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Running Lean

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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 a
Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Zondervan Publishing House
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Jill Williamson
Sep 05, 2013 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Running Lean is a book that I’ve treasured for years. I’ve watched it grow and change. I’ll confess that I was once critique partners with Diana Sharples long before either of us were published authors. This book was good back then. I knew it. And I’m so thrilled that it’s finally found a home with Blink. It’s been years since Diana and I were critique partners, so I was excited to buy and read the final version of Running Lean. I'm so glad I did! It turned out even better than those early versi ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Tori rated it it was amazing
I really love how this book deals with present day issues involving teens, especially teen girls. This is a rough read but a good one and one I would recommend to reader teens and adults.
Stacey is a bright, talented girl who battled weight trouble in her past. She has so many inner demons due to some traumatizing moments in her young childhood, and she can't seem to shake them. Because of this she isn't comfortable in her own skin, and while others see her as pretty she just sees fat. Her friend
Abbe Hinder
Calvin:*Talks to best friend about bikes*
Stacey: *Cries* I love Calvin but he doesn't even notice me anymore
Calvin: Please eat something, I miss you.
Stacey:*Screams* You don't understand! Get out of my life! *Cries*
Calvin: I'm so sorry I made you mad.
Stacey: *Cries some more* You don't understand. I hate you.
*Runs back towards Calvin still crying* I'm sorry I got mad. I love you so much!
(repeat for rest of novel)


Running Lean is so boring. Both of the main characters are stiff and whiny, Stacey
Dec 18, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
The night that Calvin Greenlee looked up anorexia online, he misspelled it the first time.
He typed in "anorecia."

In the small, rural North Carolina community where this farm boy lived, he had never seriously encountered an eating disorder before.

But then, he had never known anybody like his girlfriend Stacey before either.
Stacey... the passionate artist with a beautiful spirit that turns an ordinary day into a wonder-filled one, the way a prism splits sunlight into rainbows.

And yet now Stace
Stacey and Calvin are an adorable couple that you can not help but fall in love with.
I really enjoyed that the author gave us the insight of both of the main characters minds, letting us know what each character was thinking and feeling.
Self esteem issues plague more and more young girls everyday with the constant media influence of what the perfect girl must look like in order to be noticed and loved.

Calvin is every girls dream. He loves unconditionally. Despite of his own grief he risks every
Tj Akers
Oct 05, 2013 Tj Akers rated it it was amazing
I am not one to read chick lit often, but I was intrigued by the premise of this book. Many publishers seek to shield their readers from "difficult" content, but I must applaud Ms. Sharples and the imprint Blink in the handling of eating disorders as a topic.

To her credit, Ms. Sharples avoided the temptation for melodrama and audience manipulation, which many lesser voices tend to gravitate to. She also avoided tasteless and gratuitous description in her handling of a difficult disorder.

I found
May 23, 2014 Roger rated it it was amazing
Running Lean isn't a book to read for pleasure, and anyone who expects it to be will be disappointed. It's a believable story about a serious problem, and I found it impossible not to relate to and be concerned about both Calvin and Stacey. The title is especially appropriate in that it relates to motorcycles, eating disorders, and spiritual matters as well. Running Lean is well written. Diana Sharples knows her teens and her motorcycles, and she knows how to write. Let's have more, Diana!
Mar 05, 2014 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Stacey Varnell had some very real and very deep seeded issues. Memories from her past keep rushing back. An uncle that made passes at her, claiming he like chubby girls and kids at school making fun of her weight, even her own dad calling her chubbikins. After losing weight and meeting Calvin, Stacey thought her life was going great--until the voices in her head kept telling her she was going to be fat again and no one would love her. It was a battle the voices intended to win even if it cost St ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
This was such an enlightening read, I don’t know where to start! There was just so much you can get out of this book; especially if you are in the YA age group, or have children that age. It was especially effective if you are or know someone who was struggling with coming to terms with an eating disorder. I was surprised with the underlying faith displayed by various characters in the book, and it added another layer of depth, in my opinion. There were so many good things about this book, it wa ...more
Lindi Peterson
Sep 04, 2013 Lindi Peterson rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I really didn't have an idea of how it would end. Would it be the 'tied up in a pretty bow' ending? Or would it be a sad ending? Diana Sharples did an amazing job with the book. The ending was perfect! Of course I'm not going to tell you the ending--you have to read. This was a great Y/A book with issues that so many teens face. I've personally not dealt with these issues, but I felt Stacey's struggle--and Calvin's as he tried to help her. This is a book I would recomme ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Cookielover rated it did not like it
Review later. No one has to anticipate it because this isn't going to be recommended. I spent all of the book yelling, "break up with her, break up with her!"

Now it's later so here I go. But...a review isn't really needed because my feelings about this book is the second comment. Since I did read the whole book, you can take my opinion as a couple grains of sand, but we all know that if you really want to read this book, what I have to say wont matter in the least. Like how we all ignore what pe
Bethany Kaczmarek
Aug 06, 2013 Bethany Kaczmarek rated it really liked it
Running Lean hits the issue nail on the head. The lives of these two high schoolers, Calvin and Stacey, are raw, vivid, and realistic. Stacey deals with past abuse, bullying, and a recent move by clinging to Calvin, expressing herself through her art, and doing anything she can to avoid being the Girl She Was Before. Calvin adores her, and she’s been the only one with whom he could truly grieve the loss of his brother in Afghanistan. But Stacey’s life and home aren’t as perfect as they appear, a ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Star rated it it was amazing
‘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 ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
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This is a good book for young adults and their parents as it
deals with present day teen issues. The story deals with anorexia
and loss & grief of losing a loved one. The story shows what
can happen any young teens placed in these types situations plus
how it can effect their family members and friends.
The characters are well defined and very, very realistic. The
author gets inside the heads of the characters presenting them to
the reader so you can understand the inner workings that are
Ann Miller
Sep 05, 2013 Ann Miller rated it it was amazing
Sharples gets into the skin of real teens with Running Lean. Particularly insightful is her portrayal of the male psyche. In Calvin she builds a true hero--one who inspires us to become our best selves. She also illuminates the downward spiral of thinking that drives a young woman into anorexia. Running Lean is a top-notch teen read. 4.5 Stars
Jul 20, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Before I start out, let me say that, realistically, to anyone who is not me, this book is probably a three- or four-star book.

However, I am me, and therefore, this book has three selling points:

1. Calvin,
2. The South, and
3. God

To anyone else, this book is probably boring, and repetitive. A lot of it is, after all, Stacey refusing to acknowledge her anorexia, pushing Calvin away, sweet Calvin trying to help her any way he could, drama revolving around it, lather, rinse, repeat.

But like I said, i
Dec 19, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Running Lean by Diana Sharples was a raw, captivating read. So much of the ugly things in our world that nobody wishes to confront. I really enjoy books that address the issues that so many teens feel cautious to discuss.
This book is about a young girl named Stacey who endured some difficult life changing events as a child. As a result, she developed a warped sence of beauty. Her boyfriend of 7 months starts to realize that Stacey is always dieting and is beginning to have some health problems.
Glenn Haggerty
Jan 28, 2014 Glenn Haggerty rated it it was amazing
Calvin Greenlee lost his brother in Afghanistan during his junior year, but found a sympathetic ear in Stacy Varnell, the new girl in his rural high school. Beautiful, smart, fun and creative, Stacy seems what Calvin needs to work through his grief—and everything he could want in a girlfriend. But Stacy has a secret that is coming between the two. By the time Calvin figures out she's anorexic, he is deeply attached and embarks upon a mission to “fix her.” Egged on by her questionable friend, Zo ...more
Brianna Davis
Sep 04, 2013 Brianna Davis rated it it was amazing
Diana Sharples first novel concerns Calvin and Stacey, two teenagers dealing with tragedy and emotional upheaval. The death of Calvin's older brother in Afghanistan has left a hole in his family and his life. A dark episode in Stacey's past has left her emotionally scarred, with self image problems. Calvin and Stacey find the support they need in each other. But Stacey's problems turn into life threatening anorexia, which Stacey denies and Calvin tries to fix.

This book is a very strong debut sto
Aug 17, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
"Her promise to "try" hung between them like smoke from a blown-out candle, seen and smelled but without substance he could hold on to."

This was my favourite line from Running Lean, a story of two high school students. Stacey battles anorexia while Calvin struggles to make sense of his brother's death. They need each other, and they need to not need each other. The issues surrounding anorexic thinking are neither ignored nor glorified and I liked that it showed Calvin's point of view. The story
Aug 16, 2013 Dj rated it really liked it
This far. Research for motorcycle use is correct. Well thought out the use of a disease that many teens are very familiar with either with themselves or peers. Characters and situations are believable. This book has authenticity to it. It follows and has many trust and turns. Grant this is not my normal choice of book but I'm actually enjoying it.
Leslie Ford
Sep 02, 2013 Leslie Ford rated it it was amazing
I may be a bit prejudiced because Diana Sharples is my sister but, having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is a very touching and heartfelt story. I could feel the pain and torment both Stacey and Calvin were going through. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Maddie Wilson
Nov 11, 2013 Maddie Wilson rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I was nearly in tears through most of it.
Aug 31, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This is book YA...emotional, driven and honest. The story is one that will reamin with you, You, at any age, can relate to the love, heartache and real life circumstances. 3.5 stars
Oct 13, 2013 Dixiehanspark rated it really liked it
Another book that touches today's teens issues. I couldn't put it down. ;-)
Nicki Olsen
Nov 20, 2014 Nicki Olsen rated it really liked it
*Book Description*
Calvin can feel the weight creeping in...pushing down on his heart, making it heavy and hard to breathe. The pressure threatens to crush it every time he thinks of his beloved brother killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. He thinks he can handle it...yet every time he sees the folded up flag he doesn't know whether he wants to punch something or cry. The one person he thinks he can count on is his quirky girlfriend Stacey. Only she's been acting weird lately...
Cindy Augustine
Feb 05, 2015 Cindy Augustine rated it really liked it
"Running Lean" is a story about Calvin Greenlee and his girlfriend Stacey. Calvin loves his old Yamaha motor bike and riding it makes him feel free. But not nearly as much as when he is with Stacey. Stacey is everything Calvin has needed in the past year, with the death of his brother Michael and his family’s grief. Stacey has been there through his tears and anger and has just...listened. Stacey is a girl with a passion for art. Her drawings captivate Calvin in there uniqueness and creativity. ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
Running Lean is a book primarily for young adults. It deals with the normal angst, jealousies, friendships, boy-girl relationships and the heartaches that are part of life. The story is told primarily from Calvin's perspective. He comes from a large family, recently lost his older brother while is was stationed overseas in the army. That leaves Calvin without his big brother's influence and help, makes him the oldest of the children at home. His favorite hobby is riding his dirt bike, that is al ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Running Lean
By Diana L. Sharples

Publ. Blink c.2013

Calvin Greenlee is worried about his girlfriend Stacy Varnell. At first her excuses for not eating and passing out make sense: she just ate, she isn’t feeling well, she doesn’t have time. But now, the more he thinks about it and sees how she looks and acts, he just can’t believe all that she is telling him.
After searching the internet he is convinced that Stacy is suffering from anorexia. The question becomes what does he do about it. We watch
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Diana Sharples lives in north Georgia with her husband and 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 fi ...more
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