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The Bridge of Little Jeremy

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  35 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 limit
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published March 17th 2019 by Indrajit GARAI
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Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My heart was broken into pieces reading this upsetting story of struggling in life in the city of Paris. I have to honestly 100% recommend reading The Bridge Of Little Jermey as I know you will all be touched by by this not so perfect life set in Paris.

Another reason why I am recommending this novel is that the author Indrajit Garai writing is Superb and what is crystal clear to me Indrajit is an absolute genius at writing a page turning
The bridge of little Jeremy was a mix of feelings. In the overall I think it is a good book with many great reviews, but it didn't work for me. I will try to explain myself better.

What I liked: I liked Jeremy a lot. He is a sweet, smart boy who loves his mom, his dog and his art. How do not like him? I liked his determination to help his mom. I totally loved his relationship with his dog Leon. They make a great pair. I liked his passion for art, and how he grew along the story. And of course spe
Deanne Patterson
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

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, i
Shannon Rochester
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requests
I was approached by a friend of the author to see if I would be interested in reading this book and giving an honest review. I looked into the book and it seemed like something I would be interested in so I said yes. For starters, it takes place in Paris which, for whatever reason, I have always been infatuated with. I am pretty sure if the word Paris is either in the title or in the description, I have read it...or plan to. So the book is about Jeremy, his widowed mother, and their dog, Leon. J ...more
Bruna (bruandthebooks)

If you are interested in Paris and the arts, this book is for you.
Jeremy is a twelve-year-old boy living in Paris with his mother and his dog, Leon. The book is narrated through Jeremy’s point of view and it makes the story very heartfelt.
It is an extremely descriptive and slow-developing story that I know not everyone will enjoy. Each and every conversation and scene is vividly sketched for you to imagine.

Jeremy has a heart condition and he needs to have surgery as soon as they can af
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Jeremy is a young teen, whose best friend is his canine Leon. He finds out that they may lose their apartment and his mother is already working as much as she can and providing what she can so Jeremy doesn’t have to worry. But Jeremy knows that things are worse than what she is letting on. He is bound and determined to help in anyway he can. He puts his talent to use and tries his hand at selling his art with the help of a gentleman who deals in the arts.

Although Jeremy wants to push himself, he
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 dis
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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 leavin
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction, read-2020
The story’s main character and narrator, Jeremy, is a young teenager who is way mature for his age. His independence and maturity is because of the ongoing situation in his life. For years now his mother is working long hours and he knows that they are tight on money, they never have enough food in the fridge and sometimes he knows his mother lies about eating at work. He is really worried about his mother and he is selling his sketches, but he can’t tell his mother that he is selling them. He i ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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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 arti
Savannah Worman (Sav’s Review)
Jeremy is a character with a lot of heart. He will do anything to help his mother, and his loyalty is unrivaled.

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 his time…

Courtney (candidwithcourtney)
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 Je ...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
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 Henderson
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 bo ...more
Hannah Celeste
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I didn’t finish this novel, so this review is my honest opinion of the first ~33% of it. My favorite thing about The Bridge of Little Jeremy was the immersive setting of Paris. Jeremy and his dog Leon spend a lot of time adventuring around Paris, and these passages are written in such a way that I felt like I was wandering alongside them. At times I felt that the descriptions of Paris were a bit superfluous – some detail could have been omitted and the passages still would have been quite immers ...more
Bookworm Blogger
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was contacted by a friend of the author to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Whilst I am not familiar with the authors work the synopsis drew me in and I was intrigued to discover more about this story.

The entire story is told from the POV of 12 year old Jeremy, who has underlying health issues so he spends his days at his home in Paris whilst his mother works as a carer. He has made friends with many of the locals who all look out for him but his most loyal companion is his dog
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, wh
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Little Jeremy, of Indrajit Garai’s latest novel, The Bridge of Little Jeremy, may have a weak heart, but it is full of love for his family. When he is twelve, he and his mother learn they might lose their home due to taxes they owe and can’t pay. Regardless of his heart troubles, Jeremy has a plan to save their house with his painting and restoration skills.
The initial chapter takes place on a quiet April night and introduces all the central characters in a close knit world. Jeremy, who can’t s
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a word: delightful.

The plot is engaging and the story flows well. Whilst there are elements that could be described as a little far-fetched, for me it didn't inhibit my enjoyment. The characters are thoughtfully designed so that they elicit an emotional response, whether good or bad.

The author paints a beautiful and in depth portrait of Paris, a destination that was already on my travel bucket list, but which I am even more eager to visit now. This was perhaps my favourite element of the book
Firstly, huge thank you to Estelle for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

After reading the first few pages of The Bridge of Little Jeremy through a sample, I was intrigued with how the story would go and what would happen to this family that is clearly going through very tough times. 

Jeremy is a 12 year-old boy who lives with his mother and dog/bodyguard Leon in Paris. Jeremy’s mother is in serious debt, to the extent where bailiffs are threatening to take their
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 bo
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 he
David Baird
The Bridge of Little Jeremy is a well written and moving tale of Jeremy and his dog Leon.

Jeremy lives with his mother but the family are struggling to survive.. at first Jeremy doesn’t know how bad things are but he’s an inquisitive little lad and soon learns the truth…

To make things worse Jeremy isn’t in the best of health.

While selling his drawings to help make some money for the family Jeremy stumbles onto a family secret that goes back many many years.. he’s sucked into the past and how it c
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
Violet Daniels
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was utterly beautiful. From the relationship between the young boy and his dog as they roamed the streets of Paris, to the boys resilience to do everything in his capacity to resolve the financial hardship his mother was facing. It's a story about the love of art and Jeremy (the young boy and protagonist) truly sees the world in brushstrokes, colour, depth and shape, which is reminiscent in the way he describes Paris and the scenes he witnesses with so much beauty and clarity ...more
Kristin- Shabby Chic Reader
I would give this book a 3.5 if I could. It is very well written with lots of description and the characters are easy to relate to. However, because of the descriptions it is a very melancholy and slow read. I felt sorry for Jeremy because his best friend was a dog and his other friends were adults. He didn't have anyone his age to be friends with. It also has a sad ending. It would be a great read for Book Club because there are so many things that could be discussed about the characters and th ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book destroyed me emotionally in the finale, and the use of the painting to help tell the story was very well done.

However, while I thought that Jeremy was a great protagonist I couldn't help but feel like he was too young to be undergoing the events of the book and I think that that made the story feel a little disjointed. That is why this book is not rated higher.

Yet, I still really enjoyed the story and the imagery that it included and that ending, I had tears in my eyes as I was residi
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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

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