I’m raving over my reviews for Miedo folks!
I was checking my Amazon profile this morning to see if I needed to do any updates (as you do from time to time) when I noticed I had more reviews for Miedo than I remembered. One was very recent… Late April this year! The other I don’t remember reading was done last year as were several others! I was so happy with them, I had to share!
GREAT REVIEWS FOR MIEDO
It’s a hard life living in the shadow of a family. Real and imaginary monsters scare the wits out of Miedo. Bedwetting, hearing impairment and living in a mostly uncaring world are just some of the problems this child deals with.
Kevin Cooper writes this tale like a stream of thoughts. This book might not appeal to everyone, however, the writing is consistent throughout the book and carries a kind of charm because the boy through it all deals with his lot with acceptance and complacency. Blessed are the unaware.
Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear is a mesmerizing story of a child’s difficult and fearful time growing up. All Miedo wants from his family is to be accepted and loved but instead he must deal with rejection, bullying, taunting, and trickery from his sisters, stepmother, father and grandfather.
Miedo tries to solve his problems on his own and find friends who will accept him and fill the void in his empty life. There are many heartbreaking things that happen to him but he somehow deals with each one in turn. The question is how will Miedo deal with the demons he cannot understand? With whom can he share his fears!
A profoundly touching and heartbreaking story that brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to reading book two. The author has poured his heart and soul into this memorable memoir that will stay with this reader for a long time.
I highly recommend this unforgettable book to all.
This book stuck with me for a few months after I finished reading it. The story is a memoir, rambling through the day to day events in the life of a young boy – some of them sweetly ordinary, others confusing, and some terrifying. It begins with a glimpse of a stable life that quickly falls apart when Miedo moves from his grandparents’ home to live with his father, stepmother, and sisters. Experiences of abuse, neglect, and emotional trauma leave him fending for himself as he navigates family, school, and friendships. Just when it seems he is escaping the nightmares of his early youth…his story takes another turn. The narration style, typical of memoirs, is engaging, and I had a hard time putting the book down.
Bullying, family systems that don’t work, hope and despair, grit and determination, repeated abuse and bravado–it’s all here. Along with mystery and wonder about what will become of Miedo. I found Miedo’s attachment to certain places and people particularly moving–his points of contact with a somewhat safer and kinder world. These descriptions tended to be idealized–a way of surviving the horror? In his inner world, Miedo is focused and intent on surviving. He is courageous and resourceful from the beginning, despite repeated day and nighttime horrors that come without warning. If anyone thinks bullying by family members or schoolmates is ‘harmless,’ this account will demonstrate otherwise. This first book is a perfect setup for whatever comes next. I applaud the author for his courage to tell it like it is and was.
It’s not often that my jaw physically drops when I’m reading a book, especially in a biographical drama where you know you can expect a real life shocker or two, so you’re pretty much expecting them to come. I had a couple of those moments reading Miedo with the matter of fact way that Kevin Cooper tells his story. I read it in two sittings, because at every point you just have to know what happens next, and now I’m hoping that there will be much more to come from Miedo.
The author has a unique way of drawing you into these early years in a way that will keep you riveted, and the mixture of joy, shock, and some real hair-raising terror that are so skilfully woven into some of the delights of childhood not only had me right there in Miedo’s life, but also remembering things about my own childhood that I’m sure I wouldn’t have otherwise. The descriptive scenes in this book did for me what very few books do, and had me not only seeing the apple tree in the garden, but smelling the blossoms too. Even if the characters in this book were all fictitious it still makes for a five star read, and believe me when I say that a couple of them, like Miedo’s sisters, make for some definite jaw-dropping moments. For all the twists and turns in this child’s life, even though I was sometimes appalled at some of the things that happened to him, his strength shines through always, and you always feel rather safe and somehow comfortable in his presence. Wonderful reading, and I fully recommend it.
All abovevReviews, and more can be found Amazon. If these reviews inspired you, here are a couple of links to Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear: