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Running Lean [Paperback]

By Diana L. Sharples (Author)
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Overview
Still reeling from the loss of his brother in Afghanistan, Calvin Greenlee pours himself into fixing his motorcycle and spending the rest of his time with his girlfriend, Stacy, who always has the right words to say. But when Stacy starts losing weightNa lot of weightNit's clear she has problems of her own.

Publishers Description
Running Lean run-ning leen] A term referring to a deficiency of fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio of an internal combustion engine. A physical condition where not enough caloric fuel is present for optimal performance of the body. A spiritual condition in which a believer relies on his own strengths. Equilibrium. That's what Stacey and Calvin found in each other. He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey's mind. She is a passionate, creative spirit---and a lifeline after Calvin's soldier brother dies. But lately the balance is off. Calvin's grief is taking new and more dangerous forms. Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey's life. When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can't bear to lose another person that he loves. Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.

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Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Voice of Youth Advocates - 10/01/2013
  • CBA Retailers - 05/01/2013 page 32
  • Christian Retailing - 08/01/2013 page 32
  • Booklist - 09/01/2013 page 115


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Pages   390
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.35" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 6, 2013
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  13-17
ISBN  0310734975  
ISBN13  9780310734970  
UPC  025986734978  


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Running Lean run-ning leen] A term referring to a deficiency of fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio of an internal combustion engine. A physical condition where not enough caloric fuel is present for optimal performance of the body. A spiritual condition in which a believer relies on his own strengths. Equilibrium. That's what Stacey and Calvin found in each other. He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey's mind. She is a passionate, creative spirit---and a lifeline after Calvin's soldier brother dies. But lately the balance is off. Calvin's grief is taking new and more dangerous forms. Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey's life. When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can't bear to lose another person that he loves. Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.


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Christian Fiction  May 9, 2016
In their teens Calvin and Stacey are dealing with grief, self loathing, insecurities and fears. Diana Sharples introduce's us to believable and well defined characters that suffer what a lot of young adults deal with every day. The author brings insight to eating disorders like anorexia. Well written.
Calvin is dealing with the recent loss of his brother. Stacey and his dirt bike are his only form of peace and happiness. They support each other and are there for each other. Stacey has suffered a lot in her childhood battling problems with her weight and low self esteem. When Calvin realizes there is a problem with Stacey like losing a lot of weight he tries to help her but she is in denial and feels she doesn't need any help.
A well written book. A must read for young adults especially for girls.

I received a free copy of this book from bookfun,org for my honest opinion and review.
 
Diana L Sharples's Running Lean  Feb 19, 2015
This is a good book for young adults and their parents as it
deals with present day teen issues. The story deals with anorexia
and loss & grief of losing a loved one. The story shows what
can happen any young teens placed in these types situations plus
how it can effect their family members and friends.
The characters are well defined and very, very realistic. The
author gets inside the heads of the characters presenting them to
the reader so you can understand the inner workings that are
occurring within each character. The story moves fast and
contains a lot of harsh reality.
This book was a real eye opener for me. But I feel that the core
of the story inspires the reader with the constant faith and
direction from prayer that makes a difference in life’s decisions.
Thank you to book fun.org for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
 
tough subject well dealt with  Feb 15, 2015
Calvin Greenlee is worried about his girlfriend Stacy Varnell. At first her excuses for not eating and passing out make sense: she just ate, she isn’t feeling well, she doesn’t have time. But now, the more he thinks about it and sees how she looks and acts, he just can’t believe all that she is telling him.
After searching the internet he is convinced that Stacy is suffering from anorexia. The question becomes what does he do about it. We watch as Calvin stumbles his way through trying to help Stacy while trying not to be manipulated by her efforts to redirect his attention away from her problem. He also has to deal with Stacy’s best friend Zoe Bernetti who is proving to be a bad influence on her.
Stacy can’t see that she is damaging herself with her behavior. She can’t see that her view of the world is way off base. All she sees when she looks in the mirror is the chubby child she once was.
Her parents are clueless about her behavior. Most of the people around her don’t see what she is doing. She likes it that way. She only wants to keep them in the dark about her behavior,
This gripping book takes you on a journey into the life of a young girl with a severe eating disorder. It shows you the extent to which she will go to protect her secret and hide her issues. You are drawn into the lives of those who love her and interact with her where you see the denial and refusal to see the problem.
Is it an easy read? No! Is it a book that will open your eyes? Absolutely! I highly encourage the parents of any teenager to read this book. I encourage any teenager to read this book either to help others they know or to open their eyes to their own issues.
Diana L. Sharples has crafted a remarkably real look into the lives of those who are dealing with this very real problem. She has done so with open, honest pictures into their lives.

I was provided this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
 
For Older Teens  Feb 5, 2015
"Running Lean" is a story about Calvin Greenlee and his girlfriend Stacey. Calvin loves his old Yamaha motor bike and riding it makes him feel free. But not nearly as much as when he is with Stacey. Stacey is everything Calvin has needed in the past year, with the death of his brother Michael and his family’s grief. Stacey has been there through his tears and anger and has just...listened. Stacey is a girl with a passion for art. Her drawings captivate Calvin in there uniqueness and creativity. But she looks to Calvin to show her that she is loved. To be the affirmation that she is beautiful. But with her obsession with her weight, is she losing the one thing that means the most to her? Will Calvin stick through it with her, no matter what may happen? It seems that Calvin and Stacey’s relationship may be “Running Lean”. Stacey’s life is in the balance; will Calvin risk everything else that is important to him too save the girl who means the world to him?

I can only say this – this story made me cry. Honestly, I had tears running done my cheeks in the last few chapters. I usually don’t cry over books, but this book was so deep and sad, I just couldn’t keep the tears from running down my cheeks in the last few chapters. I loved how Calvin was searching for answers through the whole story. He wanted to help Stacey, but she shut him out. It really showed the dangers of an eating disorder. I had never really considered what an eating disorder could do to a person. How it spirals out of control until it really is the only thing a person can think of. That said, I think this story is definitely for older teens and above. I would personally say sixteen plus or a very mature fourteen/fifteen year old could handle this particular story. I thought it was a great story, just a little intense at parts, which makes me feel like an older audience is what the author had in mind. The language was good, the plot kept me turning the pages and I read this book within four days. I will be giving this book a four star rating overall and I hope Mrs. Sharples writes more in the future.

This book was given to me by Bookfun.org for my honest review, which I have given.
 
Greeat Read!  Dec 5, 2014
Running Lean
The focus of this novel is anorexia. The author of Running lean does an excellent job of giving the reader a personal look into a very serious issue .The audience for this novel l is geared towards young adults. The language used is that of a typical teenager, but I do believe that parents of teens could benefit from the information in this story.
I felt like i stepped back in time into my high school days when I started reading this novel. Teenagers deal with many emotions and acceptance issues... The writer of this novel takes the reader into the lives of a teen love story. Stacey and Calvin have a typical high school boyfriend and girlfriend relationship, but they are both dealing with their own personal struggles. Stacey is dealing with anorexia , and Calvin is trying to recover from the loss of his brother. Calvin tries to help Stacey deal with her issues but doesn't know how. and there story is told in this great read of teen romance and real life issues. Although fictional this story deals with real life stuff.
This is a clean read and has an element of faith weaved throughout the text. I really enjoyed reading this novel and it kept my attention until the very end. I liked how that the author added discussion question at the end of the novel. This turns this novel into an excellent tool for a book club read. I highly recommend this book to teen girls and parents of teen girls.
I received this book from The book club network Inc:http://www.bookfun.org/ in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review thank you Book club. and the publishers of Running lean.
 
Fantastically "real" book...must read!  Nov 20, 2014
Book Description
Calvin can feel the weight creeping in...pushing down on his heart, making it heavy and hard to breathe. The pressure threatens to crush it every time he thinks of his beloved brother killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. He thinks he can handle it...yet every time he sees the folded up flag he doesn't know whether he wants to punch something or cry. The one person he thinks he can count on is his quirky girlfriend Stacey. Only she's been acting weird lately...
Stacey knows Calvin is going to find out. Soon. Just not yet. She can't handle his disappointment, his lecture, his...lies. Lies. That's what they've been. Every compliment ever bestowed upon her by her boyfriend, mom, friends. All evil lies meant to build her up when she knows the truth. She isn't worth it, she's ugly, and she can be better, as long as she fixes this one big flaw she has...
In the midst of tears, tragedies, bullying, and severe issues no teen should have to deal with, yet many do, Calvin and Stacey find their relationship tested farther then they ever thought possible. Will will they withstand the trials in time for the triumphs? Or will it be too late?
What I liked
I love that Diana didn't write this as a non-fiction. As a fiction lover, teen, and girl, I can honestly say I connect so much better to a fiction. This book was no different. The author created characters that were believable and a story line that we can relate to.
What I didn't like
Yikes. This book was HEAVY. As a teen girl myself (15) and being what I would consider not an ideal weight, I really can see how Stacey would feel pressured. Though I personally would never go that path, I'm sure many others would say the same and end up anorexic so I understand those who have gone through it better then before. Though personally I think the bullying and other issues made the book more eye opening for me and therefore more worth reading, others may find it too heavy.

Why my rating is what it is
My rating is four stars because this book is real. For some it may be too real, hence the missing star to make it fantastic but for me it was great. Add in the fact that this is the first published book by Diana Sharples, not only do you have a great book, but a truly "new" author! Please read her book and help her out. You can't just read the review...you have to give it a try. You never know what gold you'll find! :)

I recieved this book from Zondervan and Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
 
First young adult book i've read  Nov 17, 2014
I just finished reading Running Lean by Diana Sharples. Wow is all I can say. This was the first young adult book I read. I think I will be reading more. I have a teenager and middle school child and it was neat for me to know what the author was talking about because I am experiencing some of the same things (trends) with my own kids. Made me feel not quite so old. 

Great book - I think it portrayed teenagers very realistically which in a way made me sad but in a way gave me hope too. The author did a great job of depicting Stacey’s downhill struggle with anorexia as well as watching her deteriorate from the viewpoint of the boyfriend. That was a different perspective and I loved it!

Anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder is familiar with the voices that Stacey played over and over in her head - and being that we have a family history of anorexia and eating disorders on both sides of my family, the story hit a little too close to home at times. I loved too how at the end of the book she realistically stated that “anorexia was something Stacey would deal with her entire life, to a degree.” While I believe God can give Christ followers complete freedom from strongholds that capture their lives, He also sometimes chooses to allow the strongholds to remain below the surface - maybe so His child learns how to depend on God on a daily basis? I don’t want to speak for God’s reasons, but in my experience, it’s true - anorexia isn’t something a person is cured from (although it is possible) but instead it flares in times of stress and is always there. The voices just get quieter.

I will definitely read more from this author. So glad to have met her through the Book Club Network.

I received this book for free from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
 
Great book for mentors of teens  Nov 14, 2014
Calvin’s family has been turned upside down by the death of his older brother. Stacey is the beautiful teen, his rock, which kept him together during his trial. But now she is becoming thinner and thinner, an anorexic. Her girlfriend is encouraging her. Calvin knows it’s not healthy – but what can he do?

This is their story – as Calvin tries to do the right thing and Stacey keeps thinking she is too fat. As the mother of teenaged girls I found this book disturbing but also encouraging to stay connected to my girls and to watch for warning signs. I do encourage those who have young men and women in their lives to read this to become more aware of the signs and dangers of anorexia.
 
Great book that will have you thinking!  Nov 12, 2014
Often, I've found that reading about something in the form of a novel has a much greater impact than a nonfiction book written on the same subject. That's definitely the case with "Running Lean." Not only was this a great story with well-drawn characters and a compelling plot, but it gave me a much deeper understanding and empathy for those who struggle with anorexia and those who love them and struggle to know how to help. I was really amazed at how the book felt like a first-hand perspective, bringing to life the emotions and issues that often come with being a young adult, not just those dealing with anorexia. An excellent read for teenagers or parents of teenagers! Plenty of drama, plenty of depth, and plenty of things that will keep you thinking after you've read the last page! Definitely recommended! Thanks to bookfun.org for the opportunity to read and review this book!
 
High on drama, low on plot  Nov 9, 2014
Stacey is creative and passionate, in love with her boyfriend Calvin, and thinks she's fat. Calvin loves his motorcycle and his girlfriend Stacey, and is desperately missing his deceased brother. The two of them need each other, but neither one will realize the how far their love and friendship will be tested.

The author has taken the delicate subject of anorexia and written it for young adults. The story was full of emotion and drama. The characters seemed to be one dimensional and the story pivoted around the anorexia issue. There were some details that I felt could have been expanded on or where left out, but the author wasn't reaching out to my age group. So perhaps this is something that will not bother young adults. Parents should take the heavy issues of sex, drugs, eating disorders, etc. into consideration when getting this book for their child. They are real issues that teenagers deal with, but might be a bit heavy for some children. All in all, it was a heavy subject with lots of drama, but could be very relatable to teenagers facing these issues.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
 
Everything needs energy to run  Nov 1, 2014
"Running Lean" is in the young adult fiction genre, which deals with some very real and serious issues. The main characters, Stacey and Calvin, have been dating for about six months when the story begins. At first they find their relationship fills a need they each have. Calvin is struggling to deal with a death in his family, and Stacey is dealing with some emotional trauma as a result of abuse at the hands of a family member.
Add teenagers filled with confused emotions to school work, family responsibilities, and peer pressure and you have the makings of a strong storyline. Diana L. Sharples has written a book filled with strong emotions and serious issues. Calvin and Stacey have some strong dependency issues and seem to be on the verge of breaking up many times throughout the book. As Calvin discovers some of Stacey's secrets he has big decisions to make. He can't lose another person he loves, but he doesn't know if he can save her. I don't want to give away too much, so if you want to know more, you will have to read the book.
While this story stayed PG rated it does have very serious issues like Anorexia, making out, depression, body image, and mild sexual abuse as well as bullying. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
 
Powerful message for all young girls  Oct 28, 2014
This is the story of a teenage girl with anorexia, but it is so much more than that. It is also a story of young love, teenage relationships, and growing faith. The story centers on a teenage couple as they deal with school, family issues, and their young love. We go along, step by step, with Calvin as he discovers his girlfriend’s secret and what it means. My heart ached for both of them as they journeyed through the stages of Stacey’s anorexia, willing an adult to take notice and help. It’s a difficult story to read, but one that should be read by every young girl so they can realize how damaging this disease can be. Every parent of a young girl would also benefit from the story as it realistically portrays how easily it is to hide anorexia until it is at the dangerous level for a girl’s health. Parents should never feel guilty about being involved and attentive to all parts of their children’s lives. I also liked the underlying spiritual messages in the story – portraying how God has a hand in how our lives play out and the people we come in contact with along the way. The discussion questions in the back are a great way to reflect on what you read and would be a wonderful tool to lead a group discussion on this book.
I received this book from Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review
 
A very good book dealing with the subject of anorexia  Oct 23, 2014
This is a very thought provoking book. This book is about two teenagers, Stacey and Calvin. They are in love with each other and would do anything for the other. Everything seems to be fine except they're both dealing with different matters in their life. Calvin lost a brother. Stacey is dealing with anorexia. This follows their life as Calvin tries to help Stacey as much as he can. This book is very informative on the subject of anorexia and understanding what goes through young people's minds as they go through it. It really helped me understand it more. I would highly recommend this book especially to those who have dealt with or have dealt with someone having anorexia. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
 
Young Adult Christian Fiction  Oct 20, 2014
Running Lean is a book primarily for young adults. It deals with the normal angst, jealousies, friendships, boy-girl relationships and the heartaches that are part of life. The story is told primarily from Calvin's perspective. He comes from a large family, recently lost his older brother while is was stationed overseas in the army. That leaves Calvin without his big brother's influence and help, makes him the oldest of the children at home. His favorite hobby is riding his dirt bike, that is always coming apart due to its age. Stacey and Calvin have become more than friends after his brother's death. She was there for him to talk to, her quirky sense of humor and style. While Calvin is studious and hard working, she is more artistic and creative. Her best friend is Zoe, who doesn't like "farm boy" Calvin and lets everyone know it. There is heartache, misunderstandings between the parents and young adults and Stacey's picture of herself isn't how others truly see her. She is filled with self-loathing and tries to change her style and looks. Calvin is afraid not to say something because he doesn't think he can stand to lose anyone else. Its been less than a year since his brother died.

The book reminded me of when I was teen and the emotions, misunderstandings, self doubt and all the other things young adults go through. I'm surprised - I'm a grandmother and I thought I had forgotten all of that. This book brought it back to me. Sit back and enjoy/cringe at the emotions that confront these young high school adults and how they are trying to deal with what life throws at them. Faith isn't a big part of at the first of the book but it becomes stronger and helps more as the book progresses.

I received this book through www.bookfun.org and the publisher to read, leave reviews and give my hones opinion. This book has some dark moments but this is when the teens faith starts to grow. There is no foul language or explicit sexual scenes. This book does deal with things that trouble our young adults in today's world.
 
2 In-Love Teens Deal with Anorexia  Oct 19, 2014
“I can’t watch you kill yourself to be skinny. Besides, you’re not fat. Since I’ve known you, you’ve never been fat. I loved the way you looked when I met you, and I love you now,” Calvin confesses to Stacey in Diana L. Sharples’s book, "Running Lean."

This four hundred page paperback targets mainly young adults, especially high school teenagers. With no profanity, the topics of under-aged drinking, fondling, premarital sex, and anorexia may not be apropos for immature readers. Acknowledgements, discussion questions, and the publisher’s advertisements complete the book. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

In this young adult romance, sixteen year old Stacey is madly in love with Calvin and visa versa. When Calvin’s brother, Michael, died serving his country, the artsy and creative girl was there for him, listening, loving, and not judging his actions and emotions.

Convinced by her eclectic, charismatic friend, Zoe, that she needs to go on a diet, Stacey hides her aversion to food, but Calvin senses something is amiss in their high-school relationship. Working on his brother’s old Yamaha motorcycle that has problems running lean, the young man is determined to fix both the bike and his girlfriend’s problems.

As Stacey conceals every calorie consumed, Calvin not only notices her thinness and health issues, he sees her changing personality and her moods swing from tender to melodramatic, accusing him of being interested in one of his best friends. As another close friend tells him Stacey has a body-image problem and controls their relationship, he does not know Zoe is promoting further dieting, while trying to break up their relationship with her negativity.

Wanting to help his girlfriend, Calvin tries to talk to her about her anorexia but she refuses his intervention until medical issues take over her body. Thinking God does not listen to him, Calvin must rely on Him for direction to uncover her healing.

Although the book focuses on first love between two inexperienced young adults that recently received their drivers’ licenses, the topic of anorexia and its deadly symptoms is important to any age-bracket reader who may be facing the same situation. With sporadic inputs of having a personal relationship with Christ, the book lacks in spiritual depth but may be acceptable as a teen read.

Thanks to The Book Club Network Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
Blog site: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/running-lean/
 
Compelling characters, great read  Oct 18, 2014
Teens Stacey and Calvin are high school sweethearts dealing with some very serious problems, anorexia and the death of a sibling. Calvin’s older brother died in Afghanistan and Stacey is hiding a life-threatening secret of her own. Stacey helps Calvin to deal with the death of his beloved brother. As time goes on Calvin realizes Stacey has a problem and try’s to help her. He is understanding, compassionate, sensitive and tries not make things worst. Farmer boy as Stacey’s BFF calls him is a great boyfriend and would be any girls dream.
I found this book to be intense and heartbreaking at times. It was very informative about anorexia. The characters were well thought out, real, like any teen you might meet on the street or the kid next door. I found their pain to be real, they were emotional and had me take a hard look at someone I care about that suffers from anorexia. The author Diana L. Sharples gave great insight into the life an anorexia and the worry it causes those that care about them. She handled a sensitive subject with compassion and sensitivity of someone that may have lived with this. I give 5 stars to Running Lean and highly recommend it. I can’t wait for other family members read it to see how it effects them.
I want to give a high-five to the author Diana L. Sharples and publisher Blink for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
 
Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples  Mar 11, 2014
Stacey Varnell had some very real and very deep seeded issues. Memories from her past keep rushing back. An uncle that made passes at her, claiming he like chubby girls and kids at school making fun of her weight, even her own dad calling her chubbikins. After losing weight and meeting Calvin, Stacey thought her life was going great--until the voices in her head kept telling her she was going to be fat again and no one would love her. It was a battle the voices intended to win even if it cost Stacey her life.

When Calvin Greenlee lost his brother, Michael, to the war in Afghanistan he thought he would never smile again--until he met Stacey Varnell. She comforted him and listened to his hurts, giving him a shoulder to cry on. She made his world right again and he loved her for it. But when Stacey starts getting sicker, Calvin realizes a whole new kind of heartbreak. If he tries to help her he might lose her, if he doesn't he could lose her anyway. As Calvin fights his fears of losing Stacey, she is fighting agonizing fears of her own. Can they both win the hardest battle of their lives?

Stacey fought some very serious demons. Her perception of herself was so distorted. Where she saw ugly, fat and unloveable, others saw only beauty. The voices in her head screamed she was fat when, in actuality, her clothes hung loosely on her body. She was a sixteen year-old girl full of anguish and fear, who was scarred from unkind words in her past. She had OCD tendencies and she was fighting a very verbal killer--anorexia nervosa.

Calvin--I loved Calvin and Calvin loved Stacey. He loved her with everything he had. When she was at her worst he would tell her how beautiful she was. He did his best to love Stacey through her battle with anorexia. He had a huge heart and such a cute way of tugging on his hair whenever he was upset or flustered. He loved riding his Yamaha and the hum of the motor helped him forget his worries for a little while. I loved the way he turned to God even when, deep down, he couldn't bring himself to completely rely on God to handle the situation.

I remember watching a TV movie once that starred Tracey Gold as an anorexic teen entitled, For the Love of Nancy. That movie has stayed with me ever since just as this book will stay with me for a very long time. I could literally feel Stacey's and Calvin's fear and anguish for two very different reasons. Stacey's struggle within herself was so heart-wrenching while Calvin's struggle of how to save her was heartbreaking. I found myself wanting to reach out and hug them. Anorexia nervosa effects millions of young adults and the stark reality of this horrible disorder is vividly portrayed in the effect it has on the person's life and those that love them. I can't begin to describe the emotions she wrung out of the characters and me. I found myself crying several times throughout the book and I am certain you will need tissues too. The story line was just spot-on from beginning to end. Absolutely perfect. I also loved the way the term "running lean" connects the three majors themes in this book--Stacey's battle with anorexia, Calvin's love of motorcycles and not letting God have control of our lives. I don't believe this book could have been any better and I can't say enough about it. If you don't fall in love with the characters and the story itself something definitely wrong. Anorexia nervosa is a devastating and very deadly disorder. If you are battling this disorder or know someone that is, please read this book. I believe Stacey's struggles might help in some way. But, even if you're not effected by this disease in any way, I still highly recommend it because it is an amazing story from beginning to end!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I loved it.
 

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