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Blog Tour | The Art of Running Away | Review and Favourite Quotes

The Art of Running Away eBook : Kleckner, Sabrina: Kindle Store


Author: Sabrina Kleckner

Pages: 256

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

Publishing Date: 16th November 2021 by Jolly Fish Press

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.

But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made. 

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound

Author Info:

Sabrina Kleckner is the author of THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY, a middle grade contemporary novel about family and identity. She began writing at the age of twelve, and is grateful to not be debuting with the angsty assassin book she toiled over in her teens. When she is not writing, she can be found teaching ESL or gushing about her three cats to anyone who will listen.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

My Review:

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for providing me with a free digital copy to review. This in no way, has influenced my thoughts on the book. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It was so so amazing! I honestly thought I wouldn’t be into it much, because I haven’t read middle grade in a couple of years, but I was wrong. I enjoyed it very much!


The plot was pretty unique, since I don’t think I’ve read something so well-strewn together in a while. There were so many issues discussed, while not letting the middle gradeness of the book disappear. It was just amazing, honestly.


I loved the cast of characters. It was so nice! While Maisie isn’t my favourite MC, I loved her best friend Alicia (She has two dogs, I mean, come on, doggo!), Calum and Benji. Benji was honestly my favourite character. He was so cute and so passionate and so sweet to Maisie.

I do think that if Maisie had been like a teenager- maybe 14, this book could have been better. Like, even more topics could have been explored. Just a personal opinion though.

Writing Style:

This. This is what gave the book such a high rating. The writing style was so good, and so easy to get into. The book was humourous, and the titles so strongly gave me Percy Jackson vibes- they were so funny! There were multiple elements in the book, but it was all well-strung.

Favourite Quotes:

  1. How could someone be a part of your life and then not be anymore? What were you meant to do with the echo they left behind?
  2. Another wave crashes. Even though the water is violent, I suddenly felt a sudden sense of calm.
  3. It’s scary to start something new.
  4. As we turn away from the sea, the waves try to pull us back. But we’re too strong to get sucked into the tide.
  5. *From acknowledgements, because this is worth a mention.* We’re always told not to befriend strangers on the internet, but even though I haven’t met most of the llamasquad in person (or heard your voices, or ever confirmed you’re not in fact a literal group of llamas): I was so alone in this journey before I met you.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Have you read this book? Do you intend to? Let me know in the comments!


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