Running Barefoot

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When Josie Jensen, an awkward thirteen-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an eighteen-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding his old friend in need of the very things she ...
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Overview

When Josie Jensen, an awkward thirteen-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an eighteen-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small-town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.
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"If you've ever lived in or near a small town, then you need to read this book as you will frequently find yourself smiling from nostalgia. I found myself up late reading this and when I wasn't reading, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. Running Barefoot is highly recommended!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475043747
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


Amy Harmon is the New York Times bestselling author of Making Faces, A Different Blue, Running Barefoot, and the Purgatory series.

Tavia Gilbert, a multiple Audie Award nominee and AudioFile Earphones and Parent's Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. She has narrated over two hundred multicast and solo voice audiobooks.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    I had a friend recommend the book, A Different Blue, by Amy Harm

    I had a friend recommend the book, A Different Blue, by Amy Harmon.  I have not read it yet.  But when I saw Running Barefoot for free one day on Barnes and Noble, I snatched it up.  

    Wow!  I loved this book!  I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it.  First off, the story was set in Levan, UT.  I have lived in UT before, but never in this kind of rural area.  It was fascinating to get a glimpse into the culture of this small town.  I enjoyed learning about the people in the town, how they lived their lives, and what kinds of hopes and dreams they had.

    Second, the author made one of the main characters an American Indian.  I am not familiar with much of American Indian culture.  Again, it was a fascinating look at a culture.  I have a minor in Anthropology and I love learning about other cultures and in this book I got to learn about two.  

    Third, the main female character was a young teenager and we follow her through her life until she is a young adult.  She was a strong young woman who did her best under all circumstances.  She had a lot of adversity, but seemed to keep going and work through those trials.  I admit I was in tears in parts of this book.  She was also a musician and I loved hearing about the songs she would play and listen to.  I wished I had continued playing the piano!  She also read her scriptures and had verses that inspired me as she would write them and study them.

    Fourth, this book had a great love story.  It warms my heart just now thinking about it.  It was an unusual romance with people from different cultures and backgrounds.  It started as teenagers and evolved when they were adults.  

    I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good, clean romance as well as learning about cultures with which they may not be familiar.  

    Warnings:  Difficult adversity, but nothing graphic or violent

    I would let my 16 year old daughter read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Nice story but Boring, way too predictable

    The idea it is good, but poorly written, she goes on and on about music and he goes on and on about navajo traditions, they like each other obviously but nothing happens, like when they're half naked, wet from swimming on a pond, alone and .... they talk about God and King David, yeah right! She's mormon but the author has no idea what being a mormon 20 something years old girl is. I DON'T recommend yhis book, read a Different Blue instead, some author better book ;)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    GIFT YOURSELF ---READ THIS !!!

    I've rarely felt the need to shout out about a book. This is one of those books. The author has created a story so beautiful, I'll be finishing it in doses to savor it and recover from the intense experience each time I read a chapter. Approx. 275 pages. The first 74 pulled this shout from me.

    After book after book of the same tired story this one is a treasure. I find myself at a loss for words that will express my profound sincere wish that if you are bored by billionaires, cowboys, rockstars and damaged women all filled with angst and suffering, stuggling to find a HEA with plenty of unreal sex, you will read these 74 pages and remind yourself why you used to love to read.

    No sex in the first 74 pages and I'm positive if the author doesn't need it in the rest of the book I will not miss it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Excellent read

    Love this author's books!!!! Excellent read!!!! Highly Recommend!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    I loved this book, it did get a little redundant by the end but

    I loved this book, it did get a little redundant by the end but it was definitely worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Rounding up on this one. I have read several of Amy Harmon's nov

    Rounding up on this one. I have read several of Amy Harmon's novels and have enjoyed them all. She is a talented writer that hits my sweet spot almost every time.




    "Running Barefoot" is the first book I've read in a long time where I didn't want to put it down. Harmon did a wonderful job introducing the small town of Levan, Utah, giving it a rich texture, one that carried all through the book.




    The main characters, Josie and Samuel, were as rich and textured as the town they lived in. They were believable and sympathetic. "Running Barefoot" was not a fluffy, comedic love story. But a story, told in Josie's first person perspective, that explored the paths of two people discovering who they truly were, falling in love, and then bringing their lives together in the end.




    In just a few paragraphs, Harmon was able to create a relationship that brought me to tears at its conclusion.




    I enjoyed the Native American lore that wove it's way through the story, and the references to classical music. (I have every intention of finding some of the pieces mentioned on the internet.) Since the story took place in Utah, some Mormon culture was included, but nothing heavy handed or preachy.




    I have only two negative observations. 1. At the beginning, Josie sounded much older than a 13 year old girl. But in all fairness, that was part of her character - an old soul is how she was referred to.  The 2nd criticism was that toward the end, the relationship between Samuel and Josie started to drag just a bit.




    Despite those minor issues, "Running Barefoot" was a wonderful, realistic kind of love story....just how I like them. Well done, Amy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    A

    Very well written. Write more, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Loves it

    Amy harmon may be my mew favorite.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Loved it!

    This is the first book I've read from this author and could not put it down!

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A great read

    This is the second book by Amy Harmon that I have read. I enjoyed reading both of her books and I felt a connection to all of the characters in these books. I highly recommend reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Great story!

    I loved this book. I could not put it down and was so amazed by the characters. Without question, my new favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Sweet

    Sweet love story

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book, though it's not one of those that you can't put down. The story line is good, about a girl who lost her mother at a young age and the responsibilities her life took on after that.

    The parts of the book that I kind of skimmed were where she and her friend are talking about composers and the music she plays. It is an integral part of the story, however a bit boring.

    Her friend is native born and there is quite a bit of history on that too. There again, interesting, but not the highlight of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    very interesting

    I suggest you try amy harmon. very good reading

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    great reading

    If you enjoy reading a great romance book based in deep friendship and helping someone overcome past hurts this is it. The purity of the relationship is refreshing and the love of classical music that helps to teach and bind the relationship is a pleasant surprise. I always enjoy when culture of other people is explored and used to teach us and better understand who they are. I was pleased at the way the plot moved slowly in the relationship and they were able to teach one another. It was a clean and wholesome read, and I am looking forward to more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Exceptionally Sweet

    So nice to read a SWEET story. From the beginning to the end. It was nice to read a story without the trashy stuff . Great to know that a story can be written without all that .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Good clean love story...

    I bought this book when B&N randomly recommended it to me and I fell in love with it!! It is one of my favorite books I've read in the past several years. It captures so many emotions so truly without being smut. I felt invested in the characters and I wish that this would be made into a movie. Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    A warm loving story

    Finally, a book thst i could read every page and not skip pages due to discriptive graphic sex!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Wow

    This was one of the best books ive ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    I cried, laughed, and fell in love with the characters. This boo

    I cried, laughed, and fell in love with the characters. This book is AMAZING! I loved the way how Amy Harmon made the readers feel how exactly Josie and Samuel felt. Such a powerful book. 

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