Running on Empty

Running on Empty

Book - 2013
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From the acclaimed author of The Space Between and The First Stone

All Ethan Palmer wants is wheels of his own, and he's finally saved enough money to buy his dream car . . . when he accidentally rams his dad's Volvo into their garage. It's not like his lawyer/politician father can't afford to pay for the damage, but of course his old man is going to turn this into another Big Life Lesson.

With all of his hard-earned cash going into repairs, Ethan won't be sliding behind the wheel of that Mustang Cobra any time soon. Or will he? He thinks he's found a way to make some easy money, and suddenly nothing is more important. Not school, not the girl he loves, not even the secrets that divide his family. For Ethan, it's all about payback. But he-has no idea what his choices will cost him.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2013.
Edition: Digest paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781554687558
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 18 cm


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Nov 12, 2017

Running On Empty is an alright book, even though I found the protagonist to be quite unrelatable and a little dislikable for the book’s majority. I do like though, how it focuses on how someone would react if a dream they had been working toward for years slipped through their fingers at the last possible moment, and what – usually rash – decisions they would make to try and fix that sudden setback. It also focuses on how those setbacks and decisions would affect those around them, like family, friends, and teachers. The main character comes off as a tormenter to nearly everyone for the most part though, which is why I cannot give this book more than a 3.5 out of 5. If you’re interested, check it out.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

BlueDragon22 May 03, 2014

I thought that this book was very well done, and did a good job of addressing some teen issues, but I just wasn't my cup of tea.

fantasy8dreamer Apr 27, 2014

This book had a good plot and really addressed some issues with teens today. It teaches you a lesson and makes the characters feel real.

november191998 Mar 29, 2014

This book left me slightly disapointed because I knew a friend who really enjoyed it but I didn't find it really stood out. I did like the main idea and the plot.

Sassy29 Feb 28, 2014

This book was very well done. it really teaches you not to get wrapped up in money and stuff you want, but to care for the people you love while you can.

silvertongue18 Feb 27, 2014

Running on empty is a very interesting and suspenseful novel. It's refreshing to see that it adresses important issues such as gambling and addiction. The characters experience typical teen drama and that's what help make them feel so real.

branch_reviews Mar 13, 2013

Ethan Palmer has finally saved enough money to buy the car of his dreams. It all disappears when he damages his father’s car and his father insists that he pay for the damage. He needs to find a quick way to make a lot of cash …. but with dire consequences for Ethan and his friends and family. Reviewed by JK

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