Book Title: Who She Is
Author: Diane Byington
Genres: Fiction, Womens Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Pub Date: 03/30/2018
5 STARS ★★★★★
Thank you so much Diane Byington for offering me a complimentary version for my honest review!
Faye Smith has lived a rather secluded life moving from one place to another with the limited number of personal items that her family is able to pack quickly. Faye is undoubtedly happy when they move to Valencia, Florida because her parents have finally agreed to stay put for a while. Shortly after starting at the school she meets another classmate, Francie, who has the same passion for running as Faye. The two young girls quickly become best friends and decide they want to train and run the Boston Marathon – something woman are technically not permitted to do.
Faye wants more for her future than the poverty that she has always known even if that means going against her parents wishes. She continues her training even though her parents claim that running could be harmful to her epilepsy. Then one day while on a run a bully tries to run her off the road. Shortly after she begins having flashbacks and nightmares but cannot seem to make sense of the images she sees.
Who She Is not only covers the obstacles Faye faces while training for the Boston Marathon but it also gives a glimpse into the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. The multiple layers of this novel flowed magically and I applaud Diane Byington for that. It is easy to add too many layers to a story line making it less enjoyable but Diane was able to walk that line and not cross it.
I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys reading about a strong female lead, running, the Boston Marathon, history…I mean really just about anything. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!