Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"Freerunner" by Kathy Cassel Book Tour and GiveAway

About the Book

Book: Freerunner

Author: Kathy Cassel

Genre: YA fiction

Set against the backdrop of the sport of freerunning, Kia must decide whether she will continue running or face her past abuser in order to save another child.

Night is Kia’s favorite time, when she freeruns to outdistance the memories of abuse she suffered as a young child. But when former reality television star Terrence Jones arrives at their school as the new head track coach, things begin to change in unpredictable ways. Kia tries out for the team to fit in, but just as she’s gaining a new sense of normal, her abuser steps back into her life. Not only that, but being on the track team causes even more turmoil. Why does the assistant coach, Cassandra Clark, dislike Terrence Jones so much, and even more troubling, why does Coach Clark dislike her so much? As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, Kia realizes she has to choose between running from her past or saving a child from the same sort of abuse she suffered. But will she have the courage to do so?,aps,213&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=celelit-20&linkId=4fa19c1541defbcb543097435ee02ec1&language=en_US 

"Freerunner" by Kathy Cassel is a book that I have mixed emotions about because of the subject matter. It brings back sad memories. I did like learning about the sport of free running. I asked my grandson if he knew what it was and he did.
I did like that the characters are "real life" The book made me sad and angry. I did like Kia's friend that free run with her. I really didn't like Kia's mother. I thought she should have been more supporting of her daughter.

There is a little mystery revolving around the school coaches and the mother. But the mystery is really easy to figure out.

I am going to close this review before I say more than I should considering the subject of molestation.

My favorite chapter is the last one. I have underline almost 2 pages of that chapter. It is when Coach is explaining how God is okay with us telling Him we feel and that He is with us through everything.

I would like to read a sequel.

I was given a contemporary copy by the author and Celebration Lit and these opinions are my opinions.

 About the Author

Kathy grew up in northern Indiana, lived in three different continents while her husband was in the USAF, and now lives in the Florida Panhandle. She and her husband have eight children, five of whom are adopted, three from Haiti and two from the United States. They also have four grandchildren. Kathy’s favorite activities are those that involve traveling and adventures that include her children and grandchildren.

In order to better relate to the characters in her stories, Kathy has done things such as whitewater rafting, certify in scuba diving, and get her motorcycle endorsement. She draws the line at sky diving.


More from Kathy

Meet the cover model for Freerunner.

I asked a friend if I could photograph her daughter to give the design team an idea of what I envisioned for the cover of Freerunner. I took action shots and mood shots (and even have some fun bloopers). When I sent them to the design team, they actually chose to use one of my photos for the cover. Now one of my friend’s daughters is on the cover of my first teen fiction book. She’s an amazing young lady, so it’s special to me to have her as the cover model.

The cover model is fifteen–year-old Larissa (fourteen when the cover photo was taken), who is part of an adoptive family that has twelve children. She and her brother were adopted as toddlers, and while Larissa doesn’t share Kia’s story, she has had struggles of her own. To accommodate some medical issues, she is homeschooled. She is involved in modeling, dance, musical theater and singing. The amazing part about Larissa performing is that because of the trauma of spending three years in foster care she struggled with selective mutism, not able to talk to anyone outside of her family. Amazingly she has been able to overcome it and is now able to express herself verbally as well as through music and dance. Larissa’s newest interest is photography, and she loves llamas and collecting realistic dolls.


Here are a few fun facts about Larissa:

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite sport: dance

Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 3:5

Favorite Bible character: Noah

Favorite activity: singing and dancing

What do you want to be as an adult? Performer and photographer

What one thing do you want to do more than anything else? Walk a runway in Italy

What advice would you give a girl in Kia’s situation or in any abusive situation? Pray and ask an adult for help. You are the victim, it isn’t your fault.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, November 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 11

Texas Book-aholic, November 12

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 13 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, November 14

For Him and My Family, November 15

Library Lady Kid Lit, November 16

Wishful Endings, November 17 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, November 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 18

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 20

Stories By Gina, November 21 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 21

deb’s Book Review, November 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 23


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Books-A-Million Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Kathy Cassel said...

The subject of molestation is a tough one, but all too real. I chose to deal with it in a fictional setting so that victims could have a character to relate to. The mother's attitude is all too common, and that's why our foster care system is so full. But there are so many more kids that slip through the cracks.

Tashia Jennings said...

This touches close to home. I was molested by both my parents then shortly after my mom was killed when I was 13yrs old my father raped me. Things just spiralled out of control after that trying to cope with everything while raising my three younger brothers. I did not have a childhood or a teenage life.

Melanie B said...

Thanks for the review, this sounds like an excellent read.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review of Freerunner, it sounds like a very emotional yet worthwhile read.