Perfect Strangers Friendship, Strength, and Recovery After Boston’s Worst Day by Roseann Sdoia

cover104034-mediumPerfect Strangers: Friendship, Strength, and Recovery After Boston’s Worst Day by Roseann Sdoia is the story how on April,15 2013 lives were changed when a bomber set off a bomb during the Boston Marathon where three people were killed and 264 were injured. This book doesn’t only highlight that tragic day but the friendships that were formed from it. It’s a story of triumph and friendship, of determination and hope.

The Boston Marathon is a big deal. It is the oldest foot race in America, with a 120 year history, and in the 2013 race over 23,000 runners from around the world participated, and an estimated one million spectators lined the race route.

This is an intense read, very detailed and honest, by one of Boston’s April 15, 2013 Marathon’s 264 injured, one of the 16 who lost limbs from the two pressure cooker bombs planted in the last mile of the marathon. We see the tragedy from the eyes of Roseann Sdoia, one of the injured spectators, Officer Shana Cottone, a member of Boston’s finest, Boston firefighter Mike Materia, and Northeastern University student Shores Salter, a young man who ran into the smoke. This is a tribute to the spirit of Americans everywhere who charge into danger to protect others.

But the most important points in this memoir are about healing, taking back your community, and getting through the fear. It’s a really good read, a very positive how-to book on surviving and thriving despite terror. The 2016 marathon had 27,491 participants – 4,562 applicants had to be turned away as the field was capped at 30,000. Half a million street smart, savvy spectators lined the 26+ mile course, knowing what to look for, and how to be safe.

I received a copy of this book from Perseus Books Group, PublicAffairs Books and PublicAffairs via NetGalley n exchange for an honest review.


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