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Hope's Journey

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews

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.

Paperback, 282 pages
Published July 10th 2011 by Bonneville
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Jul 27, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
The author did a fabulous job capturing the emotions and thoughts of her characters. I could relate to what they were going through, connected with them and felt for them. When done reading I kept thinking about the story. I felt like I had learned something by reading this book.

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
Apr 29, 2012 Shelah rated it liked it
Stephanie Worlton's novel Hope's Journey, follows the story of Alex and Sydney, high school seniors living in the Salt Lake valley. Sydney is trying to choose between her many scholarship offers. Alex is planning to spend the year biding his time at college while he prepares for his mission. And they're both trying to "be good"-- which they're finding really hard to do since they're completely in love with each other and overwhelmingly attracted to each other. In fact, they've already slipped up ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Misty rated it it was amazing
Beautifully, achingly honest, Hope's Journey is a realistic exploration of a teenage pregnancy. Written from an LDS perspective, Worlton emphasizes what a taboo subject this can be in LDS circles, how cruel and prideful we can be without realizing it, and how our snap judgements of others can be so very unfair and unwise besides. Told through both Sydney and Alex's points of view, she explores subjects such as worth, worthiness, insecurity, accepting change, forgivness, and repentence. Her chara ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Jinky rated it it was amazing
[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
Nov 30, 2011 L_manning rated it really liked it
Sydney and Alex have their lives all planned out, and things are running smooth. Mostly. Everything changes when Sydney discovers she's pregnant. They both have to deal with their own struggles of seeing their dreams shattered. Sydney and Alex must figure out their paths separately, something they never thought would happen. In doing this, they must also figure out if their futures involve each other. The only sure thing is that nothing will be as they planned it to be.

I'm going to get the litt
Alice Gold
This book is one I plan to bookmark for future use. It needs to be read by kids who are dealing with teenage pregnancy (both male and female) but I think it is also inspirational for all people who struggle with having self-worth or who have made bad decisions that they need to find a way past. I really want my girls to read it as I hope it will help them to understand their infinite worth as daughters of God, which will hopefully help them make good decisions. Relating one's own self-worth with ...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
First of I want to apologize for not reading this book earlier. I got this book a while ago and I was waiting this whole time to read it. At the other hand that's a good thing as I'm reading contemporary books these days.

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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Apr 01, 2012 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Sydney and Alex are high school sweethearts anxious for graduation. When they discover that Sydney is pregnant, they realize that their future is likely to be very different than the one they originally imagined. How they come to terms with their faith, their relationship and that future is a very different journey for each of them.

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
Cindy C Bennett
Feb 27, 2012 Cindy C Bennett rated it it was amazing
Wow, this has to be one of the most honest books I've read in a long time!

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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Hopes Journey is an emotional roller coaster. The story deals with teen pregnancy and the many issues that teens (even some adults) navigate through when dealing with a "woopsy" (as my dad likes to call it).

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
Dec 12, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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A. R.
Mar 20, 2012 A. R. rated it liked it
I was really intrigued with this story...mostly because in LDS fiction you seldom see the LDS person making the mistakes...and these two kids made mistakes.

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
Stacy Carroll
Jan 23, 2015 Stacy Carroll rated it it was amazing
An emotion-packed roller coaster ride! I loved that this book was so true to life. It was real. It was genuine. And it wasn't nice and fluffy. I wasn't expecting to get to hear both sides of the story, but I loved how the author went back and forth between the teen who found herself pregnant and her boyfriend. It was very cool to follow the journey they both took as they found themselves at rock bottom, and had to climb their way back up and seek forgiveness. I loved that this story was not abou ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I'm lucky enough to know this author and count her as a friend. I found this book very moving, often reading it through my tears. I knew that this was based off of Steph's own experience and so it was an emotional read for me. I had a little trouble getting into it at first (told ya I'd be honest Steph!) and trying to read it as a book instead of as if it were Steph's own journal, but then it really took off for me and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I really enjoyed it and am SO pr ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Mindy rated it really liked it
At times I was frustrated with Alex, but I did see the necessary journey for both characters. Alex's mother was unbelievable, those cruel things she said, placing all the blame on Sydney. It has a very valuable lesson about placing judgement on others, really made me think how cruel people can be. Honestly, my favorite part of the book was the Epilogue with Damon and the Author's Note.
Kathy Coleman
May 14, 2012 Kathy Coleman rated it really liked it
My Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3

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
MaryAnn Dennis
Oct 27, 2011 MaryAnn Dennis rated it it was amazing
blurb--"The seemingly perfect worlds of Sydney and Alex, high school sweethearts on the brink of graduation come crashing down around them when they learn that Sydney is pregnant. They face separate journeys of self-discovery and loneliness as they try to rebuild their individual lives and shattered dreams."

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
Sep 08, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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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
Maria Hoagland
Apr 06, 2012 Maria Hoagland rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2012 I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat} rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Hope's Journey is about two seniors in high school: Alex and his girlfriend Sydney. They are in love, and have such a sweet, tender relationship.

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
Nov 09, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
If I could give half stars, I'd definitely give this one 3.5

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
Feb 25, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Hope's Journey starts out like any other book of high school seniors living their lives. I liked the group of friends that hang out and appear to know each other very well. Main characters, Syd and Alex, (both active members of the LDS church) are not only best friends, but also boyfriend and girlfriend. Many of the challenges that young people face are intertwined in this story of young love. The issue of morality plays strong in this story. This novel shows that ALL kids, religious or not are ...more
Danyelle Ferguson
Dec 14, 2011 Danyelle Ferguson rated it liked it
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Rachel Larsen
Nov 02, 2011 Rachel Larsen rated it it was ok
I found the book to be just ok. I was a bit disappointed in that it wasn't so much of a journey as much as it was a catalog of events. Just your basic this happened, then this happened, and then this. For it truly to be a helpful, uplifting, view changing story I'd have liked to read more about HOW she learned to value herself, how she dealt with things like the cruel judgement of people at her church, and especially, the potential mother in law. If a teen girl was to read this (as is being reco ...more
Mandi Slack
Sep 27, 2011 Mandi Slack rated it really liked it
Based on real-life events, Stephanie Worlton's debut novel Hope's Journey is a definite must read for any teenager, young adult or parent of a teen. The author tackles the sensitive subject of teen pregnancy in a very tasteful and mature manner and I thought the emotions expressed by both the adults and teenagers were as real as it gets. The author did a great job grabbing your attention by emerging you in both Alex's point of view and Sydney's point of view. It was difficult to get through this ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Tiffanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is unlike any book I've ever read. It was very well written and I enjoyed reading it but what made it different from other books is that is was so real and enlightening to the true feelings of individuals in similar situations. Stephanie really pin points the emotions that teenage and young adult girls go through concerning the need to feel loved and wanted during those critical years. I know because I am still in those years of trying to find love and find acceptance. Stephanie also explor ...more
Renae Weight
Apr 08, 2012 Renae Weight rated it it was amazing
We've all made mistakes of differing magnitudes. This story took me into a situation no one wants to be in but curiosity and good, realistic writing compelled me to learn how it would be handled. I not only enjoyed reading Stephanie Connelley Worlton's book, I consider it an important read for teens, their parents, and leaders of youth. Clues are given about self-worth and spending time alone in relationships, extending our awareness to prevent such situations and of the way we treat those in s ...more
Wendy Hines
Apr 12, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
First, I'm the mother of two teenagers and I've always told my kids to worry about their education and when the time is right, the rest will come. But what if one of them came home pregnant or got someone pregnant? I think at first I would be shocked, then mad, then disappointed, but I think I would eventually come around to be joyful, but at the very most, supportive of their decision.

That said, Hope's Journey is an emotional rollercoaster told from both perspectives, which was refreshing and g
Mar 10, 2015 Nadine rated it really liked it
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I loved it and hated it. The story of a young, unmarried "couple" who find themselves pregnant. As I read the book, my initial thought was that every young woman (and man) should read this book to see how tragic this situation is. Nothing was held back in expressing the depression, sorrow, and guilt they felt. If nothing else, maybe the book would help keep other youth from getting into that same situation.

But what I really felt so ambivalent about was the way the story ended. "Ha
Mar 21, 2012 Cheri rated it really liked it
I invested in the main characters immediately, and truly cared what happened to them. As evidenced by the pile of tissues in front of me when I finished the book. This isn't a story about unwanted teen pregnancy by a couple of screw ups, these kids are driven and goal oriented and have plans for their lives. I loved the idea that they were going through this traumatic life shift separately--they learned a lot about themselves that way.

The ending is a tad bittersweet to me, because it had a "happ
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Stephanie Connelley Worlton lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains where she enjoys frequent opportunities to observe nature and feed her creative spirit. She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom to her four children, many of whom share her artistic tendencies. She spends her days designing, building, painting, drawing, landscaping, and snuggling with her dogs. She has her own collection ...more
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