Urban Drama – A Boy from the Streets

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Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.

Murder.

Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.

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Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling all the Feels!, 21 April 2017
This review is from: A boy from the Streets (Paperback)
Give me a book that can make me feel something. Let me fall in love, rage against injustice, weep for what is lost. “The Boy from the Streets” delivered it all.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written book – 1st class!, 14 April 2017
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What a brilliant read. Full of believable characters and flows easily from past to present. The story is told through the eyes of all the characters and, as well as being a fictional read, is also full of well researched information of the street life of the orphaned children of Rio. I loved it from beginning to end. Will definitely buy more from this author, More please !
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama About Poverty and Love, April 3, 2017

This review is from: A boy from the Streets (Paperback)

Twin boys were separated at birth—José lived in London in the lap of luxury with rich parents while Pedro lived on the streets of Brazil, an urchin, starving, forced to pickpocket and steal to eat every few days. He doesn’t know what TV is, and has never taken a shower or a bath, and has never used soap. Fate brings them together in Brazil where they switch places because José is ill and thinks his adoptive parents are going to find Pedro, take him, and leave José there. But their true identities are exposed, due to José’s illness. They soon discover who their real parents are, in a plot rich with twists and exposure to the underworld and corruption. A riveting drama that vividly portrays the strife of urchins at the mercy of the corrupt police who, instead of protecting children, exterminate them to keep them out of the way of tourists. An eye-opening exposé, and a lesson in love, through the eyes of two young boys.

5.0 out of 5 stars great transition between chapters, April 3 2017
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This is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! I bought it late afternoon yesterday and I’m (almost sorry to say) I’m finished it already! I read the “Look Inside” section before I bought it and that did it – I was hooked.

Well written, great transition between chapters, well edited. I liked the Glossary of the Portuguese words at the end.

Without a doubt, Pedro stole my heart but all the characters have a strong identity.

Definitely a book worth reading!

5.0 out of 5 stars Like two sides of a coin, life for the twins abandoned at birth is very different. The scales are not balanced., 30 Mar. 2017

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Right from the very beginning this story packs a punch, and we learn very quickly of the terrible fate that leads to the abandonment of twin boys. As if this is not heart-breaking enough we then discover fate has worse in store for them, as they become separated. One adopted and taken to England the other left in Brasil to become a Street Child.

This novel will most definitely tug on your heart-strings so have your tissues to hand. The urban drama is told from several points of view those of the unfortunate twins, their biological parents, and their adoptive parents and friends. Some may find it a little confusing at times but bare with it the author is giving us the life experiences of all involved and it is a truly moving story. As you read on you will be drawn in and simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what is happening to everyone involved.

Very Highly recommended

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read !, 27 April 2017
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A really beautiful and moving book, highly recommended, another great work for an excellent author…..

Rebecca Austin rated it really liked it 4/5 stars

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Leandro and Carolina have just had twins but fate has dealt them an ugly hand and they are forced to leave their children in the hospital as it is too dangerous for them to keep them. Jose is adopted by an English couple, Fernando and Christina, while Pedro is left in an orphanage and abandoned.

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!

4.0 out of 5 stars Boy from the Streets, 7 April 2017
This review is from: A Boy from the Streets (Kindle Edition)

Two innocent brothers are brought up in the different worlds of upper-class England, and the slums of Brasil. Bigger plots arise when the boys finally find each other, and it is a challenge to get out alive.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this, it’s a prince and pauper tale, set mainly in 1990’s Brasil. It doesn’t seem so long ago, and it’s hard to believe how callous the country is to its abandoned children.
The real strength of this book is how it takes you on a tour of the life of the pivetinhos (street children). It balances perfectly the brutality of the abuse, danger and sense of it all being inescapable; but never overwhelms the rest of the story wth it.

There are several mysteries playing out, concerning young Jose and Pedro. Mainly keeping you guessing about the manner of Jose’s illness, and whether his unloving English father will go through with his plan to swap him for a “stronger model”, correcting the mistake that his loving mamae made years ago.
Then there is the mystery of their birth parents – of why they had to flee Brasil, and what will happen if they are reunited. Will the English couple who have been devoted to Jose for all of his life, lose him to people that are technically strangers?

The not-so-good.
I really wasn’t keen on The Exiles’ sections. Leandro and Christina have escaped to England, but are desperate to get back and find their children.
I know the situation is fraught with danger, but I found it hard to believe that they would let 12 years pass before making their move. (When they arrive, it seems just as dangerous, if not more so.)
The passages of them in England in particular were brief and repetitive. I had the feeling that they were put in to increase suspense of Jose and Pedro’s story (you know when you’re watching a really good programme, and then the adverts come on, just as you were about to find out who the murderer was…).
The passages don’t do anything, except establish what we already know.

Pedro and Jose are great for the most part, but I did feel that they came across as much more mature in certain sections.

Finally, there were some formatting issues, but I had an ARC, so they may not be an issue anymore.

I would definitely recommend this Brasilian adventure!