raquel amshelMr. Van DykeEnglish 9November 13th 2019 The Running DreamThroughout The Running Dream, by Wendelin Draanen, the main theme is perseverance. The Running Dream is about pushing yourself towards something you're passionate about no matter what obstacles get in your way. Jessica, a junior at Liberty High School defines herself through her running ability. Prior to her accident, Jessica’s life centered around running and track meets, she also seemed to love the attention track brought her. The bus accident, however, causes her to rethink her identity. After the tragedy, she must rebuild herself, both mentally and physically. “Repetition. Effort. Pain. Success. There really is no shortcut.” Pg.249. When her leg amputated, she was sad that she couldn’t run and compete anymore. Jessica knew that things weren’t going to be the same. She struggled with depression, became addicted to pain medication, and wondered if anyone would ever like her.