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When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.

In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Clarion Books
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Natalia Sylvester
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Friends, today I'm thrilled to share the cover of my debut YA novel, RUNNING, with you!

Coming May 2020, it’s the story of 15-year-old Mari & how she begins to find her voice when her father runs for president. Artwork by Alex Cabal, design by Sharismar Rodriguez at HMH teen.


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Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This May 2020 release is one you're going to want to pop on your radar! While I love dipping my toes into YA reads, I rarely find one that isn't centered around a romance so really enjoyed the coming-of-age focus that was built around opinion and politics.
This is a brilliantly engaging story about young Mari finding her voice amidst the backdrop of her dad's presidential campaign. As his campaign amps up, the nature of his associations and his policy positions are brought to Mari's attention,
Dec 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
holy fuck this sounds SO GOOD why did no one tell me this book existed????????????????
Aug 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
hands down, best cover.
Mari doesn't mean to start a revolution. Especially with her father running for President. But she knows how important it is to stand up for what you believe, and the fact her best friend is being impacted by water pollution created by a local real estate developer's new project means she knows she needs to act now. Will it impact her father? Especially as he has a relationship with that developer and isn't known for his environmental policies? Yes, but she hopes it'll help him do the right ...more
Nikki S
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
**EDIT 11/08/2019**

I have never clicked a "Want to Read" button so fast....
Zoe (semi-hiatus)
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as release-2020
Me: This book.... sounds.... amazing
Me: Who's going to compare it to Red, White and Royal Blue?
Me: I just
Me: I did
Me: Whoops...
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an arc of this book at YALLFEST.

First off, this is an important book. It tackles important topics. I'm 27 as I write this review and I absolutely know this book was not written for me -- it was written for young teens to help them find their voices. It was written to show them you don't have to agree with your parent's policies. That even if you don't have a vote, you can bring attention to issues. But it also points out politics is a grey area.

I think this had some really important
Karmaf 2!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I felt like when I was reading it, I was connecting with the characters. Mari's dad was running for president. Mari didn't even know her father's political positions - but figures them out eventually. She had a struggle of speaking up and using her voice. She overcomes her fear and takes part in protesting for clean water. I just wanted to keep reading! In the book, the author used Spanish and even though I am not very good at Spanish I still really enjoyed it.
Doris Raines
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait to see this book reach the hands of young readers. It's totally engrossing and speaks to so many things politically, environmentally, and personally as one grows into who they are along with their beliefs. Mariana's journey is so relatable and well grounded/structured. You root for her every step of the way. There's no clear "wins" in a book like this which speaks to real life and makes it so refreshing. The journey is worth it.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait to see this incredible YA out in the world and in bookstores. There is a need for Latinx YA books! I get requests and recommendations all the time. This is it for 2020.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc, lgbtq, ya, politics
So so good. This one was a quick, easy read, but in no way lacked depth. It’s a realistically complicated book, as Mariana begins her political awakening, coming into her own... somehow against her father’s- presidential candidate- wishes. Running will work for a lot of readers: politic curious kids, those who disagree with their families, those with questions, kids who love activism... This is a really. Good. Book.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story about a young girl, Mari, whose dad is running for president. She feels like she can’t be herself because she has to act and dress in a way that benefits her father. Through the story, Mari finds her voice and learns how to make people listen.
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Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

She received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami and now lives in Texas. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, McSweeney's Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman.

Natalia’s first novel,
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