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The Boy author Lara Santoro

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Anna has always been a risk taker and a free spirit but now she is raising a young daughter on her own and she has to play it safe Her twenty something neighbor with the slow easy smile is in no way part of Anna's plans She resists te. First of all let me just stress this point I did not like the main characterStill the way the author manically forced me in the direction of utter hate toward this character’s choices made a hell of an unattractive motive I am not a child I am a grown woman who understands life love and family I have a wonderful mother that would have made the world turn in a different direction if I willed it so In other words I understand the importance of motherhood I understand the obligations I understand the privilegeWhat I don’t understand is the why the author of this book was determined to make a “bad mommy” drama She portrayed her lead character as utterly unlikable sporadic bipolar and a substance abuser All of this was meant to underline the fact that the selfishness of the female lead had to be paid for and something important must be taken away from her In this case she “learns” her lesson trough losing her childThe problemI don’t see a good lesson in this messOne of the main problems of this “lesson” is the fact that the “heroine's” child is a horrible she devil I am not saying that a child like this should be loved less but still let us not make her an angel and stuff her as the main character of a revolving theme song of “utter blessings that God bestowed upon us” She needed discipline Maybe after she became less of a monster I would have felt sympathetic toward her plight One thing was for sure the pull of the “loss” was very mild when you take in to consideration what you are losing Yes motherhood is important But you still have to weight what kind of person your child isI get that kid was hurt over her parents divorce and sometimes neglected because of her mother’s yearnings BUT She is most plainly spoiled arrogant and pissy She constantly clashes with her mother showing her no respect whatsoever I get that this is supposed to be made “ok” since said mother is not mother of the year material Still the little girl is daddy obsessed mouthy and pushy to the limits of madness Frankly I was distressed over how the heroine treated her young lover then how she treated her daughterI KNOW I KNOW THIS WHOLE BOOK WAS SUPOSSED TO SHOW ME THAT LUST IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN FAMILY AKA MOTHERHOODOr in other words if you are a bad person you will find a young lover and almost kill your kid while drunk driving It’s just how thing are done They ALWAYS happen this way to evil divorcees that neglect their kids UICK LET US FIND SOME “How to be a good housewife” books and stop this horror from spreadingDARN I GUESS I AM EVIL AT HEART AND HAVE MESSED UP PRIORITIES OAnyway the lead female is constantly pushing her lover and their relationship to the sidelines because of what her daughter and her housekeeper think Yes Housekeeper Because those are euivalent with GOD’S WILL You don’t do anything without their approvalAfter the hits the fan she drops him like a hot potato never to look back not caring for the feelings of this person for even one second Because LORD he is JUST A BOY Being YOUNG makes you unable to feel anything remotely real and makes you immune to suffering I just can’t evenThe cherry on top of this whole aspect of the stoty is the “boy’s” father with his dramatic drama lama monologues At times I was so confused I started tripping “the boy” was 12 not 20 somethingFinally the conclusion the moral of this story the summary of summaries If you work a stressful job that takes chunks out of you until you can only find solace in a glass of wine karma is bound to gift you with a husband who could care less about you or your child but is fully prepared to bith and moan about everything you did wrongwhen it comes to him to your kid the next door neighborEven when you brake away from those chains you will still be stuck with a daughter that says mean things than any 5year old should and you will be mentally incapable of returning somebody’s love ever againSo it is totally normal expected and RIGHT for you to just fail again and again until even your ungrateful child is taken away from youI think there were waaay too many forces AGAINST the “heroine”As I said I could practically feel the author urging me to side with everybody else in this book and be utterly appalled over the lead character's behavior while being happy that she got her just deserts Again let me remind people I stated that I DID dislike this character but I find her fate sad I see her behavior as a product of mostly bad luck and people never appreciating her I KNOW this does not make her blameless but the “punishment” I don’t see it as punishment I see it as somebody NEVER GETTING A FREAKING BRAKE All in all this book would have been so much interesting if just one of the many people that were supposedly worried or cared about the heroine took the time to stuff her in to a rehab centerPosed as it was It just pised me off Add in the ludicrous prose that was supposed to sound philosophical and I can safely tell you that this read almost made me in to an alcoholic because no amount of wine could make it better

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Ntoro writes in hypnotic and swiftly paced prose Daniel Woodrell about the hazards of passion and motherhood and about one woman's unthinkable rebellion Gorgeous fiercely intelligent deeply honest and incredibly entertaining Anne Lamo. There is so much to appreciate in The Boy rich dialogue witty humor and the way the seasons and the landscape are woven into the fabric of the story line The Boy transported me to New Mexico to clear air mountains sensuality the Rio Grande wide open spaces a vast sky and deep emotion Santoro skillfully reveals the fierce love that is ever present when coming to terms with difficult choices Though some may say this story is about bad parenthood and addiction Anna's journey is that of so many single mothers as they wrestle with the desire for personal and sexual freedom while facing societal pressure to fit in with the playground moms Anna is far from perfect; she pays in soul wrenching ways for her compulsions But despite her poor choices the book left me longing for of Anna's story I want to stop her from careening into another tragic mistake

Lara Santoro ½ 5 review

Mptation in every way she can yet Anna is soon drawn into a reckless and obsessive affair Provocative headlong and utterly compelling The Boy is the story of a woman on the edge torn between love and compulsion desire and duty Lara Sa. Anna is a real woman not an imaginary good mother She has a child she is alone after a bitter relationship with her daughter's father and now she longs for a life of her own She commits the apparently unforgivable sin of falling in love maybe even just lust with a man What A woman a mother in lust Because he is 20 and she is 42 this seems to make her a monster in the eyes of others her own her housekeeper's even her therapist's She struggles no tangles with the guilt the judgment the reproach It comes at her from all sides and she holds strong for a while But as she tries to keep afloat and she gets constantly thrown back down I won't give away the ending but I will say that Santoro's writing is searing and evocative; and her dialogues are masterful A must read The Harpist of Madrid yet Anna is soon drawn into a reckless and obsessive affair Provocative headlong and utterly compelling The Boy is the story of a woman on the edge torn between love and compulsion desire and duty Lara Sa. Anna is a real woman not an imaginary good mother She has a child she is alone after a bitter relationship with her daughter's father and now she longs for a life of her own She commits the apparently unforgivable sin of falling in love maybe even just lust with a man What A woman a mother in lust Because he is 20 and she is 42 this seems to make her a monster in the eyes of others her own her housekeeper's even her therapist's She struggles no tangles with the guilt the judgment the reproach It comes at her from all sides and she holds strong for a while But as she tries to keep afloat and she gets constantly thrown back down I won't give away the ending but I will say that Santoro's writing is searing and evocative; and her dialogues are masterful A must read


10 thoughts on “The Boy author Lara Santoro

  1. says:

    Note I'm not sure if I truly grasped the themes Lara Santoro was trying to convey in The Boy but I will do my best to share what I took away from my reading experience At it's core I felt this story was dark but realistic nonetheless The Boy offers a look at motherhood in all it's boredom warranted eyerolls and the death of adult independence Themes that were addressedchallenged in my opinion include social normsexpectations about parenting style the midlife crises that women are not allowed to have the stereotypical roles and allowances or lack thereof for each gender in families the personal identity that is forgotten or lost when children enter the euation the decision to have children or not to the degrees of imperfection we all possess and the presence of dark thoughts in the minds of some parents when there is no respite from their tyrant of a child The writing style in The Boy felt very minimalistic and repetitious and I think this is what negatively impacted my enjoyment overall I didn't dislike this book but I had a hard time continuing it to be honest It almost landed on my DNF shelf but the audiobook is only 4 hours long so I was determined to push through The themes I took away from my reading experience were interesting and in your face real and I enjoyed the unexpected zingers incorporated here and there For example “We do not count to ten” the woman said “You don't count to ten” “Absolutely not” “What do you do?” “We wait” “You wait for them?” “Exactly” “For the children” “For the children” “You the grownups wait for the children” “That's correct” “You should stop smoking dope” “I don't smoke dope” “You're smoking too much dope” I would absolutely be interested in checking out some of this author's other work I don't regret reading The Boy but in summary it was an odd experience Check it out for yourself though and see what you thinkMy favorite uote We have children and we don't know how


  2. says:

    New favorite thing Wake up on a day with a windchill in the negatives don fleece leisure wear peek out the window while bagel toasts and say to self “Today I will read a book in its entirety” Tramp knee high boot slippers back upstairs to the bedroom turn it to a radio station where the only lyrics you might hear will be sung in Italian by people with exuisite diaphragm control slip between so soft sheets purchased at awesome kiosk during the holiday season fire up Kindle app on iPad and have a go at Lara Santoro’s slight delicious naughty novel “The Boy” Two cats in a single ball at your feet optional How it goes Anna is a 40 something single mother and problem drinker at a party at her neighbor’s when she gets the hard sell from the host’s 20 year old son a kid who has recently dropped out of college because he doesn’t see a need for it “We’re running out of potable water” he gives as his reason The kid’s throwing lines eyes and vibes at her in an unsettling way and it’s all got her a bit frothy Though she leaves the party without giving into his raw appeal she continues to think about him tell her analyst about him complain to her friends about him And dude He knows he’s in He rides his dirt bike past her house shirtless and damn near puts her in a coma Things are a bit unsettled at their New Mexico home Anna has an 8 year old daughter who is the resident caretaker The two escaped Anna’s cheating husband in London and set up a new life on a new continent There is a housekeepernanny who is obsessed with the bleaches and disinfectants she sees advertised on The Cleaning Channel Nanny also has perma red eyes and a problem that regularly finds her parked in front of a slot machine with a case of beer at the uick This thing with the kid is getting out of control Anna is busted making out with him at a party and things intensify from there When Eva goes to London to spend the summer with her father the kid brings his spare change baseball caps and electronics into the house for an extended lusty stay Listen Readers won’t like Anna She’s an addict and she acts like an addict unwilling to consider maybe not engaging in a lip lock with the kid She is 100 percent feed the crave at any cost Her past with Eva has a few suspicious years of neglect followed by resentment The fights she has with her daughter sound like the fights she should be having in the mirror But this story is really well done It’s a bullet train to disaster with a handful of characters with convoluted motives and interesting ticks It’s a delicious way to spend four hours


  3. says:

    First of all let me just stress this point I did not like the main characterStill the way the author manically forced me in the direction of utter hate toward this character’s choices made a hell of an unattractive motive I am not a child I am a grown woman who understands life love and family I have a wonderful mother that would have made the world turn in a different direction if I willed it so In other words I understand the importance of motherhood I understand the obligations I understand the privilegeWhat I don’t understand is the why the author of this book was determined to make a “bad mommy” drama She portrayed her lead character as utterly unlikable sporadic bipolar and a substance abuser All of this was meant to underline the fact that the selfishness of the female lead had to be paid for and something important must be taken away from her In this case she “learns” her lesson trough losing her childThe problem?I don’t see a good lesson in this messOne of the main problems of this “lesson” is the fact that the “heroine's” child is a horrible she devil I am not saying that a child like this should be loved less but still let us not make her an angel and stuff her as the main character of a revolving theme song of “utter blessings that God bestowed upon us” She needed discipline Maybe after she became less of a monster I would have felt sympathetic toward her plight One thing was for sure the pull of the “loss” was very mild when you take in to consideration what you are losing Yes motherhood is important But you still have to weight what kind of person your child isI get that kid was hurt over her parents divorce and sometimes neglected because of her mother’s yearnings BUT She is most plainly spoiled arrogant and pissy She constantly clashes with her mother showing her no respect whatsoever I get that this is supposed to be made “ok” since said mother is not mother of the year material Still the little girl is daddy obsessed mouthy and pushy to the limits of madness Frankly I was distressed over how the heroine treated her young lover then how she treated her daughterI KNOW I KNOW THIS WHOLE BOOK WAS SUPOSSED TO SHOW ME THAT LUST IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN FAMILY AKA MOTHERHOODOr in other words if you are a bad person you will find a young lover and almost kill your kid while drunk driving It’s just how thing are done They ALWAYS happen this way to evil divorcees that neglect their kids UICK LET US FIND SOME “How to be a good housewife” books and stop this horror from spreadingDARN I GUESS I AM EVIL AT HEART AND HAVE MESSED UP PRIORITIES OAnyway the lead female is constantly pushing her lover and their relationship to the sidelines because of what her daughter and her housekeeper think Yes Housekeeper Because those are euivalent with GOD’S WILL You don’t do anything without their approvalAfter the hits the fan she drops him like a hot potato never to look back not caring for the feelings of this person for even one second Because LORD he is JUST A BOY Being YOUNG makes you unable to feel anything remotely real and makes you immune to suffering I just can’t evenThe cherry on top of this whole aspect of the stoty is the “boy’s” father with his dramatic drama lama monologues At times I was so confused I started tripping “the boy” was 12 not 20 somethingFinally the conclusion the moral of this story the summary of summaries If you work a stressful job that takes chunks out of you until you can only find solace in a glass of wine karma is bound to gift you with a husband who could care less about you or your child but is fully prepared to bith and moan about everything you did wrongwhen it comes to him to your kid the next door neighborEven when you brake away from those chains you will still be stuck with a daughter that says mean things than any 5year old should and you will be mentally incapable of returning somebody’s love ever againSo it is totally normal expected and RIGHT for you to just fail again and again until even your ungrateful child is taken away from youI think there were waaay too many forces AGAINST the “heroine”As I said I could practically feel the author urging me to side with everybody else in this book and be utterly appalled over the lead character's behavior while being happy that she got her just deserts Again let me remind people I stated that I DID dislike this character but I find her fate sad I see her behavior as a product of mostly bad luck and people never appreciating her I KNOW this does not make her blameless but the “punishment”? I don’t see it as punishment I see it as somebody NEVER GETTING A FREAKING BRAKE All in all this book would have been so much interesting if just one of the many people that were supposedly worried or cared about the heroine took the time to stuff her in to a rehab centerPosed as it was It just pised me off Add in the ludicrous prose that was supposed to sound philosophical and I can safely tell you that this read almost made me in to an alcoholic because no amount of wine could make it better


  4. says:

    I want to blame it on my sleepy brain because I got lost somewhere in the book And not the good way lost the bad one where you have no idea what the author wants to say or if she has something to say or what is happening to the characters The Boy doesn't have a big role to the story The babysitterhousekeeperwhatever is in a bigger part of the book I will be damned if he said 10 lines in the book The book focuses on the daughter mother relationship than the Jack Anne one Also why doesn't she say the names of Jack and Eva's father? Its weird I felt unsatisfied as I finished the book and a little disappointed


  5. says:

    Anna is a real woman not an imaginary good mother She has a child she is alone after a bitter relationship with her daughter's father and now she longs for a life of her own She commits the apparently unforgivable sin of falling in love maybe even just lust with a man What? A woman a mother in lust? Because he is 20 and she is 42 this seems to make her a monster in the eyes of others her own her housekeeper's even her therapist's She struggles no tangles with the guilt the judgment the reproach It comes at her from all sides and she holds strong for a while But as she tries to keep afloat and she gets constantly thrown back down I won't give away the ending but I will say that Santoro's writing is searing and evocative; and her dialogues are masterful A must read


  6. says:

    UghProvocative headlong and utterly compelling THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge torn between love and compulsion desire and duty It is exactly not this It is the opposite So boring and all the sexy parts are just skipped over Also the lady who reads out the audiobook was not the best She gets a 25 Her male voices are horrible and she lacked so much emotion in all of the readingSeriously Do not waste your time


  7. says:

    The pendulum has swung the other way At the height of the feminist movement women who only wanted to stay at home and raise their children were ridiculed; they were abettors of the patriarchal system living only half lives We who were girls during the late 60s and 70s were told we could do anything and have everything We could be not just teachers and nurses but astronauts doctors lawyers and journalists We could be mothers too as long as that role took second billing to our careers We are now experiencing a kind of baby mania an obsession with pregnancy and motherhood Movie stars extoll the virtues of motherhood; how selfless having a child has made them; how it’s the toughest job they’ve ever loved As soon as a celebrity couple is married the womb watch begins and when months have passed and there’s still no bun in the oven uestions arise Why haven’t they gotten pregnant? Is there a problem? Female stars who reach a certain age still childless are compelled to talk about their desires to be mothers Some have chosen to adopt the desire is so strong It’s like they’ve all signed on to be spokeswomen for the maternal industrial complex The one thing you never hear is a female celeb saying is “You know what I’m not having kids The whole prospect doesn’t interest me” And just as rarely does one read a story by woman that openly catalogues a mother’s challenges and failures as Lara Santoro does in The Boy The title refers to the much younger man barely out of his teens whom Anna gets involved with but it is misleading for the book is really about the relationship between a mother and childAnna the protagonist is a complicated and at times not very likable woman; she drinks too much; she’s selfish; she resents the demands placed on her by motherhood; she misses her free wheeling days as a journalist in Africa Many women who read the book may be repulsed by Anna by her choices and her behavior but it would be dishonest and delusional to say that women like her don’t exist Their revulsion may come from fear that Anna hits too close to home that even though we love our children having them came at the cost of our freedom While the complaints of men about the changes to their lives fatherhood has wrought are expected and to a certain degree accepted it is not so for women Motherhood is our biological destiny and it should be embraced and celebrated and our personal lives gladly sacrificed to our children Santoro through beautifully wrought prose dares to lay bear the truth that not all women aspire to maternity and are grateful when it is thrust upon them unexpectedly Anna’s love for her daughter though is never in doubt as she struggles to reconcile her needs as a woman with the obligations of motherhood The terrible price Anna pays for an impetuous decision should satisfy those who have never erred as parents or human beings


  8. says:

    There is so much to appreciate in The Boy rich dialogue witty humor and the way the seasons and the landscape are woven into the fabric of the story line The Boy transported me to New Mexico to clear air mountains sensuality the Rio Grande wide open spaces a vast sky and deep emotion Santoro skillfully reveals the fierce love that is ever present when coming to terms with difficult choices Though some may say this story is about bad parenthood and addiction Anna's journey is that of so many single mothers as they wrestle with the desire for personal and sexual freedom while facing societal pressure to fit in with the playground moms Anna is far from perfect; she pays in soul wrenching ways for her compulsions But despite her poor choices the book left me longing for of Anna's story I want to stop her from careening into another tragic mistake


  9. says:

    Brutally honest I guess Sexually riveting not so much A bit disorganized in its format of the story itself YES A mother who left her child with a nanny not because she had to work but because she wanted to get away from her kid because she couldn't handle her infant crying any As honest as that was it wasn't enough to get me to enjoy the rest of the book From the beginning it jumped back and forth between the past and the present so many times that I felt dizzy and couldn't remember what year in the story I was It continued like that for the first 80 pages and that is what completely turned me off from the idea of even finishing the book As unusually rare it is for me to give a book a bad rating or review I honestly could not give this book a good one


  10. says:

    This really isn't a novel about 'the boy' but he's a catalyst for Anna to reflect and change or not change Good mommy? Bad mommy? You make the call but she certainly is an unlikable character The daughter in this story acts as the adult in this motherdaughter relationship and the ending was perfectI like stories where you can hardly keep your eyes open as the trains are about to collide at a high rate of speed


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