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The Radius of Us ☀ The Radius of Us PDF / Epub ✍ Author Marie Marquardt – Thomashillier.co.uk What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine but who you are as a person Gretchen Asher knows this beca What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine but who you are as a person Gretchen Asher knows this because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes And now she doesn’t even recognize The Radius PDF/EPUB ² herselfNinety seconds can change a life — not just the place you live but the person others think you are Phoenix Flores Flores knows this because months after setting off toward the US Mexico border in search of safety for his brother he finally walked out of detention But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta He became that person — the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoidNinety seconds can change a life — so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirsTold in alternating first person points of view The Radius of Us is a story of love sacrifice and the journey from victim to survivor It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence both in the US and in Central America and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over Most importantly Marie Maruardt's The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.


10 thoughts on “The Radius of Us

  1. Taryn Taryn says:

    35 Stars High school senior Gretchen Asher's life changed forever the night she was attacked She has lived in fear for the past six months One day she has a panic attack after seeing a young man who resembles her attacker She realizes it couldn't possibly be the same person so she finds him to apologize The young man's name is Phoenix 18 and he just recently arrived in the United States He and his brother Ari 12 fled their home in El Salvador to seek asylum in the United States Gretchen and Phoenix uickly bond She doesn't have to pretend with him He's the first person who asks the uestions that matter and really listens to her replies For Phoenix it's hard being an outsider in a new country where the people are automatically suspicious of him Gretchen's attention makes this place feel like a home Sadly the pair might not have much time together Phoenix has little hope of being granted asylum Don’t let that stuff from your past tell you who you are” The chapters alternate between Gretchen's and Phoenix's perspectives At first I thought this book may be a little too YA for me but these two characters slowly stole my heart as their background stories were revealed The thoughtful gestures they made to each other as their friendship developed were so sweet The story behind the title is a really 'aww' worthy moment Gretchen and Phoenix are able to lean on each other but sometimes it seems that Gretchen is the one that demands the most support When she realizes the disparity in the relationship she steps up for Phoenix in a meaningful way I'm leery of love stories but it helped that these two characters were interesting as individuals They had their own issues to deal with outside of falling in love and other interesting relationships besides each other Their connection solidified because they were are able to empathize with each other in a way that others weren't able to All of those people—they don’t know what we know Gretchen has been suffering from PTSD since she was attacked She can barely leave the house never knowing what will trigger a panic attack Well meaning people try to talk to her about her incident but they always seem interested in the attacker's appearance or explaining to her what they would've done She knows she'll never be the same but all her friends and family are waiting for her to revert back to her old self At the same time that Gretchen is trying to get a handle on her PTSD she is also experiencing typical teen problems Her boyfriend moved off to college and they're drifting apart Her best friend Bree acts completely different since getting a boyfriend One thing I liked about that storyline was that while Gretchen is a little annoyed by the new boyfriend he ends up being a great friend to her and Phoenix This isn't the only time that Gretchen's preconceived notions are challenged “My American Dream’s way simple than that I just wanna be able to go for a walk in the woods alone—get on one of those little trails in the forest and walk for hours That would be so awesome Or maybe head over to a friend’s place after dinner to watch a football match on TV and not have to look behind my back every five seconds not have to worry about whether I’ll make it home alive” In El Salvador Phoenix and Ari get forced into a life or death situation Phoenix sees only one way to protect his brother flee The four month journey to the US was long and brutal After the brothers reached the US border they were detained and put into separate detention facilities Phoenix was sent to Atlanta Georgia while Ari is in Texas Phoenix is frustrated that Ari hasn’t spoken one word since they were separated traumatized by the horrors they witnessed As an unaccompanied minor Ari has a good chance of staying in the United States but only if he's able to communicate Phoenix was fortunate enough to be taken in by a local family but he has little chance of being granted asylum and even less of a chance if anyone looks deeper into his past In an unforgiving legal system Phoenix is unable to put that past behind him The thought of returning home is terrifying because he will almost certainly be killed Phoenix's chapters shine a light on the United States immigration system the conditions in detention centers and what happens to young people once they reach the borderGretchen and Phoenix both survived things that no one should have to experience They support each other as they learn how to overcome feelings of guilt and keep living a full life despite their past trauma The Radius of Us is than a story about two young people falling in love Through the character's uniue perspectives the reader learns 1 about overcoming preconceived notions 2 what it's like to be a victim of a violent crime 3 how to be a supportive friend and 4 why a person might leave the only home they've ever known and what awaits them at the other side It also gives exposure to another country and culture that many might not be familiar with On that last note this book encouraged me to seek out information on El Salvador Phoenix's descriptions of pupusas had my mouth watering and I’ve already found a few local Central AmericanSalvadorean restaurants that I'm going to try Recommended for young adult readers Books like these are important for spreading awareness and fostering empathyNotes How did the violence in El Salvador get so out of control? Hundreds of thousands of Salvadoreans fled while their country was immersed in a twelve year civil war many settling in the United States In some areas gangs began to form as a protective mechanism for these new neighborhoods The US introduced new tougher immigration legislation in 1996 and began deporting large numbers of gang members back to their home countries Still reeling from the effects of civil war El Salvador was a fertile ground for violent gangs to thrive Sources How El Salvador Fell Into A Web Of Gang Violence Who’s to blame for El Salvador’s gang violence?I received this book for free from Netgalley and St Martin's Press This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review It's available now


  2. abby abby says:

    When Gretchen first sees Phoenix she thinks she's come face to face with him the boy who assulted and robbed her six months ago and turned her life upside down Since the attack Gretchen notices him everywhere in every teen boy with dark eyes and caramel skin Not that she could confide this in anyone Her friends family and boyfriend have all been waiting for her to return to normal But it's becoming clear to Gretchen she might never her old self ever again She can no longer handle going to school or socializing or driving She suffers panic attacks Her time is now spent babysitting her young cousins and trying to get past what happened to her But then she meets PhoenixPhoenix not him He's an illegal immigrant who fled El Salvador after both he and his younger brother Ari were green lit by a local gang Phoenix regrets a lot of the choices he made in El Salvador but is determined to make things right for Ari Unfortunately those choices are likely to be the very thing that gets himself deported He wants to make sure his brother's case is settled before he's ordered to leave but Ari is refusing to talk Time is tickingGretchen is drawn to Phoenix inspite of his resemblance to her attacker or maybe because of it She needs to prove to herself that she's not afraid that she can start to move on She wants to apologize for running away from him like he was radioactive the first time they met Phoenix can't believe a girl like Gretchen want to be his friend when everyone else around seems so suspicious of him He likes her right away but knows that she's off limits She a pretty white American girl and he's an ex gang member soon to be shipped off to South America It would be impractical for them to fall in love But when has that ever stopped anyone?This is a sweet but not cutesy or saccharine story that I really enjoyed I thought both Gretchen and Phoenix were great characters with real chemistry together I like that love does not cure their problems Gretchen and Phoenix help each other but they are ultimately responsible for their own success I liked that Gretchen completely misjudged another character throughout the book and actually acknowledged it I do think some of the serious issues in this book were given a bit of a Pollyanna treatment but overall I thought this was a great YA romanceI received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley


  3. Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" Sophie "Beware Of The Reader" says:

    You can also follow it on touching starsAn ARC has been kindly provided by St Martin's Press via NetGalleycom in exchange for an honest review This story is like an onion it has many layers You can choose to see it as just a very cute romance between two touching main characters coming from different worlds the poor migrant and the cute middle class white girl Gretchen and Phoenix were perfectly assorted Phoenix helped Gretchen to live fully and fearlessly again He was solid reliable Gretchen made Phoenix feel welcome and worthy she fought for himYou can also focus on the journey Gretchen had to follow to feel whole and safe again How she was riddled with panic attacks after THE EVENT could not go to school any could not drive or go outside without angst It took a foreign boy’s understanding to make her live again His presence was reassuring Gretchen decided to help him build a garden find some pupusas play tourist in Atlanta She forgot her fears to support Phoenix and he was her safe heavenOr you can choose to think about Phoenix’s fight to protect his little brother AriI had never heard of Marie Maruardt before reading this book How would she write? Would I like the story? Would I regret asking St Martin’s Press for this book? Now I can honestly say that I loved this book as it broached a very sensitive and contemporary topic with great care and respect Choosing to portray a young migrant fighting to protect his young brother the author morphed impersonal statistics into individual heartbreaking casesThis is the story of Phoenix 18 years old migrant from El Salvador He fled his country with his little brother Ari to escape from the dangerous gangs ruling their little town Orphaned their travelled for months on foot or hanging from a train to reach the US border where they’ve been arrested and sent to detention camp They witnessed so much violence on their trip that Ari isn’t speaking any Now Phoenix is living with two old ladies waiting to know without much hope if he could stay in the US Phoenix did some bad things in El Salvador under the gang’s pressure They threatened his family and he did not really have a choice Now he lives in guilt for what he’s done and does not think he deserves the kindness people can show especially Gretchen’sThis book may be YA romance with young main characters but reading it was thought provokingWe take so many things for granted that we don’t even see we’re very lucky spoiled even We pay a fortune to have cut fruits at the grocery store while whole fruits cost just a penny Phoenix was grateful just to be alive and in a safe surrounding without bullets flying or gang members taking your dearest possession He was grateful for everything he’s been given second hand clothes a bed a roof upon his head His American dream was not to become rich or successful He just wanted to have a little house to walk freely and fearlessly in the countryside and maybe have a beer with a friend This made me realize I was luckyReading about Phoenix and Ari’s life in El Salvador about their traumatizing journey and about their hope to be safe to live made me truly see these migrant’s utter despair Most don’t leave their country on a whim but out of sheer necessity When they reach a border they’re contained in camps and begin the long wait to see if their hope will come true or be crushed again To witness Phoenix and Ari having to prove they’re worthy was heartbreaking They had to be cleaned and judged and deemed worthy How many succeed? How many are rebuked? What do they become once they’ve been sent back? Phoenix knew the statistics and how very few got permission to stay in the USThe refugees crisis is a complex topic dividing peoples across the world some seeing migrant as a threat to their work their safety while other wish to help these people so desperate they left everything and everyone behind in the hope of a better safer future Marie Maruardt made me think about all these people I had to face my prejudice and live Phoenix’s life She made me see there are good and bad people everywhere refugees or native This may sound cliché but it’s true nonetheless and is so important when we are confronted with the fear of the other the foreignerNow I know that I'll never listen towatch immigration problem in the same way You won your bet Mrs Maruardt you made me care and THINK


  4. Hristina Hristina says:

    Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewThe Radius of Us is a beautiful book The story is great it's original and it'll capture your attention right away The characters are amazingly developed their interactions seem natural But what most stood out about this book to me was the writing style In my experience YA isn't the genre where you can encounter amazing and elouent writing styles so Mrs Maruardt's way of writing surprised me and amazed me She has a wonderful way with words and if the summary doesn't spark up your interest I promise you that the wordiness of first sentence will captivate youPS Mrs Maruardt is joining my list of authors whose style I'm jealous of The other two authors are Serena Chase and SVagus Oh if onlyPre review notesI'm gonna need a while to stomach this Review in a day or two or three


  5. Diana Diana says:

    304 pages of pure bliss There are so many things to love from this book It tells the story of two different people with scary pasts Gretchen a girl who os attacked and has panic attacks since then; and Phoenix a guy running away from gang life in San Salvador protecting his brother all the whileThe story is sound and well written alternating chapters between the two main characters Gretchen and Phoenix are really fleshed out and I loved their storyAlso I did dig the way in which not easy things are easily explained on this book panic attacks racism love moving from a hurtful part on our past trust issues and so much The author is not passing judgement she is giving voice to what being alive is andor can be This is one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much is full of fire and truth and is magistrally narrated


  6. elena elena says:

    I can't say how long I've waited for Central American representation in any book Truthfully I didn't know this book featured a Salvadoran refugee immigrant and everything he struggled with just reminded me of my family Although it was not the best I truly thank the author for getting inspiration after visiting a detention center filled with CA men who are also seeking asylum As a teenager with immigrant parents I think it's important to note that what is happening in this book in his perspective is still happening in out the world and will most likely never end I just want to say thank you to the author for taking time of her own to go to El Salvador and learn our language our culture and about our beautiful yet small and violent country This book can inform the reader about what it really is like being an immigrant from a country almost no one knows about El Salvador is not a country you hear mention uite a lot and its a country that at times no one believes exists or is a Spanish speaking country You can really learn what sacrifices many Latinos have to make in order for them and their family to have a better life than the one they were living theirs at Phoenix truly had made me think about my mother and father and their stories From gang violence to have to illegally cross the border because there's no other option to having two gay mothers I truly felt bad for him He was separated from his brother and all that reminded me of was the recent separation the Central American children with their parents And with Gretchen I was able to connect with her panic attacks but not entirely Hers are very descriptive and realistic mine used to be uick and uiet I truly felt bad for her and although I could not connect with her in any other way I'm glad she became understanding of the situationI did expect better from this one I remember when I first added it to my tbr last year and how I was very excited for it because I knew it was a contemporary that featured mental health but I guess either the romance was in the way or the very obvious plot twist that just needed some working to be done The writing could also use some improvement Nothing that's out of the generation but it felt too middle grade and no YA aspects were felt while reading it Triggercontent warning for panic attacks PTSD and some physical abuse


  7. ✨ Kaira ✨ ✨ Kaira ✨ says:

    Plot 4Writing style 45Characters 4Romance 4In which an eighteen year old Mexican boy was mistaken for another Latino by an American girl who was traumatized by an incident with an involvement of an infamous Mexican gang • Plot I always state this whenever I review ya novels I am not much of contemporary reader but let me tell you this this book over here is golden The issues it deals with are prominent It's my first time reading a novel that has someting do with with an Latinos getting deported due to their dark pasts in there homeland To be honest it felt refreshing reading this because it somehow broadened my view in such things That life outside my room is not rainbows and unicorns That I should be taking myself for the privelage I have Of course I do have some issues with the book itself but nothing major let me assure you I do only wished the author somehow focused as well with the female protaginist's said trauma and case Also while reading this I was shocked due to how cruel La Salvador was explained I can't really say if the author kinda exaggerated the whole La Salvador's state the gang fights and all because I personally didn't witnessed it Haven't even step a foot in Mexico though I would love to someday This is the type of novel that is worthy of being a movie • writing style it hooked me the moment I read the first chapter I mean it's direct to the point No unnecessary and boring introduction No sipping coffees or whatever Fast paced that's for sure Read it in one sitting Thr climax was fine with me Not too dramatix but not too dull Smooth • characters they're amazing To tell you the truth I think the novel was not lengthy enough for us to get to know the characters deeper 1 Gretchen The female lead's character was especially not much given attention Sure there was character development It's just the lack of seeing who she really is Don't get me wrong I do like her because she's straight to the point Determined When the secrets were spilled she freaked out a bit but immediately get ovee it and tried fixing things up That's the type of ya heroine I need Like I said I wished the author somehow focused as well with her case not only with the male lead's 2 Phoenix I feel so bad for all the things he'd been through He's a great brother Smart Patient I also love reading his point of views How he complain about the overpriced cheese and all that I mean I completely agree with me • romance it was not the type of romance where you'll find yourself blushing I mean of course you'll laugh at some point but the whole love story itself was touching Both characters themselves found each other to heal To help one another in overcoming all the tragedies Somehow they felt natural despite the fact it's kinda insta love How first they only see each other as friends Someone to trustAnyways as long as it is not love at first sight I am fine with it


  8. Rose Rose says:

    extremely skeptical about this one because this talks about gang violence and illegal immigration both important issues to medon't let me down pls crosses fingers


  9. Samantha (WLABB) Samantha (WLABB) says:

    Rating 45 SarsIf I was pressed to summarize this book I would pick the following part of the book blurb Told in alternating first person points of view The Radius of Us is a story of love sacrifice and the journey from victim to survivor There was just so much I loved about this book I don't even know where to start This is a love story a story of redemption and a story of survival This is story of gang violence refugees and the Central American Crisis This book hit me on so many levels and I was all in from the first page Both Phoenix and Gretchen were victims Gretchen had been assaulted and was suffering from PTSD Phoenix was running from his gang life past and fighting for him and his little brother to stay in the US These two were able to find solace in each other's company Gretchen was able to feel safe; Phoenix was able to see a possible future Both were hopeful and I couldn't help but be hopeful with them Looking at that smile I feel like I can breathe better like the air has just changed to pure oxygen Phoenix's story definitely stole the show My heart ached as I learned about his past He had experienced so many difficult things in his 19 years it did not seem uite fair He made mistakes in the past but he turned his life around This idea that one can change and one does not need to be defined by one's past is so important to me I want to think that every mistake I make will not haunt me forever I want to believe that I can overcome my past and move forward towards good things I need redemption stories to keep this flame of hope alive and this book definitely fits the bill He's helping me come back alive He's sort of amazing This book is also packed with great characters I know many people will mention the diversity present in this book because there is A LOT of diversity in this book There are black white and Latino characters Some are straight some are gay They are rich poor and in between They were from all walks of life and all these different perspectives added to the beauty of this book But besides being diverse they were just beautiful characters Sally and Amanda were the lovely lesbian couple who took Phoenix into their home and were paying for his lawyer But they did not just give him monetary support they gave him genuine affection and support and served as one of several mother figures in Phoenix's life There was Bree and Ty Pennington Trading Spaces anyone? Gretchen's friends who were struggling with how to help Gretch after the attack I really liked that Maruardt surprised me with Ty He turned out to be so much than I thought he would be Sister Mary Margaret another mother figure had given a lot to Phoenix and continued to fight for him from afar Finally there was Barbie and Bo the biker couple with hearts of gold All were special and really enhanced the storyI read the acknowledgements and was not surprised to find that Maruardt is an immigration advocate Her passion and knowledge is obvious in this story I found it all uite interesting and heartbreaking It left me with a lot to think about for sureI am getting a little misty just thinking about it but I Loved That Ending The epilogue was perfection for me I am so grateful for that epilogue It was everything for me Overall A beautiful and emotional story of love and the human spirit which deeply moved me and left me with many important things to ponderI would like to thank NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the advanced copy of this bookBLOG|INSTAGRAM|BLOGLOVIN| FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS


  10. Monique Monique says:

    I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review35 out of 5 starsThis is a really cute contemporary read due to be released January 2017 The characters in this are really well developed and there is a lot of raw emotion scattered throughout They deal with issues such as gangs which I personally haven't read too much about in YA novels so I thought that was incredibly refreshing With some realistic life struggles witty banter and heart this is basically a contemporary lovers dream The only reason I didn't bump this up to a 4 is because I was a little under whelmed in a few parts Nonetheless this is getting awesome reviews over on Goodreads so I recommend checking these out and adding it to your TBR


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