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I finished this book last night and I woke up this morning with a different perspective on illegal immigrants and why some of them would risk their lives to escape to a place that they thought would give them a better life Yes, I have read a lot in the news especially of late about families being separated, parents trying to provide for their children by escaping to the U.S., but I don t know what it feels like to not have food or a comfortable, safe place to live Ward really brought those sto I finished this book last night and I woke up this morning with a different perspective on illegal immigrants and why some of them would risk their lives to escape to a place that they thought would give them a better life Yes, I have read a lot in the news especially of late about families being separated, parents trying to provide for their children by escaping to the U.S., but I don t know what it feels like to not have food or a comfortable, safe place to live Ward really brought those stories to life by telling the story of Carla, an incredibly brave 11 year old girl left in Honduras with her little brother while their mother is in the U.S sending money when she can, but never enough for them to get there In Carla s world there are hungry children trying to make money for food by selling junk and garbage from the dump and she is among them There are children addicted to sniffing glue because it keeps them from feeling hungry and her six year old brother Junior is among them They live alone in a dangerous place where gangs rule Carla chooses to try to escape to the US Some pretty awful things happen on the train as Carla and her brother led by a boy named Ernesto try to make their way to the U.S and to their mother Carla s story grabbed me from the start and I wondered how many other Carla s are out there It was impossible not to love this little girl who was brave and bold and still believed in God even after the heartbreaking and gut wrenching journey.There is another story here told in an alternating narrative of a lovely couple living in Texas, trying desperately to adopt a child Alice and Jake are trying to accept their childless circumstances Alice, a cancer survivor is unable to bear children and there are a number of failed attempts at adoption I really liked these people and my heart was broken for them, but I was always anxious to finish Alice s chapters so I could get back to Carla s story which just gripped me from the beginning I couldn t help but wonder if they would meet At one point it becomes obvious how their paths will cross In spite of the sadness, the heartbreaking things that happen, this was a beautiful story This is the first book I read by Ward but I will definitely look into her others.Ward mentions the seed for her story was speaking with a pregnant girl in Brownsville who had come from El Salvador to find her aunt in the United States She also says that the soul of this book came from the work of Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, whose shelter, Hermanos en el Camino in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, provides a safe place for migrants, offering them food, shelter, medical and psychological attention, and legal aid His work and his words are the meaning of grace Carla s story could be the story of many a young girl trying to escape the poverty and danger in their lives seeking a better and safe place For Carla, the place wasn t all she hoped it would be, but yet this resilient young girl has hopes for a better future and makes enormous sacrifices with a hope and a belief that things will be better.Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and Netgalley Powerful Characters feel Real A Significant Achievement Vibrantly imagined Although this novel is a page turning story the heart of the matter deals with a very serious subject Immigrant children Small children enter our country hungry, frighten, illegallyThe simple writing style allow the importance of the story be what is most important I could NOT STOP READING..I could write pages of details about this story but why JUST READ IT Its wonderful Its a book that offers p Powerful Characters feel Real A Significant Achievement Vibrantly imagined Although this novel is a page turning story the heart of the matter deals with a very serious subject Immigrant children Small children enter our country hungry, frighten, illegallyThe simple writing style allow the importance of the story be what is most important I could NOT STOP READING..I could write pages of details about this story but why JUST READ IT Its wonderful Its a book that offers possibility to transform our thinking and sincerely open our hearts I leave you with one quote Part of me was glad to have learned a tough lesson early life could take everything from you when you weren t paying attention The Same Sky Its the world we all share Congrats to the author AMAZING novel Thank you Netgalley A timely read and one that leaves the reader much to ponder My views on illegal immigration will not be stated here but like many other readers of this book I do have a better understanding of why they try to get to America butimportantly, what they go through to get here.Carla is a young girl of ten, living in Honduras, when her grandmother dies Left solely in charge of her younger brother, no food except that found in the local dump, no money except that which is sporadically sent by h A timely read and one that leaves the reader much to ponder My views on illegal immigration will not be stated here but like many other readers of this book I do have a better understanding of why they try to get to America butimportantly, what they go through to get here.Carla is a young girl of ten, living in Honduras, when her grandmother dies Left solely in charge of her younger brother, no food except that found in the local dump, no money except that which is sporadically sent by her mother in Texas As always there are those who do nothing but prey on the weak and innocent When her younger brother starts sniffing glue, which many do to forget their hunger, she decides, at the age of twelve, that it is time for them to join her mother and other brother in Texas What she experiences will leave her a child no longer.Alice, at forty wantsthan anything to have a child Not able to have her own she and her husband try to adopt The child they do adopt they only have for one day, before the birth mother changes her mind, leaving her and her husband Jake, devastated.The story is told in alternating chapters between Carla and Alice At first I found Carla s story, though hard to read,interesting Alice slowly grew on me and the parts in her story that were humorous gave a much needed lightness Well and engagingly written, with both stories moving along at a steady pace, I was interested to see how these two stories managed to converge Loved at the end we got to see what plans Carla envisioned for her future Good book dealing with two weighty subjects, that will tug on the heartstrings.Arc from publisher 5 Powerful StarsArc Kindly provided by publisher via NetgalleyI wanted to read this book because being an immigrant who moved to the US at a young age I always feel compelled to delve into stories that talk about the struggles and triumphs of those like me who leave everything behind and move here in search of the American dreamAlice Conroe owns a famous BBQ restaurant with her husband in Texas Married forthan decade, this happy couple seems to have everything except w 5 Powerful StarsArc Kindly provided by publisher via NetgalleyI wanted to read this book because being an immigrant who moved to the US at a young age I always feel compelled to delve into stories that talk about the struggles and triumphs of those like me who leave everything behind and move here in search of the American dreamAlice Conroe owns a famous BBQ restaurant with her husband in Texas Married forthan decade, this happy couple seems to have everything except what they want most, a child For a while they have been trying to adopt without any success because Alice can t get pregnant as a result of her struggles with breast cancer in her younger years The last attempt to adopt went terribly wrong, leaving both Alice and her husband Jake hurting and scared to try again Jake seems to have made peace with the fact that they will never be parent,s and he is trying to cope with the idea ,that it will be just the two of them and their legendary restaurant, that getsrecognition every day, but Alice has a huge gap inside her heart and only a baby to love can fill Carla Trujillo is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras Her mother left to The United States and left her and her twin brothers to be raise by their grandmother Carla s mother works very heard to send them money and clothing and at one point is able to save enough money to only bring one of the twins to live with her in Texas When Carla is thirteen and after her grandmother dies she s now in charge of her little brother The situation in her village is becomingdangerous every day, work is hard to come by and hunger is their every day companion Carla starts to notice that her little brother Junior ,might be in danger of becoming another statistic of children who rely on drugs to keep them from feeling hungry, and so she decides to make the hazardous journey to America Both Alice and Carla are facing very challenging paths and at some point their roads will intercept changing their worlds forever These two characters have only one thing in common and that is that no matter how hard things around them get , they both refuse to be victims and not even in their darkest days they never loose hope I always love a story with a strong female character and Carla 13 and Alice 40 were both fearless females and I couldn t help but to feel inspired by their heartbreaking stories.Im very familiar with the topic of immigration so I was able to relate to Carla because like her, my mother left me with my father when I was very young to pursue a better future here in America Is not easy to grow up without your mother and even though my journey to come here wasn t traumatic like Carla s, is never easy for anybody to leave everything you know behind and move to a different country and start over I know a lot of people who have almost lost their lives trying to make it here and I was very impressed by how accurate and by how sensibly this author was able to craft this story, giving a voice to so many voiceless people and children who go through unimaginable and awful things to come here A lot of them try to cross but not all succeed and those left behind will forever be remembered as their love ones carry pain and guilt of making it to the other side of the border This a was a beautiful story that I would recommend to everybody and without doubt I ll never forget In this heartrending and poignant novel, award winning author Amanda Eyre Ward tells the story of Alice Conroe, a forty year old Texas barbecue owner who has the perfect life, except she and her husband long for a child Unable to conceive, she s trying desperately to adopt but her destiny is quickly altered by a young woman she s never metFearless thirteen year old Carla Trujilio is being raised by her grandmother in Honduras along with her four year old twin brothers Her mother is sending money home from Texas where she s trying to make a better life for her family, but she only has enough to bring one son to her When Carla s grandmother dies, Carla decides to take her fate into her own hands and embarks on a dangerous journey across the border with Junior, the twin left behindTwo powerful journeys intersecting at a pivotal moment in time Alice and Carla s lives will be forever and profoundly changed Heartbreaking, emotional, and arresting, this novel is about finding the courage to trail blaze your own path in life with faith, hope and love, no matter the struggle or the tragedy Brilliant The Same Sky is a great read, well researched, thought provoking, and utterly believable If you have seen the TV show Border Wars or the documentary Which Way Home this book might not be anything new to you It alternates back and forth between a young Honduran girl trying to make it to Texas illegally and an Austenite wanting a childthan anything else There is a connection between the two and the surprise ending caught me off guard I like the two parallel stories being fam Brilliant The Same Sky is a great read, well researched, thought provoking, and utterly believable If you have seen the TV show Border Wars or the documentary Which Way Home this book might not be anything new to you It alternates back and forth between a young Honduran girl trying to make it to Texas illegally and an Austenite wanting a childthan anything else There is a connection between the two and the surprise ending caught me off guard I like the two parallel stories being familiar with Austin, bbq, immigration, and growing up in a border town I highly recommend it I wanted to enjoy this story Really.It takes a skilled person to write a narrative using the first person tense It takes an awesome writer to do this and use two POVs alternating from one to the other Three chapters in, and I should have marked it as not finished But it was my first buddy read and I wanted needed to complete the book.When I began reading the same sky, Carla leapt off the pages as utterly human She was a very young child and her heartbreaking reality was depressing even on I wanted to enjoy this story Really.It takes a skilled person to write a narrative using the first person tense It takes an awesome writer to do this and use two POVs alternating from one to the other Three chapters in, and I should have marked it as not finished But it was my first buddy read and I wanted needed to complete the book.When I began reading the same sky, Carla leapt off the pages as utterly human She was a very young child and her heartbreaking reality was depressing even on good days The product of a single mother and an unknown father, she lived with her grandmother and twin baby half brothers in abject poverty Truthfully, aside from some skewed best intentions , the mother abandoned them As I continued reading, my emotions should have come into play They didn t This piece of contemporary fiction was a messy soup Carla and Alice were two people with a substantial age difference and from contrasting cultures Unfortunately, they lacked dimension and the actual story was coarsely written and inconsistent I seriously wondered how it earned all the five star reviews.And not to nitpick view spoiler okay, I am nitpicking but I had to constantly stop and ask myself why Why did Ms Ward write a particular passage the way she did Junior was starving but had the smarts to steal Carla s stash of hidden money Why didn t he buy food instead of jars of glue to sniff He was only six years old Why did Alice treat Jake the way she did I didn t like her Why did Alice wait until her husband was preparing the food for their established Saturday past time to tell him she had other plans And they didn t include him Why didn t she use a GPS to locate Evian s residence the first time I could go on but suffice it to say, too many points in question became a burden I felt disjointed challenges while reading and it was very frustrating hide spoiler In short, I did not care what transpired and that saddened me This was a quick read yet it was still very powerfully written I think that given all of the current legislation being debated over illegal immigration this novel helps to put human faces on this issue I loved Carla and truly empathized with her plight I had a harder time with Alice Something about her relationship with her husband just didn t work for me I would encourage everyone to read this in the hopes that with knowledge comesunderstanding of this difficult issue 3.5 stars I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review To readreviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd The Same Sky was a pretty quick read for me, but unfortunately I just couldn t give it a stellar review I m actually pretty torn about what to say The story follows two characters, Clara on her journey from Honduras to Texas and Alice dealing with the disappointment and numerous failed attempts of becoming a mother I knew at some point the two characters would cr I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review To readreviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd The Same Sky was a pretty quick read for me, but unfortunately I just couldn t give it a stellar review I m actually pretty torn about what to say The story follows two characters, Clara on her journey from Honduras to Texas and Alice dealing with the disappointment and numerous failed attempts of becoming a mother I knew at some point the two characters would cross paths, but it just didn t happen quick enough for me I enjoyed Clara s story so muchthan Alice s Clara and her supporting characters seemed real I felt that her journey was genuine The struggles and hardships she endured were heartbreaking There times however, when modern technology was mentioned a.k.a the internet by Clara and this was confusing because Clara was living in a village where she slept on a pallet, robbed of cooking pots, had to walk miles to use the only phone in town, and ate flour paste for meals So I m assuming that she is referring to using the internet once she is older and living a better life in America But, why even refer to it I was just confused Alice s part of the book felt disconnected Her character waswell rounded than the others but didn t feel fully developed Just when I thought I had a good read on each of the supporting characters, they did said something abrupt and out of character It went completely against the already developed character I found myself re reading paragraphs because I didn t understand why a character just did said the thing they did said because it didn t make any sense Every single character in Alice s story fell into this category of dissapoint me for me I m a little concerned that this book is getting such great reviews on Goodreads My review and rating does not follow suit So I kind of feel like I m not being fair, but I ve thought long and hard about this book and I m just not happy about it The second I finished it, the first feeling I had was utter disappointment I could tell at about 65% through the book that I might not like where the book ended, but I kept reading on Overall, I probably would have given the novel a better rating had it just been Clara s story Two alternating story lines, one is Carla a young girl living in poverty in Honduras, the other is Alice, married to Jake in Texas and desperately wanting a child.Big impact themes are present in the Same Sky poverty rape infertility immigration drugs gangs cancerHowever the way this novel was written meant the above themes didn t have the big impact they could The whole novel seems to be in continuous shutter speed click, click, click, click, click, click It needed to be fleshed out Two alternating story lines, one is Carla a young girl living in poverty in Honduras, the other is Alice, married to Jake in Texas and desperately wanting a child.Big impact themes are present in the Same Sky poverty rape infertility immigration drugs gangs cancerHowever the way this novel was written meant the above themes didn t have the big impact they could The whole novel seems to be in continuous shutter speed click, click, click, click, click, click It needed to be fleshed out a lotPerhaps just Carla s story witheffort in it Alice s storyline didn t add to the novel but rather detracted.Skip this one