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Running for Yellow

4.52 of 5 stars 4.52  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Running for Yellow is a heartfelt story recounting one woman's journey of self-discovery, in which life's demands and diversions inevitably return her to the enduring foundations of family and faith. Christina Varrasso has crafted a novel that balances a poignant narrative with a light-hearted spirit, while introducing a memorable cast of characters that is lovingly detail ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Christina Varrasso
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I recently received an autographed first-reads copy of the novel "Running for Yellow" by Christina Varrasso. I did not know what to expect from this book, but the topic sounded interesting. I was captivated almost immediately by the story of Chiara. I was along for her journey from adolescence through early adulthood, and the heartbreak and lessons she encounters along the way. Readers find out fairly quickly to what "yellow" refers. Chiara is raised in a loving, and sometimes strict, Italian ho ...more
A good solid read that just wasn't quite my cup of tea.

Despite a realistic plot with the many knock backs that life can throw at you, the feel of the book was a bit too sugar coated for me.
I also struggled with the pace of the book; the majority was at a leisurely place (sometimes with unnecessary details), followed by the mystery and conclusion of the story rushed in the last couple of chapters.

Despite that, it is beautifully written with interesting and well thought out characters. Supported
I'm so glad that I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The story is so eloquently told as if living in Italy 100 years ago, while still retaining the feel of living in the modern day world, a perfect combination. The word choice and descriptions were spot on, that I could easily picture the gorgeous sunflowers and could almost smell the espresso. The author makes Girasole come alive to the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed the main character's, Chiara, journey from a young teenager ...more
Well, I finally finished!
I got this book for free, because I won it on a Goodread's First Read contest.
Anyways, first with the bad: it was actually a very slow read. It took me about a week to read it, and it's not that I didn't like it, because I did, but it just had a lot of slow and had a lot of unneeded details.
I felt the plot itself was very realistic, sweet, and it ran together very well. There were twists and turns, and it all ended out perfectly. The characters were very well thought ou
This novel had me feeling a range of differnt emotions. First it started out slow, but after a few chapters, I had a really hard time putting it down. You want to choke some, you want to hug others, you want to scream "YEAH!" at some points and then you want to feel the calmness that takes over towards the end. This book was very well written. KUDOS to Christina Varrasso on this being her first novel. I truly look forward to more from her in the future. Thank you to for giving me t ...more
Collyer Klee
It's not often that one finds a novel as well-written and thought provoking as Running for Yellow. An intensely articulate and moving story of self-discovery, Running for Yellow perfectly ties together notions of love, family, and faith. One of the best things about this book is the way Varrasso developed the characters. Each person has a definite personality. The whole book builds toward the finish...I didn't want to put it down! As an avid reader, I can honestly say that this is perhaps the be ...more
From the first page to the last, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to feed my need to see what was going to happen next! Written with such emotion and depth, I found myself so immersed in the characters that I wept and laughed for their sorrows and joys! I truly felt as if I had to say goodbye to a dear friend upon completion of this book! Bravo, Christina Varrasso, you came out of the gate at full throttle to win.....and indeed you did! Truly first place goes to you on your first novel! Ple ...more
Tom Mosser
Wonderful read...great dialogue...with compelling sub plots...parallel plots...emotional...sad...but totally inspirational at the same time. I enjoyed learning about the horse back riding backdrop of the story and the baseball wife back story is so real some how. I used to work for a major league baseball team so I have an understanding of the men who play the game...and the games that they play games with their wives. I didn't want it to end. A great gift for women in your life.
A Very Intriguing story about a women discovering herself,taking you through life,Loves,and Her life from beginning to adulthood.A Very good romance novel,and all the things that goes with being raised in an Italian home.A very good journey through life's trials and tribulations. I found that having a box of kleenex a good idea,A very good read.
awesome great story sad but very well written thank you good reads and Christina Varrasso for choosing me to win the book I enjoyed reading it very much. Sorry Christina it took me longer than I thought it would to read but I just finished it and was so glad that in the end Chiara found herself. Like I said very well written
Very well written novel! I had tears running down my face as I finished the last page. Read for an hour yesterday and three hours today and I'm done... and I had stuff to do today! LOL I couldn't put it down!

I would give it ten stars if I could!
Etain Feeley
Thanks to Christina for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Although I found it very well written, I struggled to complete due to the harrowing chapter on child sexual abuse, which was very disturbing to say the least.

However, things did come together eventually and I enjoyed the novel all in all, I agree that it was very thought provoking and made you want to continue to find out what happens next.

Descriptive writing keeps the reader's attention focused and the sensorial perspective is
Beautifully well written coming of age story.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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