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3.0 out of 5 starsTriggers
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
I preordered and anxiously waited for it to come out. I can't tell you how much I loved A Boy and His Ribbon, I really got a little obsessive over it and reread it 3 times waiting for A Girl and Her Ren. So when it came out I jumped right on it... Now let me just say I love Pepper Winters writing and have read her other series like the Dollar series and the Monster series and have love them. I can only tell you this book sent me into a depression, there was no trigger warnings and from her other books I didn't have any idea she would write it that way. I would have NEVER in a million years read this book NEVER!!!! I haven't been able to read anything new. I cry whenever I think about it. I read to escape reality, life is hard, I want the the girl to fight and escape, the hero to protect her with everything he has and they fall in love, a love that last forever. Not reality!!! Cancer is terrible and watching my Mom die when I was young was not something I wanted to read. Some are saying this is an HEA. Bull$#!t. (IMO) This is why I don't read Nicholas Sparks books or watch movies based on his books. I know to stay clear but Pepper Winters I was not expecting it from you. I have written reviews and deleted them after about 10 minutes (I will probably do the same with this one but my daughter thought it might be good for me to get it out). The writing, as always, is great. I wish I hadn't read it.
5.0 out of 5 starsunequivocally one of the most unforgettable, remarkable storylines I've read in my life
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2018
"This story is no longer about a baby and a boy who were never meant to be family, but a woman and a man who were always destined to be soulmates."
The Girl & Her Ren was HANDS DOWN my most highly anticipated read of 2018. The Boy & His Ribbon left my heart in a vice, had me salivating for the conclusion of this EPIC love story, had me thinking about this storyline no matter what else I was reading while I anxiously awaited this sequel. This duet is bigger, more monumental, more powerful than anything I can even describe. If you're hoping for a cliche romance, this is not for you. If you're expecting a fast paced, predictable read, this is not for you. But if you're looking for a story that will carry you away, that will come out of nowhere and destroy you in ways you'll never see coming, a story that will reshape your heart in ways no book EVER has, that will hurt and that will bring you joy and that will deliver such a refreshing, absorbing, thought provoking account of love and loss and longing, well, this duet is EVERYTHING you're looking for and so much more you don't even know exists yet. Pepper Winters creates a soul searing, breath stealing masterpiece with this storyline and there are no words that can properly explain how much I loved it.
Ren and Della grew up in the wild, survived in seclusion, dependent upon only each other. The first book in this duet saw them come of age, followed them through infancy and childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, through the constantly evolving physical and emotional changes within their dynamic. They were sometimes parent and child. They were once siblings. They were care giver and dependent. They were friends. But as they grew older, the current that tethered them changed, the tenuous ribbon that bound them together became something else. It's tortuous and exquisite and beautiful watching the escalation of this dynamic; it's heartbreaking and consuming witnessing their struggle with reconciling all of it. Everything that happens on these pages hooked me, reached into my skin and my heart and clawed inside, gutting me, shattering me, devastating me, but leaving me both grateful and profoundly fulfilled by where this story ultimately went.
This sequel follows Ren and Della into adulthood as they navigate the revelations and fierce attraction between them. All the wrongness and all of the rightness about their relationship is picked apart and examined and agonized over in this book and it is PERFECTION. It's what makes it so RIGHT. Ren's inner struggle in this book -- his reluctance, his insufferable battle between reconciling the past with the future, the torment he feels as he comes to terms with what was and what could be -- it's such a palpable war he fights. I just got him, I felt it all. His need to protect and fight and to do right by the one thing he loves most is what will keep you rooted in these pages until the very end. His inherent goodness warring with his insatiable need will keep you riveted. The worry over what people might think, the fear of what it would truly mean to relent, the juxtaposition between who Della was to him as a baby and what she's come to mean as a woman, and the realization of what truly matters in the grand scheme of it, all culminate in this breathtakingly wild adventure of the heart and I was LOST in it.
This story is so much larger than anything I anticipated going into it. I expected romance but, as it turns out, romance is fleeting. But love? Love is timeless, endless, limitless. This isn't a romance as much as it is an epic, timeless love story that far exceeded any expectation I had set for it. It's an adventure. It's a tale of survival. It's a lifetime of moments and events and obstacles that all come together to illustrate the most wildly heart stopping, harrowing love story. In the first book, these characters grew up together in the wild, with nothing but a stolen tent and the trees and each other. This sequel finds these characters returning to the wild, retracing their steps as adults to rediscover each other in ways they never have, to unearth all the answers to the questions I didn't even know I still had. It's an intoxicating, awe inspiring, devastating tale of love that transcends time, circumstance and impropriety. If, in the end, you grasp the profound message on these pages, you'll agree that it's 'brutal, heart-breaking, but somehow uplifting, knowing love never dies.' It has left my heart aching, it's left tears in my eyes, but I'm so overjoyed that I took this journey. The Ribbon duet is unequivocally one of the most unforgettable, remarkable storylines I've read in my life. It is extraordinary. It's unforgettable and it's undeniably Pepper Winter's finest work to date.
This is book two in the Ribbon duet so The Boy & His Ribbon must be read first. I’m going to start off with the easy stuff first. Was this book really only 300 pages? Normally I fly through 300 page books and this one took me a little longer. I’m not complaining at all because I loved it. Maybe I read slower because I wanted to absorb every word completely. Or maybe because there’s so much that goes on it just felt longer. Like I said I’m not complaining. We 100% get a full story and that’s all a reader can ask for. Nothing was cut short and I didn’t feel cheated in any way. It was perfection.
It’s so hard to write a review without spoilers. Especially when it comes to a book that has touched my soul. I want to give explanations and warnings and everything in between but since I know that is not fair to other readers I will have to rein myself in here. I want to say that when I started writing this review I was still crying. I’ve been crying all afternoon finishing this book because I just couldn’t hold the emotion in. These characters and this story just destroyed my heart in the best way. I loved Della and her fierceness and the way she pushes Ren to his limits. She was the same way in book one and that did not change. I absolutely loved Ren and his protectiveness and once he lets himself feel it, his undeniable deep love for Della. She is his purpose in life and he says so himself many times. There’s no denying that. Together they are one of my top five couples. The top five couples that have an unforgettable love story.
I can honestly say I have NEVER cried trying to write a book review. And I have read some soul touching books. Maybe it’s because the direction this story takes. I’m completely blown away and was not expecting it. But I think it has more to do with where the story ends up. This is not a story of romance but a story of love. It’s a realistic story of love which is a hard pill to swallow. As a reader I become immersed in these romance books to escape real life and enjoy the happily ever afters because realistically real life doesn’t work that way. The first book destroyed me because of this unrequited love that Della felt and you could feel Ren’s disgust over the change in her love. I think we all knew deep down he was covering his feelings but he did it very well and he sure had me fooled. I thought “this poor girl, this guy so clearly does NOT love you in that way” because being in Ren’s head he really made me believe that. Just like he made himself believe it. It was a hard thing to read. The first book was just a little taste of what we get in this second book. Like I said earlier, I will not get into specifics. Going into this story blind is the best way to feel every emotion wholeheartedly. If you go into it knowing what’s to come, you can build a wall up around yourself to prepare but you won’t feel every emotion that this story brings to the surface. Which is the way it should be read.
This author is so brave with the way she wrote this story. If this was the way her characters told her their story would go then I’m glad she didn’t change anything and stayed true to them. At the end of the day real or not this is their love story. This was an honest, love with all your heart, deep in your bones love story. They go through everything imaginable and the love never falters on either side. I think it was a great idea that there’s a Note’s to the Reader section in the back of the book where the author explains things a little more. We get more in depth answers to the questions I’m sure everyone will have after reading this. I loved this duet with all of my heart and even though I received an ARC I will be purchasing once it’s available because I want to own it and read both books over again once I’m sure I can handle such a journey. Once in a great while I read a book that sticks with me for many days to come and I know this will be one of those books. I know I will think back on this story and feel that twinge in my stomach I feel when I’ve read a book that stamped my heart. Thank you for a story that made me smile, cry but mostly that I will never ever forget.
The best book of 2018 no question, I know that's a bold claim considering we're only in June but I've never ever had a book affect me this way.
This in my opinion is this authors best work todate the story is addictive reading the writing is sublime both books are absolute perfection.
Ren and Della are two characters who will never leave me, I have no idea how to describe their relationship. Don't get caught up on the age difference, how they met or the bond they formed when Della was younger. Focus on the love that jumps from every word the author wrote, separately they exist together they are one, soul mates most definitely. Every hardship they endured was for one reason and that was to bring them together.
This book wrecked me, I've cried before at books but I'm done spent emotionally raw, staring into space with tears running down my face. Oh to find a love like theirs an all consuming passionate jealous unconditional everlasting love.
The story made my heart heavy with injustice, pain and despair just as much as it was filled with joy and love. If any books need to be a film these should be at the top of the list.
5.0 out of 5 starsI need a ribbon to hold my heart together
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 13, 2018
I just finished this book five minutes ago and new I had to write this review now while my emotions are still all over the place
I dont know where to start what to say what to write that will do this book justice I just know my heart hurts this book is on a whole different level of emotions of love. Of heart break it captured me it made sure I had to finish it it made me not want to read it but made it impossible for me not to I knew I knew how this was going to end it felt like my heart stopped beating but it had to be done I had to finish
Come find me on the meadow where the sun always shines the river always flows and the forest always welcomes
This is book two of ren and his Della it all starts of in book one the boy and his ribbon of two children who find each other who need each other who grow and fight the world together through bad times ugly times beautiful times and heartbreaking times a love so strong that me as the reader felt it they grow in to adults and love takes over
I went in to this book blind as I've never read a book by this author but her writing was amazing I felt every emotion right along with the characters some times you read a book and forget it sometimes you read a book and tell a few people sometimes you read a book and you live breath it this book is one of few that I know I'll never forget I will be one clicking the rest of this author books if their half as good as this series they will be worth it the wild boy and his ribbon I think I need a ribbon to hold my heart together
Pepper Winters I am again in debt to you for giving us as readers such a beautiful story! I’m sat here on the eve of my 17th anniversary in absolute floods of tears because although I met my very own REN at 14 I could absolutley relate to Della. My heart is broken. I cried again at one of your stories.
I knew early on something was going down but that didn’t make it any easier to read. It didn’t make the emotions any less. It didn’t feel like a story! My heart and mind was torn out with every single word that I read and I honestly don’t know how I can do this story justice!
This is by far the best book of 2018. I swore that after reading unseen messages there would never be another book that could touch my heart the way that did and I was wrong. This is another. This book sits right up there with the books that change your life, your perspective and your thoughts! Treat this story as a life lesson rather than entertainment. Treat this story with the passion and respect it really does deserve!
This book will stay with me for a long long time. I’ll be surprised if I ever forget it’s lessons and words!
5.0 out of 5 starsA deeply ingrained once in a life time love that bleeds out from the page and into your heart. 5*
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 5, 2020
Pepper Winters has destroyed me. My heart is obliterated and yet I could kiss her for bringing Ren and Della into my life. This book was magic. This life journey absolutely sensational!
A deeply ingrained once in a life time love that bleeds out from the page and into your heart.
I have no words that could give justice to this duet; it kept me up until early hours, it invaded my mind whilst at work, it took everything I had not to just shut out the world and hide in my own little Ren and Della cocoon until the last word was read and that last tissue was used to dry my torrent of tears.
Yes, this is a blinder of a story that will break your heart, but my goodness... that hurt never felt so damn good. Pepper, you are a bloody genius!!!
If I could give this story more than five stars I would do it gladly. These 2 books are by far the best books I have ever read, the emotions these books put you through, my God this author has a brilliant mind. Pepper winters your amazing !!!! I actually had to put the second book down because I was on holidays and I new if I continued I would have cried the rest of my holiday away, these books bring out those emotions in you and I had to take a breather, I can actually admit that I had to allow myself to be in a better frame of mind to continue to the ending of this book, yes it's that powerful a story, I loved it, I hated you pepper winters, I loved you, please never give up writing you ard truelly blessed