Running with Lions

Running with Lions

by Julian Winters

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BN ID: 2940155133810
Publisher: Duet Books
Publication date: 06/07/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 158,946
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Julian Winters is a former management trainer who lives in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia and has been crafting fiction since he was a child, creating communities around his hand-drawn "paper people." He began writing LGBTQ character-driven stories as a teen and has developed a devoted fan fiction following. When he isnt writing or using his sense of humor to entertain his young nephews, Julian enjoys reading, experimental cooking in the kitchen, and watching the only sports he can keep up with: volleyball and soccer.

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Running with Lions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JLAustin More than 1 year ago
I did have trouble getting into the story a bit because there were so many characters at first and I just wasn't connecting, but eventually I did. It was a sweet, adorable romance that left you feeling good and wanting more. I love soccer and I don't see many YA books that really incorporate the sport the way this did. We need more non-heteronormative love stories because there are all kinds of kids and they all deserve tos ee themselves represented positively in fiction.
Bayy2455 More than 1 year ago
3.5 I have mixed feelings about this book. The first 30% was sooo slow for me and I was really contemplating DNFing this one because I was not connecting with the characters or the voice. I don't know what won me over or made me connect but around the 45% mark I was hooked. I could really hear Bastian's voice then and I was very invested in the team and whether they were going to beat their rivals. I loved all the representations and attitudes in this book. There were parents who were actually supportive and could even be considered role models. The coach was a great adult figure in their lives too. I was excited to see how the team did not care about their fellow teammates sexualities and how they stood up for each other, especially in the locker room against their rivals. I liked the fact that Emir was Muslim but it wasn't made a big deal out of. We got to see a little bit about how prayer worked in his life but other than that it was just another facet of his life. I was also very excited to see a gay Muslim character. I am confused, however, on why he didn't observe Ramadan. It could potentially be occurring when they first go off to camp so I was wanting some sort of mention of that because it is such an important religious event for them. I was also really pleased with Lily's response to Bastian not knowing what to do with his life. It was refreshing to see a character so lost. Many people go into their senior year of high school having no clue where they want to go to school, if they do at all, or what their future holds. You don't have to know right then and it's okay if you have to take some time to figure it out. I really think that teens should get to see more examples of this so they don't feel so alone. The representation was superb and so were the very real problems that many, if not all, teenagers face. Towards the end, I was really getting Bastian's unique voice but I think it needed to be stronger in the first third. Overall, it was a really great read and I can't wait to recommend this to some friends.