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Running Lean

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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...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Zondervan Publishing House
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Abbe "The Sexy Gryffindor" 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...more
Jill Williamson
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
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...more
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...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
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...more
Faith Farrell
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...more
Tj Akers
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...more
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of RUNNING LEAN by Diana L. Sharples from Blink via BookSneeze. This book had consuming emotion from the first chapter to the last. While there were places where I laughed, overall this is a book that sucks you in and leaves you breathless. My heart broke many times. The book made me really pause to think, as I am going through many stressful situations with friends right now, but the situations are a little different.

Stacey struggles with weight issues and Calvin struggles wi...more
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
Pros: Well, when I first got this book and pulled it out of that annoying threaded packing tape, I was surprised at how thick it was. 400 pages is a pretty solid book, and I immediately wondered if the story really needed that many pages to get its point across. But as I read, I came to the conclusion that it filled up every one of those pages. There is a lot of conflict in this book, and the subject is rough, but I think it clearly portrays the extreme consequences of eating disorders. The char...more
Glenn Haggerty
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
Brenna{#1 Hg Fan!}

Movie Rating: PG-13 some scenes may not be appropriate for children younger than 13
Book Rating: @@@@
Swearing: None!
Inappropriate Scenes: None
# of Pages: 366 (paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary/Medical Condition
Publisher: Blink

My Review:
Stacey is anorexic. Which is why Running Lean is such an appropriate title for Ms. Sharples book. However, getting Stacey to admit that she's 'Running Lean' is much harder than you would have thought.
Pros: Running Lean is an...more
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....more
Bethany Kaczmarek
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
Brianna Davis
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...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
‘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
"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...more
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!
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
Running Lean is a story about the real life where being skinny is all that matters and no matter how much you want to show people that you love them, you want to be happy first. Even if it means putting yourself in danger.

Stacey is just a regular teenager that sees herself as overweight. Struggling with food most of the time, she doesn't want to be fat but it's all she focuses on. Finally she starts hiding food and begins to purge it all out so it wouldn't be in her system. She wears baggy clot...more
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.
Ann Miller
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
Leslie Ford
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.
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
Sep 06, 2013 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Another book that touches today's teens issues. I couldn't put it down. ;-)
Maddie Morrow
This book was amazing. I was nearly in tears through most of it.
Ayesha Panda
I LOVED it. It was amazing.
JoJo Sutis
I am so in love with Diana Sharples’ “Running Lean” and her lovely characters, Calvin and Stacey!
This is one of my fave reads this year!
I found myself totally caught up in this story…fretting over Stacey’s eating disorder and how best to help her… and grieving for Calvin and his family over the loss of his brother.
Running Lean is so full of emotion, love, family dynamics, friendship, and the complicated lives of teenagers.
When someone I love is struggling, I often want to jump in and fix it all...more
Carly Davis
While I must admit this isn't something I would normally read, it is well-written and well-suited for the author's younger target audience.
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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 sc...more
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