Running With Lions

Julian Winters

fiction Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Young Adult
emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
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 out to regain Emir's trust. But to Sebastian's surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town's streets, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.

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lighthearted 88%
emotional 52%
funny 44%
hopeful 44%
inspiring 16%
reflective 4%
relaxing 4%
tense 4%


medium 76%
fast 19%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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