Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Niamh2
Love in the Present Tense
‘Love in the Present Tense’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a sweet and lovely story.
It’s about a teenage mum, Pearl and her young son Leonard, aged five. She sometimes leaves him with a neighbour to be minded, a 25 year old guy named Mitch, who grows quite fond of Leonard, a sweet and wise young boy. When Pearl one day leaves Leonard with Mitch and says she doesn’t know when she’ll be back to pick him up neither of them think anything of it but Pearl doesn’t come back at all and after some time Mitch assumes a father role, taking care of Leonard and his problems with his sight, getting him into school, etc.
Leonard is later adopted by another, more suitable family, to the heartbreak of both Mitch and Leonard.
Mostly the book is about love.
The pure love between a mother and her son that gets him through life and difficult situations, the love between the boy and his protector, Mitch who eventually learns from Leonard about ‘forever love’.
It’s a moving book, easy to read, sweet, lovely and inspiring, I’m glad I’ve read it.