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Angel in the Rubble

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
A heart-breaking, gripping, authentic, life-affirming true story for our times from the last survivor to be pulled out alive from under the wreckage of the North Tower of the World Trade Centre.
Published August 2nd 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Clare Cannon
Apr 25, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults & Adults

A very impressive account of the last survivor of 9/11 to be pulled from the rubble beneath the twin towers. Genelle tells what she and her colleagues did after the attack, and how they managed to fill the 70 or so minutes between impact and the collapse of the buildings.

But more specifically this is the story of the conversion she underwent in the 27 hours she lay beneath the rubble, and we feel the potency of the questions she asked herself, wondering what we might do in her situation. And we
Sherri F.
Well told, inspiring and a quick read for this personal and inspirational story of a very public, well-known tragedy. Of course, all of us of a certain age not only know what we were doing that moment and day and probably have read and watched a lot about 9/11 in the 14 years since. However, I have not ever read or seen anything about Genelle's story of that day and definitely nothing about her life before or after, and how she reacted, how it affected her, how it inspired her, etc. so I was ...more
Sep 19, 2011 AvidReader47 rated it really liked it
As I was watching the 9/11 ten year tributes, I saw an interview with Genelle Guzman, who was the last of the survivors to be pulled from the World Trade Center rubble. Her story touched my heart and I knew I had to read "Angel in the Rubble." September 11, 2001 starts as a typical day for Genelle. She woke up and went to work as a temp at the Port Authority office in the North Tower. After the horrific events occurred just short of 9:00 that morning, the employees of the Port Authority were ...more
May 03, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
This book was very special. It was genuine, heartwrenching and lifechanging. I can't really praise it enough. I was so touched by Genelle's story of tragedy and triumph and her retelling of the miraculous events that saved her from being crushed by the World Trade Center collapse has changed me. I am a better person for having read this book.
Mar 30, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: 9-11
This book is not written by Tolstoy or Dickens, and it is not destined to become a classic. It is, however a touching and an interesting book, a story of hope amid hopelessness, faith amid evil, and a miracle amid a tragedy.

Genelle Guzman had just arrived at her job as a secretary for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in One World Trade Center (the North Tower) when American Airlines flight #11 crashed into the building between the 93rd and 99th floors. Genelle’s office was on the 67
This book had so much potential, but it fell short of my expectations. The story would have been better if there had been a time line of what was happening in the big picture while Genelle and her coworkers debated what to do. Some of the problem, too, is that it felt like William Croyle penned HIS words rather than bringing out Genelle Guzman-McMillan's thoughts and experiences. When a person faces death, it certainly is a life-changing experience. The thing to remember is that we all face it. ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Apzmarshl rated it liked it
An account of the last survivor pulled from the rubble of 911.
Genelle immediately gets right to the point without a lot of back story, which was nice. Because she was inside of the building, she's not able to tell the story the way the rest of us remember it. She never saw the planes hit the buildings and never knew until nearly too late, what kind of danger she was in.
It is mind blowing that after a building that large fell on her, anyone was able to find her.
Genelle's main point of the book i
Melissa J.
The story of Genelle Guzman-McMillan's September 11, 2001 experience started out riveting. In telling her story, she really conveyed some of the emotions and disbelief that everyone on her floor in the tower were feeling that day.

For me, the second half of her story (following her rescue) came of to me as too "preachy" and even a little judgemental. I don't doubt that this experience brought her closer to God, but I think that the book could have ended long before it did and maybe her message w
Mary Alice
Oct 28, 2016 Mary Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I really want to give this book 3 and 1/2 stars, but I don't think I can do half stars. The retelling of living through 9/11 and being buried alive are gripping and moving, but then the story gets repetitive at times, and the writing is not all that great. But, definitely worth a read, and it is inspiring.
Brenda Shorten
Nov 20, 2016 Brenda Shorten rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing to me. Genelle was buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center for over 27 hours, in fact she was the last person to be pulled out alive. She talks about how her relationship with God changed for the better and the miracles that took place whilst she was buried in the rubble. If you are in need of a feelgood book, this is it.
Nov 06, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
A really incredible story of conversion!
Oct 07, 2016 Nelia rated it it was amazing
Genelle Guzman was the last survivor found beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center. The story of her entombment and rescue after 27 hours and the change this experience produced in her life and outlook is nothing short of amazing. The miracle of her survival included the comfort of an angel who called himself "Paul." One of my favorite books of all time.
Feb 15, 2012 M added it
Hearing about all of the disasters going on in the world and hearing the survivors stories makes you wonder what you would do in that sort of a situation. And you come up with a calm clear plan of action. But the truth is, thinking about a life threatening situation hypothetically in the comfort of your own home is so much different then actually living it. Because after the fact you have all of the information. But during the event there is so much confusion that normally you don't have to full ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Cassidy rated it really liked it
230 pages
by Genelle Guzman-McMillan

On September 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman went to work on the 64th floor of the North Tower. Just like any other day. But about an hour after she arrives in her cubical, she hears a shattering noise and the building begins to sway. After a few seconds of swaying, she looks out the window yet sees nothing but lots of paper and smoke. Two hours after this happens, smoke starts pouring into the room and they are finally told to evacuate. Genelle and her co-w
Apr 27, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember 9/11?

I'm sure all of us do. I was at a MOPS meeting with my 3 preschoolers and could hardly believe the news being reported to us by the group leader. For weeks afterwards, news continually reported stories. Things felt "off" for months.

But what if you actually lived through 9/11 -- like, what if you were inside the World Trade Center when it happened? What if you first felt the building vibrate and thought about leaving, but didn't, because you were told a time or two that it was safer
Aug 04, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Remember 9/11?

I’m sure all of us do. I was at a MOPS meeting with my 3 preschoolers and could hardly believe the news being reported to us by the group leader. For weeks afterwards, news continually reported stories. Things felt “off” for months.

But what if you actually lived through 9/11 — like, what if you were inside the World Trade Center when it happened? What if you first felt the building vibrate and thought about leaving, but didn’t, because you were told a time or two that it was safer
Dec 11, 2011 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it
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Mar 14, 2015 Deanne rated it liked it
This is a difficult novel to critique. The subject matter is particularly poignant and the personal account of a 9/11 survivor is riveting however there is a particular focus on the soul searching and making sense of what happened to Genelle who was the last survivor of this catistrophic part of world history.
This is a genuine attempt to capture the life changing experience of this last survivor but perhaps if more attention had been given to the actual event this would have helped to create a m
Sandra Stiles
All of us remember the events of 9/11. Most of us remember what we were doing and where we were when those terrible events occurred. Genelle Guzman-McMillan was literally right in the middle of things. She worked in the North Tower. She was officially the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the Towers. She was rescued 27 hours after it all began. During the time she was trapped she had time to look at her life and where she had been heading and what she hoped to do IF she was found. She was ...more
Zoe Cransberg
Nov 21, 2013 Zoe Cransberg rated it really liked it
Angel in the Rubble was an autobiography about a survivor of the collapse of the twin towers. This thrilling story shows Genelle's journey to recovery and what helped her get through her many hours stuck under the rubble. The collapse of the towers and being stuck for so long changed Genelle's life forever. Many of her friends were killed by the collapse but Genelle was just ahppy to be alive. I liked the amount of detail when the towers were collapsing, the moments before. You can paint a ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day, so that should be an indicator of just how good it is. Genelle Guzman was going to work just like any other day. After catching the 7am train, arriving at work, and getting her regular bagel and coffee, she set out to start her day like any other. But, this day would prove to be a life-changing day for her and her entire family. Never could she have imagined that she would be one of the victims of the September 11th attack. The book takes you through Genelle's life ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Kirsti rated it really liked it
The beginning and middle of this book are good, making you once again feel the horror of September 11 and told through the eyes of one of the survivors. Genelle was the last person to be pulled alive from the rubble, and this is her story. I did not mind the Christian aspect; it wasn't overwhelming until the last part of the book where Genelle urges you to be happy and make changes etc. There are sad moments, especially when her family think she died, and when she talks about Susan and Roza. ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Tracett rated it it was ok
Angel in the Rubble is a fascinating and horrifying first person account of being trapped in the collapsed North Tower. While we were watching events play out live on TV, by this authors account, there was a terrible amount of dithering going on in the Tower buildings as employees had little idea of what was happening, and therefore little idea of how to react. Guzman-McMillan's descriptions of her co-workers and their final trip down the stairwell is particularly poignant. I knew going into ...more
Starlet Laura
Mar 20, 2012 Starlet Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an inspiring read – and a must read for anyone who wants to listen to a 9/11 survival story. I haven’t read one in all of these years and now I have read two in two weeks. I want to remember to see life as she now does and look at each day as an ‘extra day’. You can be either a believer or a non believer to get a boost from this book. The narrator is excellent as well – one could imagine that it was Genelle narrating herself. The audio is 6 hours long and there seemed to be a bit of a ...more
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Oct 08, 2011 Emily (Heinlen) Davis rated it it was amazing
Riveting. That's really the only word you can use to describe this book. I figured that I would only read the first portion of it and once the towers fell, stop reading it, but I could not put this book down. Her writing style is so easy to read and the story just flows along the pages. You can't stop turning the pages to find out what happened next. Her no-holds-bar account of this terrible day really puts it in a light that helps you, at least it did me, wrap your head around the situation and ...more
Jun 03, 2014 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son read this and then recommended it to me. He isn't a huge reader, but when he really likes a book, it is usually one I like as well. This is the harrowing, yet inspirational story of Genelle Guzman-McMillan who was the last 9/11 survivor found buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center. How she survived being buried alive for 27 hours and was eventually found and rescued is truly miraculous. Interesting and inspirational reading.
Oct 20, 2012 Rori rated it really liked it
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Apr 23, 2012 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the story of the last survivor pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the attacks on 9/11. She discusses her feelings during her ordeal and fills in with backstory so the reader understands why she feels the way she does. I liked the story, but wonder if the religious revelations people like Genelle experience during times of intense stress and fear actually continue throughout the rest of life once the ordeal is over.
Anita Willand
Aug 19, 2016 Anita Willand rated it it was ok
I found this to be a very religiously pushy read. I opted to read this to gain an insight into the 911 attacks from an eyewitness/victims point of view but felt that genelles religious beliefs overpowered everything and took the focus from what she went through and put it on what she believed in. I felt at times that I was listening to the bible. Sadly this book was tiring for me but I'm pleased genelle survived
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