In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever.
©2011 Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (P)2011 Tantor
"[A] feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness." (Publishers Weekly)
I read at night and listen in the car, and this book actually suffered from my listening to it. The narrator was older than I pictured the author, and her voice lacked the cadence and empathetic tone I felt when I read the author's words.
I wish this book had been just one story. Ms. Schroff is clearly not a writer, as some of her prose had the feel of high school English. She gave us TOO many details of her life, when the story about she and Maurice was really the point of the book. Her relationship with her father never made sense and really muddled my feeling that she had good judgment. Again, her ex-husband equally made me question her judgment, as anyone of any age could have sniffed out infidelity on the first weekend away.
Ms. Schroff deserves applause for the difference she makes in the life of this boy. Just tell THAT story. Perhaps an abridged version of this can stick to the main story and skip the family pain and melodrama. It might be part of the thread, but it adds little to an appreciation of the life she built after meeting Maurice.
I found the book interesting, but painful. Both main characters had very difficult, dangerous and abusive childhoods, albeit, very different problems. Something in common, however, was that both had a parent with severe substance abuse problems. It is amazing that they both survived, but more amazing is that they both emerged as productive, successful adults. But, this was not the kind of story that I wanted to read. I wanted a feel good story of rescue and redemption. Instead, I got a story of survival. I loved "Blind Side" and was hoping for a story on that level. Instead, this is a story of two very damaged, destructive families and two survivors who come together to help each other. Yes, it has a happy ending, but getting through the journey was painful.
It is what it is. Changing the story would have made it fiction.
Well read with emotion. Great performance.
Maybe. If you want a story of survival, this is the story for you. I can certainly see this story giving someone hope and power. If you are feeling rather "beat up" and you need a happy story, pass over this one.
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.
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 love true stories and this is a wonderful one. Two people from different backgrounds, social standings and ages are brought together under unusual circumstances that ended up changing each others lives forever in ways they could never have foreseen... Not your typical love story, but a story of love.. Absolutely worth the listen/read.. The very last words of the story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart..
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.
Wife, mother and tech geek.
What a great reminder that you can overcome what seems to be impossible. An incredible friendship grew all because of an act of kindness. The story reminds us that there is humanity and greatness in everyone and that seemingly disparate lives can have many parallels.
The description of Laura's mom passing tugged at my heart. There are many miracles in this story.
Inspirational, engaging, tender
It illustrates how making a difference in one person's life can have powerful, long-term impact on generations to come.
voice, cadence, inflection
hard to put down
tigers heart b/c that one was hard to put down too
her voice is convincing and mesmerizing
buy this book
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