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This was a good one for that. It presented it in a story form a hard topic that many teens would not read in a self help format. It addresses many of the feelings, struggles that might face family members or those that love someone that struggle in this way as well.
I struggled a bit with some of the format, which I had to remember that it was geared towards a YA reader, but it still seemed to focus on one demographic with a few assumptions.
Overall, this is a great read for anyone that might be struggling, but more importantly for those that love someone with an eating disorder on why and what not to do.
This is the story of a teenage couple. Calvin is one of eight kids, and he recently lost his eldest brother in Afghanistan. His girlfriend Stacey has been there for him like no one else these past months, but lately something is weird with her. She's paranoid, she's changed her clothing style completely, and she's not eating. At all.
Calvin tries to talk to her about it, but she clams up, then gets defensive, then mad. And so goes the story as Calvin tries to figure out what's wrong and Stacy tries to pretend everything is fine.
I've read some negative reviews of this book on other sites, and here's what I think the problem is. This is not a froufrou romance novel. There is some romance in it, yes, but this is a book about real people. And real life isn't always pretty and doesn't always fit a feel-good romance plot. Diana Sharples writes characters who are so realistic, I think I've seen some of them in my youth group. Only mine don't speak with a southern accent. But they have personalities and problems. They're funny and sometimes say the wrong thing. They're young and learning how to do life as best they can. They're a delight to read about.
This book is real life, and well worth the read, especially for girls who think they're somehow less than others.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Running Lean examines the complexities of anorexia, self image and grief in an adolescent romantic relationship. Calvin has drifted and Stacey is far from faith, however both, although tempted, are committed to abstinence and as the story progresses, prayer, faith, and the support of family and friends provide a powerful spiritual take away. Running Lean is illuminating for adolescents, particularly those struggling with, or who have friends who struggle with, these issues.
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By Diana L. Sharples
Publ. Blink c.2013
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