Waiting On…On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine!

This week I’m waiting on…

Title On The Road to Find Out
Author Rachel Toor
Pages 320 Pages
Genre Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
To Be Published June 10th, 2014
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A funny, uplifting debut about running, romance — and dealing with college rejection and other hurdles

On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what Alice doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges — including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.

I don’t often talk about this on Pop! Goes The Reader, but there are few things I love to do more than run. While I don’t have the time to do it as often or as regularly as I would like, there is no time that I feel more centred, peaceful or happy. After suffering from a knee injury a number of years ago I was forced to take some time off, but I’ve slowly been attempting to get back into the swing of things in 2014 and I’ve since been reminded how much I’ve missed it. Of course, I’ve encountered a couple of setbacks along the way, particularly in the wake of what has proven to be a nasty cold and flu season, but I’m eager to continue as the weather begins to warm up.

Given all of this, it should come as little surprise that I was extremely excited when I stumbled upon Rachel Toor’s On The Road To Find Out while perusing Goodreads one afternoon. I’ve always gravitated toward novels that feature avid runners (Jessi Kirby’s Moonglass and Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts come immediately to mind) and I think there are a lot of important lessons to be drawn from the practice of running. Like Alice, I often run when I’m attempting to work through a problem or to de-stress and I’ll be interested to see what role running will play in Alice’s coming-of-age journey.

This is one 2014 release that I absolutely can’t wait to read and that I’ll be racing straight to the bookstore for come publication day to purchase 😉

8 responses to “Waiting On…On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor”

  1. Smarty says:

    What a choice 🙂
    Sounds really funny and I wish you a lot of joy, while reading it.

    Yours
    Smarty
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  2. Nobody says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile now and am anxious to read it! Great pick!
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  3. I’m lazy and don’t really have enough stamina to enjoy running. LOL. But I do have a lot of friends who are really fond of it and sometimes I get a little jealous because I would like to run 5 km marathons too. I hope you get to full-running mode soon! Thanks for sharing this.

    Here’s My WoW pick 🙂
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  4. This sounds so great, Jen. I’m also a runner (also a runner who doesn’t get to do it as often as I would like…) and I often work through life problems while out running, too. I like how starting to run seems to be the catalyst for Alice to make some big changes in other areas of her life. It reminds me a lot of myself. Really looking forward to this — thanks for sharing!
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  5. Jessica says:

    Ooh, I hadn’t heard of this one before now! It looks good! I’m not a runner, but I think I would like to be one! Thank you for sharing this one! I now have another book on my TBR list! 🙂
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  6. Olena says:

    This sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it.

  7. Rachel Toor says:

    Thanks so much, y’all. I hated running until I was 30 years old.Then a boyfriend and dog got me out the door and helped me realize it didn’t have to suck. There were so many ways it didn’t suck. I hope the book might inspire some of you to read it, start running, and think about all the things that look like failures aren’t really–not if you look hard enough. If you get stuck of have questions, ask me: racheltoor@gmail.com. I love to have conversations about this stuff.

    Rachel

  8. Megan Nicole says:

    Great choice! This reminds me I should really start running. Maybe this book will give me the motivation I obviously lack. Lol
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