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Portrait of a Girl Running

(Portraits #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  14 reviews
All Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention. Not that she has any big secret to protect, but her unconventional upbringing has made her very private. At seventeen, she realizes just how odd it was that two men raised her-one black, one white-and no mother. Not to mention they were blues musicians, always on the m ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 7th 2013 by Straw Hill Publishing (first published October 1st 2013)
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May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another marvellous novel by J.B.Chicoine! Portrait of a Girl Running is all about a girl growing up in a bi-racial family and how she protects herself from the world when one of her dad dies. This book brings out all the right emotions and feelings and pain, and that will keep the readers more engrossed into the deep, dark, mature novel.

Thanks once again to the author, J.B.Chicoine, for providing me with a copy of her book in return for an honest review.

Leila, a 17-year old girl, is raised up by
Anne Gallagher
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JB Chicoine has done it again! She takes us on a trip through time and family dysfunction, yet somehow, like a fairy tale of old, manages to give us a happy ending.

The main character Leila, has survived an unstable world -- living in a bi-racial family with two dads, surrounded by drug addiction and jazz musicians, and then the tragedy of one of her father's deaths all before she turns eighteen. In order to beat the social service system and foster care, she runs to Long Island and lives with he
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
A really beautiful story not only of romantic love, but of familial love, friendship, and growing up after a childhood of transience and neglect. Will definitely read the sequel...though I am worried based on some reviews...

I loved all of the musical and artistic references throughout the work. They made a wonderful soundtrack.
Ariffa Bevin
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. There are just so many wonderful aspects of Girl Running that take this book far beyond simply being a student-teacher novel. It possesses elements of jazz and photography that are expertly descriptive and so enticing that at many points, I thought I could actually hear the music. Chicoine’s characters are very in-depth and truly unforgettable. Girl Running has many themes that are intricately woven in the story and it has many touching moments that are truly unf ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book whilst searching for something about running. The running genre isn't exactly a crowded field at least if we're talking about running-fiction and most of the books I have read or come across are fairly old. This is stuff like the 'The Loneliness of the long distance runner' or 'Once a runner.'
Upon reading the blurb I wasn't even sure that the book would have anything other than a tangential relationship to the topic so I got in touch with the author who kindly gave me the
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this story has a young-adult character, Leila, the feel of the story is more adult. Set in Leila’s senior year of high school, on her own after the death of her father and in a new environment, Leila struggles with her artistic bent, plays blues piano with a bunch of Delta blues octogenarians every Saturday night, and runs as a way of coping with her a past that is quickly catching up to her. Throw into the mix her unconventional relationships with two male teachers, and I was surprised ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leila is a young girl who has faced many unusual circumstances in her life. She is trying to build a life for herself while keeping under the radar as she finishes her senior year of high school. Her mother is gone and her father has died, but she wants to be independent and stay "out of the system." As she builds relationships with friends, coaches, and teachers suspicions arise that make it difficult for her to remain anonymous. She has to face many trying situations as she moves forward attem ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was so interesting to read, even though not as dramatic as i expected? Idk, i just felt a little disappointed so that's why it's 3 stars for me.

I really like the main character. She's a problematic one, with lots of unresolved issues, so she's a train wreck. You know, the kind of character that I like. Then there's the guy that's her age, then there's the math's teacher that ends being more of a father's figure than a lover (thank god) and then there's the gym teacher that ends being a lov
J.B. Chicoine constantly amazes me at the depth she's able to give her characters. I truly felt connected to Leila and could feel empathy at every crossroads in front if her. Because Leila's past has some darkness to it, this novel felt a little more adult than your typical YA. Yes, Leila is 17 years old, but there's a maturity there as well as some deeper and more emotional themes.

I hope that in the next book Leila learns even more how to come into her own and free herself from her past. I hope
Vicki Blood
Easy to read and as the story goes along the characters begin to take shape and draw you in. Looking forward to book two
Walks Through Walls
3.5 stars.

Oh, Clarence Myles. I think he was hands-down my favorite character in this book. And all the characters are well formed and three-dimensional. It's a good book. Maybe a bit slow for some people, but not boring or dull. Leila is a girl who's never really experienced stability in her life; her mother left her, her father is bipolar (though it seems the people in his life don't realize what it is) and dies shortly before the book begins. Leila is on her own, living in an apartment above
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good solid start to the trilogy. Although, the teacher/student relationships seem inappropriate. I keep reminding myself that it was a different time.
Danette Rohrer
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It sucked me in pretty quickly, and I had to see what was going to happen next. I loved the "forbidden" love aspect she put into the story. It keeps you guessing until the very end. The emotional ups and downs the main character has to face pull you into the story. I can't wait to read the next one!!! ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is about the struggle of a 17 year old girl with no parents or friends in a new city .
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J. B. Chicoine was born on Long Island, New York, and grew up in Amityville during the 1960s and 70s. She has lived in New Hampshire, Kansas City and Michigan. She enjoys setting her stories in New England.

She has been writing stories since she was a girl, but didn't complete a novel until she was nearly thirty. Since then, she has completed four more novels; UNCHARTED: Story for a Shipwright, SPI

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