Contemporary, Young Adult

Review: Running Lean @dianalee4jc

RunningleanPublisher: Zondervan Publishing House
Author: Diana Sharples
Genre: Young Adult, Comtemporary
Review Source: Booksneeze

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Running Lean [run·ning leen]

1) A term referring to a deficiency of fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio of an internal combustion engine.
2)A physical condition where not enough caloric fuel is present for optimal performance of the body.
3)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.

Running Lean, I loved the aspect of teaching us about a real life situation to an eating disorder. Now, I know what to look for as my daughter gets older. Some of the tricks and techniques that Stacey used was very spot on for a lot of people.
My opinion of the book, and the reason why I only gave it three stars was due to the lack of depth. We never understand Calvin’s pain, or how his brother died or how Calvin coped with his grief. We never learn anything about Calvin other than he gets jealous, likes motorcycles, and his brother died. That is all.
Running Lean is fully impacted by the whines of Stacey and how everyone starts revolving around her. Sure, something is wrong, but “sorry” was overpowered in the book. The story felt forced to me, and I don’t know why Calvin stayed with her. You never get to experience the “love connection” before Calvin and Stacey, and why they love each other… they just seem “there”. I do understand when we go through life, us girls (no not all of us) get clingy. We demand attention, we stomp our feet when we don’t get our way, but by the time I was Stacey’s age I wasn’t whining. I knew what life was about, and I had to take it by the horns and do what is right for myself. I never seen Stacey step up to the plate til it was almost too late, and even then it was like she didn’t understand the whole picture.
I wish I could get more invovled with the book, the cover is awesome, and the summary seemed like it would be well worth it. It was okay.

About the Author
Diana Sharples lives in north Georgia with her husband and teenage daughter, along with a house full of pets. She started writing stories when quite young and finished her first novel at age thirteen. Life intruded and bills had to be paid, but in the late 80s she returned to school and earned a degree in communication design/illustration from the Atlanta College of Art. She pursued a career in science fiction/fantasy illustration and won numerous awards for her work, which appeared on a magazine cover in Great Britain and in the pages of a gaming manual. She worked for a number of years on a never-ending elvish soap-opera-novel, receiving feedback and mentoring from several published authors in the speculative fiction genre. However, she changed career tracks in 2001, after accepting Christ as her Savior.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Running Lean @dianalee4jc”

    1. It is interesting, but I just wish I had more emotion, and understanding of the characters. It was a good storyline. 🙂

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