The Long Run

The Long Run by James Acker
James Acker
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jul 10, 2023

The Long Run by James Acker is a compelling novel that follows the journey of Thomas, a young man from a small town who dreams of becoming a professional athlete. As he navigates the challenges and obstacles in pursuit of his goal, Thomas discovers that success requires much more than talent and determination. Along the way, he confronts personal setbacks, explores the complexities of relationships, and grapples with the harsh realities of the competitive sports industry. Acker skillfully constructs together themes of ambition, perseverance, and self-discovery, offering an exploration of the sacrifices and compromises individuals make in their pursuit of greatness. Ultimately, The Long Run is a tale that reminds readers of the importance of resilience and staying true to oneself in the face of adversity.

Opinion: The most compelling aspect of The Long Run was its realistic portrayal of the challenges and sacrifices involved in pursuing one's dreams. The author, James Acker, skillfully captured the emotions and internal struggles that Thomas faced throughout his journey. The book highlighted the importance of resilience, hard work, and self-belief, while also shedding light on the often harsh realities of the competitive sports industry. There were moments in the book that left me feeling a bit disappointed. There were instances where I felt the pacing slowed down, and certain subplots could have been further developed. However, it was still a good book nonetheless. I would highly recommend The Long Run to anyone who enjoys sports stories, tales of ambition and perseverance, or narratives that explore personal growth. It's a book that resonated with me and I realized the struggle of athletes. I give this book a three out of five.

Written by
Mahad Z.

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