Jessica is a runner. She eats, sleeps, and breaths running. Everything in her life revolves around running. Its the blood pumping through her veins. Then one day, its all ripped away from her. Jessica, still in high school, is in an accident that leaves her as an amputee. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen begins after the accident with Jessica in the hospital and facing the fact that she can no longer run. She eventually learns to walk again using a prosthetic and she figures that if she can walk again...then she can run again. Along the journey, she makes friends with people that before the accident, she wouldn't even look at. Jessica grows up over the next few months and not only does she accomplish her dream of running again, but she also makes someone else dream come true.
I enjoyed The Running Dream because it demonstrates courage, strength, motivation and ambition. I started running about a year ago and I have days where I just want to give in and I have both legs. It was motivating to see that if you believe in yourself, then it can be done. In this cause, failure was not an option.