Running With Lions by Julian Winters

Running With Lions

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 him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets ou...

Details Running With Lions

TitleRunning With Lions
Release DateJun 7th, 2018
PublisherDuet Books
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews Running With Lions

  • 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 fo...
  • ⚔ 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 SCREAMINGRight 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...
  • rin (lorenzo)
    tragic news are: i didn't click with this bookit'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 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 r...
  • CR Daylex
    So good and cute and pure *cries* I just want to adopt all of them.
  • Jackie
    You ever read a book that’s so sweet you just want to hug it to your chest and never let go? “Running with Lions” is a heartwarming journey for senior soccer player Sebastian as he tackles his final year at camp before facing off against the arch rival Spartans where he faces everything from wavering self confidence, team responsibilities, the unknown after graduation and the boy from his childhood who seems less than thrilled at their sudd...
  • viktoria
    post read 4/3/18: I’ll try to do a real review later, but let me just say this book was like the sweetest, gayest-bisexual-esty of hugs (which may be the best hug, ever) and I fell in love with Sebastian, Emir, and almost every main character at least once. pre-read: Upon reading the description, I literally just gasped out loud with joy, noticeably enough so that a patron walking by turned around and side-eyed me.
  • Erin
    I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 4.5 Stars Well, well, well - this was quite a delightful surprise. When I started reading I was convinced I was going to have issues. It’s told in a third person narrative, which is fine, but in this instance I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect with the main character, that I wouldn’t understand where he was coming from and blah blah blah ...Well I ...
  • Jeff Adams
    Loved this book so much.Full review coming on Big Gay Fiction Podcast #139, which is release week for this book.
  • Alex Morra
    4+ StarsWhat to Expect: A summer of about a football/soccer captain who doesn’t know he’s a captain falling in love with a star who has no idea he’s a star and the team comprised of friends who sometimes forget how to be friends but all of whom eventually figure it out. And did I mention footie? If you loved Simon but wanted more social awareness, this one is for you.Review: The cover features a sun-warmed, smiling huddle of Lions. The capi...
  • Thomas
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really wanted to like this book. It has everything I generally like in my YA book reading. And a lot of those things weren't the problem. The characters were fine. The plotting worked, for the most part. I liked the diversity, how sexuality was handled, etc.What really turned me off to this was the writing. It wasn't bad, per se. It just felt forced. It relied t...
  • Jen
    This fantastic novel is the summer soccer camp romance between a bisexual American goalie and his gay British Pakistani former-best-friend-now-enemy YA novel that you've been waiting for. This is a funny, uplifting, sexy, romantic, and bloody excellent novel! I can't wait to read what Julian Winters writes next.It's one of those brilliantly written YA novels that is so subtle at drawing you in and getting you inside the minds of characters whose ...
  • Adam Lottes
    This book - the debut novel of author Julian Winters - is touching, heart-warming, wise and hopeful. In short, it's remarkable. And yes, I teared up at the end of the book which made me fall in love with it that much more.Sebastian is a star soccer player in his senior year of high school. He's surrounded by a cast of quirky friends (who you wish were your friends that's how cool they are) and dealing with all the challenges life throws at us dur...
  • Danielle Chambers
    I received and ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was adorable! Sebastian is such a great main character! I loved him so much. Willie was so lovable and I want to be his best friend. Mason was a jerk, but was a good guy who just needed a small push. Amir was so precious. I loved them all. Sebastian is trying to figure out and deal with a lot of stuff in his life. He is bisexual, but is only out to a few people. He was ...
  • Amanda
    Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC!When I heard about this book I was super excited. I love sports books (despite not caring about sports in real life). I love LGBTQ love stories. It seems like a slam dunk for me. But here's the thing...The story is really cute. I loved the slow burn between Sebastian and Emir coming together again after their friendship breakup earlier in their childhood. The diversity in awesome. I'm glad there is bi representat...
  • Ashley
    10/5 stars to this book! OMG I CAN'T EVEN PUT INTO WORDS HOW MUCH I LOVED IT!!!So I should say I heard about this book from netgalley (never got the ARC) BUT I was at Yall West and Duet books was there and they just so happened to be selling this book ALONG with an author signing with Julian. So yes I was super excited because not only did I get this book in advance but I got it signed by the author (who btw is SO nice and fun to talk to)ANYWAY T...