Title: Running with Lions
By: Julian Winters
Call #: YA Fiction Winte.J
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 at 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 spark more than just friendship between them.
This sugar-sweet love story is the perfect book to enjoy if you enjoyed “Love, Simon” or are looking for a story about sports with a twist. Julian Winters was even able to get someone like me, a sports outsider, excited about soccer.