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Epub µ The Boy on the Bridge 256 pages Download Û Helpyouantib º ❮BOOKS❯ ✰ The Boy on the Bridge ⚦ Author Natalie Standiford – Helpyouantib.co.uk A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold WarLaura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semesA new on the ePUB #180 breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold WarLaura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon with Alexei as her guide Laura immerses herself in the real Russia a crazy world of wild parties black market books and mu A bit disappointing but somewhat cute until the whole obsession thing crept in and then it was a bit Twilight yFor starters I have an issue with the cover It takes place in Leningrad where there are a ton of bridges If you like bridges go to St Petersburg they're phenomenal Just make sure you're on the right side of the city before certain bridges close down or you will be stuck on the other side of the city and no way to make it back So out of all those bridges they pick Red Suare which is in Moscow Sure there's a scene that takes place in Moscow but they're not on a bridgeThe author's bio talks about her visiting the Soviet Union and her website shows some photographs from that time of which it makes this book read a bit like an autobiography and that makes it a bit uncomfortable but I'm really confused as to why Laura went when she seemed to hate everything And if it is a bit autobiographical why did Standiford go Not only is everything bleak and dreary understandable Stalinist architecture is pretty ugly for a good spoof of that see The Irony of Fate and it is winter in the book but she hates most all the food even the ice cream I put the book down at that and said WHAT because Russian ice cream is possibly the best ice cream I have ever had If they were serving it when I was there that was what I had for dessert I will say that she's right about pelmeni and shashlik those are amazing Laura says that she likes the darker side of Russian history but she ends up going for all the fluff I never found her reasons to be believable Her understanding of Russian was oddly first semester ish he calls her rebyonok which he tells her means little fish it actually means baby as in infant she doesn't know the words for glass or tea has a limited grasp of Russian Literature she says Raskolnikov killed the pawnbroker because he thought he was a superior man no he killed her and her sister because he was broke and tried to convince himself that he was a superior person to them so it was ok that he killed them because he was important She skips classes to hang out with real Russians where she clearly does not explore the dark side of Russia which is everywhere in the USSR Over all Laura was a pretty boring character and a bit annoyingThe love story is weird There's the it's true loveno it isn't problem but it's really not true love Had it been true love he would have told her about the Americans before her he would have been able to let her study and not put her student visa at risk with all the rule breaking it was very very creepyIt was a shame that Karen was introduced because I would have much rather read about her than Laura An African American in the Soviet Union Her experiences would make for a much better book than a love story between an American and a Russian Not to mention Karen knows the subjects and genuinely seems to care about her studies She might have issues with the USSR but she had her head in the game She made the book for me I loved it when she appeared and was sad that she wasn't in of the book Seriously why wasn't this book about her

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T she knows Alexei loves her RightAs June approaches when Laura must return to the United States Alexei asks Laura to marry him She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle Boy on the PDF #205 down But what if Alexei is the love of her life How can she leave him behind If she has a chance to change his life to rescue him from misery shouldn't she take I received the ARC at BEAI think I must be getting old In junior high even high school I would have thought this story was so romantic and heartbreaking But now at the wise old age of almost 27 I thought the story was a bit over the top and melodramatic like a soap opera The Boy on the Bridge is a romance set in 1980s Soviet Russia when the KGB reigned supreme and the food was apparently terrible The story focuses on Laura an American exchange student doing a semester in Leningrad While there she is rescued by a handsome young Russian named Alyosha and they practically fall in love with each other on the spot The Ups The settingtime One of the things I did like about the book was the setting I've read very few books that take place in Soviet Russia so that was very interestingThe concept I think this book had a great concept behind it I just felt like it could have been developed which would have made the book a better readThe secondary characters I love Laura's friend Karen way than I like Laura She's a no nonsense tell it like it is friend and I thought she was the perfect opposite of Laura While Laura's got her head in the clouds Karen's trying to bring her back to Earth and knock some sense into her The Downs Laura As a main character Laura is definitely not my favorite She makes some really stupid decisions she mopes a lot she's constantly doubting the man who's supposed to be the love of her life she breaks pretty much every rule Overall she's just an annoying characterThe writing In pretty much every writing class I took in high school we were told Show; don't tell And I felt like this book did a lot of tellingThe romance Laura and Alyosha's romance was pretty much insta love They knew each other for what felt like two hours and suddenly they're madly in love with each other No tension no build up just instant love I understand why the romance was being rushed on one side but it was too rushed for it to be believableThe melodrama My biggest problem with this book was that it was so melodramatic Every other chapter something crazy and over the top was happening Or the way Laura and Alyosha would talk to each other was cheesy At one point Laura has to go away for a week and Alyosha tells her I will wilt without you Wilt without you I almost threw the book across the room when I read that lineThe saddest thing about this book was that it could have been so much better An extra hundred pages could have made room for character development and building some romantic tension I think that the story felt rushed and a few pages could have changed that or having Laura go to Russia for a whole year rather than one semester would have made the story believable And cutting back some of the melodrama would also have instantly improved the storyAs it is The Boy on the Bridge was just okay but it wasn't the most terrible book I've ever read It just caused some major eye rolling I still plan to give some of Standiford's other novels a shot such as How to Say Goodbye in Robot because I've only heard good things about them

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The Boy on the BridgeSic and smuggled letters to dissidents She must keep the relationship secret associating with The Boy Kindle Americans is dangerous for Alexei and if caught Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse At the same time she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States Bu I didn't realize that this book takes place in 1982 which made it so much interesting Laura is in Communist Soviet Union and the government has so much control over it's people it sickening Laura has always wanted to go to Russia and learn about the dark bloody past of this country but the college program she is does not allow for anything besides what is government approved When she meets Alexei who goes by Alyosha she learns what life is really like for it's occupantsI loved the connection between Laura and Alyosha They were so cute together Sometimes it was hard to figure out what Alyosha's true intentions were We learn that many Russians would form relationships with the Americans hoping that they would get married and be able to move to America I hated not knowing what Alyosha true feelings for Laura wereI didn't like how much Laura changed after meeting Alyosha I understand that she didn't have much time with him since the program is over in a few weeks but at the same time I hated that she stopped caring completely about her education She stopped going to class doing her work and kept missing curfew I also hated that Alyosha didn't care that she was doing it either He should have been supportive of her education instead of not caring if she failedI absolutely loved learning about Russian history That country really does have a terrifying past Learning about the history was my favorite part of this book Also the writing and the descriptions were so vivid that I really felt like I was transported to RussiaThe ending was definitely bittersweet for me but I think it was beautifully done Despite how it ended I couldn't help but have a smile on my face when I closed the bookI highly recommend The Boy on the Bridge It is a uick read and perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon