Finding Hope is about a girl named Hope who lives in a small town with her drug addicted brother, Eric, trying to focus on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. So when she has a chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student, she jumps at her chance of escape. At Ravenhurt, life is better than Hope could have ever dreamed it to be-she has a boyfriend, a cool roommate, and a place where she finally fit in- that is until her brother shows up at the school gates desperate for help. With the Ravens turning on her, trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to truly save her brother, she has to save herself first.
The novel, Finding Hope, started off pretty well but as the novel continued to progress I started to lose interest. The way the characters handled serious situations and topics (i.e. bullying, drug addiction, bullying, etc.) left me feeling rather annoyed and intolerable. I understand that imperfection makes perfection, however when certain scenes came up in the novel [I am not going to spoil anything for you all...okay maybe one spoiler] I felt rather dumbfound, not in amazement.
Finding Hope is a book with trigger warnings, serious topics, poor decisions, and endings that are rather too good to be true. In the end, I would this novel is just not for me.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Dundurn, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
About The Author:
Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope (2016), 250 Hours (2015), The Fall (2013) and Tori by Design (2011). 'The Fall' and 'Tori by Design' both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. 'The Fall' was also nominated for the White Pine Award. Currently living in Winnipeg with her husband, two young sons and three grown step-children, Colleen manages to eke out time to write everyday, but usually in the early morning after a strong cup of coffee. A junior high school teacher for ten years before having children, Colleen is familiar and comfortable with the tricky phase of life called 'adolescence'. Now a Teacher-Librarian in Winnipeg, Canada, Colleen is constantly on the look-out for books that will catch the attention of her reading-reluctant sons.