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Call Me Hope

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  998 ratings  ·  200 reviews
As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support te...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2007)
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Kerry Cerra
Eleven-year old Hope Elliot takes a lot of abuse, but being called hopeless, or sworn at doesn’t hurt nearly as much as being called stupid. What’s worse, it’s her own mom who hurls these insults at Hope on a daily basis. Sadly, Hope is so used to it, she’s learned to live in her bedroom, tiptoe around the house when Mom’s home, and never, ever ask her mom for anything. That is, until the permission slips for sixth grade Outdoor School are handed out. Hope’s been dreaming about the five day camp...more
Gretchen Olson
Thank you for the gratifying response to my book, Call Me Hope. I am pleased it is reaching deep into readers' hearts & souls.

My goal was to acquaint readers, as young as possible, with the insidious nature of verbal abuse. I have yearned to sweep children into my arms after I've witnessed parents yelling, swearing, and humiliating them in public; I have wanted to wipe their tears and assure them that they are NOT dumb shits, stupid, worthless, idiots; to assure them that they are valuable...more
Tori
in my opinion, this book was one of the best I have ever read. It was tense dramatic, terrifying, and funny all at one. The story is about a teenage girl who endures verbal, and sometimes physical abuse by her mother, all the while her older brother is just a bystander. This issue is extremely relatable to many girls, and even boys in our society today. This book was literally heart breaking because of the negative and degrading language Hope's mother uses in order to talk to her daughter. The s...more
Anna
Mar 22, 2008 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone basically, but it is more of a girl's book.
This is a great book! The author works for the "Hands and Words are Not For Hurting" project (or at least I think that's what it's called) which fights against verbal and physical abuse. Something I thought was interesting about this book was that it was about verbal abuse. For most people, whenever they hear the words "child abuse," they think physical abuse. But really verbal abuse has just as much impact on the child. Words can hurt just as much.

This book is about a girl named Hope who lives...more
Emma
This was one of those "Couldn't put down books." The kind you read before class and on the way home from school. I was not excited about having to read the Oregon Battle of the Books, books in 6th grade, but I'm glad I did because I got to read one book I really loved, Call Me Hope.
Leslie
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V. Gingerich
The story of Hope (sometimes called Hopeless) revolves around the diary of Anne Frank, which is really cool. I loved the way the author worked in some Holocaust history and wove two very different story lines together. And I have to say, Hope's teacher was awesome!

Hope is the victim of verbal abuse. The parts where Hope's mom cussed her out and called her names didn't make me the saddest, though. What made me saddest was how pitifully pleased Hope was when someone said someone nice to her. Hones...more
Gabby
Hope Elliot is twelve years old, and she suffers verbal abuse ... from her mother. "Call Me Hope" tells of Hope's sixth-grade year as she is called "stupid," "hopeless," and cursed at by her mother, works at a second-hand store, and begs her unforgiving mother figure to allow her to go to Outdoor School.

I read this book over the summer, and have reread it again and again. Although this book is really sad, I really enjoyed the way it was written. It's really, really frustrating because Hope begs...more
124maya
I love and hated this book at the same time. I loved the little girl, Hope, and adored her for being so strong. Hope is in the 6th grade and she is at the top of her school. Her mother is abusive, but not in the way you would think. Her mother abuses her vebally. These horrible words leave Hope trying to practically live in her closet trying to escape them. Hope imagines running away from home everyday to live with someone nicer, whether they are from her school or the shop she loves to go to, N...more
Taney Hennick
I thought it was a very frustrating story because she would not tell her mom to stop calling her bad words like stupid and many more mean words to her. But i also thought it a very good book. And that a lot of things that happened to her a normal sixth grade girl would not have to pass through that like her mom not letting her go to outdoor school and calling her hopeless instead of her real name:Hope or having to buy your own boots since your mom would not help you with it or not letting her co...more
Emma H.
Call Me Hope is an inspirational book about a 12-year-old girl named Hope Elliot. Hope has the life of any average sixth grade student. She rides the bus to Eola Hills Grade school in Washington, has friends, does her homework, and gets along well with her older brother Tyler. There is only one problem with her life. Hope is under constant pressure from her mother, who verbally abuses her nearly every day. To cope with the constant name-calling and putting down, Hope creates a point system for e...more
Jill
"Call Me Hope" is probably my favorite book of all times. The first time I read it (2nd grade) it became the first book to ever make me cry, from happiness of corse. I love Hope some much. Just like Hope, I love Anne Frank. I love how the story takes place with them learning about Anne and them seeing Life is Beauitful(a movie I really, really want to see now.). I'm also inspired by Hope's point system. It's very clever and very creative, it would help many people if they knew about it. I could...more
Sarena
Call Me Hope is a touching and inspiring story about the power of courage, strength, and hope. Sixth-grader Hope Elliot struggles with being verbally abused by her mother while her older brother receives normal treatment. Though she often wants to run away, she always picks herself back up and fights through the pain, showing that even an eleven-year-old can find the determination and hope to stay strong. The book is sad, but teaches a very valuable lesson that everyone could learn from.
Anyce Paul-Emile
Do you want to read a book that makes you really think about life, and wounder how other people live? A book that can make you feel like your the character making a decision on what to do? If this is the kind of book you want to read, then this is the book for you. This is a fictional book that can touch your heart.
This story takes place sometime around the 21st century, in a small town. It is about a 6th grader who is struggling at home with a mean mother. She is trying to do her best not to...more
Vivian
I really enjoyed this book. I have read Call me hope many times, but recently joined this site and felt the urge to write a review. Cal me hope is one of my favorite books that I read and re-read multiple times. The characters, setting and plot all seem so vivid & real. I have also met the author,Gretchen Olsen because she visited my school & local library.
This book is about Hope Ellieot a young girl who faces many challenges including verbal abuse by her mother. She is I'm the sixth gr...more
Mehsi
Not a long review, but just a review to express my feelings and thoughts.

This was a stunning book. About a girl being verbally abused by her mom, and for most of the book, nobody does a thing. Even though most do know that it isn't going all that well with Hope and her family. Her brother even knows about it, but just silently cheers for Hope, and does nothing more. :(

I loved Hope, though at times you really noticed she was a kid. Like selling your mom's prom dress? Are you serious? I can imagin...more
Sushin Dahal
It was so interesting and also sad. I at least cried ten times while reading this book, and this could have happened to anyone, sadly.
Cindy Hudson
Hope Marie Elliot is eleven years old and in sixth grade. She has a lot to hope for: that her verbally abusive mother will stop calling her stupid and making her feel as though everything she does is wrong, and that she will get to go to Outdoor School at the end of the school year. But Hope is aptly named, and while her mother's insults continue unabated, she begins to form a refuge for herself. She throws her energy into school work and takes on a challenging project related to Anne Frank's di...more
Elyssa
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Alexa
Hope, a middle school girl, is being verbally abused by her mother. The only problem with Hope is that she doesn't want to stand up for herself and tell her mom how much she is hurting her. Instead she makes a point chart. Every time her mom calls her a name she adds 50 points. Every time her mom swears she adds 250 points and so on. By the end of each day Hope gets at least 1,000 points. Hope spends her time down the street at a local store where she can be away from her mom. She has been savin...more
6yolanda
The main character is a girl called Hope. She lives in a very small town with her mother and her older brother. She has no friends her age only 2 adult friends and 1 young adult friend. Well, the young adult is actually is an adult. She is 19. I call 18 and 19 year-olds, young adults. She lives a very quiet and boring life. She doesn't really talk to her mom when she home, but when she does her mom does keep the conversation going. And whenever she talks to her older brother, who is I think is...more
Kate
Hope is excited about 6th grade. She's heard about the legendary Outdoor School event and she is thrilled that she will soon take part in this ritual. Her teacher has chosen some interesting books for them to read, and she has discovered a secondhand shop run by kind people who allow her a chance to earn her way to get a pair of much needed boots.

But what Hope wishes for more than anything -- perhaps even more than Outdoor School -- is that her mother would stop calling her "stupid" and "dumbs**...more
KT Malec
There is a lot I have to say about this book.


For starters, its one of my favorites of all time. This is surprising enough, as I am generally into Fantasy and Adventure novels. Usually, I'm not big on Realistic Fiction.

But this was more than Realistic Fiction for me.

In my mind, I'm eleven. It was pretty much an amazing age for me. This helped me connect with Hope. Hope is a person. Nothing extraordinary marks her. And yet, at the same time, there is something special about her. She thinks a lot a...more
Anna
Call Me Hope
By Gretchen Olson
Hope is an ordinary girl, who listens in school, does her homework, and is the student any teacher could wish for. So, why is she unhappy?
Well, here's the thing. She is being verbally abused, and she can't stop it. The bully is unstoppable, words flying from her stinging mouth. When Hope can't go to Outdoor school, life seems over for Hope. She doesn't know what to do about the bully, or about Outdoor school. Why not? The bully is her mother.
Mrs.Houck
Hope is in 6th grade and lives with her brother and single mother. Her school regularly takes 6th graders to an Outdoor School in the spring, and she is greatly looking forward to it. What she doesn't let people know, however, is that her mother is constantly yelling at her, belittling her and generally being verbally abusive. When she spots a pair of hiking boots in a second hand store, she tries to figure out how she can earn the money to pay for them while staying on her mother's good side. S...more
Brandi Rae
In many ways, I found this to be an incredibly sad and touching book. Many kids, like Hope, don't even realize that being called stupid, hopeless, dumb, loser or being sweared at or talked to with sarcasm is verbal abuse; causing it to become one of those problems that exists, but not acknowledged. When not confronted, it can lead to other issues, such as depression.

Hope was a great character who was able to find support both in books and from the people around her, and I think that her situatio...more
Hailey
This book is about a girl who was verbally abused by her mom. Verbal abuse can be just as painful, in my opinion, as physical abuse. She did everything she could to try to get along with her mom but I guess it wasn't enough. Hope was an eight year old girl and at school was studying the Holocaust and learned about his one boy who kept a point system and then got a suprise when he reached 500 points. He got points for being quiet and strong. His prize was to see his mom with a tank, the tank happ...more
Fabrizio6
Christina-Call Me Hope-Gretchen Olson- I loved this book because it was very descriptive and well written. In this book a girl finds the courage to stand up to a bully. She has no one to talk to because the bully is her mother!Her verbally abusive mother can't accept her daughter for who she is. Hope, the girl finds herself fighting her mom for the chance to go to outdoor school, the annual school field trip. Between trips to the consignment shop and school, she has a challenging family life too...more
Dalymar Leyva
Mar 26, 2012 Dalymar Leyva is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I just began reading is called "Call Me Hope" by Gretchen Olson. This book is very intense. The main character is a young girl named Hope Marie Elliot. She has been put through a lot by her mother,Darlene Delilah Elliot. Her mother,Darlene, treats her like complete trash. She starts insulting Hope with alot of negative comments. Basically, her mother abusese Hopey verbally. For example, in chapter 2, Darlene started, "Hope's been driving me nuts. She doesn't do anything. She's so S...more
Alice
I think that the message in this book is very important: get help when you are in trouble. This is especially great advice for children who are also experiencing abuse as Hope is. However, Hope as a character is not very believable. First, there's the inconsistency with the obsession with numbers (I thought it was because she only did that in times of stress, but as the book progressed, she used her labelling numbers as good or bad less). Second, the story doesn't feel like it's from a sixth gra...more
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