May 11, 2012
Review: The Angel of 13th Street
Posted by Eyre
The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just reread this one so that I could read the sequel. I cried when reading it this time, too.
This is the second book that I have read by Winters, and she has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite authors list.
Jeremy is an 18-year-old who has been let down by the foster system. He is homeless, trying to stay in school, and struggling to remain free from the clutches of the local pimp.
Noah, a former rent-boy, has dedicated his life to paying back a debt. He works hard to help get sex workers off the streets and to reunite them with their families when it's possible. Noah provides Jeremy with help and a home when he needs it the most. He struggles with his attraction to the other man because he doesn't want to take advantage of what might be simple hero-worship and gratitude from Jeremy. Little does he know, Jeremy is actually Noah's savior.
The first ten pages of this story had me sobbing! I have taught homeless children, students who have horrendous homes, and students who can't rise to their full potentials because of the abuse the struggle with every single day. It's hard to focus on your homework when you're hungry and in pain. Winters did a fantastic job of describing the hardships that Jeremy faced as a struggling, homeless student. This author definitely has the talent to create emotionally engaging characters and stories.
I have to point out that I really appreciate the fact that Winters did not let Jeremy and Noah fall into a sexual relationship immediately. In real life, that would have probably been disastrous. It's good that she allowed them time to get to know each other as more than a boy in need and his "Angel."
If you are in the mood for an emotional and satisfying read, I heartily recommend this book.
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