Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

Posted November 23, 2015 in review / 2 Comments

Review: Finding Hope by Colleen NelsonFinding Hope by Colleen Nelson
Published by Dundurn on March 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 200
Source: Edelweiss
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Hope leaves her small town for a fresh start, but her plans are derailed by an online romance and the appearance of her brother.
Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.
At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was beautiful, I wanna cry happy tears.

Even though this book was quite short (my fast brain finished in within 2 hours!), I actually think that the author did it well. I have to warn you about two things though. The first is that this isn’t a love story. At all. Which actually makes it all the more amazing, because, GUYS, it’s about family. The second thing is…… *gives you ten boxes of tissues*
Just thinking about this book is enough to make me tear up, and you know what, all of you should pre-order this book. GO. NOW. I definitely love how this book has such a simple story line, but still held so many meanings in between its pages. This book dealt with bullies, family trust, and secrets.

I think the one most meaningful thing that I took away from this book was that we shouldn’t judge someone based on how they act or actually are. We don’t know what made them be that way, and until we’ve walked a mile in their shoes, we don’t know them.

This whole book was written in two different perspectives – Hope and her brother, Eric. To be honest, I actually looked forward to hearing Eric’s thoughts, I wanna know what went through his head, what made him do those stuffs. What changed?

Hope was such a matured girl, such that there were times I forgot that she had her own struggles too. She had to take care of her brother, since he got kicked out of the house. She still cared. And I loved the parts where she struggled with herself, deciding if she should give up on her brother, who seemed like a lost cause at that time.

Eric, on the other hand, shocked me. His story was like a punch in the gut. When I FINALLY realized what actually happened, I was speechless. I remembered that I couldn’t turn the page. I just read that line, that particular line over and over again, trying to drum it into my head that THAT happened. Eric was the one character in this book, who I think was the strongest. He went from being scared, to wanting to take actions by himself. And this book actually showed how much family played an important part, especially if you need to cry for help.

This small, short story just hit me harder than ANY of the thick contemporary book ever did. WOW.

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