Title: The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet #1)
Author: Pepper Winters
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age
Release Day: April 1st 2018
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist–that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth. His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.


I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why. For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend. But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.

4 stars! 

“Once upon a time, there was a boy and a baby.”

The Boy and His Ribbon spans almost two decades. Our main character, Ren, escapes from captivity after being sold and in the tender age of ten he finally runs away, only to discover that he accidentally took with him the family’s baby. This is a story of a kid trying to run away from his crappy life and ultimately survive on his own but baby Della puts him on a new path. Their relationship transforms from pure hatred, for the little girl who in her short life has had everything Ren never could and now she’s stopping him from running away like he wanted to, to reluctant friendship, to romantic feelings that leave the both of them confused. Or not so confused.

“I didn’t want this. I didn’t want her. I wanted my freedom, and she was just another form of imprisonment.”

Della, is such a cute character and we get a chance to see her growing up with Ren. He slowly accepts this new addition to his life and takes care of her even when he doesn’t want to. I like books that allow the readers to really get into a character’s life and this one did an excellent job at it, eighteen years is a long time and even though there were times I wanted the book to fast forward more I still enjoyed being with them.

Multiple times most of the time this book didn’t make sense. The characters were a kid and a baby, that had to survive in the wilderness and live on their own with limited to no human contact at all. The stuff they had to do to survive were beyond ridiculous for any age let alone theirs and still, this book somehow made sense despite the parts where it didn’t make sense. Why? BECAUSE OF REN!

“How many times do you think a person can survive a broken heart?”

Ren has to be one of the most likable characters I’ve read, he went above and beyond and he truly made this book my favorite by Pepper Winters and I haven’t really enjoyed any of her other books so far, sorry not sorry. But this? I had to double-check to make sure this was actually her, it blew my mind!

“There is no me without him.”

If you’re anything like me, suspending disbelief and going with whatever the story throws your way will be a struggle but the parts were the main characters live a – in comparison to the rest of their extreme upbringing – normal life, these two really clicked and I got it. It’s one of those books in which the characters are enough to cover any plot holes or outrageousness. Sure it needs a bit of balance between the unbelievable survival plot and the deep emotional character developments but I’m more than ready for the second one.

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2 thoughts on “The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters”

  1. I have this one from Netgalley and plan on reading it SOON. It’ll be my first by Winters and I’m so excited for it. I love that it spans many years and I already like the sound of Ren. I am 100% trash for guys who are weighed down with responsibility, who are mature beyond their years, and who rise to the occasion. Gets me every time. And when it comes to suspension of disbelief, I find that if I love the characters I’m willing to let a lot slide. Reading your review has me so ready for this one! 🙂
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