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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Jeremy’s mother is about to go to prison for their debt to the State. He is trying everything within his means to save her, but his options are running out fast.

Then Jeremy discovers a treasure under Paris.

This discovery may save his mother, but it doesn’t come for free. And he has to ride over several obstacles for his plan to work.

Meanwhile, something else is limiting
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Indrajit Garai
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Deanne Patterson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, wow! I really felt a connection with the characters especially the main, Jeremy. He is a young teen but with his mother working many hours and it has been ongoing for years, he is very mature and independent for his age which I think is due to his circumstances.
I loved seeing the character development and also loved seeing the interaction between boy and dog. A better friend each could not have.
Pictures I have seen of Paris, where this takes place have been beautiful but the author's
...more
Rukky

The Good:

*Jeremy. I really liked Jeremy’s resolve to do everything that he could to help and protect his mother and his friends. His character had faults and he wasn’t perfect. He grew with the story and he was really mature. He loved art, and was really passionate about his paintings, which I loved since I like to paint sometimes as well.

*Description. I liked the description of Paris. It was beautiful and made me feel more in the story. The way it looked in the different seasons, the history,
...more
Jenna
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I have lukewarm feelings about this book. The story is certainly heartfelt and told with a nod to detail. The author paints a vivid picture of Paris as he and Jeremy--along with Jeremy's dog Leon--lead us around the city. And the descriptions of artwork and people are rich with detail, as well.

Yet so much of the narrative is spent on a minute-to-minute accounting of each day. It feels laborious and causes the book to drag at times. Overall, the story is filled with love and warmth. I didn't
...more
Brendon
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Resilience.

That has been a word I have been coming back to in 2019 for many reasons. Once in a while a book I am reading resonates perfectly with how I am feeling and the events that are happening around me. Reading The Bridge of Little Jeremy was one of those experience that thematically aligned with my lived-experiences at the time of reading. Author Indrajit Garai’s new novel is centered on deep resilience, care and commitment to family, and the love and passion for art. And instead of
...more
Courtney (dogeareddaysofsummer)
The Bridge of Little Jeremy starts out with the readers being introduced to the narrator: Little Jeremy himself, who is a twelve year old boy suffering from a medical condition that readers will quickly be informed about. He lives with his mother and his beloved pet dog in the city of Paris, but finances are particularly tight at the moment. From medical bills to the newly discovered inheritance tax, his mother’s nursing home salary is not enough to cover all the expenses; this is when Little ...more
Anthony G
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best stories are far-fetched and require a suspension of disbelief. ‘The story of ‘The Bridge of Little Jeremy’ surely is improbable, but this story is told in a direct and sincere manner which makes reading it a pleasure. Along the way, we get delightful scenes of pleasant Parisian ambiance and street life.
Jeremy is a 12 year old boy, almost 13, and he is the first-person narrator of this story. He lives with his mother in an old, old apartment which was passed down through several
...more
Luke Sherwood
A physically weakened 12 year-old boy, an artist, a hero, and a very conscientious son, narrates his adventures from Paris, where he lives with his mom and his German Shepherd Leon. Little Jeremy might not be the biggest boy for his age, but his courage, determination, and thoughtfulness prove him worthy of love and admiration. This novel contains the straightforward telling, though Jeremy’s own words, of the tortuous journey of his conscience. It’s a remarkable, dreamy telling, without tricks ...more
James
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-lit
This is the story of a boy and his dog. But it is much more than a simple tale like that, for as the narrative grows the reader finds himself on a journey of discovery with Little Jeremy. It turns out to be a variation on the mythical journey of a hero and as it develops the sometimes dreamlike quality of the story draws the reader forward with the intensity of a mystery, the bounteous beauty of Paris, the suspense of unexpected events, and a joyousness that can only be found in the love of a ...more
Jolie
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge of Little Jeremy is one of those books that stick with you long after you’ve read it. After I finished it, I found myself thinking hard about what happened. This book struck me. As the mother of an 11 and 13-year-old, I could imagine my son or daughter having the adventures that Jeremy did.

The characters in The Bridge of Little Jeremy were wonderfully written; they were multi-layered. Each time a layer was exposed, there was another one underneath. Even towards the end of the book,
...more
Melissa
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Never Enough Books Logo

Young Jeremy is a loving and doting son. Despite being only 12 years old and despite having a heart condition that he had recently had surgery on, he still cares for and worries about his mother. As a single mother she must work hard to support her and her son as well as his beloved dog Leon. Unbeknownst to his mother, Jeremy has been selling his paintings and sketches, putting the money aside for when it is needed most. It is only when Jeremy comes across a damaged painting by a famous artist
...more
Darina
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review available on Facing the Story
The Bridge of Little Jeremy is a heartfelt story that highlights the importance of family and the need for resilience when life throws an array of struggles at you. Despite his age and lack of life experience, Jeremy is able to help his mother through many financial hardships using his sense of adventure, reflection and wit.

My favourite part of this book was the simplicity in friendship and family relationships that played a vital part in highlighting
...more
Ste J
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After reading two volumes of Garai’s short stories this is the first novel by the author, once again the focus is on the troubled times of his characters, and how they respond to the problems presented. The down to earth approach to telling a story gives it the edge over those authors that attempt to force an emotional response from the reader with unneeded flourishes.

Taking place in Paris – a source of artistic and literary inspiration for many throughout the ages – I was pleased to see that
...more
Gill
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual and equally compelling story. The book is set in Paris in the present day. Jeremy is 12 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment with his dog Leon - an Alsatian.

Jeremy's father died, so his mother is the sole provider in their small family. She works long hours for poor pay and with the threat of unpaid Inheritance Tax hanging over them, Jeremy worries about his mother and their financial situation rather more than a 12 year old boy should have to do.

Jeremy has a
...more
Katrina Yurenka
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeremy is a twelve-year-old boy living with his mother and his best friend, Leon, a German Shepherd, in a Paris apartment. The relationship between Jeremy and Leon is beyond close; they talk to one another. They are very poor, his mother sometimes working seven days per week or double shifts at a nursing home. Jeremy has recently had surgery to repair a heart valve and may need an additional surgery. He is an accomplished artist whose sketches are good enough to be sold on the street. One day he ...more
Clarice Chimo
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relaxed. Anxious. Surprised! Impressed. That's how I would describe reading through this fictional tale of a young boy's adventure in Paris with a huge unforeseen twist at the end!! ((I've read thousands of books so I can attest it was truly unexpected!))

One of the things that stood out immediately - the voice of Jeremy. This author captured the voice of a young pre-teen boy amazingly well to tell a more mature story through young narration and keep adult readers engaged. Emotions carry through
...more
Corinne
rated it it was amazing
Oct 03, 2019
Cindy
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Jul 04, 2019
Patricia
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Jun 07, 2019
Rukky

The Good:

*Jeremy. I really liked Jeremy’s resolve to do everything that he could to help and protect his mother and his friends. His character had faults and he wasn’t perfect. He grew with the story and he was really mature. He loved art, and was really passionate about his paintings, which I loved since I like to paint sometimes as well.

*Description. I liked the description of Paris. It was beautiful and made me feel more in the story. The way it looked in the different seasons, the history,
...more
Deanne Patterson
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, wow! I really felt a connection with the characters especially the main, Jeremy. He is a young teen but with his mother working many hours and it has been ongoing for years, he is very mature and independent for his age which I think is due to his circumstances.
I loved seeing the character development and also loved seeing the interaction between boy and dog. A better friend each could not have.
Pictures I have seen of Paris, where this takes place have been beautiful but the author's
...more
Jenna
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I have lukewarm feelings about this book. The story is certainly heartfelt and told with a nod to detail. The author paints a vivid picture of Paris as he and Jeremy--along with Jeremy's dog Leon--lead us around the city. And the descriptions of artwork and people are rich with detail, as well.

Yet so much of the narrative is spent on a minute-to-minute accounting of each day. It feels laborious and causes the book to drag at times. Overall, the story is filled with love and warmth. I didn't
...more
Brendon
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Resilience.

That has been a word I have been coming back to in 2019 for many reasons. Once in a while a book I am reading resonates perfectly with how I am feeling and the events that are happening around me. Reading The Bridge of Little Jeremy was one of those experience that thematically aligned with my lived-experiences at the time of reading. Author Indrajit Garai’s new novel is centered on deep resilience, care and commitment to family, and the love and passion for art. And instead of
...more
Anthony G
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best stories are far-fetched and require a suspension of disbelief. ‘The story of ‘The Bridge of Little Jeremy’ surely is improbable, but this story is told in a direct and sincere manner which makes reading it a pleasure. Along the way, we get delightful scenes of pleasant Parisian ambiance and street life.
Jeremy is a 12 year old boy, almost 13, and he is the first-person narrator of this story. He lives with his mother in an old, old apartment which was passed down through several
...more
Katrina Yurenka
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeremy is a twelve-year-old boy living with his mother and his best friend, Leon, a German Shepherd, in a Paris apartment. The relationship between Jeremy and Leon is beyond close; they talk to one another. They are very poor, his mother sometimes working seven days per week or double shifts at a nursing home. Jeremy has recently had surgery to repair a heart valve and may need an additional surgery. He is an accomplished artist whose sketches are good enough to be sold on the street. One day he ...more
Ste J
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After reading two volumes of Garai’s short stories this is the first novel by the author, once again the focus is on the troubled times of his characters, and how they respond to the problems presented. The down to earth approach to telling a story gives it the edge over those authors that attempt to force an emotional response from the reader with unneeded flourishes.

Taking place in Paris – a source of artistic and literary inspiration for many throughout the ages – I was pleased to see that
...more
Luke Sherwood
A physically weakened 12 year-old boy, an artist, a hero, and a very conscientious son, narrates his adventures from Paris, where he lives with his mom and his German Shepherd Leon. Little Jeremy might not be the biggest boy for his age, but his courage, determination, and thoughtfulness prove him worthy of love and admiration. This novel contains the straightforward telling, though Jeremy’s own words, of the tortuous journey of his conscience. It’s a remarkable, dreamy telling, without tricks ...more
Melissa
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Never Enough Books Logo

Young Jeremy is a loving and doting son. Despite being only 12 years old and despite having a heart condition that he had recently had surgery on, he still cares for and worries about his mother. As a single mother she must work hard to support her and her son as well as his beloved dog Leon. Unbeknownst to his mother, Jeremy has been selling his paintings and sketches, putting the money aside for when it is needed most. It is only when Jeremy comes across a damaged painting by a famous artist
...more
Darina
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review available on Facing the Story
The Bridge of Little Jeremy is a heartfelt story that highlights the importance of family and the need for resilience when life throws an array of struggles at you. Despite his age and lack of life experience, Jeremy is able to help his mother through many financial hardships using his sense of adventure, reflection and wit.

My favourite part of this book was the simplicity in friendship and family relationships that played a vital part in highlighting
...more
Gill
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual and equally compelling story. The book is set in Paris in the present day. Jeremy is 12 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment with his dog Leon - an Alsatian.

Jeremy's father died, so his mother is the sole provider in their small family. She works long hours for poor pay and with the threat of unpaid Inheritance Tax hanging over them, Jeremy worries about his mother and their financial situation rather more than a 12 year old boy should have to do.

Jeremy has a
...more
Courtney (dogeareddaysofsummer)
The Bridge of Little Jeremy starts out with the readers being introduced to the narrator: Little Jeremy himself, who is a twelve year old boy suffering from a medical condition that readers will quickly be informed about. He lives with his mother and his beloved pet dog in the city of Paris, but finances are particularly tight at the moment. From medical bills to the newly discovered inheritance tax, his mother’s nursing home salary is not enough to cover all the expenses; this is when Little ...more
James
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-lit
This is the story of a boy and his dog. But it is much more than a simple tale like that, for as the narrative grows the reader finds himself on a journey of discovery with Little Jeremy. It turns out to be a variation on the mythical journey of a hero and as it develops the sometimes dreamlike quality of the story draws the reader forward with the intensity of a mystery, the bounteous beauty of Paris, the suspense of unexpected events, and a joyousness that can only be found in the love of a ...more
Clarice Chimo
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relaxed. Anxious. Surprised! Impressed. That's how I would describe reading through this fictional tale of a young boy's adventure in Paris with a huge unforeseen twist at the end!! ((I've read thousands of books so I can attest it was truly unexpected!))

One of the things that stood out immediately - the voice of Jeremy. This author captured the voice of a young pre-teen boy amazingly well to tell a more mature story through young narration and keep adult readers engaged. Emotions carry through
...more
Jolie
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge of Little Jeremy is one of those books that stick with you long after you’ve read it. After I finished it, I found myself thinking hard about what happened. This book struck me. As the mother of an 11 and 13-year-old, I could imagine my son or daughter having the adventures that Jeremy did.

The characters in The Bridge of Little Jeremy were wonderfully written; they were multi-layered. Each time a layer was exposed, there was another one underneath. Even towards the end of the book,
...more
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"Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Harvard, he worked as a corporate strategy consultant and as an investment banker in America, Spain, and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved ...more