Book Review: Running Lean by: Diana L. Sharples

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Running Lean [run·ning leen]

A term referring to a deficiency of fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio of an internal combustion engine.

A physical condition where not enough caloric fuel is present for optimal performance of the body.

A spiritual condition in which a believer relies on his own strengths.

Equilibrium. That’s what Stacey and Calvin found in each other. He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey’s mind. She is a passionate, creative spirit—and a lifeline after Calvin’s soldier brother dies.

But lately the balance is off. Calvin’s grief is taking new and more dangerous forms. Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey’s life. When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can’t bear to lose another person that he loves. Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.

Review: ‘Running Lean’ is a book for both teens and adults as it tackles some heavy issues without being a heavy story. Calvin and Stacey complete each other – he’s stable where she’s passionate – and they are good support for each other. Calvin’s still dealing with the loss of his brother in Afghanistan and Stacey has been his one bright spot. Yet Stacey is changing. From her new BFF, Zoe, to her newly pink hair and ultra-strict diet, Stacey’s just not the same anymore. Calvin loves her but he doesn’t know what to do and when he tries to talk to her about it, she gets angry and paranoid. As Calvin puts together the pieces, Stacey spirals out of control, and Calvin is willing to have Stacey hate him forever in order to get her the help she needs. ‘Running Lean’ is a book which will strike you straight in the heart. Two kids, both dealing with very deep emotional and physical problems, who feel they have no one but each other. ‘Running Lean’ will stick with you long after you finish the last page. It’s a beautifully haunting must-read.

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