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Massive Black Hole

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  19 reviews
At 18, Cibele, a student from Rio de Janeiro, dreams of a life in New York and moves to the big Apple as an au pair girl, where she meets the precocious Amy, a young scholar whose goal in life is to study sciences and astrophysics. While visiting the MET, Cibele is impressed by a particular work of art depicting hell, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch. When Amy introduces h ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 236 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a twist! Hard to say much about the book without giving out a spoiler alert though! It has all the elements of a great drama wrapped up in fiction! And the unexpected ending... makes you wonder... this is the kind of book I'll be thinking about for a long time... could that be possible? Very thought provoking. And you will love and hate the characters! It's a must read! ...more
Jon de Silva
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Massive Black Hole is one of those books that make you think. The story is about three characters, Cibele, Agatha, and Amy. Each one has her own set of flaws, which make their interactions fascinating. The dichotomy of Agatha's beauty to her personality and how each character affected the other two was well done. I like how the story progressed and love the ending.

If you're looking for a good read that engages your imagination and philosophy of life, then read Massive Black Hole!!
Tony Parsons
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cibele was currently living in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro working in a souvenir shop. She did not get along with Maria her boss. It was part her fault also she wasn’t an aggressive sales person as was Lucas, who she despised also. Maria had the 1st employee review. She was let go. There was a reason Cibele moved from NY to Brazil. She got her passport/visa & moved to Queens to be an au pair, & later a model. Dad (account mgr.) & Mom Brenda (nurse) & child Lilly (autistic) met her at the airport. Am ...more
Henry Martin
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This year, to expand my literary horizons, I wanted to try and read more books by self published authors. The Massive Black Hole by Andrea Barbosa is one of them.

I originally came across Andrea on Goodreads, and decided to read the book based on a few solid reviews and an interesting blurb.

I must begin by saying that this was not my 'typical' read, as Massive Black Hole not only features an entirely female cast, but is also written in a third-person narrative, whereas I tend to favor first-per
Edward Wolfe
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this debut novel by Andrea Barbosa, what you see is not what you get. I thought this book was about black holes and space. It's not. The title refers to one of the character's conceptions of what hell must be like - a place you can never escape.

The story is about two women from different countries who come together with similar interests. Both of them are beautiful, but lack much guidance and long-range planning. They are advised by their parents to take better paths than they end up choosing
Mercia McMahon
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Andrea Barbosa’s novel Massive Black Hole is an engaging work of literary fiction based around the intertwining lives of three female friends in New York: Agatha from Houston, Cibele from Rio, and Amy from New York. The massive black hole of the title is a reference to the Pseudo-Bosch painting Christ’s Descent into Hell which is a major motif in the story. Art and prose are not the only cultural forms present in the novel as there are also a fe
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Posted June 6, 2013
This book is great! It's very interesting to see the development

This book is great! It's very interesting to see the development of the characters and their struggle with the situations that come their way! I loved it! The descriptions of the places are great, I can't wait to visit New York and Rio de Jane
Lisa Burkett
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Massive Black Hole by Andrea Barbosa is most defiantly more than what you would expect from a debut novel. The book goes further than a story about friends gone wrong; it takes you into a moral, philosophical and or religious questioning of the responsibility of our actions and purpose in life. If you go into it as a simple read and can only see it as a novel about three young women and their dreadful choices in life, you have lost the meaning or purpose of the story. Some of the reviews will wa ...more
Abby Vandiver
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A clever twist in a well-thought out story. Massive Black Hole is the story of three women who, as the old adage goes, can't see the forest for the trees. Although their lives, passions and insecurities become intertwined, the three are self-indulgent, pretentious and naive.

The story was lacking on dialogue and told instead of showed the characters personalities, their surroundings and their predicaments. The character Amy seemed wise beyond her years and the story may have made better by her be
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-read
This is a pretty cool story about the lives of two girls, at a time when they knew each other and were friends, some twenty years ago; and their separate lives as adults in their forties. I say two and not three despite what the description of the book says, because I feel the story revolves around Brazilian beauty Cibele and gorgeous Texan Hooters girl Agatha. Both girls go to New York in search for something better and end up as roommates -- their destructive personalities clash and affect not ...more
Fernanda Brady
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this in one night. Great literary fiction with a surprising twist at the end. Only thing I would change is structuring the POV switches so they are easier to follow but keep all as the combination is what really makes the take work so compellingly.
This novel is a debut work for this Author.

This is a book with not one but what appears to be three female leads that need to be kept track of. Because of this it was difficult at times to keep remember which character I was involved with in that particular section of the book, and I found myself having to flip-flop around to make sense of what I was reading. The characters are well written and not too badly developed; something I feel could have been improved upon if each characters story had b
Julianne Redmon
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I started reading I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. But my advice to you...STICK WITH IT! Any doubt or misgivings that I had about it were tossed out of the window by the end of the story.

The characters were so well-written that I truly despised Agatha and Cibele. My skin crawled just reading about the type of women that they were at the beginning of the story. I don't think I could ever be in the same room with either of them, and it's been a long time since I had such
Nihar Suthar
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andrea Barbosa shows signs of becoming a great author. Her book kept me hooked as I wanted to keep reading to find out what happen to Agatha and Cibele towards the end. Massive Black Hole really makes you think about the essence of life and happiness. It questions things beyond our control, but yet remains very interesting.

There are a few improvements that could be made here and there - the switching abruptly between characters, time periods, and locations especially threw me off at times. I fee
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)

(I received my copy of this book free in exchange for a fair review, which is posted elsewhere.)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is extremely misogynistic, portraying women as dumb creatures that need saving "from their mediocre life" by a man. There are MANY triggering experiences such as rape that are not handled in the delicate manner that these topics ask for.
Moreover, the writing is boring and the storyline nonexistent.
Massive Black Hole is a surrealist work of fiction that explores moral issues concerning suicide, abortion, friendship, betrayal, life's purpose and the existence of hell through the lives of 3 protagonists

Andrea Barbosa's debut novella Massive Black Hole was a heroic attempt for this newbie author.��

I admire Barbosa's premise but the story is in need of serious editing and improved writing. I enjoyed the aspect of incorporating Bosch's Christ's Descent into Hell, very clever and original. As I
James Sulkowski
A work of fiction

The author leads you to believe in a mindset that's full of fear and torment. Her conception of hell is just that....her conception of hell.
As far as a work of fiction it was a pretty good read, however, if the author was trying to convey the Christian lifestyle, the strongest hope for mankind was left out. As far as Christ, personally taking our sins, and dying for us as scripture teaches, salvation is based on good works instead of grace.
I wish the author would have presented
C.M. Okonkwo
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall "Massive Black Hole" was enjoyable, and it had a very nice plot.

The first few pages were a bit slow, especially the traffic jams, office scene with the Agatha-Janice-Bob scenario, then Cibele and Amy, but once we went back memory lane, everything went smoothly.

I liked how the book ended as well, but a little bit of suspense would have added some spice to it. (The last few chapter titles already gave out an idea of the ending.) However, the only thing lacking in the book was dialogue...

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When not writing or working her full-time job, Andrea Barbosa travels in search of history, museums, and adventures. Her short stories and poems have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including the Southern Pacific Review and Ariel Chart.

She was the VP and Press Director for the Houston Writers' Guild for 5 years and is a member of the Board of Directors for Kallisto Gaia Press, a non-

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