Guardian of Eden

Guardian of Eden

by Leslie DuBois

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Guardian of Eden by Leslie DuBois

What would you do if you had one chance to kill the man who raped your 12-year-old sister?
No judge. No jury. No witnesses.
Seventeen-year-old child prodigy Garrett Anthony has to answer that question. As he holds a gun to the head of his sister's rapist, he flashes back to his traumatic past: five-years-old in a foster home, seven-years-old stealing food to survive, and at 16 visiting his black father in prison for the first time. After years of fighting to secure a stable life for himself and his sister, he finally has a scholarship to a prestigious Washington DC private school and the love of a Virginia senator's daughter. But this new found and tenuous happiness begins to unravel once he reveals the family secret which is the catalyst to the painful decision he must make. Can he take the life of someone else and continue to live with himself?

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BN ID: 2940012296849
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 154 KB

About the Author

Leslie DuBois lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two daughters. She also writes under the name Sybil Nelson.

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Guardian of Eden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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.
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.
abcarroll More than 1 year ago
Garrett has spent his whole life protecting his younger sister Eden. He has been there for her while at times their mother has not. He has kept his sister safe and fed throughout her childhood. Now something has happened that he did not protect her from and he needs to make it right. This is a powerful and moving book about the love of siblings and the lengths they will go to protect each other.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
The Guardian of Eden: Leslie Dubois This book was gifted to me by Leslie Dubois :) The book begins with immediate action,Garrett's sister, Eden, is in the hospital. Garrett and Maddie, his girlfriend, are rushing around trying to help Eden receive the best possible care. The reader will be immediately intrigued as to what occurred to cause this wild scene. The book then returns to the beginning of Garrett's story. The reader follows his journey through a rough childhood through his teens. A very bright child, a prodigy, Garrett succeeds even without the help a child in a different situation may have received. His mother, Holly, is a woman who can't seem to find a decent boyfriend and neglects her children in the process. Garrett is left in charge of his younger sister; he attempts to shelter her from the realities of their lives throughout the novel. He helps her with homework, feeds her, and ultimately seeks revenge for her. He also acts as caregiver to his "mother", even defending her against a man trying to rape her. His defense of his mother results in visits to a psychologist, who claims Garrett has anger issues. This "diagnosis" hits Garrett hard, his own father is doing jail time for the murder of Holly's father. Life isn't always so hard on poor Garrett, in school he meets Maddie. Maddie is the daughter of a senator and becomes Garrett's love interest in the novel. His relationship with Maddie begins its early stages with Garrett's need to help and protect, Maddie is to do an interview of him, however, she is sick and Garrett immediately wants to take care of her. The reader learns through Maddie and Eden that Garrett is kind and loving, his past and his parents don't necessarily guarantee he will turn out like them. Garrett gets the opportunity to meet his jailed father and meets with him periodically throughout the book, developing a fairly strong relationship with him even though Garrett was wary at first. Garrett is well-developed both as a character in the book and his natural character and personality. He learns quickly that not everything is as it seems, that his father may have been in the right. Violence is prevalent is his life, from defending his mother against her boyfriends and Eden's father to understanding why violence may be necessary in some situations. The book continues with ups and downs and some curve balls. I have to say I really enjoyed reading Garrett's story, I felt like I knew him personally even after the book had ended. I liked to read about his strength and determination to make his sister's life as good and happy as he could. His idea of learning a new word a day, suggested to him by his grandmother, made me want to do learn a new word a day also. The story flowed perfectly, with no awkward pauses or scenes that appeared out-of-place. I think it is important for readers to see the reality of some children's lives, as hard as it may be to read about them. The other side of the story is important and informative. I was very happy I had the opportunity to