Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a scholarship, and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant. Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth they once found in each other.
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This book truly had the potential to be a 5 star book. There are just a few things that detracted from the story. I wished there had been a couple more chapters at the end. For so long it felt like the story was headed o...more
This is one of those situations when I hate the blurb. I wasn't planing on reading it but it was at the beginning of the book so I read it. What do I hate it? Because it reveals too much. I wish some things are left secret like pregnancy. The book is mostly what you see in the...more
Sydney and Alex are typical high school kids, preparing for graduation with big dreams of college and, for Alex, a mission. Then they discover that Syd is pregnant.
Hope's Journey is an unflinching look at the very real consequences of such a situation. Told from alternating POV's of both Alex and Syd, you can't help but be completely drawn into their drama. Even if you want to throttle both of them at times for stupid deci...more
The emotions portrayed are raw and very honest. The book follows both Alex and Sydney's point of view. Each chapter alternates between the two. It is very frank in dealing with the many issues and social aspects of teens dealing with pregnancy and the fallout of family and friends. I could pi...more
[Hope's Journey is a wonderful book that gives an honest look at the power of carnal appetites and its consequences. But of course, also the greater power of God's influence. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and I think you will too.]
I would venture to say that it is innate in us to seek after a mate. The teenage years seem to be the stage for the practical draft of that quest. Physical and biological changes during these tender years allow for exploration of all sorts of emotions, including c...more
I'm going to get the litt...more
The alternating perspectives were good and I liked the corresponding weeks of Sydney's pregnancy. It was nice to see where Sydney and Alex were as they worked through...more
Except, for Sydney, something is missing. On the outside, she appears to have it all: a confident tomboy who has more guy friends than girl friends, and an energetic, outgoing personality. On top of that, she is very smart, has received multiple scholarship offers and has her pick as to which college she'll attend. But, on the inside...more
Hope's Journey is a book that will leave a lasting impression in your mind and heart long after you are done reading. For me it was sad in the beginning because it was easily what could and does happen to so many youth. As the story progressed I could literally feel the heart wrenching experiences and feelings both Alex and Sydney were going through. This is not an easy read because it tackles the issue of teenage pregnancy, the r...more
The moment that I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I don't completely recall how I came across Hope's Journey; just that I ended up on Stephanie's website and that I left her a comment saying that I would be delighted to read it and write a review. What I didn't realize until after I'd left the message was that the post was seeking people from the U.S. I was not offended, but being from Canada I put this out of my mind and got back to doing other t...more
In Hope's Journey, we are introduced to Sydney Steele, a girl who has it all---tons of friends, good looks, and lots of scholarships to consider as soon as high school ends. Until the day she finds out she’s pregnant. Then everything changes.
Her boyfriend, Alex Hastings, is a tall handsome boy with just as much going for him. He’s planning to serve a mission for the LDS church, planning to go to college, and planning for a future. A fut...more
It's not just another YA romance. Sydney is a straight A student and very active in the LDS faith. Alex plans to serve an LDS mission.
At the beginning, I thought this would be a difficult rea...more
That said, Hope's Journey is an emotional rollercoaster told from both perspectives, which was refreshing and g...more
The ending is a tad bittersweet to me, because it had a "happ...more
The portrayal of feelings from both these kids as they face an unwanted pregnancy was very compelling and realistic. It was interesting to read about how each of them dealt with the changes that would happen in their lives because of this pregnancy.
For the most part, it was well-written. A little too much telling and not enough showing for m...more
Sydney and Alex could be any teenage high school students, anywhere. Their story isn't a new one, but you will find yourself caught up in their world of first love, mistakes and consequences. The struggle they face with the knowledge of an unwanted pregnancy pulled at my heartstrings. As a reader, I loved seeing the journey turn from despair to hope. Especially wi...more