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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (593 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Narrator: Jesse Bernstein, Amber Sealey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sebastian, a lonely 17-year-old, is suffocating under his dominant father's control. In the 10 years since his mother passed away, his father has kept him "safe" by barely allowing him out of their apartment. Sebastian's secret late-night subway rides are rare acts of rebellion.

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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine Brown (c4thb) | 1/26/2014

    " this happened to fall in my lap and I couldn't put it down! it was a lovely heartwarming yet heartbreaking story with a good pace and well written. couldn't help but feel a combination of frustration and empathy for the characters. great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alyson | 1/25/2014

    " great quote I wanted to remember...."You keep getting yourself in all these impossible situations. Even though you know all the time they're impossible. It's like you're trying to pitch a tent on a river or something. Living in all these temporary lands where you just know you can't ever stay." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brenda | 1/24/2014

    " Book on CD. This has been on my list for a while to read and I finally got around to it. I liked it, but some of the aspects of Maria's life and the lies she told put me off. Maybe I feel like ripping the bandaid off an issue right away is better than forgetting it is there until it is absolutely necessary to face. I don't know. Anyway, the narrative was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karima Khoury | 1/17/2014

    " It was amazing, two strangers falling inlove on a train. Once you start you can not put it down, its almost like romeo and Juliet :-) "

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