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Something Like Hope

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  400 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr. Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns eighteen. Shavonne tells him the truth about her crack-addicted mother, the ...more
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Published December 28th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Matt Blackstone
SOMETHING LIKE HOPE isn't an ordinary book and it isn't about ordinary people. The protagonist, Shavonne, isn't ordinary (a 17 year old mother in juvenille prison), neither is her newest shrink (crass, comedic, lonely) and neither is his name (Mr. Delpopolo). Her guard is neither ordinary nor fair (Ms. Choi taunts Shavonne so she'll snap and Ms. Choi has reason to beat her). Her baby doesn't belong to her, her face is battered and bloody, and her deranged roommate is now obsessed with geese. Sha ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
I’ve read quite a few books recently that teachers and librarians should have in their libraries, but Something Like Hope is the first book I’ve read in a while that, if I had the money, I’d buy for all of my teaching friends to read and include in their libraries. Some of us may not have a student like Shavonne right now (that we know of), but who’s to say we won’t in the future. Shawn Goodman wrote this poignant novel in response to his experiences working in juvenile detention facilities. Unf ...more
I’m not sure how to encourage you to read a book where, at the end, pretty much the best thing you can say about the main character’s future is that at least at this moment she is not a crack addict like her mother.


You should read it anyway, because every one of the characters is just... phenomenal.

There’s the completely sadistic Ms. Choi, waging a silent battle with nature-loving, made-helpless-by-the-system guard Cyrus. There’s the therapist Delpopolo, who has a whole Ordinary People mee
Andrew Hicks
Something Like Hope accomplished a feat very few books can boast - it made me cry. It was a surprise cry, too, a sneak attack that happened at the very end of a narrative chock full of living human byproducts of abandonment, injustice and bleak despair. It’s a sad reality, the one in this book. It’ll make you feel grateful for what you have, mournful for what you’ve been through and protective of your loved ones. All that, and it’s less than 200 pages long. Which, to be sure, is always a bless ...more
Young adult fiction is not a genre I generally seek out, given my lack of interest in vampires or teen romance. Something like Hope (Delacorte Press/Random House) is not what I expected of teen fiction. It's a haunting story of Shavonne, who has been in "juvie" all her teenage years. Based on Shawn Goodman's own experiences working within New York State juvenile detention facilities, it's a coming of age story that breaks your heart open to the possibility of hope for someone who has had the car ...more
Jenni Frencham
Shavonne is in juvenile detention and is rapidly approaching her eighteenth birthday. She is hoping to be released on her birthday and to take custody of her three-year old daughter. She wants to get on with her life and put the past behind her. But she has a lot of work to do before she can get there, and the other girls at the detention center aren't making things easy for her. It's difficult for Shavonne to feel any hope when she is surrounded by so much despair.

This was an interesting look
Dr. Delpopolo finally breaks Shavonne, -mentally and emotionally. She finally realizes that she can’t choose what happens to her, but to just accept it.
Out of 5, I rate this book at 4.5 and would recommended it to younger victims of abuse because the book is really all about that. Or to someone who is doing research about the behavior of abused victims.
Text-to-Self: The connection I've had is that just like Shavonne, I also try to plan things out a certain way. I say I have it under control,
 Imani ♥ ☮
I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover (which is basically what I'm doing) but I just couldn't bring myself to read this. I think I'm being biased. But after reading the inside cover jacket, I resolved that I wasn't going to read it.

You see, I'm not really into pity books. I can read them SOMETIMES but only if the character is actually worth reading about. That's just not what I do. And I also hate inspirational movies and stuff. You know, like the Blind Side (yuck). Or some other crap wh
17 yr old Shavonne has been living in juvenile detention centers since junior high. When the story begins Shavonne is getting in trouble for fighting with one of the guards. She's also meeting her new counselor, Mr Delpoplo for the first time. It takes time but Mr Delpoplo but is the first adult Shavonne as trusted in awhile.

Shavonee is dealing with a lot, including regret and loss. Her mother is addicted to drugs and her fathers in jail and that's why she isn't with her parents. I simply don't
Shawn Goodman does a fantastic, if not frightening job of telling the story of Shavonne, a teenager in a female juvenile detention center. He does not hide anything about how scary it can be, especially with the guards and fellow in-mates. The authors work as a psychologist in several New York juvenile detention facilities has been brought forth in this work of realistic fiction.

Shavonne is a tough girl who has lived a life that no child should ever have to experience. Her childhood in foster ca
Cornelius Edmond
First off, I would just like to say that this book was extremely disturbing to me, at times, simply because I did not know that residing in a mental institution could be this harsh and appalling. And yes, the author of Something Like Hope - Shawn Goodman spent most of his adult life working at several juvenile and mental institutions in New York as a psychologist, which is what inspired him to write Something Like Hope. So I am pretty sure, most of the events that occurred in this book had at le ...more
Sterlyn Slater
Something Like Hope is a disaster fiction book written by Shawn Goodman. this book was taken place at a youth rehabilitation center with the main character being Shavonne. her last name is not revealed in the story. This story has been to an entirely different extreme that a normal young adult book usually has and held nothing back.

Even though Shavonne has been places that we couldn't imagine, she managed to stay alive through every single challenge. Being 17 trapped in a harsh environment has
17 year old Shavonne is no ordinary teenager. She was born to a crack addicted mother and a father who wasn’t really around because he was in prison. “He was in jail when I was born. Drugs, I think. Other stuff too….” p142. She’s been in and out of foster care since the age of 6, when her mom abandoned her and her little brother to go get high. It’s the last time she ever saw her. Now, Shavonne is in a juvenile detention center, among a bunch of other girls her age who are either pregnant or men ...more
The genre in which Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman is categorized in, is fiction. The story is very tragic, though for some people it is reality. The story is told by 17-year-old Shavonne, who is locked up in juvenile. She does not know what she wants with her life, neither does she know how to deal with her past. Her life is a mess, and it does not get better by burying oneself in tragic thoughts. And maybe there is not really a decent life waiting for her outside her room?! I believe the ...more
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
Goodman delivers another great novel that focuses on revealing the plight of young teens locked away in the system: juvenile detention centres. Similar to Kindness for Weakness, this story presents the main character of Shavonne. Angry, isolated, manipulated and hopeless, we are introduced to Shavonne after shen has assaulted a teacher in the centre, and is in lock-down and forced to speak to yet another counsellor. But, Mr. Delpopolo is different; he helps Shavonne on her journey to confront he ...more
Sad, raw, and frank. Book aside, I like that Shawn Goodman has been an active part of this type of environment.
Wow. Sad, but inspiring and insightful. Really makes you think about the systems in place to punish, "help", and "protect" people. Also makes you think about the way we treat humans, and how they should be treated regardless of past. Made me think about the butterfly effect and how much one event or person can impact the rest of your life. For once I actually liked the uncertain not definite ending. It gave hope, but didn't make it unrealistic or perfect, just hopeful and a glimpse of happiness ...more
Cheriece Holman
I'm not really the type of person to read but this book I could Connect to it. This book is good for young teens. It was about A 17 year old who was in juvenile. She had a kid but she couldn't take care of here because the position that she was in. She had problems in juvenile connecting with the counselor that was sent to help her. She got in alot of trouble she stole lied ect. I find her story interesting. I really do recommend this book if you want a book to connect with and its not very lon ...more
Jade Samaroo

3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jade Sarah by: herself.
Recommended for: Anyone who likes self-help and psychology books.
Read from: September 9th to September 22 2014.

I chose to read, Something Like Hope by Sean Goodman, because it is in the category of self-help and psychology. When I get older I would like to be a psychologist, so this is a good read for me, because it helps me better understand what it's like to be one of these people who need help, mentally and emotionally.

What I was
Shavonne has been living in foster care and detention centers almost her entire life. She's currently getting ready to turn 18, which means a change in placement is likely. While she'd really like to strike out on her own and raise her daughter (who has been in foster care for the past three years), she can't seem to get her act together. She picks fights with the guards and is resistant to therapy. She's seen so many other girls up against similar odds and knows that these stories rarely end we ...more
The story that Shawn Goodman tells isn't a happy one, but it is ultimately hopeful. 17-year-old Shavonne spent her early childhood with her crack-addicted mother and, when she was six, was the primary caretaker of her infant brother. After an unspecified incident involving her brother, for which she blames herself, Shavonne spent time in foster homes, psychiatric wards, and ultimately, a juvenile detention center. The bulk of the story takes place in this center, where Shavonne has learned to su ...more
Before school let out in June, I amassed a pile of about 30 books to read during summer break. My goal was to expand my humorous, buzz, and multi-cultural repertoire for booktalks in the fall. "Something Like Hope" actually has a black teen on the cover - not always easy to find - is the winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for a Young Adult Novel, received starred reviews, and appears on many "Best" lists. It ended up in my pile as a result. Though it has been around for awhile (published in 201 ...more
Randy Russell
From BOOKLIST (Starred Review):

Smart, angry, and desperate, Shavonne, 17, is in juvenile detention again, and in her present-tense, first-person narrative, she describes the heartbreaking brutality that she suffered before she was locked up, as well as the harsh treatment, and sometimes the kindness, she encounters in juvie. With a mother who is a crack-addicted prostitute and a father she never knew who died in prison, she was sent into the foster-care system as a young child. One foster mothe
Dana Davis-avants
Shawn Goodman certainly writes from his experiences. This book is an honest look at our present juvenile detention system and what works and the things that are horribly wrong with it through the eyes of a girl named Shavonne. Shavonne is a seventeen year old child who is placed in the juvenile detention system after being in foster care at a young age due to her anger against all that she has encounered in her life. Her mother a drug addict, her father who died in prison, a brother thought to b ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Margaret rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Struggling young people and the adults who work with them.
Recommended to Margaret by: Todd
Something Like Hope came to me from my son-in-law, who knows its author, Shawn Goodman. Goodman, always interested in writing, came to his subject from his own work as a school psychologist in a juvenile detention center for girls. Goodman got this, his first novel, published by winning the 2009 Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel.

The book offers a sympathetic insider’s view of how things are in “juvie.” Goodman writes a first person narrative in the voice of Shavonne, a seventee
Sheryl Sorrentino
To call Something Like Hope an incredibly beautiful and moving story would be an understatement. Shawn Goodman has used his firsthand experience as a school psychologist, and his work in New York State juvenile detention facilities, to deliver a heartrending, three-dimensional picture of life in “the system,” while giving his seventeen-year-old protagonist, Shavonne, a profoundly authentic, credible and convincing voice. Even more disturbing than the childhood atrocities suffered by Shavonne is ...more
Rheetha Lawlor
I figured this would be another detention facility and the understandable angst that comes with it. It is that book. The therapist, though, was the really interesting character for me. I guess I never really considered the issues of therapists and what they may be dealing with, and then have to try and fix other people's problems. It makes me respect them all the more, wink wink dear husband. Another interesting point I never thought about was the corrections officers. In my only knowledge of th ...more
High interest, low level, very quick read. Shavonne, the main character, has spent the last several years of her teenage life in a juvenile facility, unable to reconcile with her past and what may lie ahead for her. Shavonne has become hardened by the abuse of her childhood and the abuse she endures at the facility, which has caused her to lose her own child to foster care and to be weary of any person who may try to develop any type of relationship with her.

Shavonne sees her new counselor, Mr.
Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman is a fictional book about an eighteen year old girl named Shavonne who is in a juvenile detention facility, for her bad behavior. Shavonne has done it all stolen, fought, ran away you name it. Everything a reckless teenager could get into. While struggling to get out of juvey she also faces losing her baby girl Jasmine to her foster mom. Thinking that she’s on her own Shavonne ends up trusting no one, but her new counselor Mr. Delpopolo who proves to her tha ...more
One of the most compelling YA novels I've read. This is about a girl living in a "center" for girls who've committed crimes. When you find out about Shavonne's background, it makes you want to cry. When you see her strength, you want to cheer for the resiliency of the human spirit. It is full of curse words but they are there for a reason and make her first person account sound very realistic and believable.
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