Book Review: The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters

This is the first book I’ve read by Pepper Winters although I bought other works by this author. The reason why I decided to start with “The Boy and his Ribbon” was that its plot seemed different and intriguing compared to other stories I’ve read recently, and I wanted something “new”.

Genre: Dark, New Adult, Romance
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 1 of 2
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“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”


Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.


I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.


I’ve got to say, finishing this book was hard and it took me more days than I usually take to finish reading it. The reason is the plot itself. This book is not for everyone because of its dark themes first and foremost, but also because Pepper Winters has such a deep and intricate way of describing places, emotions, characters and whatnot, that you need to read carefully or you’ll be lost.

This story was full of details and it explored different themes. People who are sensible and like sugary romances may find it hard to digest this book because it describes the horrors of being abused, sold and tortured at a young age among many things, that the male protagonist Ren Wild has suffered ever since he was young. One night, when Ren is 10 years old, he finally escapes the farm where he was basically a slave along with other children, but he was not free yet. On the other hand, the night he obtained his freedom was also the night he was bound to another human that he despised that hid in his backpack, the 1 year old daughter of the family who owned him, Della Mclary.

“The Boy and his Ribbon” explores the friends to lovers thrope but in an unconventional way, because Ren hates Della at first, but then he starts caring for her since it wasn’t her choice to have such horrible parents. As they escape far from the Mclary’s Farm together, these two people become attached to each other and form a strong bond. At first, when the story starts and Ren is 10 and Della is 1, their relationship is the one of a brother and a sister, but as the story slowly progresses and they grow up, their familiar love turns into something forbidden that either of them understand since they are innocent and have lived most of their lives on the run and they only trusted each other.

The book has a dual POV, but the majority of it is told by Ren and it starts when he is 10 years old, while Della’s POV is in the present. They are recounting us their story, but we don’t know where they are now, we will probably find out in “The Girl and her Ren” which is the second book of the series that will come out in June. I wish that this one is told more by Della’s perspective because most of what we know from this one is what Ren showed us.

RATING: 4.5/5 stars


About purplebass

hey, you! Thank you for stopping by. I'm Tweety, and I am a girl who loves writing, reading, and watching stuff on TV and write reviews about it. I currently study languages (English and Spanish) @ University here where I live in Italy. I dream to become a teacher or something more impossible, like a writer. For the moment I only write stories on my laptop and review a lot of books. Speaking of which, I'm really into YA despite I am not a teenager anymore, and if you have suggestions, I am always open to hear your book advice! :D
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