The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie StandifordMonday, August 05, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Source: BEA 2013
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A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.While studying abroad in Russia, Laura keeps her eyes open for an adventure and finds one when a boy, Alyosha, rescues her from gypsies on the bridge. From then on, what seems like fate carries her and Alyosha through Russia on a reckless journey. The Boy on the Bridge is a heartbreaking romance that tears readers’ hearts apart but makes them love the book even more.
Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. 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 music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with 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. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?
As 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 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 it?-- Goodreads
As bad as I must admit, I picked up the book purely based on my opinion of the cover. It has been quite a while since I’ve seen a cover that truly depicts the book. First thing I noticed and I loved was that the male model on the cover: he looks Russian which is how people should create covers about a book set in Russia. Plus, Alyosha, on the cover, is attractive. The cover is filled with gorgeous colors and makes me want to visit Russia for the architecture.
“Laura and her roommate Karen tramped along the frozen mud road that led through the university, past a wall with OGNEOPASNO! painted on it in huge red letters.”-The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (ARC p. 1)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and violence.Cover: 5