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Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,964 ratings  ·  480 reviews
An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given.

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and h
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Published November 27th 2018 by Amazon Crossing (first published June 1st 2018)
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Goth Gone Grey
Life is fickle. Honest, emotional, compelling.

Perhaps for the first chapter, I didn't get into the flow of this book. The writing seemed stilted, unemotional, cold descriptions of a child's memories. Then, suddenly, I tumbled into the author's world headlong, completely engrossed and not wanting to put the book down.

The narrative shifts among time, place, and mood beautifully. It shows the determination to survive as a street kid in Brazil, and the culture shock of a sudden uprooting to a new
Iso Melo
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Brazilian, one year younger than the author, I need to clarify some points. I understand her pain and her suffering, but as she was a kid, she did not understand the historical and economic context.

In the end of 80s, Brazil faced one of the worst economic crisis of the History of Economy. Until that moment, it was the second worst of the History (compared to Germany after First World War). Inflation reached more 1000% per month and we were the most unequal country of the world.

I am white
Joy D
Non-fiction memoir, translated from Swedish, about the author’s journey to discover her past. Christina Rickardsson was born Christiana Coelho in Brazil. She lived in caves with her mother, and barely survived on the streets of São Paulo, before being admitted to an orphanage, where she was adopted at age eight by a Swedish couple. This is a dual story of the author’s tragic childhood experiences in Brazil, and her journey from Sweden to Brazil as an adult to connect with her cultural heritage a ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a tragic book! It is not only tragic because a little girl had to grow up living in caves and the Brazilian favela (slum) and being desperate enough to kill for half-eaten food that was thrown in the garbage. It is also tragic that the experience left Christina so emotionally scarred that she couldn't accept love in her new home in Sweden.
When it comes to Mamae in Brazil vs. Mama in Sweden, the former wins hands down even though Mamae was mentally ill and could not provide the necessities o
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Can I be the only reader who is deeply disturbed by the fact that the author murdered another child and did not address this further in her book? I see that it was a dire, disturbing, unfathomable life she was living and perhaps she didn’t fully grasp what she had done at the time. However, now 25 years older, she spends endless pages of this book on self reflection, yet her stabbing an 8-year-old to death barely fills a handful of pages and is never mentioned again. I find this lack o
Chris Steeden
Born in the woods and brought up in the caves of Brazil. This is poverty at its rawest. Christina Rickardsson (her Swedish name) tells the story about her upbringing and the quest to find her biological mother, Petronilia Maria Coelho, who put her up for adoption when she was 7 years old and has not seen for 24 years. A Swedish couple adopted her when she was 8.

The book flits from memories of her young life on the streets and in the orphanage in Brazil to her flying back from Sweden 24 years lat
Urenna Sander
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brazilian-Swede, Christina Ricardsson, née Christiana Coelho lives in Umea, Sweden. At eight years-old, she and her twenty-two month old brother, Patrick, who was known as Patrique Jose Coelho, were adopted by a loving Swedish couple, Lili-ann and Sture Ricardsson. Christina remembers she spent most of her time on the streets of Sao Paulo, often without her mother. As a toddler, Patrick’s only memory is sleeping in a box.

With a friend, Christina begins searching for her biological mother in Bra
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book, slept next to it until I'd finished it. It starts heartbreakingly but ends in triumph and sweetness.

I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
37 highlights in this book. That must be a record for me.

Got this one through Kindle First, mostly because the thrillers sounded lame. I’m so glad I did, it is a gem among the rough.

This memoir is heartbreaking. What Christina/Christiana went through is a life no child or adult should ever endure and yet they continue to today. But her optimism and strength shines through, while being critical to the authority figures in her life at that time. She is so honest seeming throughout. It’s humble a
Greta Samuelson
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do some humans endure so much pain and danger ?
I cannot even begin to imagine children living at the levels of poverty they do in our world.
Christina Rickardsson is doing great things- read her story - like her FB page for her foundation; The Coelho Growth Foundation.

Go forth and be a better human for our world
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rickardsson writes openly about her early life cave dwelling with her mamãe, and what she endured as a street kid in São Paulo, Brazil, where fighting, rape, and murder were prevalent. There’s some difficult-to-read, very brutal shit here. At 8ish, after being adopted by a Swedish family, she struggled to adjust and understand her circumstances. Alternating timelines between Brazil and Sweden ultimately lead to her return “home.” Well-written and beautifully translated.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
What a great memoir. I thought Christina’s story was so incredibly moving. It took a chapter or two to get into it, but once I did, I was completely captivated. She did such a great job of showing the horrific poverty she endured while showing how much her mother loved her. The book bounced between chapters from her past and chapters in the present, dealing with the search for her mother. I felt so bad for her and the trauma surrounding her adoption and I could understand why it took her so long ...more
Eileen Prussman
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This true story gives us a real glimpse into two different worlds: that of an impoverished child living in a cave and then on the streets in a Brazilian ghetto, and the other in a well-to-do village in Northern Sweden. I don't think any travel would give us a more accurate idea of what real life is like for such unfortunate children.
The author writes her story by alternating the periods in her life. One chapter takes place in her childhood in Brazil, and the next one takes place with her adopte
A truly amazing story, but unfortunately I don’t think the author pulled me into it the way she could have. I couldn’t generate the amount of empathy she deserves. Maybe it was lost in translation.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The true story of Christina spending part of her childhood in the slums of Brazil is both fascinating and sad. I believe her story shed light on the "street kids" of Brazil and how they were abused and murdered by the adults around them.

Why did I give this book only 2 stars? For a few reasons...

1. The small, tiny reason (actually not much of a reason at all tbh) is the fact that there were no photos of her return to Brazil even after she mentioned having a lot of photos. This wouldn't be so bad
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly honest memoir and interestingly told going back and forth between Christina as a child in Brazil (where her name was Christiana) and as an adult Christina going back to Brazil from Sweden to try to find her birth family. One can't read this memoir without feeling deeply for the author. I do wish a bit more was written about how she came to integrate her Brazil and Swedish selves after her trip to Brazil. But I can also understand why that wasn't written.
Sandi Dickenson
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provoking read

This Amazon selection was well worth my time. Outstanding translation.

Written in the first person, the author made me feel I was with her in the isolated cave and the crowed inner city streets. This is a straightforward, raw and honest recollection of what she endured in her childhood and how it influenced what she now does as an adult.

She's a professional speaker who brings awareness of and solutions to children living in poverty. Not the welfare-food stamps of industrial societ
Debbie Carlson
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a little scattered because the author is working through her identity issues and guilt as she writes. I was fascinated with her process. She built up suspense leading to her reunion with her mother. I thought the contradictions in her personality were interesting, proving her point that she was split between her Swedish self and her Brazilian self. Yes, she did ask a lot of questions, and I found them annoying after awhile. While my life is unlike the author's, I find that I have mad ...more
Andy Roberts
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book detailing a young girls' life starting from forest caves outside Sao Paulo and then onto the city streets. It describes the horrific moments in a favela where murders , drug taking , robbery , police corruption and children sniffing glue to stave off starvation is common and yet extreme poverty does not prevent love. She escapes by getting adopted and moving to the more luxurious Sweden but her thoughts do not leave the slums back in Brazil.

This book is available on Amazon Prime Rea
Meg Leader
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book through Amazon Prime First, or whatever the program is called. I'll admit, it was the best option for me of the six that were offered, but wasn't something I would have gone looking for.

That said, I found myself curious enough about the book to pick it right up to read and I found it fascinating. Christina does a wonderful job building a picture of her life in Brazil and giving enough of her current life details to get an understanding of her motivations.

My only criticism is th
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book that made me revisit my opinions of poverty. Her story of her upbringing in Brazil as compared to her adoption to Sweden is heartbreaking and sweet, and definitely highlights deficiencies in a broken system. I am glad I read it, and I recommend.

However, the book does have deficiencies. The quality of writing is not great. While the story is good, there are inconsistencies, facts that are omitted from the story, which are brought out later, and some confusing time
Mobeme53 Branson
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child Christiana/Christine lived in the jungle and on the streets of Brazil. The life she lived there is horrific and shocking. The level of violence she endured is unimaginable to me. At 8, she is adopted to a loving family in Sweden. Although this turns out to be a good thing, the way she and her brother are taken away from her mother is disturbing and heartbreaking. The second half of the book is devoted to her trip back to Brazil and her reuniting with her mother. Even this chapter of h ...more

This is a heartbreaking story of a child living in extreme poverty on the streets in Brazil.  The things that happen to her are horrific including witnessing the murder of her best friend by the police, seeing numerous rapes, and killing another child in a fight over food. 

Because this all happened as a child she didn't clearly know or remember the reasons why they lived like they did.  All she knew was that her mother loved her and her little brother but that there were also times when she wa
Brace yourself, because this book can do things to your heart and mind. The author, Christina Rickardsson, was born in a small village in Brazil. She, her baby brother Patrick, and her mother were desperately poor and lived in a cave, in the slums, or on the streets. They begged for food, often Christina stole food, or scavenged it from dumpsters.

When Christina is 7, her mother takes her baby brother to what she thought was a hospital and leaves him there to be cared for. Shortly after, she als
This was a Kindle first book and in some ways, it's quite remarkable. The story about a young girl from the Brazilian favela who is adopted by a Swedish family is unusual (at least for me, an American reader). Kindle first books are often hit-or-miss, and this is no exception.

What I liked: Through this story, I got to see and experience the favela and the caves as well as life in modern-day Sweden. I particularly enjoyed how the author describes her experiences as a child would see and understan
This is the memoir of a woman who as a child lived in extreme poverty in Brazil both in a cave with her mother and as a street child during the 80s and early 90s. She and her younger brother ended up in an orphanage and then were adopted together to a family in Sweden. Much of the book takes place in Brazil first as a child and then in her early 30s, she made a trip to Brazil to find out the facts surrounding her adoption and reunion with her biological family. I got this book through Kindle Unl ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your pages will keep turning as the author keeps walking...

I was completely taken in by this book page by page wanting to know what happened next and yet inside I was thinking how I wish I could make the story become less horrifying for the author to have endured. However there were many times when my heart soared and I felt one with the author and knew her words affected me to the core.
I will leave you with a quote that was so profound to me:
Love can’t be bought , or elicited on request. It is
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A life story worth reading

I am at a loss as to how to describe how fascinating, valuable and incredible this memoir is. As an adoptive parent, who adopted older children, this was invaluable to help me consider their perspective. As a person concerned with at risk children, it was enlightening. As a human who has navigated complex relationships, loss and issues of belonging, it was so relatable. She has a way of describing life that instantly feels familiar even if her experiences where vastly d
Kristi Duarte
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fascinating story and should be a must-read, especially for people who have never traveled to poor countries (or poor areas of their own countries.) It's amazing what a person can live through and come out alive and actually sane on the other side. I'm in awe of how Christiana/Christina managed to embrace her both cultures and families, especially since they are so wildly different. I would be curious to learn what happens once she has her own children.
Tuvia Pollack
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and thought-provoking story about a girl who grew up as a street child in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and at age 8 was adopted to a Swedish family. Now she is telling her story and working on making a difference in the world.
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Christina's story leaves no one untouched, and at the same time it will challenge your views on identity and culture in an era of human mobility and people seeking refuge across borders. It suggests that we are all creators of ourselves and our societies, and what we give is what we get back in return. Follow Christina on her journey from the life in poverty in Brazil to a life of entrepreneurship ...more
“Missing someone doesn’t have anything to do with how long it’s been since you last saw each other, or the number of hours that have passed since you last spoke. It’s about specific moments when you wish they were there by your side.” 7 likes
“as if you weren’t a human among other humans.” 4 likes
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