The Boy and His Ribbon is the first book in a new two part duet from Pepper Winters and one I knew I had to read. I love Pepper’s books, rarely does she disappoint me and with a beautiful cover like this one I had a feeling I would enjoy this. I was surprised by this book though as it wasn’t what I was expecting. I find with synopsis’ often they tell to much, mostly I avoid reading them but with The Boy and His Ribbon, maybe it didn’t tell me enough.
The story is told from Ren and Della’s points of view. We hear from Ren in the past, in fact he starts the story in a very nasty, dark situation. Those opening pages I wasn’t ready for and admit it was heart wrenching to hear what was happening at that farm. The book follows Ren from age 10 when he leaves the farm to near present day at the end of the book. Ren felt a reliable story teller and it was good to see how he grew and changed throughout the book from a boy, to a teenager and then a man. Della’s story is told both in past and present tense. I loved that we were hearing her story in her words at the same time. In fact I admit I connected with her chapters more, maybe because we were both women/girls? I understood her frustrations, her growth throughout those chapters but mostly I loved how she kept me reading. For its not till a good 85% in you realise some things aren’t completely what they seem. The story has a lot of ups and downs, but mostly you see its about learning to love, about family, trust and surviving. The Boy and His Ribbon isn’t like anything I’ve read recently, in fact it felt truly different which in the Romance/New Adult genre I personally think is hard to do these days.
There is a dark element to this book I should add, but it didn’t over shadow the story. I cannot talk about the relationship of Ren and Della, nor do I want to talk about characters from their journey as I do not give spoilers. I will say that Pepper really has wrote something both beautiful and tragic, but done it in such a way that I felt everything.
As I stated at the beginning of this review I love Pepper’s books, I knew I’d probably enjoy The Boy and his Ribbon too. I wasn’t however expecting it to end like it did (Cliff hanger -ish!) and feel depressed (Almost) as the new book isn’t out till June I believe (The Girl and her Ren). I cannot wait to see what happens next for Ren and Della, in fact I need to know. This is such an intricate, tragic story but one I can see many enjoying if you enjoy a good romance that’s not traditional and likes to pull on your emotions. 4 stars.