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Running With Lions

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Bloomington High School Lions' star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he's got a coach who doesn't ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah shows up to summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team's success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates h ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Duet Books
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Em
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cracking open a cold one with the lions, except it’s my cold icy heart and they’re teaching me how to love again...

So, what is this book about?

Running With Lions is a coming-of-age novel following bisexual rising senior Sebastian Hughes who's eagerly anticipating his last summer at soccer training camp and settling into his role of team captain. His plan, however, quickly loses its footing when Emir Shah, a Muslim British-Pakistani new recruit and Sebastian’s former best friend, unexpectedly a
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✨    jamieson   ✨
ITS A SPORT ROMANCE with FRIENDS TO ENEMIES TO LOVERS and its GAY and THE COVER IS SO FUCKING CUTE

im literally screaming I need this !!!! RIGHT NoW !!!
anna (readingpeaches)
This review is also posted on my blog.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


3.5 ☆

My initial review for Running With Lions basically just said: “this book proves that 1) sports are inherently gay & 2) goalies are the best kind of train wrecks people” and frankly, I stand by this. It’s a contemporary novel about a bunch of teens at a soccer camp, it’s beautifully diverse, and a perfect read for summer.

Our protagonist, Sebastian, is a goalie & i
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⚔ Silvia ⚓
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

✨ Full review now posted!

SKSNSKSLDHDSS*

*translation for those who don't speak Gay: THIS WAS SO SWEET AND GAY I'M SCREAMING

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Right from the description this book sounded right up my alley and it did not disappoint. It’s not a perfect book and you can feel that it’s a debut, but the characters were well rounded and I just wanted to keep reading to see what happened next, and
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Sabrina The Trash Queen
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as to-read

I’m a sucker for friends to enemies to lovers romance, so sign me that fuck up!!



Can’t wait to start reading this one!
Tara ☽
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
When I think of this book, this what comes to mind: Sunshine, muddy knees, ice cream. Bouncing soccer balls, hand-holding, friendship. Lost boys and soft mouths. Endless, lazy summer.

This book did for soccer what The Raven Cycle did for paranormal-fantasy. AKA, made it Extremely Gay. I am so, so happy that LGBT+ books are being published in genre format. For many years, if we wanted a book with LGBT+ characters, that would be the sole selling point of the book: that it was LGBT+. But now we have
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at ~40%. No rating.

Sometimes I DNF a book because I didn't enjoy it or I found it boring, but here I am DNFing because I'm just not clicking with the writing style and I don't want to be the ass who gives it a bad review.

I really struggle with third person, present tense (present tense, in general, actually), and when I saw that that's how the story was written, I immediately got worried. However, I was determined to press on. I mean, that cover(!), queer rep in sports(!), a book with many
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✧ k a t i e ✧
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Just because people create rules doesn't mean those are your rules.

Um, why isn't there more hype around this book? Cause there should be. Everyone needs to read this book.

This book was so fucking adorable. Sebastian and Emir are officially my children that I will protect at all costs. Also, Willie and Grey are precious and deserve the world. I absolutely loved the characters in this book.

The romance was so adorable (that is a word that is going to be used multiple times because that's wha
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chandler ainsley ❁
Jun 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
hi someone PLEASE read this gay shit with me when it comes out <3
Yusra  ✨
Apr 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
the cover is so cute i cannot
deal
with
the cover
rin (lorenzo)
tragic news are: i didn't click with this book

it's a character driven story and it's very diverse. diversity wise, there are gay & bisexual rep, moc and the li is a practising muslim. the story itself is pretty cute and i did like the characters, sebastian especially, bc he's a disaster bi and i feel him.

my personal problem is. the writing. it absolutely isn't for me. i feel like it was too awkward and bumpy and all over the place. i just never really connected with it and had to take a brea
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Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
"Why do people let things so precious to them turn into dark, unbearable secrets?"

4.5

Ever since I saw the first tidbit of leaked information on this book (I can't remember whether it was the cover, the synopsis, or even just a blurb) I was in love. Like, I pre-ordered this the day it was listed on Amazon. A YA summer story with sports and a team of LGBTQ inclusive boys? It looked funny, cute, and precious.

And it was all of those things.

It was funny. It was cute. It was precious.

Mainly though,
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sue
I struggled like hell with this book.
That doesn’t mean you may not like or or have read it and loved it.

My struggle was that it was written in third person. I’m ok with that if it’s written well. Not a lover of third person writing and definitely wouldn’t be my first choice.

The author didn’t make transition easy either I got lost who was speaking now.

It was rather choppy change, I so struggled that it hindered any enjoyment for me what the story was about as I was getting more frustrated. No boo
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Romie
Why do people let things so precious to them turn into dark, unbearable secrets?

This book got me so soft.

I think everybody has been thinking it so, yes, this book gave me Foxhole Court vibes. Some very strong TFC vibes. I loved it. I'm a sucker for lgbtqiap+ and sport stories. I don't know why, I just always seem to love them.

This is the story of Sebastian, he lives for soccer and plays as a goalie. Every single summer since he made it to the team, he spends his entire month of August at Camp Ha
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•°• gabs •°•
i suddenly like soccer.
there are a few things that irked me but i love these kids so much and i'm so soft that i'm just gonna give them five stars. i'm really soft y'all, my heart is full.

ALSO this is a debut novel which???? amazing. i can't wait for julian's next book hsgadhadvah
Silke
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, rtc
This book put a massive smile on my face and that’s all it took for me to love it. This was so freaking cute and romantic and so relatable. I loved how all the characters in here felt like one big family. This book radiated happiness to me and I enjoyed it so much. It’s the perfect lighthearted read for summer with lots of amazing diverse characters who I honestly want to be friends with so badly 😄

Rtc!
TS
Apr 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
me every day since finding out about this book over a month ago: checking to see if my ARC request has been approved, obsessively stalking the gr page to see if any new reviews have been posted, gazing wonderingly at the cover, daydreaming about how good this book will be

I WANT IT SOOO MUCHHHH
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, lgbt
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★

i was deceived!!!! i was led to believe this was an enemies to lovers trope when it was actually a best friends to enemies to reluctant acquaintances to awkward buddies to bashful pining to intense but shy attraction TO LOVERS!!!!!!!! which is one hundred times better than enemies to lovers!!!!!!

i’m not gonna lie, i’m a weak bitch when it comes to found family plots. add in some sports, and i absolutely melt. i don’t want to do the obvious and compare Running With Lions to The Foxho
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Dylan
Feb 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt-tbr
I NEED THIS ASAP!!!!!!!!!!! GIMMIE BOOK GODS!! I DESERVE!
shady boots | #20gayteen
This looks right up my homosexual alley. Hopefully NetGalley approves me.
Ben
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are so many layers of sweetness to Running With Lions. Start with the summertime landscape -- the sun shines, the sky is cotton-candy colored; you can practically smell the grass of the soccer pitch. Onto that, add a bunch of super-endearing teen characters of diverse ethnicities and sexual orientations, all of whom you want to cheer for from the first time you meet them. And finally add the love that binds this group of friends together as they struggle with teen dramas small and large, f ...more
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
Ooooohhhhh!!!! Gay stuff! Sign me the hell up! I’m a total sucker for gay stuff you guys...
Tess
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I like my YA romance on the sweet side and this definitely was. A little slow burn and lots and lots of kisses in this former friends to enemies to friends to lovers romance. I also loved the diverse cast of supportive friends.

My only slight negative? Not a huge fan of books written in present tense ...
Bev
4.5 stars from me for this extremely well-written first story from a new author. Strong characters and a decent storyline too.

Have to admit I was kind of expecting an American version of Avery Cockburn's Glasgow Lads series...of which Playing for Keeps: A Glasgow Lads Novel is the first story, and well worth a read. The Glasgow Lads team consists of mainly gay lads and lasses, whereas this story concerns a summer camp for guys from Bloomington High School, and what a wonderfully diverse mix. We
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Joyfully Jay
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


Running with Lions is a lovely debut novel from author Julian Winters. Winters does a wonderful job capturing those feelings of uncertainty for a young man on the cusp of adulthood. Sebastian is looking at his future looming before him with fear as he feels like he needs to have it all figured out, yet he has no idea what he wants besides soccer. He is a team star and a leader and that has long been his identity, his teammates his closest friends. He is suddenly
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Shan(Littleirishbookcat)
Amazing!! This book made me so happy.

Ps. Dear author, I totally wouldn’t complain about Mason & Willie both getting their own books.

Review to come :)
Cody Roecker
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was beautiful
Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found here.

DNF at 69%

This book isn’t my usual read. I picked it up because I saw glowing things about it, then it had tons of rep, and it was on sale.

But, as I said, it’s not my usual read. I don’t just pick up YA unless I know for sure it’s going to be my cup of tea. (Which is why I turn to Chantel for recommendations. She knows my taste and reads YA. I trust her with them.)

I gave this two stars because it is an okay book, just not for me. I DNFed it because I didn’t wan
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Vernie♡
Okay, guys, this book was really good. Like REALLY GOOD.
The characters were great, the diversity was wonderful, the friendship, the love everything. EVERY STINKING THING WAS WONDERFUL OMFG.
#HAPPYPRIDE


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Ya’ll wtf I am so excITED FOR THIS BOOK AHHHHH
palina
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
this book was... decent... it unfortunately didn't end up being what i hoped it would be but it wasn't necessarily bad in the end?

the diversity was great of course but that by itself doesn't make a book good. what it did well was discussing a lot of important topics like religion and sexuality, and how those two connected. also once the romance kicked off it was SO freaking cute i loved them so much even though it isn't technically enemies to lovers

the problems i think were just a matter of wri
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Julian Winters is a former management trainer who lives in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia and has been crafting fiction since he was a child, creating communities around his hand-drawn “paper people.” He began writing LGBTQ character-driven stories as a teen and developed a devoted fan fiction following. When he isn’t writing or using his sense of humor to entertain his young nephews, Julian en ...more
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