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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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    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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    Punishable gluttony

    I can't breathe. What I want to happen may never come to pass. It's moral code versus the heart don't lie. Who will win? Even when you're the same age and know each other from preteen, does the one you love ever see you as anything, as anyone but child? Not sure if it's a possibility. For my ❤️ sake, I hope so.
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    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just read one of the most soul clenching, heart rending, and utterly hopeful love stories. And yet, I am a sobbing mess of despair. You see, the Boy & his Ribbon, isn't a traditional love story. It's a story filled with love, hope, and devotion. It's an idealistic dream in a reality far too dismal to imagine. A love and bond created in hardship. A love developing over time. A family. the Boy & his Ribbon. I still hurt all over from this book. It's impossible to finish this story without a heart rending ache. It's impossible not to echo Della's feelings. It's not probable that you can read this story and be satisfied with the end because it is truly a beginning. But we don't know to what, and honestly, that tears my heart up wondering. I'm afraid of what will become of my friends. I'm afraid of the rift. But most of all, I'm terrified I won't get my fantasy Disney dream. You see this melancholy story is the perfect set up for an amazing fairytale... But life isn't fairytales. Pepper Winters is a genius at shredding my heart. She has never let me down and so I will struggle with my need. I will clutch my chest hoping for quick relief. But we both know, that nothing Pepper writes comes without sacrifice. I know it will hurt but when it comes to books....I am masochist begging to be hurt more. Clawing for the pain, I will always, ALWAYS, ask, plead, beg, chant, and pant for more. In the end, you will be just as needy. Don't say you weren't warned! Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood This book is beyond anything I have ever read by this author. It's compelling, heartbreaking, and beautiful. As always the characters are complex, they fuel a driving need to be wrapped up in their story. To be a part of it...
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