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
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Reviews Running With Lions

  • Em
    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 rec...
  • 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...
  • Tara ☽
    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 poi...
  • ✧ k a t i e ✧
    "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 go...
  • 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...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    "Why do people let things so precious to them turn into dark, unbearable secrets?" 4.5Ever 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 fu...
  • 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 tea...
  • •°• 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
    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!
  • Norah Una Sumner
    This was such a pleasant surprise!Even though the writing was a bit choppy and there isn't really that much plot to it, I really enjoyed it and found myself being a bit teary eyed in the end. Sebastian is literally the definition of a chaotic bi™ and I loved him for that. It was a bit weird reading about someone who has the same name as one of your close friends from school but Emir won me over and I literally just wanted to protect him and hug...
  • - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)
    . : ☾⋆ — 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 wa...
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    Book Bound Society July 2018 BOTM Julian Winters needs to meet me in the parking lot because that man just spent the last three hours playing with my emotions.Running With Lions is a phenomenal novel, and it is downright unbelievable to believe that it is a debut.Running With Lions is a young-adult contemporary novel about a soccer team, a band of brothers, that very casually includes diversity and features an unbearably adorable romance. Our mai...
  • Ben
    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...
  • Tess
    4.5 starsI 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 Hi...
  • 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----------Ya’ll wtf I am so excITED FOR THIS BOOK AHHHHH
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 starsRunning 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, ...
  • 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 :)