Good afternoon! I just finished reading “The Boy From the Streets” by Maria Gibbs, and wanted to share it with you all. I’ll leave a link at the bottom because really, I cannot explain how good this book is. You just have to read it. Below is my official review. Go check it out.
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.