Running Loose Themes & Characters

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The nature of friendship among young people is an important theme, particularly supportive relationships.

The main character is Louie; his best friend, Carter, is an interesting character who remains somewhat enigmatic, but is still very appealing. He is the hero of the school, good at everything, and a friend to the end. In spite of some hardships in his life, Carter has learned how to maintain an attitude of success without seeming arrogant or self-centered.

The antagonist is the class bully/tough guy, Boomer. Boomer's father is very hard on him, using cor poral punishment at the slightest provocation. Because readers learn something about Boomer's parents, they may understand better why aggressive people behave the way they do.

The difficulties and decisions of dating and sex are also shown with realism. Louie's struggle over how far he should go with his girlfriend Becky is sympathetically portrayed. She...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Running Loose from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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