Guardian of Eden

Guardian of Eden

by Leslie DuBois

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ISBN-13: 9780983522003
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Guardian of Eden 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
The_Book_Diva More than 1 year ago
To say that The Guardian of Eden deals with complicated issues is an understatement. This book portrays child neglect and abandonment, dysfunctional family drama, child abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, incest, molestation, and murder. When we first meet Garrett he is a happy 5 year old child living with his paternal grandmother. He has never met his parents and only knows that his father is in prison. It is not until his grandmother dies that he meets his mother, his very pregnant mother - Holly. He is stunned to find out that she is white, and her boyfriend at the time is stunned to find out that her son is black. His mother shortly gives birth to Garrett's half-sister, Eden and his life begins to dramatically change. Over the years Garrett has assumed the role of protector of his younger sister, often missing school to take care of her, as well as tend to his mother. Not to sound trite, but to say that Holly has issues is again an understatement. She is needy in so many ways and often attempts to drown her sadness and sorrows in alcohol or drugs, which means neglecting not only herself but her children. Things seem to change for the better when she meets and then marries a successful photographer, Corbin. Corbin decides he wants to make them all a real family and tries to adopt Eden and Garrett. This decision results in Garrett meeting his birth father for the very first time, in prison. Even though there is apparently a stable adult in the picture, Garrett still insists on protecting his mother and Eden. It doesn't help that at only 11 Eden is 5'8" tall and beautiful. None of these people are perfect, although they may appear to be superficially. They are all tall, beautiful, smart and flawed. Garrett evidently scored a perfect SAT score when he was in the 9th grade and had a 4th grade reading ability when he was only 5 years old. Both he and Eden show an aptitude for the linguistic arts and are quite fond of poetry. Enter Madison McPhee, the daughter of a US Senator and presidential candidate. She and Garrett hit it off immediately and begin a tumultuous relationship. Madison is somewhat afraid to tell her father about Garrett but only because her father is extremely over-protective. Eden is jealous of all of the time that Garrett is spending with Madison. Garrett is feeling that he's letting Eden down and is considered inferior by Madison. Just when you think things couldn't possibly get worse, Eden is hospitalized and it comes out that she was raped. I enjoyed this story up to the end. I found it hard to believe that Garrett could receive "psychological treatment" for a number of years for his "anger management" issues and nothing ever be resolved. Why doesn't the psychologist suggest a referral to another counselor if he isn't able to help? Why doesn't the social worker step in and try a different counselor if this is an ongoing issue? I know, children fall through the cracks of our social services system daily, but this didn't seem to make much sense. The story is often gritty and ugly but then so are the indignities these children are forced to suffer. This is not a light-hearted read but it does pack a punch.
sdrobert on LibraryThing 17 days ago
The into is a great hook. I could not stop reading the wonderful story.
Scoshie on LibraryThing 17 days ago
What an excellent book. This was hard to put down. Young Garrett, brilliant and protective, takes care of his younger sister Eden as they face a life that no child should have to face. Well written story with a bittersweet ending. I will proably read this one again. GREAT JOB!!! Nice way to spend an afternnon in the sun and well worht the price!!
reb922 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
This is the second Leslie Dubois book I have read and i enjoyed it every bit as much as i did the Queen Bee Of Bridgeton. Gaurdian of Eden id about the relationship between a brother and sister. They have the same mother but different fathers. Their mother has struggled with substance abuse and it has fallen mostly on Garret to raise his sister. Their past and present are surrouded in violent acts which were actually done out of love and as a result of more heinous acts. It shows that despite having a rough upbringing you can be smart and succed but some times history is doomed to repeat its self despite the best intentions. Dubois does a great job of writing youn aduly books that dont feel like young adult books. Her books are quick and easy yet enjoyable to read despite some of the dark and troubling subject matters.
igjoe on LibraryThing 17 days ago
The Guardian of Eden was definitely worth the short time it took me to blaze through it. A sad, heartbreaking story that manages to be filled with determination, love and inspiration. With so much stacked against him Garrett still manages to do the one thing most vital, protect his sister Eden. The agonizing choices he must make will have you pulling for him all the way. A great read!
Ezinwanyi on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It appealed to the mother in me and just tugged at the my heart strings. The issues it dealt with such as incest, child abuse/neglect etc are such delicate subjects, but the author approached them with a tender hand and with sensitivity. Leslie DuBois did a fine job in making this story relatable.First of all, I don¿t think the author¿s/publisher¿s description of the book does it justice. In fact, I found it quite misleading. I would have named this book ¿Keeping Secrets¿ or the ¿Past Revisited¿. This is a book about how the past shaped and continued to shape a family¿s future.In this book, we are introduced to Garrett Anthony, a young man who is struggling to find himself in addition to taking care of his sister Eden. Garrett is seventeen, but with all life experiences he is more like forty years old. Their mother Holly was a recovering substance abuser but she just lacked serious parental skills. Also, Holly was just a lost soul. She lacked the mental fortitude to deal with anything. So at a young age, Garrett began to parent himself and Eden. It was clear that Garrett had emotional and psychological issues because all that responsibility was traumatic. The two kids are forced to go to counseling by Child Protective Services case worker, which doesn¿t seem to have a positive effect on Garrett.But he starts to find happiness with Madison McPhee, a young girl who works at his school¿s newspaper. They were outsiders who seemed to connect, except for the fact that he is a black boy and she is a white daughter of a US senator. Garrett¿s mother Holly meets a photographer Corbin, and finally they seem to have a normal family life. But then Garrett meets his biological father, who is in prison. Garrett starts learning about his father¿s past as well as his mother¿s past. The wall of secrets begins unraveling and a new tragedy is set into motion. The author did a great job developing the story and the characters, peeling layer after layer until we got to the heart of the issue plaguing this family. The story was sad but realistic. I wish Holly had developed more as a mother and had been strong enough to fight her demons in order to protect her children. I would love a follow-up novella to see how the family coped after the tragedy.
superphoenix on LibraryThing 17 days ago
This must be the first time that i actually cried while reading a book. A very touching story. It covers racial discrimination, poverty, single motherhood, alcohol abuse, child exploitation, sexual abuse, and so many such issues that we face everyday happening around us or with those that we love and care for. There is so much pain and suffering - it makes you feel sad for Garett and Eden, and you wish for their happiness. The vicious circle of misfortune does not leave them alone. By the end you realize that Garett really is a superhero- sacrificing everything, even his own happiness for those he loves and cares for. A true hero. This is a very well written book. Easy to read through. Simple, free flowing words. Really worth it. Would recommend everyone to read it.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
17 year-old child prodigy Garrett has always fought to provide a secure and stable life for him and his half-sister despite his mother's neglect and abusive boyfriends. Despite his struggles, life seems to be turning around as he finds a girlfriend, his mother marries a nice guy and Garrett and his sister begin attending a prestigious private school. Everything changes for the worst when Eden collapses. Garrett soon learns his twelve year-old little sister has suffered from a miscarriage. I highly enjoyed this book. It was interesting, fast-moving and the characters were extremely realistic and engaging. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
bemislibrary on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Rape, incest, mayhem and murder is just business as usual in this violent coming of age story. *** A coming of age story about Garrett, a genius product of incestuous rape, abandoned at birth, reclaimed at age five, as he grows up in an ugly dysfunctional codependent mixed-race family. Leslie DuBois carefully treads the line between the tremulous minefields brought on by alcoholic mother Holly¿s careless random abandonment mixed with her unacceptable boyfriends¿ behaviors, Garrett¿s exploration of his own sexuality with girlfriend Madison ¿Maggie¿ McPhee and ultimate responsibility for Eden, his young, near perfect, innocent angel sister.This story thoroughly explores the neglect, abuse, success and happiness of these vulnerable children. The author fails to address the shortcomings in adult relationships, (i.e. mother, boyfriends, father(s), therapist, social workers, etc.) that contributed to the ongoing violence, suffering, and cover up of a family¿s dirty and shameful secrets.In the end, the reader has to decide if violence and silence is an acceptable price to pay for love in a world with few alternatives.
Brownstone_Book_Club_2011 More than 1 year ago
Although this book was a very short/quick read, taking me only 5 hours to complete, it packs a very powerful emotional punch to your heart strings. “Guardian of Eden” by Leslie DeBoise story line is predictable, but enjoyable. I liked the title because that is what drew me in. Once viewed it puts the reader in the mindset of thinking about the Garden of Eden and it's taboos, which makes you want to know more... This book is about a single mother and how she rears or doesn't rear her two children. Each child has a different father, the oldest son's father is black and his younger sister's father is white. This book deals with the issue of abuse of children in one form or another and how that abuse is then carried over into their adult lives. It touches on generational curses and the breaking of them, for me this where the guardian comes in... “Guardian of Eden” by Leslie DeBoise is a well put together very short read. Although it is a very short read, because of the author's choice of great wording makes the various story lines easy to follow and visualization of it's characters. This book is recommended as a good read... Tangela D. Fleming Brownstone Book Club Founder/President 4 Stars = I Like It
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has a good story line, but too short of a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!!!! This book touches on so many real topics from today's society. It is a powerful story that made me cry, smile, and even gigle a little. I would recommend this book to everyone!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I read this title but I do recall that I was impressed with it. It's a story primarily about love, family and revenge. Garrett, a boy abandoned by his mother harbors very little resentment for her upon her return to his life. She gives birth to a daughter, Eden, and Eden becomes his life. This is the story of the trials of a young boy committed to taking care of his family while his mother battles her own demons involving substance abuse and domestic violence. His mother has more than her share of secrets but gradually they are revealed and pieces of Garrett's life seem to fall into place. He understands why his mother won't tell him about his father, why he wound up in foster care, why his grandmother refuses to acknowledge him, why his mother loves one child more than she loves her other child. Still, in the end, you are proud of every member of this broken family. They remind you of what family is supposed to be about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me weep. I highly recommend.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Rape, incest, mayhem and murder is just business as usual in this violent coming of age story. *** A coming of age story about Garrett, a genius product of incestuous rape, abandoned at birth, reclaimed at age five, as he grows up in an ugly dysfunctional codependent mixed-race family. Leslie DuBois carefully treads the line between the tremulous minefields brought on by alcoholic mother Holly's careless random abandonment mixed with her unacceptable boyfriends' behaviors, Garrett's exploration of his own sexuality with girlfriend Madison "Maggie" McPhee and ultimate responsibility for Eden, his young, near perfect, innocent angel sister. This story thoroughly explores the neglect, abuse, success and happiness of these vulnerable children. The author fails to address the shortcomings in adult relationships, (i.e. mother, boyfriends, father(s), therapist, social workers, etc.) that contributed to the ongoing violence, suffering, and cover up of a family's dirty and shameful secrets. In the end, the reader has to decide if violence and silence is an acceptable price to pay for love in a world with few alternatives.
VirtualWord More than 1 year ago
Guardian of Eden By Leslie Dubois A contemporary tragedy, Guardian of Eden, is the tale of Garrett Anthony, 17 years old and burdened with being the sole responsible member of his family. A neglectful mother with a history of substance abuse and relationships with abusive men have taught Garrett not only how to keep himself alive but also to care for his young half-sister Eden. Over time we witness Garrett's growth into a young man who is trying to overcome all the childhood neglect and abuse while still caring for the now 11 year old Eden. While Garrett still struggles with issues of anger and fear of abandonment his priority is young Eden and caring for her. In counseling, his mother is apparently reformed and happily married, life is beginning to look good to young Garrett. When he finally begins to relax and notice things and people around him he meets beautiful, young Madison McPhee. Now things begin to become more complicated as issues of race, class and status are introduced to the mix. You see, Ms. McPhee is not only wealthy and white, she is the daughter of an aspirant to the Presidency. Garrett feels inadequate and the relationship suffers because Madison also has trepidations about introducing the young man she loves to her father. Eden, fearing the loss of her brother, begins to act out. The repercussions resound throughout the remainder of the novel. There is a lot to admire in this novel and I would like to thank the author for the complimentary copy to read and review. Overall, it was a good reading experience. The characters were well drawn but I thought that so many sub-plots, while it kept things moving, detracted from exploring more detail in other relationships like Madison's relationship with her father, and the relationship between Holly and Corbin. What could have been lacking that made a man with no prior history of his acts suddenly become a predator? In some ways it felt implied that once he got internationally recognized he became less morally sound. While I wasn't stunned by the revelation it didn't feel as genuine as it could have.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Guardian of Eden by Leslie Dubois is a gritty, raw tale of a young boy, Garrett Anthony, taking care of his baby half-sister while his mother leaves them for days at a time - doing anything he can to feed her. He doesn't want to go back to living in foster homes like before. Things improve, he even gets a scholarship to a prestigious private school where he meets his girlfriend, the daughter of a Senator. But then he finds out his twelve year old sister was raped and he knows who did it...what will he do? This was a gripping book, I connected quickly with Garrett and kept rooting for things to get better for him. Ms. Dubois did an excellent job creating the characters, they all had distinct personalities with good and bad qualities. The story flowed smoothly and I never got bored. If you have a really soft heart, this book isn't for you, or you'll be crying through it. There's a lot of drama and trying times, interspersed with just enough happiness to keep you hooked. I can't say I loved the ending, but give it a read and see for yourself. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.
sierrarain00 More than 1 year ago
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing. I was compelled to enter to win this book from it's description on Library Thing. I was not sorry that I had entered and I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to read this book. I read it in one day - that is how good it was! This is a story of Garrett, born of a white mother and an African-American father. He is the older brother of his half-sister, Eden; they have the same mother but different fathers. Garrett and Eden's mother is unfortunately an alcoholic and drug abuser who seems to be neglectful of her children, causing Garrett to become the "parent" of Eden. He is a very gentle, sweet, and very intelligent young man, who loves his sister more than anything in the world, however, he has a dark side from the years of neglect he has received by his parents. The novel starts out with an event that takes place involving Eden being rushed to the hospital. It then goes into the story of how things went about resulting in that outcome. This is a very well written, interesting and realistic book, one that I very much enjoyed. I would recommend this to most anyone, although it does involve a little violence and does touch upon incest from past encounters of the mother. Very good book!
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
If you get the chance to read this book I feel that you should not pass up such a wonderful opportunity. "The Guardian of Eden," is not just the beautiful story of a brother that would do anything to protect the sister he loves and cherishes. This story is an emotional ride that shows what true love really is and what it means to care for someone so much that you'd risk your own life and well-being to make and keep them happy. Garrett Anthony is more than just a brother that loves his sister, he's a genius , a brilliant young man with the ability to have a bright future if it weren't for his horrible family life. From the moment he was old enough to think for himself he was tossed into the role of guardian, protector, and supplier for his younger sister. This young boy became a man because he had no choice and he did what his parents couldn't and didn't want to do. In my eyes this character is a hero, he's the kind of young man that any parent would be proud to have as their son. This story generates so much raw emotion I don't think I've cried like this in quite some time. The depth of love that this book shares with the reader is just phenomenal. Leslie DuBois is a first rate storyteller and her characters are alive, vibrant, and so real that you can't help but feel you truly know them. This is a definite must-read for anyone and I would definitely recommend this book for ages 13 and up. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
bookworm53SM More than 1 year ago
'The Guardian of Eden' is a must read. It is a very well written book with thoughts and problems that are so realistic. It is a very easy read and one that you do not want to stop until the end. I felt like I was there with Garrett and Eden thoughtout the book and wanting to hug and console them. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book through Home Library Thing giveaway and hope I have the opportunity to read more of the author's books. I could also see a sequel to this one because of the ending. Please let me know if that happens, if at all possible.
Meli333 More than 1 year ago
This book was in my opinion just amazing. The story is emotinal, raw and heartwrenching. I found myself crying at times because it was so sad to see everything that Garret had to go through in his short life. This book is about love 100%. Love for your family to be more exact. To the great lengths you would go through to protect the ones you love and to protect yourself. I would never wish what happened to him and his sister to anyone ever, but the sad thing is that this type of stuff does indeed happen all the time and does happen often. This book is a must read. I was saddened on the way it ended though, after all this, I just wanted a happy ending for them...
kschic More than 1 year ago
Light-hearted summer fare this is not. However, it was one of those books that I picked up to read anytime I had a spare second. The book starts off fast paced and grabs you from the beginning. Garret is half black, his sister is white. From a young age he assumes a roll as protector as their alcoholic mother moves from relationship to relationship. His loyalty to Eden never wanes, even when faced with distrust about his roll in her life. Garrett does find happiness in Maddie, only to have his world come crashing down. As events unfold Garrett finds out who he really is and as his role as Eden's protector is put to the test. This book was given to me by Leslie Dubois. The review is my own.
MichaelaCini More than 1 year ago
I read it after i won it in a giveaway :) I did not put it down - as soon as i read the sypnosis, i knew I'd enjoy it. From a young age Garrett has had a hard life, he had to raise his step-sister all by himself. His mother is an addict and goes out every night, his father is in jail and Eden's father couldn't care less. Until one day, his sister has an accident and Garrett discovers she had been raped! Garrett sets out to find her rapist and finds love on the way. This is a really touching novel, I would reccommend it to everyone.
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ReaseK More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a Young Adult novel but the content is not suitable for that age group. The synopsis of the novel really intrigued me, I was ready for a dark, intense read. However, I found it to be fairly light and overly romanticized. I also felt like things were over-explained, I was not left to connect dots or pick up tension and innuendo, it was always right there in the text. I got bored of the Garrett and Maddie love story and found the issues caused by it predictable. I will say that the novel picks up towards the end, but it wasn't enough for me to deem this worthy of more than 3 stars. I loved the ideas, I just wish they were executed a bit better.