I found the story to be a lovely one but the writing is awkward at times. I felt that the narrator's voice did not match up well with the story being told.
This book, though said to be about a relationship between a NYC executive and a down and out homeless kid, was actually mostly about the entire life (horrible and depressing is putting it mildly) of the author Laura Schroff. I enjoyed the story of she and Maurice but then she'd go on and on about how terrible her life was growing up with an abusive father. It seemed like she was almost trying to do a compare and contrast, like "look at me, I had an awful childhood and I made something of myself". She also talks down to the readers by over simplifying stuff and going into details like we don't know what Section 8 housing is or a GED. I really really hated the book and only finished it because it's for my book club and I was hoping she'd get off her own personal pitty party and get back to the story of her relationship with Maurice. I found myself at times pausing the recording, just to talk to the author and tell her what an idiot she was being! Though she was a huge support and inspiration to this kid, she also did him wrong and betrayed him a few times and for that she just wasn't a likable character in this true story. I give her book 1star and that's actually about what this book was worth.
I had to read this for a book group. It took me a while to begin appreciating it. Maybe halfway through. It struck me as an overly "neat and tidy" tale of a successful white woman saving a Black kid with just a little effort. I think perhaps the true story is much richer than this impression, in which case it just needed a better writer. When Maurice finally went out on his own to save and find his own purpose and possibility, the book became more inspiring. It wasn't that Schroff didn't contribute a great deal to his success, she most likely did, but we needed to SEE Maurice's character develop, and hear less about Schrop's difficulties. They can be included, but shouldn't take over.
Emotionally uplifting story about 2 people who filled a void in each other's lives. It's not a fairy tale with no problems, lapses and mistakes make
It all the more gratifying
English major. Love to read
This book chronicles a wonderful story about a chance encounter between a homeless boy and a magazine executive. Unfortunately, the writing is so weak, including grammatical errors, that I couldn't concentrate on the compelling nature of the story. It should have moved almost by itself - just needed a really good editor. Not my favorite.
Laura's story is as interesting as Maurice's. It was an inspiring quick read and I couldn't wait to find out what became of them both!
I enjoined the narrator. She read with emotion so you could relate to the characters.
The story was good but a little all over the place with the timeline of events. It was a bit long and some parts could have been eliminated. It made it easier to enjoy because it was a true story.
She made the story more interesting with the emotion in her voice for the various characters.
I am glad I listened to this book. It is a great story and very inspiring!
Yes. If you have been to New York it takes you back.
The young boy. He learned so much in just a few years. He was like a sponge to absorb information and new things. It reminds you that not everyone would know how to eat a steak.
life changing inspiration
the "brown paper sack" (enough said)
I had a few brief experiences similar to Laura's through the years though none with the longevity. But, the brief glimpses I had where I was afforded the opportunity to help CHANGED my life forever as Maurice did Laura's.
I enjoyed the story of a friendship between two unlikely people. It doesn't sanitize anyone's actions, describes both the joyful and painful moments over the years.
Both. I was astonished by the life in the Projects that Maurice lived with, warmed by the caring between Laura and Maurice... the ending was beautiful and messy, and I loved it!
This book and performance was memorable and wonderful and a great addition to any library.