The Long Run (Original)

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"A boldly authentic new voice in queer fiction." --Abdi Nazemian, author of Stonewall Honor book Like a Love Story and The Chandler Legacies

Two track and field athletes find an unexpected but powerful love in this unapologetically blunt and unforgettably real YA debut.

Sebastian Villeda is over it. Over his rep. Over his bros. Over being "Bash the Flash," fastest sprinter in South Jersey. His dad is gone, his mom is dead, and his stepfather is clueless. Bash has no idea what he wants out of life. Until he meets Sandro.

Sandro Miceli is too nice for his own good. The middle child in an always-growing, always-screaming Italian family, Sandro walks around on a broken foot to not bother his busy parents. All he wants is to get out and never look back.

When fate--in the form of a party that gets busted--brings these two very different boys together, neither of them could've predicted finding a love that they'd risk everything for...

"James Acker's The Long Run introduces us to two funny, unique, passionate narrators, and also to a boldly authentic new voice in queer fiction. Written with equal doses of heart and ferocity, this is a fabulous debut. Bash and Sandro will run away with your heart." --Abdi Nazemian, author of Stonewall Honor book Like a Love Story and The Chandler Legacies

"Raw, real, electric, and unputdownable, The Long Run goes the distance! Acker boldly breaks all the rules with his poignant, passionate prose. I never wanted to leave Sandro and Bash, who show us that love--and sex--is not a sprint to the finish, but an investment in the long run." --Steven Salvatore, critically acclaimed author of And They Lived...

"Sandro and Bash are not your typical YA queer couple, so buckle up! They curse, they're coarse, and they're in love--maybe. Don't ask them, it's complicated. James Acker is a splashy new voice with an unforgettable romcom about tough guys with soft hearts." --Adam Sass, award-winning author of Surrender Your Sons and The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers

"The Long Run is a raw, emotional love story anchored in two journeys of self-discovery... A stunning novel." --Bookpage, starred review

"Refreshingly credible images of the messy lives and desires of contemporary teens." --Publishers Weekly

"A thoughtful coming-of-age story and tender romance with two memorable main characters that will wiggle their way into readers' hearts and stay long past the final page." --BCCB

Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pub date:
400 pages
Format: Hardcover