Finding Hope

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 coHope 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.
Finding Hope 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 t

  • Title: Finding Hope
  • Author: Colleen Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781459732452
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. 4.5 starsI absolutely loved this book. I hadn't heard of it before I picked it up but I definitely think this book needs some more attention. I haven't seen a lot of positive reviews for Finding Hope but I really enjoyed it. I thought the writing style was really great and the characters felt very believable. I liked how a big portion of this book centered about family and wasn't overly saturated in a romantic aspect like most YA books. I thought the poetry through out the book was really cool a [...]

    2. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Dundurn and NetGalley.)“I couldn’t handle the memories this clean. I needed a fix.”This was an okay YA contemporary story, but it felt a bit choppy.Hope was a good sister to Eric, even when he wasn’t nice to her. She went out of her way to give him food, clothes and cash, and he just threw it all back in her face.The storyline in this was about Hope starting at a new school and getting into trou [...]

    3. Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I find this book an okay read. It started off really good but as I go on I just started to lose my interest because the main characters annoyed the crap out of me. Let's say it tackles several issues on it like drug addiction, bullying and abuse but I can't stand how the characters tolerate them. They aren't perfect and commit mistakes, I get it. There are some things that I find really stupid. Like are you even THINKING? [...]

    4. I feel like this novel wasn't long enough to actually form an opinion on. I got no time to get to know the characters, root for them during their struggles, or care for their successes. I think I read that the author cut out like a third of this book and I'm trying to decide if introducing that chunk back in would make it better, or just draw out the story in a negative way.This is the story of Hope and Eric, a brother and sister each going through their own life trials, but the story centering [...]

    5. ***I received an eARC from Dundurn and Netgalley on a read-to-review basis. This does not influence my review in any way.*****4 out of 5 stars**Cover rating: 5 out of 5 stars!! **Covergasm!** I love the cover, and all the birds ( I’m guessing they’re ravens?) they have near the chapter headers! Or maybe it’s just because I love minimalistic designs. Genre: Young Adult, ContemporaryRecommended for: Everyone***THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.***TR [...]

    6. 4.5 stars! Everything about this book attracted me towards it, the minimalist cover, the blurb, the author and then the story. I first discovered this book on NetGalley and after seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I knew I had to request for this book, and luckily I got accepted. As it was a very short novel, I decided to start the book right away, without waiting for my exams to end. It was one of the best decisions I ever took.The story is narrated by two characters Eric, the drug addict [...]

    7. *** I received an ARC of this book from Dundurn and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.***I found the majority of this book very difficult to read. It isn't written badly by any means, but it deals with very dense subjects that are no laughing matter. I loved seeing the contrast between Hope and Eric. They both had very different life experiences, but they both felt a wide range of hurt and anger. They both felt just as passionate f [...]

    8. I received a digital copy of this book by Dundurn and NetGalley. 2.5/3, Finding Hope was just okay for me. I went into it with an open mind but unfortunately had such a hard time getting started. I couldn't relate to any of the characters and that was because everything happened SO fast. The chapters are from the two main characters POV, a sister and brother. The brother who is a meth addict and the sister who just wants him to get better. However, I couldn't find a true connection between them. [...]

    9. **Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn for the chance to read this ARC**4/5 StarsThis is the first Colleen Nelson book I have read and it definitely will not be the last. I loved the way that the story started as the introduction of the main characters was done really well. The way the characters spoke at the beginning, particularly Hope, really made for an interesting start. I enjoyed Colleen’s writing style and the character development of the main characters. Hope and her brother’s complex per [...]

    10. 2.75* After reading the reviews for 'Finding Hope' I feel as though I'm in the minority of people who didn't love it. On the positive side, it was a quick read, which was just want I needed whilst stuck in traffic and I thought the subject of the plot was great. I found it really interesting to see the effects of addiction on both the addict and on those close to them. I think the main thing I didn't love about this book was that I didn't find myself warming to the characters at all. I found the [...]

    11. *A copy of this book was provided to me by Dundurn Press*\I enjoyed this book. I enjoy reading about topics such as mental illness, bullying, addiction and abuse. I think It'd be fascinating to read the 40,000 words that were edited out and know more about the situations within the story. Each chapter was very short and I appreciated that but would've loved to know more about the characters and their story. Full review: alexatalksbooks/20

    12. If you want to read a well-written, hard-hitting portrait of meth addiction in teenagers, please read Beneath A Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson. Or, if you're feeling like a bit of poetry and you don't mind an author mining her daughter's life for fiction material (ahem), Crank by Ellen Hopkins is a perennial favorite with teens. We definitely need more books about the repercussions of drug abuse in teen lit, but just because they're needed doesn't mean that what we get is necessarily good.It's [...]

    13. Read this review at Brilliant BookshelfNetgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Finding Hope was a quick read for me, as I finished it in a few hours. I appreciated the book’s themes, but thought it was an okay read.The book deals with a variety of controversial themes, such as drug addiction, bullying and sexual abuse. Because of this, Finding Hope might not be everybody’s cup of tea. I was pleasantly surprised that the author decided to tackle these issues, [...]

    14. 4 Hope and Eric Stars!!I really loved this book! Quite different in its own way and that's what I loved about it! :)The Gist : The books is about Eric and Hope who are siblings. Eric is addicted to drugs and Hope is troubled at her boarding school because of some of her school mates. The book shows how they fight, run away and then help each other to get out of their problems. [I won't give more as I don't want to give spoikers.] My Views: The book has dual POV. Yeah, just like in Eleanor & [...]

    15. 3.5 starsAnd yes, I read this in January, but my work kept me away from and books in general, so review is posted only now.Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.So the story runs about "just a small town girl, living in the lonely world", Hope, her very problematic brother, Eric + drug addiction, bullying, sexual abuse and more. When I started reading, I thought that I'll like this book because stories about problematic teens growing up is definitely my cup o [...]

    16. I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. It was a dark edgy contemporary read, and really liked it. It was about a girl named Hope, who studies in a boarding school. It was interesting see her struggles with her family and friends, and especially her boyfriend. It's a story about trust, and family. There are multiple issues that occur through the book, such as the online boyfriend, Devon. The characters are so complex and different. It is intriguing to see the differen [...]

    17. (I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)I felt quite sorry for Hope in this at points, but I didn't love her character.This was slightly confusing at first, because the POV changes between Hope and her brother changed every few pages, so it felt quite jumpy. It got better as it went on though, and it was an okay read overall.

    18. 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 Ho [...]

    19. Actual raiting: 4.5 stars.First things first: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.The book comes out March 19th. And you should really check it out.Before I tell you more about the book I want to mention a few trigger warnings, just in case a few things about the book will be bad for you. There is drug abuse, there is mention of sexual assault and there is bullying involved in the story. So be careful of that.So let's start with the review. There are some spoilers. I couldn't review [...]

    20. Intense!Finding Hope seriously had my emotions all over the place. When I started the book, I noticed it was somewhat short and I was worried it wouldn't make an impact on me if the story wasn't fully fleshed out. Well, I was wrong, and am honestly impressed with the way the author delivered the intensity of abuse and how it affects the user, as well as the lives of everyone around that person. I liked that the story was told in two POVs, taking us inside the heads of both siblings. It was obvio [...]

    21. 3.25 stars.I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Finding Hopemay have started off a little bumpy, but it improved drastically as I continued reading. The beginning was unclear and confusing, but I began to enjoy the book more as the character's began to develop. Overall, I did like it, but there were too many flaws to bump it to a four star rating.The Characters The characters are what really did this book for me. Both Eric and Hope developed as the story prog [...]

    22. 3.5 starsReceived this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Wowza this book is small in terms of pages but HUGE in terms of subject matter. If you are looking for a light YA book, this is not the book for you. This book deals with sexual abuse, bullying, mean pranks and drug addiction.In Finding Hope, Colleen Nelson tells the story of two siblings: Hope and Eric. The book is told through both of their points of view. This really worked for me. I liked how we learn about each c [...]

    23. Thank you NetGalley and Dundurn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Hope and Eric - brother and sister with some serious problems.Hope is an outcast who can't find friends, and the only thing that keep her sane is her poetry. The only way for her to have a better life is to get out of her hometown.Eric is Hope's big brother. He used to be a hockey player with a great future. But then something happened and he started using meth. Now he has no future, no family, no home. When H [...]

    24. 3.5/5*Starting off this book I was a little unsure if I was going to like it at all. I wasn't a fan of the beginning and how it all started. The book itself felt a little choppy. The POV's were the "chapters" and most of them super short so it kind of threw me off at times.☽ Eric:I did not like Eric 80% of the book. Yes he was a druggie and his behaviors were "normal" for a drug addict. But something about it kind of bothered me. I did however start to feel for him as we learned about his past [...]

    25. An Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) was provided by Netgalley in exchange of an honest review---- This review was so painful to write and I am sorry but I think this book isn’t really for me. I am having a hard time getting into the story and it was so frustrating.I think the book was well written, but in my own opinion, dual or alternating 1st person point of view is not suitable for this Finding Hope. 1st off, because it seems like Eric and Hope’s point of view aren’t connected with each ot [...]

    26. I got this book as an advanced reader copy from Netgalley - thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity. This is the first fiction Netgalley book I've given five stars to. If you like YA fiction then you really need to check this out! I loved the author's writing style - very easy read, a real page turner. I connected deeply with Hope; I think every teenage girl goes through a stage of ostracism and the author really captures the emotion that surrounds this so perfectly. For such a [...]

    27. Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn for a copy of this book.The story of this book revolves around Hope, a teenage girl who is being shipped out of her small town and off to an exclusive boarding school, and her older brother Eric, a drug addict who was recently kicked out of his home. It deals with the relationship that the siblings have, especially with how the sister is the brother’s only hope (pun not intended, I swear to God), the only person who takes care of him.Once Hope is off to boarding [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this book. Sad as it was, dealing with a meth junkie and bullying. I especially loved the poems that the character, Hope, wrote. This is definitely a YA book that I think all young adults should read. I, as an adult, appreciated it as well. There was some teenage angst but not so much that I gave up on the characters. I truly felt for these characters. Both trying to deal with common teenage issues in their own way. Eric, of course, had to have lots of help and I love the way Ho [...]

    29. Realistic, Dark, Captivating, Moving, Edgy & Realistic! A Beautifully Poetic, Deep Read! I Loved It!

    30. 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 [...]

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