This story took my by surprised and I love it! I love going into a book exactly knowing what is going to happen and it's not.What I enjoyed most about this book is the great plot line. Filled with hurt and lies, Cody is being passed around like trash. He is acting out and on his last resort. The thing is Cody is not a bad kid. He has just being treated badly. Instantly, I was invested in Cody and my heart was with him every step of the way. When ever he made a mistake, I am there rooting for him to get back up and keep going. When someone is there to bring him down, I shove my boot up their butts! LOLThe best part of this story is that there is no love interest. Well sort of. This is more of a family love. Learning to love and trust when all you been taught is the wrong stuff. To see Cody struggle with acceptance but also at the same time learn to love and care brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy that Cody got a chance to shine just a he is meant to be.And that is why I love this book. The redemption of the characters along with the hell he went through makes this story soo worth reading. When a big life mess can be turned around by simple acts of love it touches my heart.Running Wide Open is an gripping story that is solid till the end. The success in writing such flawed characters with amazing ability to be redeemed, this story deserves much praise. A genuine exploration of a love makes the readers heart glow. Running Wide Open is awesome!