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.
Length: 232 Pages
Release Date: March 19, 2016
About the Author
Colleen Nelson is an award-winning writer and teacher in Winnipeg. Although she was lured by the bright lights of Japan and New York City, she returned to the Prairies where she and her husband are raising their two sons. Finding Hope is her fourth YA book.
CAUTION: This review contains spoilers. I have always steered away from spoilers in my reviews, but in this case, I can’t contain myself.
I’m just going to get it off my chest…I did not like this book. At all. To start my explanation of why, I am going to refer to the summary that is at the beginning of this post.
Point 1: “To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarder student.” No she didn’t. She didn’t even want to go. Her mom pushed her into it.
Point 2: ” 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.”
Wrong, wrong, and wrong. It isn’t better than she could have dreamed. Her roommate hardly pays attention to her, she immediately gets involved with the worst girls at the school, and her “online” boyfriend doesn’t even make sense. A guy starts emailing her out of the blue, stands her up when they are supposed to meet, and they email back and forth for a while. But he is needy and whiny, they never meet, and yet all of the sudden he’s her boyfriend? And from the very beginning you know it isn’t even a real guy…you know who is behind it. And all I could keep saying is…”You are an idiot.”
I didn’t connect with, or care, about any of the characters, the plot was ridiculous, and it was too damn depressing. You want a social problem? The story has it. Drug addict? Yup. Sexual and verbal Abuse? Yup. Bullying? Uh-huh. Suicidal thoughts? Yes. Attempted murder? Yup. And there is never anything uplifting to help out through the whole process. The title lied. I didn’t find any hope in this one.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you know I’m not usually this harsh. But I just can’t handle this book. As I said before, 1 Star for this one.
Content (o being none and 5 being A LOT)
A lot of vulgarity, including the F-word throughout
References and situations of sexual abuse throughout
No physical violence
Finding Hope is available both digitally and in paperback. So, if you realize that my opinion is just one opinion out there and want to take a chance on it, click on the image below to purchase it from Amazon.com.