I’m delighted to welcome Sharon of www.momof6.com to Great Thoughts today as a guest reviewer. Sharon is a loyal member of the Gr8 Books book club on Twitter and one of my online BFF’s. Here’s Sharon:
An Invisible Thread by Alex Tresniowski is the incredible true story of Laura Schroff, an advertising sales executive at USA Today and of Maurice Maczyk, an 11-year-old boy who is trying to survive by begging for money and food on the streets of New York. They are two people leading completely different lives but living just a few blocks from one another in midtown Manhattan. And then one day, their paths cross by chance while Laura is out running errands and hears the passing pleas of a young homeless boy hoping for some spare change. Laura continues on her way right past him, and then for some unexplained reason- stops and turns around, and then walks back to Maurice… offering not to give him money, but to buy him lunch. At McDonalds. Where they can sit down and have lunch together. And from that moment on, both of their lives are changed for forever. I loved the touching story of Laura and Maurice’s friendship as it unfolded in the book… and it made me ponder the complexity of such a relationship.
At any point- something could have gone wrong. Maurice could have used Laura’s offer of friendship as an opportunity to steal from her, lie to her, or even hurt her. And Laura could have easily failed Maurice in dozens of ways. She could have pushed her way into his life and tried to take on the role of his “replacement mother”. Even worse, she could have stopped trusting him, and stopped seeing him. But instead Laura made regular commitments to spend time with Maurice and become involved as a positive influence in his life.
But this story, as in real life, has moments of disappointment… Because Laura really screws up later on. She gets married, moves out of the city, and out of Maurice’s life. Her new husband isn’t so fond of Laura’s friend, and he forces her to choose between them. And Laura does not choose Maurice. And Maurice starts to head off-track with his life too. But when he is faced with a true life-altering decision- he remembers the words and guidance from his friend Laura, and removes himself from the wrong path, and begins to make lasting sound decisions for himself and for his family. This is truly one of the best books that I have read in a long time- a story of hope, of overcoming obstacles of one’s own upbringing, but most of all a story of two great friends that inspire one another.
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