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    Breathtaking and heartbreaking

    As always when finishing a book by Pepper Winters, my feelings are all over the place. At ten years old, after two years as a slave, Ren decides to make a run for it. What he didn't expect was a baby hidden in his luggage. Faced with decisions no ten years old should ever have to make, Ren becomes Della's protector, her guardian, her family. We follow their story through 18 years and from both POV. From Della's present self, recounting thing for an assignment, and from Ren's as things happened. The Boy and his Ribbon is... I'm not sure I have the words right now to describe it. There is so much feelings and emotions in those pages. You feel the love, the hope and despair, the growth of Ren and Della. But most of all, we witnessed the hardships that Ren faced all those years and what it meant for Della. And you can't help but fall in love with those characters. Ren's devotion towards his Ribbon is a beautiful thing one can only hope to someday achieve. And Della's dedication and revelations through her assignment will leave you wondering about her future. I've just finished this book and I already want the next one. Surely that's what everybody will want after reaching the last page. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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    Rated 4.5 Stars

    The Boy and his Ribbon wasn't what I was expecting at all which is a great thing. I loved for the most part where the author took the story. My issues were with character's decisions and such. It's an entanglement of a few things. I loved how the author tied those things together to create this unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting but not only that it will have you running through a gamut of emotions while reading. I enjoyed it immensely even when I was annoyed or irritated by something a character did or said. It's angsty which I'm not much of a fan of but it enhanced the reading experience. I'm extremely excited to see how the author concludes this story. I highly recommend it. ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
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    Wow!!!!!

    This book is absolutely fantastic. It breaks your heart, mends it only to then break it again. Pepper Winters you are such a fantastic author. You draw the reader in and make them feel every emotion in this book. Can not wait for part 2! There aren't enough stars to rate this book with!
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    Awestruck Mesmerizing

    I shouldn’t be surprised what Pepper Winter writes because she has true writing talent. This storyline is so captivating. You are thrown into the turmoil of the characters. The characters are brilliantly honest. As a reader you cannot be captivated and appreciate their hurt. A definite must read as it delves into a subject that to most is taboo. But the writing brings out the innoncence and unfairness of their reality.
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    Fantastic, heartfelt story!

    I want to scream and rage and sob and allow all the indiscernible words and sounds that this book stirred in me loose. But there is no way. No possible way to describe all the feelings, emotions, desire and need this book gave me and then so sharply took away. I am broken. So incredibly, completely broken by the story of Ren and Della. I went into this book with one expectation and as it slowly unfolds, was pretty sure I knew the path it would take. Before I realized it, these characters were going in a whole different direction and I rearranged my predictions and settled in for a different journey. Then wildly, I ended up somewhere I never even imagined I would be. Oh sure, some of it I knew would happen but never did I foresee it unfolding in the manner that it did. Never did I expect these characters to live, dream, struggle and make the decisions that they did. This is one of the most poignant books I’ve read in…well, probably forever! The voice this author gave to both Ren and Della resonated within me and kept me captivated unable to set it aside for even a brief respite. I needed to know what happened next. How did Ren go from one place in his life to the next with such insurmountable odds against him? How does a young child grow up in these conditions? And how does a man make the choices he made and find peace for himself now that the end is here? I could summarize Ren and Della’s story. I could add a tad more than the blurb gives you. And really, it could be done without really spoiling anything. But the truth of the matter is, this book isn’t just about these characters’ story, but about the emotion that comes from living a life outside the norm all while you hold fast to the one that gives you peace even while you struggle for survival. There is no summary that’s going to allow you to understand that this book is more than a story. It’s feeling and thinking and deciphering how each one of us would handle it should we have ever been in Ren and Della’s situation. I didn’t want this story to end and I certainly didn’t want it to end when it did and in the manner that it did. Pepper Winters literally wrenched my heart out of my chest and flung it across the room and there is no possible way for it to be healed and replaced until I get the conclusion to Ren and Della’s story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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