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Review of "An Invisible Thread" by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

In her spare time, Aby Slutsky enjoys being with family, exercising, writing, baking and reading.

An Invisible Thread

My mother recommended An Invisible Thread, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. What you have to know about my mom is that she is not a reader. My dad, though, when he was living, was an avid reader; my mom just lost herself in television programs. But when my dad passed, my mother had more alone time and began to read the occasional novel.

If she recommends a book—especially one that she reads quickly—I have high expectations that it will be a fabulous read. This story did not disappoint.

Friendship is precious and impacts our lives in unusual ways

Friendship is precious and impacts our lives in unusual ways

"An Invisible Thread": The Storyline

This book is based on the true story of a young African-American boy living on the wrong side of the tracks (he's at times homeless, with no guiding family ties), and a white woman who befriends him. This is a story about how the two main characters learn from each other, and how their lives become intertwined in a lifelong friendship.

The story is unique and yet occasionally predictable. It is unique because the Caucasian woman took the leap to befriend the boy, despite their differences in class, and the boy was not afraid to take a chance on what she offered. You may be surprised that I did not say their differences in race, but I believe that their socioeconomic stations in life, their diverse living arrangements, and their different family support systems, or lack thereof, were much more compelling differences than their skin tones.

The boy could have been any race panhandling for food, and few people, if any, in the woman’s station would have befriended him. No, instead it is more likely that they would have walked to the other side of the street to avoid him or walked by staring straight ahead as if not noticing what they knew was in front of them. People do it every day when they see a panhandler. We might feel for the unfortunate, even feel a twinge of guilt as we walk by, but we are afraid to get involved: we silently tell ourselves it is not our business. Thus, it is unique because Laura Schroff put aside her fears and took a step into the unknown to make a difference.

However, I think there is a part of the story that is not unique too because, in theory, the story could have happened to any of us that were willing to take that chance. However, both people would have to take the leap for it to work, which I believe is part of the magic of this story—finding the right two people that are willing to take a chance in this situation is unlikely. The woman was brave enough, and the boy was young enough to take the chance of friendship. The story shares the relationship between the two main characters and how they shaped each other’s lives to some extent.

Would your family support you befriending a young, homeless boy, or would they consider it dangerous?

Would your family support you befriending a young, homeless boy, or would they consider it dangerous?

An Important Theme

This book also asks: why do most of us not risk befriending the homeless? Our families and friends would caution us against it. Yes, giving some money and walking away would be all right to many people's family members but becoming part of a homeless person's life would open yourself to danger in the eyes of our loved ones. The authors intertwine this theme within the story, and it adds a realistic aspect to the story that many readers can relate to.

Point of View

The book allows the reader to get the perspective of both main characters, so the reader can get a glimpse of their concerns, their private worlds, and the impact they derive from simple events that most people would consider unimportant. Many of us, even if we are not wealthy, enjoy a safe roof over our heads, some type of stable role model, and sufficient food. Surviving becomes a way of life for those that do not have these necessities.

Reasons to Purchase and Read the Book

This book was a page-turner and was short enough to finish in one sitting. It has an uplifting ending that leaves the reader hopeful and satisfied. Yet, the main characters in this story are special because both of them had needs that went beyond their initial meeting, and I believe that is why their relationship worked and grew.

A nice bonus to buying this book is that a portion of the sales goes to the No Kid Go Hungry campaign. If you buy An Invisible Thread, you will help others as you read about a life-altering journey that has two people from completely different walks of life intertwine their lives and learn from each other despite many obstacles.

Although I read this book for purely entertainment purposes, the issues covered and the ease of reading it make it an ideal discussion book for a book club.

© 2021 Abby Slutsky


Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

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Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 08, 2021:

This is such an interesting review. I like reading books that tell a story. It's great that it covers a topic that we see in society everyday.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 07, 2021:

I did too, especially since I don't buy books that often. Thanks for reading.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2021:

Thanks for your review of this book. I like the fact that part of the proceeds goes to No Kid Hungry.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 07, 2021:

Thanks so much for reading.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 07, 2021:

I have to go right over to Amazon and buy it. I love getting a good review of a book before buying it. That way I know I'm not wasting my money or going to be woefully disappointed. Thanks for sharing.



Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 07, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the review. I actually think I forgot to put in the link for it. I will have to correct that. Your comment reminded me.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 07, 2021:

This book sounds like one I would definitely enjoy. I appreciate the information you provided, Abby. I think I will buy this book soon. Thank you.

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