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The Guardian of Eden

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Justice is never Black and White.

After years of fighting to secure a stable life for him and his half-sister, his mother is finally drug-free and he has a scholarship to a prestigious Washington DC private school. But this new found and tenuous happiness begins to unravel once he reveals the family secret which is the catalyst to a painful decision he must make. Can he tak
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Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Little Prince Publishing
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Vivian
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
To say that The Guardian of Eden deals with complicated issues is an understatement. This book portrays child neglect and abandonment, dysfunctional family drama, child abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, incest, molestation, and murder. When we first meet Garrett he is a happy 5 year old child living with his paternal grandmother. He has never met his parents and only knows that his father is in prison. It is not until his grandmother dies that he meets his mother ...more
Wendy-Lynn
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Garrett will do anything for his half sister Eden. However, no one believes that they are related because Garrett is black and Eden is white. He also finds himself falling in love with Maddie who is white and the daughter of a senator. Garrett had to learn from a young age to take care of Eden since their mother was an addict, Garrett's father was in jail and Eden's father just didn't care. Until one day when Garrett's mother met Corbin who was not like any other man, their mother has been with. ...more
Shelby P
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What to say about this book? Some people are not meant to be mothers. I can't fathom how difficult the lives of some kids in abusive homes can be. I really felt like I knew Garrett, inside and out. I'm realizing I like when the narrator is from a male's point of view. This book will stay with me for a long time. I think I enjoyed this one more so than Ain't No Sunshine which I rated 5 stars as well.

I liked Garrett and Maddie's relationship. It was truly unfortunate what happened to Eden. It was
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Ezinwanyi  (Oh My Shelves)
I really enjoyed this book and I thank the author for sharing it through the Library Thing Member's giveaway.

This story appealed to the mother in me and just tugged at the my heart strings. The issues it dealt with such as incest, child abuse/neglect etc are such delicate subjects, but the author approached them with a tender hand and with sensitivity. Leslie DuBois did a fine job in making this story relatable.

First of all, I don’t think the author’s/publisher’s description of the book does it
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Jamie
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A contemporary tragedy, Guardian of Eden, is the tale of Garrett Anthony, 17 years old and burdened with being the sole responsible member of his family. A neglectful mother with a history of substance abuse and relationships with abusive men have taught Garrett not only how to keep himself alive but also to care for his young half-sister Eden.

Over time we witness Garrett’s growth into a young man who is trying to overcome all the childhood neglect and abuse while still caring for the now 11 yea
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Kitty Honeycutt
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LESLIE DUBOIS' "THE GUARDIAN OF EDEN" (A REVIEW)

If you get the chance to read this book I feel that you should not pass up such a wonderful opportunity. "The Guardian of Eden," is not just the beautiful story of a brother that would do anything to protect the sister he loves and cherishes. This story is an emotional ride that shows what true love really is and what it means to care for someone so much that you'd risk your own life and well-being to make and keep them happy.

Garrett Anthony is mo
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Brownstone  Book Club
From a Lady's Point of View:
BBC February 2015 End of the Month Review & Commentary

Although this book was a very short/quick read, taking me only 5 hours to complete, it packs a very powerful emotional punch to your heart strings.

“Guardian of Eden” by Leslie DeBoise story line is predictable, but enjoyable. I liked the title because that is what drew me in. Once viewed it puts the reader in the mindset of thinking about the Garden of Eden and it's taboos, which makes you want to know more...
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Brownstone  Book Club
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
From a Lady's Point of View:
BBC February 2015 End of the Month Review & Commentary

Although this book was a very short/quick read, taking me only 5 hours to complete, it packs a very powerful emotional punch to your heart strings.

“Guardian of Eden” by Leslie DeBoise story line is predictable, but enjoyable. I liked the title because that is what drew me in. Once viewed it puts the reader in the mindset of thinking about the Garden of Eden and it's taboos, which makes you want to know more...
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Amy Siggelow
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

I was compelled to enter to win this book from it's description on Library Thing. I was not sorry that I had entered and I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to read this book. I read it in one day - that is how good it was!

This is a story of Garrett, born of a white mother and an African-American father. He is the older brother of his half-sister, Eden; they have the same mother but different fathers. Garrett and Eden's mother is u
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Josie Ann
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As soon as this novel starts we are thrown into a ton of action; the book begins with Garrett, a 17-year-old African-American young man, bringing his 12-year-old, bloody sister into the hospital. We are also introduced to Garrett's girlfriend, Maddie, who is 16-years-old, Caucasian, and whose father is a Senator. After Garrett finds out his sister's diagnosis, the story backtracks and walk us through Garrett's past; from the time he first met his birth mother, when he met Maddie, and it even sho ...more
Maria
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guardian of Eden by Leslie Dubois is a gritty, raw tale of a young boy, Garrett Anthony, taking care of his baby half-sister while his mother leaves them for days at a time - doing anything he can to feed her. He doesn't want to go back to living in foster homes like before. Things improve, he even gets a scholarship to a prestigious private school where he meets his girlfriend, the daughter of a Senator. But then he finds out his twelve year old sister was raped and he knows who did it...what w ...more
Jill
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rape, incest, mayhem and murder is just business as usual in this violent coming of age story.

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A coming of age story about Garrett, a genius product of incestuous rape, abandoned at birth, reclaimed at age five, as he grows up in an ugly dysfunctional codependent mixed-race family. Leslie DuBois carefully treads the line between the tremulous minefields brought on by alcoholic mother Holly’s careless random abandonment mixed with her unacceptable boyfriends’ behaviors, Garrett’s exploration
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Eva
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Guardian of Eden is a story of familial love, revenge and murder. Having never known his incarcerated father and having to have lived with his addicted (and mostly absent mother), Garrett Anthony, the main character in this book is extremely intelligent and has had to be extremely responsible from a young age. He loves and takes care of his beautiful half-sister from infancy. Just when things seem to come together for Garrett, his life splits apart as he finds out his baby sister has been raped. ...more
Kennie is dah Name (: Batista
The Guardian of Eden was a touching extraordinare story about Garrett, a teenage genius, who has to care and raise his little sister Eden since his mother is unstable with her addictions.

After living so many misreable years, Garrett mother has found the perfect man, he and his sister now live in a good environment, and with a new girlfriend at his side. But then the worst is unimaginable, Eden is taken to the hospital and that's when Garrett finds out that his sweet little sister had a miscarria
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Shirley
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be the first time that i actually cried while reading a book. A very touching story. It covers racial discrimination, poverty, single motherhood, alcohol abuse, child exploitation, sexual abuse, and so many such issues that we face everyday happening around us or with those that we love and care for. There is so much pain and suffering - it makes you feel sad for Garett and Eden, and you wish for their happiness. The vicious circle of misfortune does not leave them alone. By the end yo ...more
Tina Hayes
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tnbw
"The Guardian of Eden" by Leslie DuBois is a touching novel about Garrett, a teenage genius, who from an early age takes on the responsiblity of caring for his younger sister Eden, since they share an unstable mother with addiction issues.

Just when it looks like Garrett's life is going better than it ever has before, with a new girlfriend by his side, he learns the unthinkable, that his little sister has been abused, a miscarriage telling the tale of misplaced trust and perversion. Garrett leav
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Meli
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was in my opinion just amazing. The story is emotinal, raw and heartwrenching. I found myself crying at times because it was so sad to see everything that Garret had to go through in his short life.

This book is about love 100%. Love for your family to be more exact. To the great lengths you would go through to protect the ones you love and to protect yourself. I would never wish what happened to him and his sister to anyone ever, but the sad thing is that this type of stuff does indeed
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Rease
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a Young Adult novel but the content is not suitable for that age group. The synopsis of the novel really intrigued me, I was ready for a dark, intense read. However, I found it to be fairly light and overly romanticized. I also felt like things were over-explained, I was not left to connect dots or pick up tension and innuendo, it was always right there in the text. I got bored of the Garrett and Maddie love story and found the issues caused by it predictable.

I will say tha
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Rosa
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I recently found out my birth mother was white I have unintentionally gravitated to books about the relationship between Blacks and Whites. While searching my Kindle for something good to read I discovered a couple books written by Leslie DuBois. I love her work!

Guardian of Eden was one of those books. Although predictable it kept me captivated. I had to continue reading to actually see where the turn I knew was coming would take place. Once the real story of this family was told all of th
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Lynda
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through goodreads first reads. This book was really good up until the ending. It starts off with Garrett finding out that his sister was raped and then goes back in time and tells the story of their whole history growing up. so throughout the book you try to figure out which man was going to be the one that commited this crime. The part I did not like about the ending was that I dont think it sounded real. I think if a crime is committed in real life the police would have found m ...more
J. Ewbank
This book by DuBois will capture your attention and you will enjoy reading it. The main characters grow on you and you wish them well even when things are not going well for them. Like most stories that involve romance to any degree there must be some stresses and strains and they are in this novel. The plot is one that twists and turns and naturally it keeps your attention. I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Michelle
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one day. I found it free for the kindle on Amazon and I'm very glad I read it. it addresses difficult issues and does so without being too overly dramatic or maudlin in the telling. The book is pretty short and the main character is very likable. I think Garrett is a better person than I am because of his actions at the end of the book. I won't say more so I don't spoil the ending.
Shelly
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book! The plot was good as well as the character development. This book dealt with racial and class issues as well as the love of family and intimate love. There were some editing issues in the book which were problematic and I really struggled with Garrett looking African American yet his hair was always described as long and black. The physical description of Garrett did not match how his hair was describe, numerous times throughout the book. Overall, good read!
Leesha
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
what a traumatic story for one family. incest rape and molestation....but what a brother/sisterly love prevail.....but was not happy with the ending.....to much of a cliff hanger for people without legal knowledge, such as myself.
Lucia
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a great book! Not my usual romance type book. Instead this book dealt with some very heavy dark issues: physical abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, rape, even murder but I could not put it down. I was intrigued and pulled in from the first page.
Joy
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A boy who sees himself as his sister's protector kills for her--or did he? Some pacing and plotting problems but overall an OK read. Set locally, with a real feel for the local geography. I found the Senator's actions near the end unrealistic.
Trish Bodine
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great way to start the new year! This novel is a love story, not a romance...although there is that as well. The twists and turns as a young man learns about himself and the sins of a father kept me interested in this book.
Viki
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
A brother and sister try to overcome a terrible home life by depending on each other. A horrible incident pushes the brother over the edge but shines a redeeming light on his parents.
Kimberly
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
I enjoyed the story. It isn't a complicated book, but the characters have depth. I do recommend this as an inbetween book. I would say between teen series.
Ari
Misleading book synopsis but a good read, until the ending, which felt rushed. And I was disappointed by the epilogue. Meh.
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Sybil Nelson lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two daughters. She is a PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina and has written ten novels."
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