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The Boy: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Lara Santoro

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Title:The Boy: A Novel
Authors:Lara Santoro
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2013), Hardcover, 192 pages
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Tags:coming of age, drug abuse, romance

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Reading this one was a little strange for me. The setting and subject matter are eerily similar to my own novel, Sabrina's Window, about a boy and a woman, set in Taos, New Mexico. Beyond that, however, the two story lines are very different.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lara Santoro's deeply felt and painfully realistic portrayal of her entire band of characters. ( )
  AlRiske | May 7, 2013 |
Did not finish.
  gmac10 | Apr 29, 2013 |
I got no idea how to rate this book and thus I’ll leave it without a rating for now.

Equally hard is it to review this one. This isn’t a book you will love but one that will make you think. You can’t just write a review gushing endlessly, instead you’ve got a story filled with honesty, although it’s the kind of honesty that not everyone wants to hear.

This isn’t a pretty story - there’ll be no rainbows and you might want to consider that before you pick it up. Instead you’ll get a story about a woman who stumbles her way through motherhood and her countless mistakes, not only concerning her child but her whole life.

The writing style was extremely different from anything I’ve read before and I’m sure that many people will have a problem with it. The story doesn’t flow quite as well but for me that mirrored the vents of the story itself. It wasn’t a smooth journey and the writing wasn’t either but for me it worked.

One thing is for sure, this book made me grateful for my life and my parents who certainly didn’t have it easy either. And that’s exactly why we need books like this – not because we have to see how badly others do but to remind ourselves how good our lives are. That sometimes one choice can ruin not only your own life, but also that of another innocent person. That with one small thoughtless choice, we might ruin lives.

One more thing that I want to make clear, this is no lovers tale, don't let the cover fool you and still it was very much worth reading.
  HereWithoutYou | Mar 31, 2013 |
I won this in a First Reads Giveaway.

I loved this book so much, every part of it. I was hooked in from the very first page and didn't couldn't put it down until after I had finished it; after I sat stunned for some time by the ending.

Even if you've read similar plots, I'd still suggest picking up this book. It's written so beautifully. It's practically poetic in starkly highlighting the deep, dark reality too many people experience, and too few admit. It's not a pleasant or happy story. It's a haunting tale about taking the wrong turn. I enjoyed reading book because it hits hard, and pulls no punches. The characters in this book are all realistic tragically flawed humans. They withdraw a reaction, and their story is emotionally impacting.

I'm going to read the author's other book, Mercy for sure and be on the look out for more books by her. I love her voice, and her style. ( )
  BrokeBookBank | Nov 25, 2012 |
The Boy is a brutally honest story about a woman’s mistakes and corrupt choices and the heart wrenching consequences that they cause. Anna moves halfway across the world to a small town in New Mexico with her daughter to escape and start a new life after a bitter divorce. Unfortunately, the mistakes and choices she makes put her on a downward spiral starting with an affair with a boy that is half her age and ending in tragedy.

This story was not at all what I thought it would be about after seeing the title and reading the blurb on the back. Yes, there is a boy in the story that Anna has a sensuous and obsessive affair with, but it is in no way the main plot line. Their relationship doesn't begin until close to hallway through the story and as a reader you never get any insight into their relationship and why they are together or what feelings they have for each other except lust.

Anna is unlikable, erratic, and confusing. One minute she is joyfully playing with her daughter at the river and the next she is screaming at her to go to her room and mind her own business. Anna wants to be a good mother, but she is incapable because of her unpredictable moods, selfish choices, and drug abuse. It showcases the sacrifices motherhood requires and how some women no matter how heart-wrenching it is, can’t make those sacrifices.

I wasn't able to set this book down and read in about 4 hours. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it finally did, it broke my heart. I am giving this book 3.5 stars because even though I didn't like and couldn't relate to the plot, this story will be with me for weeks to come. It is beautifully written, hauntingly thought provoking, and not for the faint of heart. ( )
  erinhill01 | Nov 14, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316206237, Hardcover)

Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a twenty-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her---and her life suddenly has a new focus.

She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman's unthinkable rebellion.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:35 -0400)

A middle-aged, single mother going through an ugly divorce begins a torrid, irresponsible, and obsessive love affair with a twenty-year-old neighbor, resulting in life-changing consequences.

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