Friday 6 March 2020

Blog Tour: Run, Rebel by Manjeet Manh

Happy Friday book people. I am thrilled to be able to share with you my thoughts on the incredible Run, Rebel by Manjeet Manh as part of the blog tour, as well as sharing my top five books told in verse. Not read anything written in verse before or put off by it? I'm hoping I can change your mind.

My Top Five Books Told in Verse

1. One by Sarah Crossan

This was the first ever book I read that was told in verse and I instantly fell in love and this is where my love of verse began. A powerful story about conjoined twins who have to venture from the safety of their home into the real world.
2. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Books told in verse create some of the most powerful stories and Poet X is no exception. This tells the story of a young girl in Harlem who discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. 
3. We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
After reading One, my love of Sarah Crossan grew and I just had to read more. This is the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places. Nicu is from Romania and sturggling to find his place in the world and Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence, but then the two of them meet and a blossoming romance begins.
4. Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.
5. Run, Rebel by Manjeet Manh

Slightly cheating here as I have only just read this but wow this was incredible. Novels told in verse just pack so much more of a punch for me. Read my mini review below.

Mini Review

There are some books that just completely blow you away and Run, Rebel was one of those. I felt like I had been sucker punched right to my core. This was such a powerful and eye opening story to a community who I am ashamed to admit I don't know much about. 

Amber doesn't want to conform anymore, she wants to rebel, but her home life and the expectations she has of her don't allow her to be her true self. Her controlling and abusive Father stops her from living the life a normal teenage girl should. Amber dreams of being an athlete and her coach knows she can do well and whilst this would be an easy thing for anyone else to do, Amber simply doesn't have this small privilege of pursuing her dreams.

Run, Rebel had my undivided attention throughout. It was hard to tear my eyes away even when they were heavy with sleep. I came to know Amber inside out from, her fears, her dreams to her anger and ultimately her strength. There is much sadness and anger throughout but there is hope and there is resolve. I have never had so much respect as I have had for a character like Amber. She made one hell of an impression on me and this is not going to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Please be aware that this story comes with trigger warnings. It deals with mental and physical abuse but not in any graphic detail.

Despite saying all that, I am still pretty speechless after reading Run, Rebel. Manjeet is an incredible writer and has written a book that is a must have on any TBR pile. I think this may be my favourite book of 2020.

Run, Rebel is out now

Part of the Run, Rebel Blog Tour 

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