Running Lean

Running Lean
Author: Diana L. Sharples
Publisher: Blink
Genre: Young Adult
ISBN: 978-0-310-73497-0
Pages: 400
Price: $12.99

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Calvin lost his soldier brother, and Stacey has been his source of support in his grief. But Stacey is fighting demons of her own that Calvin is only beginning to see. Her constant dieting has gone to an extreme, and now Calvin is worried for her health. His research has led him to believe she is suffering from anorexia.

As Calvin tries to reach Stacey and offer to find her some assistance, Stacey pulls away, determined to stay in control, no matter what the cost. Calvin doesn’t want to lose her, too, but nothing he says or does makes any difference. Should he continue to stick by her, or should he walk away and let her kill herself?

Stacey is a sweet girl who is scared to truly be herself, convinced that her self-worth is based on how skinny she is. Calvin is a model boyfriend, caring and compassionate in his quest to help Stacey. Both have faith in God that is wavering a bit in the midst of their turmoil.

Anorexia and bulimia are serious illnesses that claim many lives each year. In an effort to lose weight, girls starve themselves to the point they are literally skin and bones. Running Lean highlights these eating disorders as Stacey and Calvin struggle with the effects. Intervention is essential, and Stacey’s life can only change for the better if she gets help. This sweet romance is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read for teens.

Reviewer: Alice Berger