On the Road to Find Out

On the Road to Find Out

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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 she 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, in On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor. "show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 311 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374300143
  • 9780374300142
  • 1,412,158

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This sweet coming-of-age story is a fun, swift read - not just for runners but for anyone who has had to unwillingly redirect his or her course. "Booklist" Teens who are feeling the pressure of college applications will relate to this character who finds that she is tougher than she thought she could be. "School Library Journal" Challenging, upbeat, poignant, funny, and just . . . so cool. I wish I hadn't read this story of running-as-life so I'd still have it to look forward to. "Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean" A smart and beguiling novel about rejection, running, and the way life can recalculate around a roadblock. "Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of Admission" On the Road to Find Out is entertaining, surprising, and inspiring. I loved spending time inside Alice's bizarre and charming brain. I am definitely not a runner. But reading this book somehow made me feel like, I could do that!' which is how I know it is a very convincing work of fiction. "Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life" In a light and gently humorous romance, self-centered Alice learns to run, to cope with disappointment and to consider other people's feelings . . . warm, funny and wise. "Kirkus Reviews" This is a road worth taking. "Publishers Weekly" Rachel Toor gets it about running; this is the book I'd like my daughters to read, and I suspect a lot of young people would like their parents to read. Rachel can write like hell--she's got the firepower and understands how the simple act of becoming a runner changes lives for the better. "Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston and NYC marathons, author of Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World" Rachel Toor has never been afraid of blazing her own trail, and in On the Road to Find Out she does just that. Fresh and imaginative, it hooked me from the first page. Readers of any age, runner or not, are sure to find this book both inspiring and endearing. "Dean Karnazes, endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author""show more

About Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of three previous books. She was an admissions officer at Duke University, a high school cross country coach, and a teacher of SAT prep classes. A senior writer at Running Times magazine, she teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.show more

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293 ratings
3.54 out of 5 stars
5 20% (60)
4 33% (96)
3 31% (90)
2 13% (39)
1 3% (8)

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On the Road to Find Out involves a main character who has received some devastating news and it depicts the story of how she comes to terms with life when it doesn't go the way she planned it. It's an important lesson, but this book lacked the emotional depth I anticipated. Reasons to Read: 1. Alice is startlingly real: We all know someone like Alice. Many of us (me included) likely share traits and experiences in common with her. She's fairly self-absorbed at times (aren't we all?), spoiled, and introverted. On the Road to Find Out chronicles a crisis period in Alice's life, a period of time where we get to see her grow up. She learns that life won't always go the way she plans, which is so true and a key life lesson for everyone. 2. A heartwarming running community: Alice doesn't intentionally join the running community, instead she halfheartedly stumbles into it. She finds a supportive, strong group of people among the local runners including friendly, warm Joan (who has her own remarkable story to share) and a competitive, cute athlete named Miles. I know there are going to be some readers who are bothered by Alice and won't enjoy the book for that reason. But it is beneficial for us to read about flawed characters, for many reasons. An important reason is because we are flawed ourselves, even if we don't care to admit it. Additionally it is important because there are certain stories that are best told with a flawed character. Alice's growth in this book wouldn't be half as remarkable if she was easy to like and mature from the get-go. In some ways, this book was not as fully developed as I would have liked. Alice's voice and sense of humour seemed distant at times, and by that I mean that it seemed she wasn't taking her own situation seriously. Her attitude towards this set-back was exaggerated and lacked the sincerity I would have expected from someone in her situation. Alice also has a very sarcastic, cynical attitude which really comes out in her sense of humour. I can see how only certain readers might be able to appreciate that aspect of her character and enjoy reading about it. On the Road to Find Out is an enjoyable little story, with a very important lesson behind it which I believe is particularly relevant to teenagers and young adults. ARC received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation was received.show more
by Brenna Staats
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