- File Size: 2745 KB
- Print Length: 375 pages
- Publication Date: April 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJX3VD6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Boy from the Streets Kindle Edition
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At first blush, it seems to be a modern take on “The Prince and the Pauper.” Without giving away too much of the plot, Pedro and Jose are separated at birth. One boy is adopted by wealthy parents while the other is discarded like so much trash. Years later, they’re reunited, and that’s about where the similarities end with, “The Prince and the Pauper.”
Every time I thought I had this book figured out, it twisted. I lost sleep reading well into the night. I picked it up again when I woke. I spent an hour choking back tears while my husband looked at me as if I’d lost my mind. My poor dog brought me his favorite toy to comfort me. Still, I continued reading to the bittersweet ending.
I absolutely loved it! I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-written tale. The descriptions are beautifully done, and the story speaks to the endurance of the human spirit. Brava to Ms. Gibbs. She’s quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite authors.
When Fernando and Christina bring Jose back to Brasil 12 years later will they be able to find his twin, Pedro? Will the past be explained and how does the past link up to the present circumstances revolving around everyone?
I enjoyed this book and how everything came together in totally different ways than what you thought was going to happen. There were definitely a few things that I was not expecting and a couple of times I had to go over in my mind the different characters as I was confused with the names.
It was interesting to see the reasons that Jose created in his mind about why they were back in Brasil looking for his twin and it made me sad to see what Jose thought. I really liked both Pedro and Jose and both have had their respective struggles.
I think one thing that shocked me a little was remembering that they were only 12 years old in the book as many times I felt like they were so much older than that with everything that they had gone through and were going through.
The way everything was tied together was so interesting but I really would have liked to know more about the police officer Martinez and what was really behind all of his cruel actions from the beginning of the book to the end. I understood all of the tie ins but why was he this way?
I was definitely mad at Teo at the end for turning on everyone just because he was mad at the past and the ghosts of the past. I saw what was coming and I was surprised that Teo thought better.
The ending was both sad and happy. I was sad for everyone that lost their life through the book but I was happy with the new beginnings that Jose, Pedro and Carlos received!
When facing insurmountable odds, the novel brings out a fairy tale of hope, and we want the characters to succeed. We follow them through their hardships and strong emotions. The book also touches on some of the hardships facing the Brazilian nation.
The beginning was a little disjointed as the author flipped between points of view quickly, providing snippets of information that didn’t seem to go together. But that’s when the fun of solving the mystery kicked in. You have to keep reading to make sense of it all, and little by little the characters and info start to meld together and form an intriguing story.
I always say I want to read books that make me feel something. To say that I felt something reading this book is an understatement. Already a fan of Maria Gibbs, this one exceeded all my expectations, which were already high. Do I recommend it? Oh yeah!
What a brilliant read.
This is an absolutely amazing story. I loved it and am sure it will be a best seller.
Superbly written, Characters so well described that you think you have known them all your life.
Founder of Chill with a Book Awards