Review: Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg


They told me I was an out-of-control train about to crash…

Everything changed when the police officer knocked on the door to tell me – a 16-year-old – that my older sister Kristen had died of a brain aneurysm. Cue the start of my parents neglecting me and my whole life spiraling out of control.

I decided now was the perfect time to skip town. It’s the early 90’s, Kurt Cobain runs the grunge music scene and I just experienced some serious trauma. What’s a girl supposed to do? I didn’t want to end up like Kristen, so I grabbed my bucket list, turned up my mixtape of the greatest 90’s hits and fled L.A.. The goal was to end up at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle, but I never could have guessed what would happen along the way.

My opinion:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a young adult fiction. It’s the first book from the Runaway Train series.

This story is focused on Nico, a teenage girl who from a very young age felt alone and neglected. The death of her sister hit her hard and made her hit rock bottom. She ran away from home in order to find herself. Every time she checked one thing off from her bucket list she met a person who taught her a lesson. When Nico returned to her family she was finally happy with her life.

This is a very interesting book. It takes place in the 90s and it’s solely focused on the main character’s issues. I’m going, to begin with, a warning. If you can’t handle reading about mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide then this isn’t for you.

While reading this book I was introduced to the decade I was born. If you think about it there aren’t many differences between then and now, except the technology). People were obsessed with their idols, smoking, drinking, and taking drugs. The neglect of the parents…

Anyway back to the story, it can suck you in with the constant changes. What kept my attention was the growth of
the main character. There were times that her behavior pissed me off but along with her I was taught some life lessons as well.

I am glad I got to read this book and I will rate it with 4 stars.

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