Marie Marquardt [Pdf ebook] The Radius of Us

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The Radius of Us

Live but the person others think you are Phoenix Flores Flores knows this because months after setting off toward the US Mexico border in search of safety for his brother he finally walked out of detention But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta He became that person the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoidNinety seconds can change a life so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first. Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewThe Radius of Us is a beautiful book The story is great it s original and it ll capture your attention right away The characters are amazingly developed their interactions seem natural But what most stood out about this book to me was the writing style In my experience YA isn t the genre where you can encounter amazing and elouent writing styles so Mrs Maruardt s way of writing surprised me and amazed me She has a wonderful way with words and if the summary doesn t spark up your interest I promise you that the wordiness of first sentence will captivate youPS Mrs Maruardt is joining my list of authors whose style I m jealous of The other two authors are Serena Chase and SVagus Oh if onlyPre review notesI m gonna need a while to stomach this Review in a day or two or three

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What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear Ninety seconds can change a life not just daily routine but who you are as a person Gretchen Asher knows this because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes And now she doesn’t even recognize herselfNinety seconds can change a life not just the place you. You can also follow it on touching starsAn ARC has been kindly provided by St Martin s Press via NetGalleycom in exchange for an honest review This story is like an onion it has many layers You can choose to see it as just a very cute romance between two touching main characters coming from different worlds the poor migrant and the cute middle class white girl Gretchen and Phoenix were perfectly assorted Phoenix helped Gretchen to live fully and fearlessly again He was solid reliable Gretchen made Phoenix feel welcome and worthy she fought for himYou can also focus on the journey Gretchen had to follow to feel whole and safe again How she was riddled with panic attacks after THE EVENT could not go to school any could not drive or go outside without angst It took a foreign boy s understanding to make her live again His presence was reassuring Gretchen decided to help him build a garden find some pupusas play tourist in Atlanta She forgot her fears to support Phoenix and he was her safe heavenOr you can choose to think about Phoenix s fight to protect his little brother AriI had never heard of Marie Maruardt before reading this book How would she write Would I like the story Would I regret asking St Martin s Press for this book Now I can honestly say that I loved this book as it broached a very sensitive and contemporary topic with great care and respect Choosing to portray a young migrant fighting to protect his young brother the author morphed impersonal statistics into individual heartbreaking casesThis is the story of Phoenix 18 years old migrant from El Salvador He fled his country with his little brother Ari to escape from the dangerous gangs ruling their little town Orphaned their travelled for months on foot or hanging from a train to reach the US border where they ve been arrested and sent to detention camp They witnessed so much violence on their trip that Ari isn t speaking any Now Phoenix is living with two old ladies waiting to know without much hope if he could stay in the US Phoenix did some bad things in El Salvador under the gang s pressure They threatened his family and he did not really have a choice Now he lives in guilt for what he s done and does not think he deserves the kindness people can show especially Gretchen sThis book may be YA romance with young main characters but reading it was thought provokingWe take so many things for granted that we don t even see we re very lucky spoiled even We pay a fortune to have cut fruits at the grocery store while whole fruits cost just a penny Phoenix was grateful just to be alive and in a safe surrounding without bullets flying or gang members taking your dearest possession He was grateful for everything he s been given second hand clothes a bed a roof upon his head His American dream was not to become rich or successful He just wanted to have a little house to walk freely and fearlessly in the countryside and maybe have a beer with a friend This made me realize I was luckyReading about Phoenix and Ari s life in El Salvador about their traumatizing journey and about their hope to be safe to live made me truly see these migrant s utter despair Most don t leave their country on a whim but out of sheer necessity When they reach a border they re contained in camps and begin the long wait to see if their hope will come true or be crushed again To witness Phoenix and Ari having to prove they re worthy was heartbreaking They had to be cleaned and judged and deemed worthy How many succeed How many are rebuked What do they become once they ve been sent back Phoenix knew the statistics and how very few got permission to stay in the USThe refugees crisis is a complex topic dividing peoples across the world some seeing migrant as a threat to their work their safety while other wish to help these people so desperate they left everything and everyone behind in the hope of a better safer future Marie Maruardt made me think about all these people I had to face my prejudice and live Phoenix s life She made me see there are good and bad people everywhere refugees or native This may sound clich but it s true nonetheless and is so important when we are confronted with the fear of the other the foreignerNow I know that I ll never listen towatch immigration problem in the same way You won your bet Mrs Maruardt you made me care and THINK

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Encounter change theirsTold in alternating first person points of view The Radius of Us is a story of love sacrifice and the journey from victim to survivor It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence both in the US and in Central America and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over Most importantly Marie Maruardt's The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in lov. Rating 45 SarsIf I was pressed to summarize this book I would pick the following part of the book blurb Told in alternating first person points of view The Radius of Us is a story of love sacrifice and the journey from victim to survivor There was just so much I loved about this book I don t even know where to start This is a love story a story of redemption and a story of survival This is story of gang violence refugees and the Central American Crisis This book hit me on so many levels and I was all in from the first page Both Phoenix and Gretchen were victims Gretchen had been assaulted and was suffering from PTSD Phoenix was running from his gang life past and fighting for him and his little brother to stay in the US These two were able to find solace in each other s company Gretchen was able to feel safe Phoenix was able to see a possible future Both were hopeful and I couldn t help but be hopeful with them Looking at that smile I feel like I can breathe better like the air has just changed to pure oxygen Phoenix s story definitely stole the show My heart ached as I learned about his past He had experienced so many difficult things in his 19 years it did not seem uite fair He made mistakes in the past but he turned his life around This idea that one can change and one does not need to be defined by one s past is so important to me I want to think that every mistake I make will not haunt me forever I want to believe that I can overcome my past and move forward towards good things I need redemption stories to keep this flame of hope alive and this book definitely fits the bill He s helping me come back alive He s sort of amazing This book is also packed with great characters I know many people will mention the diversity present in this book because there is A LOT of diversity in this book There are black white and Latino characters Some are straight some are gay They are rich poor and in between They were from all walks of life and all these different perspectives added to the beauty of this book But besides being diverse they were just beautiful characters Sally and Amanda were the lovely lesbian couple who took Phoenix into their home and were paying for his lawyer But they did not just give him monetary support they gave him genuine affection and support and served as one of several mother figures in Phoenix s life There was Bree and Ty Pennington Trading Spaces anyone Gretchen s friends who were struggling with how to help Gretch after the attack I really liked that Maruardt surprised me with Ty He turned out to be so much than I thought he would be Sister Mary Margaret another mother figure had given a lot to Phoenix and continued to fight for him from afar Finally there was Barbie and Bo the biker couple with hearts of gold All were special and really enhanced the storyI read the acknowledgements and was not surprised to find that Maruardt is an immigration advocate Her passion and knowledge is obvious in this story I found it all uite interesting and heartbreaking It left me with a lot to think about for sureI am getting a little misty just thinking about it but I Loved That Ending The epilogue was perfection for me I am so grateful for that epilogue It was everything for me Overall A beautiful and emotional story of love and the human spirit which deeply moved me and left me with many important things to ponderI would like to thank NetGalley and St Martin s Press for the advanced copy of this bookBLOG INSTAGRAM BLOGLOVIN FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS


About the Author: Marie Marquardt

I am an author of young adult novels a college professor and an immigration advocate How are these all connected After many years as a researcher service provider and – most importantly – friend with immigrants to Georgia I felt frustrated I often spoke to groups about immigration and the need for immigration reform I offered clear rational explanations and data on why our immigration sy



10 thoughts on “The Radius of Us

  1. says:

    35 Stars High school senior Gretchen Asher's life changed forever the night she was attacked She has lived in fear for the past six mo

  2. says:

    When Gretchen first sees Phoenix she thinks she's come face to face with him the boy who assulted and robbed her six months ago and turned her life upside down Since the attack Gretchen notices him everywhere in every teen boy with dark eyes and caramel skin Not that she could confide this in anyone Her friends family and boyfriend have all been waiting for her to return to normal But it's becoming clear to Gre

  3. says:

    You can also follow it on touching starsAn ARC has been kindly provided by St Martin's Press via NetGalleycom in exchange for an honest review This story is like an onion it has many layers You can choose to see it as just a very c

  4. says:

    Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewThe Radius of Us is a beautiful book The story is great it's original and it'll capture your attention right away The characters are amazingly developed

  5. says:

    304 pages of pure bliss There are so many things to love from this book It tells the story of two different people with scary pasts Gretchen a girl who os attacked and has panic attacks since then; and Phoenix a gu

  6. says:

    I can't say how long I've waited for Central American representation in any book Truthfully I didn't know this book featured a Salvadoran refugee immigrant and everything he struggled with just reminded me of my family Although it was not the best I truly thank the author for getting inspiration after visiting a detention center filled with CA men who are also seeking asylum As a teenager with immigrant pare

  7. says:

    Plot 4Writing style 45Characters 4Romance 4In which an eighteen year old Mexican boy was mistaken for another Latino by an

  8. says:

    extremely skeptical about this one because this talks about gang violence and illegal immigration both important issues to medon't let me down pls crosses fingers

  9. says:

    Rating 45 SarsIf I was pressed to summarize this book I would pick the following part of the book blurb Told in alternating first person points of view The Radius of Us is a story of love sacrifice and the journey from victim to survivor There was just so much I loved about this book I don't even know where to start This is a love

  10. says:

    I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review35 out of 5 starsThis is a really cute contemporary read due to be released January 2017 The characters in this are really w

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