Never Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson

Never Stop Walking

An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given. Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door clo...

Details Never Stop Walking

TitleNever Stop Walking
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Reviews Never Stop Walking

  • Goth Gone Grey
    Life is fickle. Honest, emotional, compelling. Perhaps for the first chapter, I didn't get into the flow of this book. The writing seemed stilted, unemotional, cold descriptions of a child's memories. Then, suddenly, I tumbled into the author's world headlong, completely engrossed and not wanting to put the book down. The narrative shifts among time, place, and mood beautifully. It shows the determination to survive as a street kid in Brazil, and...
  • Iso Melo
    As a Brazilian, one year younger than the author, I need to clarify some points. I understand her pain and her suffering, but as she was a kid, she did not understand the historical and economic context. In the end of 80s, Brazil faced one of the worst economic crisis of the History of Economy. Until that moment, it was the second worst of the History (compared to Germany after First World War). Inflation reached more 1000% per month and we were ...
  • Harry
    What a tragic book! It is not only tragic because a little girl had to grow up living in caves and the Brazilian favela (slum) and being desperate enough to kill for half-eaten food that was thrown in the garbage. It is also tragic that the experience left Christina so emotionally scarred that she couldn't accept love in her new home in Sweden.When it comes to Mamae in Brazil vs. Mama in Sweden, the former wins hands down even though Mamae was me...
  • Urenna Sander
    Brazilian-Swede, Christina Ricardsson, née Christiana Coelho lives in Umea, Sweden. At eight years-old, she and her twenty-two month old brother, Patrick, who was known as Patrique Jose Coelho, were adopted by a loving Swedish couple, Lili-ann and Sture Ricardsson. Christina remembers she spent most of her time on the streets of Sao Paulo, often without her mother. As a toddler, Patrick’s only memory is sleeping in a box. With a friend, Christ...
  • Amanda
    An incredibly honest memoir and interestingly told going back and forth between Christina as a child in Brazil (where her name was Christiana) and as an adult Christina going back to Brazil from Sweden to try to find her birth family. One can't read this memoir without feeling deeply for the author. I do wish a bit more was written about how she came to integrate her Brazil and Swedish selves after her trip to Brazil. But I can also understand wh...
  • Eileen Prussman
    This true story gives us a real glimpse into two different worlds: that of an impoverished child living in a cave and then on the streets in a Brazilian ghetto, and the other in a well-to-do village in Northern Sweden. I don't think any travel would give us a more accurate idea of what real life is like for such unfortunate children. The author writes her story by alternating the periods in her life. One chapter takes place in her childhood in Br...
  • Greta Samuelson
    How do some humans endure so much pain and danger ?I cannot even begin to imagine children living at the levels of poverty they do in our world. Christina Rickardsson is doing great things- read her story - like her FB page for her foundation; The Coelho Growth Foundation. Go forth and be a better human for our world
  • Debbie Carlson
    The book is a little scattered because the author is working through her identity issues and guilt as she writes. I was fascinated with her process. She built up suspense leading to her reunion with her mother. I thought the contradictions in her personality were interesting, proving her point that she was split between her Swedish self and her Brazilian self. Yes, she did ask a lot of questions, and I found them annoying after awhile. While my l...
  • Kristy
    Disturbed Can I be the only reader who is deeply disturbed by the fact that the author murdered another child and did not address this further in her book? I see that it was a dire, disturbing, unfathomable life she was living and perhaps she didn’t fully grasp what she had done at the time. However, now 25 years older, she spends endless pages of this book on self reflection, yet her stabbing an 8-year-old to death barely fills a handful of pa...
  • Mariamosh
    Snudd på en femma här. Kunde. Inte. Sluta. Läsa. Ett oerhört starkt öde, en oerhört stark berättelse. Läs den.
  • Sandra Dickenson
    Provoking readThis Amazon selection was well worth my time. Outstanding translation. Written in the first person, the author made me feel I was with her in the isolated cave and the crowed inner city streets. This is a straightforward, raw and honest recollection of what she endured in her childhood and how it influenced what she now does as an adult. She's a professional speaker who brings awareness of and solutions to children living in poverty...
  • Meg Leader
    I got this book through Amazon Prime First, or whatever the program is called. I'll admit, it was the best option for me of the six that were offered, but wasn't something I would have gone looking for. That said, I found myself curious enough about the book to pick it right up to read and I found it fascinating. Christina does a wonderful job building a picture of her life in Brazil and giving enough of her current life details to get an underst...
  • jose coimbra
    Cristina nos narra em suas memórias a experiência de sua vida no Brasil até os oito anos de idade, quando então teria sido adotada por casal sueco, migrando para a Europa na companhia também de seu irmão, que estava com dois anos à época.O livro gira em torno da busca da autora, aos 32 anos, pelo paradeiro de sua mãe natural e de informações sobre sua família de origem. Trata-se igualmente da busca por algo que Critina acredita estar ...
  • Stephanie
    37 highlights in this book. That must be a record for me. Got this one through Kindle First, mostly because the thrillers sounded lame. I’m so glad I did, it is a gem among the rough. This memoir is heartbreaking. What Christina/Christiana went through is a life no child or adult should ever endure and yet they continue to today. But her optimism and strength shines through, while being critical to the authority figures in her life at that time...
  • Andy Roberts
    Amazing book detailing a young girls' life starting from forest caves outside Sao Paulo and then onto the city streets. It describes the horrific moments in a favela where murders , drug taking , robbery , police corruption and children sniffing glue to stave off starvation is common and yet extreme poverty does not prevent love. She escapes by getting adopted and moving to the more luxurious Sweden but her thoughts do not leave the slums back in...
  • Tifani
    This is a very interesting book that made me revisit my opinions of poverty. Her story of her upbringing in Brazil as compared to her adoption to Sweden is heartbreaking and sweet, and definitely highlights deficiencies in a broken system. I am glad I read it, and I recommend. However, the book does have deficiencies. The quality of writing is not great. While the story is good, there are inconsistencies, facts that are omitted from the story, wh...
  • Cynthia
    A truly amazing story, but unfortunately I don’t think the author pulled me into it the way she could have. I couldn’t generate the amount of empathy she deserves. Maybe it was lost in translation.
  • Hillary
    This was a Kindle first book and in some ways, it's quite remarkable. The story about a young girl from the Brazilian favela who is adopted by a Swedish family is unusual (at least for me, an American reader). Kindle first books are often hit-or-miss, and this is no exception.What I liked: Through this story, I got to see and experience the favela and the caves as well as life in modern-day Sweden. I particularly enjoyed how the author describes ...
  • Jacqueline
    Your pages will keep turning as the author keeps walking...I was completely taken in by this book page by page wanting to know what happened next and yet inside I was thinking how I wish I could make the story become less horrifying for the author to have endured. However there were many times when my heart soared and I felt one with the author and knew her words affected me to the core. I will leave you with a quote that was so profound to me:Lo...
  • Mobeme53 Branson
    As a child Christiana/Christine lived in the jungle and on the streets of Brazil. The life she lived there is horrific and shocking. The level of violence she endured is unimaginable to me. At 8, she is adopted to a loving family in Sweden. Although this turns out to be a good thing, the way she and her brother are taken away from her mother is disturbing and heartbreaking. The second half of the book is devoted to her trip back to Brazil and her...
  • Kellie
    A life story worth readingI am at a loss as to how to describe how fascinating, valuable and incredible this memoir is. As an adoptive parent, who adopted older children, this was invaluable to help me consider their perspective. As a person concerned with at risk children, it was enlightening. As a human who has navigated complex relationships, loss and issues of belonging, it was so relatable. She has a way of describing life that instantly fee...
  • Kristi Duarte
    This is such a fascinating story and should be a must-read, especially for people who have never traveled to poor countries (or poor areas of their own countries.) It's amazing what a person can live through and come out alive and actually sane on the other side. I'm in awe of how Christiana/Christina managed to embrace her both cultures and families, especially since they are so wildly different. I would be curious to learn what happens once she...
  • Patty S.
    A memoir of a street kid from Brazil adopted by a Swedish family This was not always easy to read, but well worth the effort. It tells of how a Swedish young woman tries to unite her Brazilian childhood of poverty with her adopted life as s Swedish adult. It is a work of trying to self-determine who she is. There is a lot that she does not include in this work, left out for reasons of privacy I imagine. But also because the writer is still trying...
  • Tuvia Pollack
    Amazing and thought-provoking story about a girl who grew up as a street child in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and at age 8 was adopted to a Swedish family. Now she is telling her story and working on making a difference in the world.
  • Jenn
    This book was absolutely fascinating to me. I had to keep reminding myself that the author is only a few years younger than me, because it seemed so unbelievable that at the same time I was living a comfortable life in the US, she was scrounging for scraps of food in Brazil. Very eye-opening. I did feel like the ending went too fast...I craved more stories and details from her trip to Brazil to find her family and would loved for her to go even m...
  • LKay
    InterestingI understood what the author was trying to convey by sharing her story. I did get that and that was her goal. And that is wonderful. But the story felt like it stuttered along. Trying to give enough detail to her story to paint the picture but not so much as to lose the reader. Not a smooth read. It was interesting but I had to kind of make myself pick it up again to finish. All in all God bless this young lady. I can't imagine growing...
  • Abby
    As an adoptive parent of kids who knew and could remembertheir families, the author’s account of that transition echoed some of what my kids went though, and maybe more than I realized. Her account of her life in the favelas was gripping, as well as shocking. Her account of her earlier years, of everything she learned from her birth mother about faith, science, humor, and survival, makes clear her mother was smart, and loved, cared for, and tau...
  • Darhla Stanley
    Inspiring storyI really enjoyed reading this story of accomplishment and survival. It is well written and very cohesive. She has contributed greatly to our world.
  • Gwenn
    Loved this book. It was a beautiful heartfelt compassionate story. I was taken away with the hardship this family had to endure. The writer told a story that was filled with so much love you can’t help but love it!