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The Boy from the Woods by Jen Minkman is a story about love, forgiveness, friendship, and natural forces. The story centers on Julia and her friends who just graduated from high school in Europe. Like many young innocent girls, she succumbs to the charms of her high school crush, Michael, who dumps her the following day after taking her virginity. Several weeks afterwards, Julia accidently runs into him and he insults her and treats her like a stranger.<br/><br/>Up until this time Julia spent much of her free time daydreaming and writing songs (about Michael) in the forest behind her home. Shortly after Michael’s heartbreaking insults, she discovers Michael at the foot of her favorite oak tree unconscious and bleeding from a bad motorcycle accident. When he opens his eyes, he speaks her name almost reverently, and it’s as if he is a totally different person.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed the exploration into Celtic Druidism – the spiritual connection to nature. Many call this connection our “sixth sense.” It’s easy to adopt this philosophy and believe in the pulse of nature and the circle of life. The Boy from the Woods really demonstrates how everything in life is interconnected and dependent on each other.<br/><br/>I listened to the Audible version of this story. Despite a few obvious “page turning” noises, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop listening after driving home from work one day. So, I went on a long walk – in the woods by my house -- to finish it. Great job!
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Author Jen Minkman has really outdone herself with this story. It really captures Jen's imagination and it shows her love for writing a great story. This story has everything you want in a story. Jen captures everything like love, nature, heartache, joy, and the mystical connection of nature. Jen has written a beautiful story that keeps you wondering and guessing from start to finish. I love all of the author's stories but this one touches you in such a way that you'll never forget this story. I believe that's what a great story should do. I don't care if you're not a fan of YA, once you read/listen to this one you'll change your mind.
Narrator Charli Lynn Koppel did a fantastic job with the telling of this story and I was immersed from the start. I even cried so much that I didn't know if I was ever going to stop. A wonderful story and a fantastic performance by the narrator. I definitely recommend you get this story to add to your collection.