- By J.B. Chicoine

Portrait of a Girl Running

  • Title: Portrait of a Girl Running
  • Author: J.B. Chicoine
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Portrait of a Girl Running All Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention Not that she has any big secret to protect but her unconventional upbringing has made her very

    All Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention Not that she has any big secret to protect, but her unconventional upbringing has made her very private At seventeen, she realizes just how odd it was that two men raised her one black, one white and no mother Not to mention they were blues musicians, always on the mAll Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention Not that she has any big secret to protect, but her unconventional upbringing has made her very private At seventeen, she realizes just how odd it was that two men raised her one black, one white and no mother Not to mention they were blues musicians, always on the move When her father died, he left her with a fear of foster care and a plan that would help her fall between the cracks of the system Three teachers make that impossible the handsome track coach, her math teacher from hell, and a jealous gym instructor Compromising situations, accusations of misconduct, and judicial hearings put Leila s autonomy and even her dignity at risk, unless she learns to trust an unlikely ally.

    1 thought on “Portrait of a Girl Running

    1. Another marvellous novel by J.B.Chicoine! Portrait of a Girl Running is all about a girl growing up in a bi-racial family and how she protects herself from the world when one of her dad dies. This book brings out all the right emotions and feelings and pain, and that will keep the readers more engrossed into the deep, dark, mature novel.Thanks once again to the author, J.B.Chicoine, for providing me with a copy of her book in return for an honest review.Leila, a 17-year old girl, is raised up by [...]

    2. JB Chicoine has done it again! She takes us on a trip through time and family dysfunction, yet somehow, like a fairy tale of old, manages to give us a happy ending.The main character Leila, has survived an unstable world -- living in a bi-racial family with two dads, surrounded by drug addiction and jazz musicians, and then the tragedy of one of her father's deaths all before she turns eighteen. In order to beat the social service system and foster care, she runs to Long Island and lives with he [...]

    3. A really beautiful story not only of romantic love, but of familial love, friendship, and growing up after a childhood of transience and neglect. Will definitely read the sequelough I am worried based on some reviewsI loved all of the musical and artistic references throughout the work. They made a wonderful soundtrack.

    4. I came across this book whilst searching for something about running. The running genre isn't exactly a crowded field at least if we're talking about running-fiction and most of the books I have read or come across are fairly old. This is stuff like the 'The Loneliness of the long distance runner' or 'Once a runner.'Upon reading the blurb I wasn't even sure that the book would have anything other than a tangential relationship to the topic so I got in touch with the author who kindly gave me the [...]

    5. Although this story has a young-adult character, Leila, the feel of the story is more adult. Set in Leila’s senior year of high school, on her own after the death of her father and in a new environment, Leila struggles with her artistic bent, plays blues piano with a bunch of Delta blues octogenarians every Saturday night, and runs as a way of coping with her a past that is quickly catching up to her. Throw into the mix her unconventional relationships with two male teachers, and I was surpris [...]

    6. Leila is a young girl who has faced many unusual circumstances in her life. She is trying to build a life for herself while keeping under the radar as she finishes her senior year of high school. Her mother is gone and her father has died, but she wants to be independent and stay "out of the system." As she builds relationships with friends, coaches, and teachers suspicions arise that make it difficult for her to remain anonymous. She has to face many trying situations as she moves forward attem [...]

    7. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. There are just so many wonderful aspects of Girl Running that take this book far beyond simply being a student-teacher novel. It possesses elements of jazz and photography that are expertly descriptive and so enticing that at many points, I thought I could actually hear the music. Chicoine’s characters are very in-depth and truly unforgettable. Girl Running has many themes that are intricately woven in the story and it has many touching moments that are truly u [...]

    8. J.B. Chicoine constantly amazes me at the depth she's able to give her characters. I truly felt connected to Leila and could feel empathy at every crossroads in front if her. Because Leila's past has some darkness to it, this novel felt a little more adult than your typical YA. Yes, Leila is 17 years old, but there's a maturity there as well as some deeper and more emotional themes.I hope that in the next book Leila learns even more how to come into her own and free herself from her past. I hope [...]

    9. Easy to read and as the story goes along the characters begin to take shape and draw you in. Looking forward to book two

    10. this was so interesting to read, even though not as dramatic as i expected? Idk, i just felt a little disappointed so that's why it's 3 stars for me. I really like the main character. She's a problematic one, with lots of unresolved issues, so she's a train wreck. You know, the kind of character that I like. Then there's the guy that's her age, then there's the math's teacher that ends being more of a father's figure than a lover (thank god) and then there's the gym teacher that ends being a lov [...]

    11. I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It sucked me in pretty quickly, and I had to see what was going to happen next. I loved the "forbidden" love aspect she put into the story. It keeps you guessing until the very end. The emotional ups and downs the main character has to face pull you into the story. I can't wait to read the next one!!!

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