Maria, a young mother of two, is trying to keep peace at home despite her boyfriend's abuse. When she loses her job, she avoids telling him by riding the subways during her usual late-night shift. She knows she needs to "live in the truth". But she still hasn't been able to bring herself to do it. And soon he will expect her paycheck to arrive.
When Sebastian and Maria wind up on the same train, these two strangers find a connection that neither can explain or ignore. Together they dream of a new future, agreeing to run away. But Maria doesn't know Sebastian is only 17. And Sebastian doesn't know Maria has children until the moment they leave. Ultimately, Maria brings one child, her daughter. But can she really leave her little boy behind?
In this tremendously moving novel, Catherine Ryan Hyde shows us how two people trapped by life's circumstances can break free and find a place in the world where love is genuine and selfless.
©2008 Catherine Ryan Hyde; (P)2008 Books on Tape
Narrators and presentation are excellent. Storyline and characterization are well done. So why the overall 3? it's because the ending is not believable. I understand the message, this author always has a powerful message, but the novel is wrapped up in a way that I can't swallow. It's like she couldn't SHOW her message so she TOLD it in a quick, 'I better get this done, my dead line is tomorrow' kind of way. I don't believe someone like Maria would decide what she did at the end and do it. It's a great story up until the last two chapters. it left me feeling, "well that was stupid".
Say something about yourself!
Yes because the two main characters were both underdogs when the story started. It was satisfying to see them grow as people & find others who would stand by them.
Jesse Bernstein did a great job with all his voices but especially with Sebastian/Tony. He did a great job of sounding like an overprotected, young man struggling to break free from the bonds which held him captive. Amber Sealey was the perfect voice for Maria.
No. The book ended in a good place.
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