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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,323 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling memoir of the 27-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn't, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: Saw th
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
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Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
What an awesome, inspiring story! This is the story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary young joe, a college dropout working at Costco, who has a highly educated girlfriend with a well paying job. Jeff was largely raised by his divorced single mother in the Boston suburbs. He has a large extended, close-knit family and plenty of friends. What makes Jeff's life so extraordinary is that it turned on a dime on a Spring day in April, 2013. You see, Jeff was a spectator at the Boston Marathon near the finish ...more
Tammy Rother
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars, not because it had the best writing ever, or will be a literary classic. It's worth 5 stars because it is real. Jeff tells his story in such a real and raw way; it is powerful. Give this book a read; you won't regret it! Everyone has struggles in life, and this book follows one person through his. We all fall, and sometimes we keep falling until we find our strength again.
I have absolutely nothing against the author or the subject matter based on my rating of this book. I have a deep respect for Jeff and all of the people recovering from this attack and their families. I admire everyone who has persevered through this awful event, and I only wish Boston well.

I picked this book up, because I love memoirs and I also love running. I wanted to have an insight on the Boston Marathon, but I also wanted to get a deeper understanding of what it meant to be a part of an a
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Book was given to me as a present. In my younger days, I ran Boston several times. Family thought I would like to read the story of Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon bombing victim. It is a first person account, with lots of help from Bret Witter. Tells of the bombing, his hospital care, and rehabilitation. All the ups and downs with losing two legs. At times I thought he was not a nice person due to the way he treated his girl friend, who stood by him and the stories of his alcohol excesses. I kno ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This is the incredible story of Jeff Bauman's life after the Boston Marathon bombing. It is by far the best book I have read this year. The book doesn't focus on the bombing and the bombers. It's more about Jeff and his struggles. To the public eye Jeff remained extremely confident and happy, but he actually got frustrated and mad at times. He has an amazing family and his girlfriend, Erin, was truly a blessing to him. He's funny and takes things one day at a time. He did have long term goals, b ...more
Sean Wilson
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was slightly disappointed as I thought that Jeff Bauman was a marathon runner. As his narrative goes on I realised he was a spectator. However his story of recovering from such a horrific attack is very inspiring. I just wasn't interested in other parts of his personal life.
Wow. I am so very glad I got my hands on this book. The Marathon bombings and the manhunt that followed were a huge event in my life. Sadly, there are so many horrible, terrifying things that happen in our world every day, but the events of last April happened in my backyard, in places I love and visit, at an event my Dad used to be at every year (I love the picture of him and his running buddies by the time clock on Heartbreak Hill that he keeps under the glass blotter on his desk in Maine.) I ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jeff Bauman was standing near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013 when he noticed a young man nearby who was acting strangely. Before Jeff could do anything else, a bomb exploded behind him. The next thing Jeff remembers is being down on the ground, unable to get up. When he looked down, he saw that his legs were blown off.

In the early days of the investigation, the police and FBI had no clues about the identity of the bombers. Jeff’s ability to describe the bomber to a police sketch
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book to listen to. It was interesting to hear his side of the story and what happened after the bombing. Good as an audiobook.
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“Admitting your limitations and accepting help makes you stronger too.” 4 likes
“But I know something else, too: bad people are rare. Good people are everywhere.” 3 likes
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