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In this Booklist Top Ten Romance Book, everything eleven-year-old Sassy knows about love comes from the magazine Love Confessions. But now that she has her eyes on her handsome neighbor, Boon, she wants more details. Only nobody will talk to her, not her widowed father or her never-married housekeeper or, worst of all, her gorgeous sister, Lula, who has more boyfriends than she can shake a stick at. When Lula sets up Sassy for an embarrassing moment, Sassy vows revenge: she will make Boon her boyfriend and ...
In this Booklist Top Ten Romance Book, everything eleven-year-old Sassy knows about love comes from the magazine Love Confessions. But now that she has her eyes on her handsome neighbor, Boon, she wants more details. Only nobody will talk to her, not her widowed father or her never-married housekeeper or, worst of all, her gorgeous sister, Lula, who has more boyfriends than she can shake a stick at. When Lula sets up Sassy for an embarrassing moment, Sassy vows revenge: she will make Boon her boyfriend and show Lula a thing or two in the process.
Posted January 9, 2011
runaround by Helen Hemphil is a very good book. this story is about an eleven year old girl named sassy. this is about a love story between two kids in 6th grade at school. this is basically sassy's diary! all of her experience with love comes from these romance magazines. but after she meets her handsome neighbor, Boon, every thing changes. she has a gorgeous sister named Lula that won't talk to her, nobody will talk to her. Lula is the type of girl that gets more boyfriends then anyone else. i cant say the end of the story. if i say anything else it will give away the ending!
Posted August 13, 2009
Sassy is only 11 but she can't wait to grow up and be noticed by boys. Especially since her older sister Lula seems to attract the kind of attention Sassy wants. She figures if she can convince the best-looking boy in town, Boon Chisolm, to be her boyfriend she will be one up on Lula.
Runaround by Helen Hemphill is a small book that crams in many storylines-in a good way. Set in a tobacco-growing area sometime around the first Surgeon General's warning against smoking and the beginning of food stamps for the needy, Runaround touches on the plight of farmers of the era and the needy of all time. It harkens back to the days of lazy summers and having a country store down the road kids could walk to and buy groceries on credit.
Sassy and Lula are motherless, and they are cared for by Miss Dallas, a woman who has never had children and who is reluctant to answer Sassy's questions about love and romance. So Sassy gleans most of her ideas of romance from reading True Confessions magazine, something her Daddy doesn't approve of. Each chapter of Runaround opens with a quote from what appears to be True Confessions articles, and it's easy to see how Sassy could get mixed up about love and romance if that's what she thinks of as the norm.
If I have any reservations about Runaround, it's that it brings up many issues that it doesn't address in-depth enough. There are issues of class, sisters hurting and supporting each other, family secrets, and difficulties with family communication. And I thought Sassy's tantrums were more appropriate for a toddler than an 11-year-old who should be able to control her anger and actions a bit more than she does. But those issues should give mother-daughter book clubs a lot to talk about. I recommend Runaround for book clubs with girls aged ten to thirteen.
Posted November 14, 2008
Sassy has a crush on Boon Chisholm. Sure, Sassy's much younger than Boon, and she's a big tomboy, and this is her first crush, but Sassy is very confident. She knows Boon loves her; she just has to help him figure it out. Then they can live happily ever after together, not to mention make Sassy's older sister, Lula, jealous. Unfortunately, Sassy doesn't know much about love. In fact, she knows pretty much nothing about love. So she'll just have to find out. <BR/><BR/>Sassy's mama died when she was a baby, so that's one less person to ask. Daddy hardly talks to her at all, so that's not an option. Miss Dallas, their nanny/housekeeper, is an old maid - what can she know about love? The only good source is Lula. Lula has a bunch of boyfriends, and plenty of kissing experience. Too bad they can't seem to keep from beating on each other long enough to have a real conversation. <BR/><BR/>Sassy might just have to figure this one out on her own. <BR/><BR/>Sassy's explorations of love and self are both painful and funny to experience. These are some hard things to learn, when no one seems to want to or be able to help. Sassy learns that love comes in lots of different forms and expressions. And sometimes, more often than anyone would like, love and heartbreak come hand in hand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.