Run For It All (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Run For It All
Author: Carolyn LeVine Topol
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: September 22, 2016
Genre(s): Young adult, gay contemporary romance, sports
Page Count: 207 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

When fifteen-year-old David Martin is forced to go live with his dad and his dad’s partner in Connecticut, he dreads leaving his comfortable New York City life with his two moms, especially because his dad hasn’t exactly been there for him over the years.

But with both of his moms off on a year-long job in Europe, he’s got no choice. Another thing he doesn’t have a choice about? His growing attraction to other boys. To help him deal with it all, David takes up running, first with his dad’s partner, and then with his new crush and captain of the track team, the openly gay Kevin Ringer.

After David and Kevin are attacked in the locker room following a meet, David must come to terms with his own insecurities as he navigates the ups and downs of first love, gets to know his dad in a whole new light, and tries to create a life for himself far from the world he once knew.

This book just blew me away. I was taken completely by surprise by how much I really enjoyed this book. Don’t get me wrong I was looking forward to reading it but most young adult books are not truly about the connection but more about lust for their partner. Not this book. I really feel like one of the main characters grew up right before my eyes while reading this book and went from a child to a very confident young man with a very bright future ahead of him.

David and Kevin are the main characters in this book in my opinion even though the book is is Davids perspective but there are also quite a few supporting characters in this book that deserve recognition also. Those supporting roles go to Rob (David’s biological father), Steve (David’s other father, pops), Jesse (Kevin’s sister), and even John (you will have to read the book to find out his role in this book). Without these people this book would not have been half as good as it was.

David has not really had a relationship with his father ever except in passing. So when he has to go live with him for a year while his two moms are out of the country for work, David is NOT excited at all. But that soon changes the closer he and Steve get and even more so when he finally makes a friend in Jesse. Things start to fall into place after making friends with Jesse because he joins the track team and becomes friends with Jesse’s brother Kevin, who is also the team captain. Both boys start to get closer and closer as the year goes on and become boyfriends. Things seem to being going grey for them, then trouble hits and David handles it all pourly. After learning from his mistakes and his fathers mistakes also, David starts to get his act together.

It seems no matter how good things are going trouble seems to follow both David and Kevin. The two boys have to not only navigate high school, being openly gay and a couple, but the have to figure out how to wade through all of the issues that seem to keep arising around them.

This book was such a wonderful read about young love. I found myself cheering on the characters in this book at every good thing that happened and sending them my support at all the bad. Carolyn LeVine Topol did amazing work on this book. It was not too sappy and it was not over the top, IT WAS JUST RIGHT!!!!

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Galley copy of Run for it All provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.