the book and it is quite cute and heartwarming but I think that the time Jesse spends in the camp was about so much more than just falling in love.
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HASH(0x9af01684) out of 5 stars **SPOILER FREE** Pretty impressed with this book Nov. 8 2015
By Peggy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition

Pretty impressed with this book... When taking it on for a review I had mixed feelings but the author delivered. Well written with a smooth flow to the story. Lessons to be learn and obstacles to overturn... But which is what and what happen depends on you...

*Received for an honest review*
HASH(0x9af01abc) out of 5 stars Teenage changes, coming of age, and grief like no other. Dec 1 2015
By Carlene - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Jesse had big dreams, until the death of her dad had her putting away her running shoes and putting on a fake smile to please everyone. With a lot of guilt on her chest, Jesse heads off to be a counselor at a summer camp. Fate seems to have it out for Jesse though and she's listed as a boys counselor. Determined to see the summer out, Jesse faces their pranks and the growing attraction she has for fellow counselor, Kirk, with drive, embarrassment, and a journal full of her thoughts. Along the way, Jesse puts her sneakers on again and finds what she was missing when she gave up running.

Wow, this book absolutely sucked me in. It's true, the first 20% leaves you super confused, you have no idea what you're getting into, the angst Jesse suffers from is an unknown, and there's a lot of talk about kissing. However, the more you read, the more you get to know Jesse and all she's been through. You find yourself wanting her to get kissed, to put her sneakers on again, and most of all to stop feeling so much guilt. She's a 17 year old girl that has so much going on and that leads to a great story of coming of age. The character development for all the characters is phenomenal, B.R. Myers has a way of slowly bringing a character to life before you eyes. I literally found myself liking Kirk at the same time Jesse did, because as a reader we didn't fully know who he was until Jesse gave into knowing him too. I think that made this book all the more worthwhile for me, because it felt realistic. Additionally, while dealing with all this guilt, Jesse is still a normal teenage girl who's set out to try all the kissing she can and separate herself from her high school image. Jesse inner dialogue will leave you laughing, even when you shouldn't be, and her constant sharing of Jesse Owens' factoids will help you understand her history far more than you expect them to.

This is definitely a young adult novel I would suggest to all teen girls or parents of teens. There's a lot of personal growth and while the misadventures may leave you cringing, there is a lesson weaving through the entire story. It's a fun read that captures the action packed summer of camp with the mix of teenage changes and finding oneself.
HASH(0x9af01e7c) out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars for this contemporary teen romance Nov. 30 2015
By V. Rundell of V's Reads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Jesse Collins is an exceptional runner who will not even don her track shoes since her father died three months ago. She was so devastated by his loss, in a terrifying and tragic incident for which Jesse feels guilty, that she's sworn off running. This upsets her mother, grandma, and best friend Chloe something fierce, and they are all relieved that Jesse has decided to work as a summer camp counselor, thinking that the break will give her the chance to find herself again.

What Jesse finds at Kamp Krystal Lake is that she was mistaken as a male, on account of her name (she's named for legendary Olympic runner Jesse Owens) and she's bunked in with four 12 y/o boys. Spencer, the rich-kid troublemaker, identical twins Liam and Duff--who is deaf--and Scotty, who seems to be the good one, but definitely does some nasty pranking. While settling in, Jesse is besieged by pranks--like waking to an eel in her bed! and having her panties paraded in front of the camp.

No matter what, though, Jesse won't allow herself to look weak in front of the head counselor: Kirk. She battles on, always looking for the bright side on the outside. On the inside, Jesse's a big a mess as she was back home. Check that, she's messier. She can't let out her grief, fearing that the boys in her cabin will be waiting for any weakness to pounce. She's not noticing how well she's won over her campers, or even Kirk, until most of the way through the book.

Jesse is a pragmatic girl, and she knows she isn't a cupcake counselor, pretty and petite with all the female <i>accoutrement</i>. That said, she's sporty and fun, and a guy magnet for that reason. Also, she's able to give insight to her hormonal cabin mates, all of whom want to learn how to better communicate with the girls at camp. Jesse's a compassionate person, and her tenacity results in more than kisses and championships. She makes a difference for her campers, and for herself.

There is no returning to the Old Jesse, however, and that's okay, because this new Jesse is a strong independent girl, well on her way to becoming a fierce woman her father would have been proud to know. There are some romantic tensions, and the possibility of a love triangle, but that's settled out really quickly. I enjoyed the secondary characters very much, and they had plenty of time on the page to demonstrate their full selves, while helping Jesse to find her path. Jesse's 17 and does date in the book. Expect fade-to-black loving that's fully teen-appropriate. Also, expect Jesse to weather some harrowing and hilarious scenes like the champion she is. So many times I shook my head in amazement and sympathy. Poor Jesse!

The one complaint I had, besides Jesse being kinda clueless about her friendships, is that I had no idea where we were in the world. I am figuring Eastern Canada, but I REALLY would have liked to be told so at some point early in the story. I read a LOT of books that are set in "America" but are written in British English, and that irritates me as a reader. It's not the case here, as there is no definite setting, but I would have settled into the book sooner if I had been told by the author where I was when I turned the first few pages.
HASH(0x9af01f60) out of 5 stars A book to "run" away from June 8 2016
By norcalgal - Published on
Format: Paperback
Who talks like Jesse?! Verbal diarrhea girl who spouts whatever comes to mind, no matter how badly it reflects on her.

Completely unrealistic romance between her and Kirk. For someone who had almost zero interest in guys, it's such a complete (and much too fast) reversal to be all-in for Kirk, a guy she just met and for whom she immediately had negative feelings.

I also call BS that Lacey's actions were all in an effort to get Ben back. Just way too many contrivances to make it seem otherwise.

One too many dominoes fell just right for Jesse (getting reassigned to an all-girl camp, not getting fired for her transgressions, her 4A boys finally accepting her, etc.).

Jesse may have been a Girl on the Run, but future readers should just run from this book.