The Sudden Appearance of Hope
My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets.
It started when I was sixteen years old.
A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.
That makes my life tricky. It also makes me...more
Everyone forgets about Hope as soon as she leaves the room. 30s without seeing or hearing her and you start forgetting her existence…. The premise instantly attracted me but I went into this book expecting more sci-fi elements which is my fault.
This book is more of a literary fiction with social commentaries and stream of consciousness. Just not what I enjoy!
The story follows Hope Arden, a teenager with the ability to disappea ...more
Of course, it's also a very clever novel of freedom and slavery, written within a couple of very interesting premises, but by this point, I'm willing to assume that this great author is always going to push the hell out of boundaries.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August brought out being different lives by reliving the whole damn life within one person, and Touch polarized the concept of identity by ho ...more
This of course has huge implications for how she exists. She cannot hold a job. In fact she can’t even apply for one because as soon as she leaves the interview room she is forgotten. When she is obliged to go to hospital ...more
I put this one on hold after seeing my friend Christopher’s very concise review and glancing at the synopsis enough to see that Hope is someone who no one remembers. Literally. That was enough for me. And now?????
It appears that Claire North has quite the cult following so please don’t troll me. Although this was my first experience with Ms. North (or Ms. Webb, depending on the book), I think it’s pretty safe to say her writing sty ...more
I’ve given it 3* but don’t be mistaken it’s not a good book, it was. It was well written and exquisitely done.
And yes I would recommend it to certain book readers but not to others.
I’m just not sure what shelf to put this on. It’s a strange one.
Hope is not invisible and she doesn’t have powers to maker herself vanish, yet......as soon as she leaves a room or a persons presence she is immediately forgotten like she doesn’t ...more
As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.
Who am I? What makes me, Me? ... and much deeper thoughts I cannot yet express ...
Claire North is a philosopher, a teacher, a young miracle of wisdom. To become her protagonists is to discover hidden parts of who we are, who we might be. She reaches inside us, she opens us to who we really are, and then asks us, "Why?"
Again and again, she ...more
Claire North’s books tend to be very hard to categorize, and describing them always makes me feel like I’m talking myself through some fascinating thought experiment. Last year, I discovered the author when I picked up her novel Touch, a thriller about an immortal character whose consciousness could jump from body to body, choosing to be anyone they want, live any life they want, for however long they want—and their hosts ...more
What is a person? How do you define yourself? By how others perceive you? What if they can't have a perception of you in any lasting way? Even scarier, what if your person was defined by the perceptions of other people and only by the perceptions of what other people think of as perfect?
No-one remembers Hope Arden which makes her day-to-day life hellish and lonely and she's forced to rely on theft to make her way in the world. Any human conn ...more
Having recently read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and heard that the author's other title, Touch was even better, I had lower expeditions for this one. My skepticism was purely mathematical, I mean what are the odds that 1 author writes 3 incredible novels over 3 years? Miniscule, right?
Claire North, defies the odds. The First 15 Lives of Harry August had a fascinating fantastical element that was explored in a comfy, cozy British mystery style. Here Claire has ...more
The parallels: it's got some objectively beautiful, moving parts, perhaps leaning a bit towards pathos but hey, it works. And then it goes on and you think "my, this is a bit longer than I recalled." And then it fades out and you think "I wonder if this was all strictly necessary, but it's over n--" but it is not over now ...more
I was completely fascinated with the concept of this book about a young woman who can not be remembered. People meet her and forget her within seconds of her walking away. This obviously makes life extremely difficult and she has to resort to all kinds of illegal behavior just to survive. It asks all kinds of identity questions like who are you if no one remembers you, are you real?
I didn't love this as much as I had hoped to. I found it to drag and be repetitive. I felt like everythin ...more
First, I wanted to give it 5 stars, but then I remember my struggle to finish the reading, so I felt it will be lying. A 4-star rating seemed kind of fair, even so, there are sections that put the story square in three star territory. So I leave it at 3.5 stars rounded to 4.
There are so many parts in this book that are the perfect example of what 5-star writing looks like (in my opinion, of course), but there are also sections where exactly the same things that make th ...more
The whole notion of someone that people cannot remember is both fascinating and horrible. Like all ‘superpowers’, this ability seems at first amazing and liberating, but very soon one can see that it is indeed a curse. North shows us what can be achieved and what is los ...more
Hope is a woman that everyone forgets. Every time she meets someone she's meeting them for the first time. For them, anyway. She's learned to work with this really well and it's incredibly interesting to see her get out of scrapes based on her experience with how this works.
But what do you do when nobody ...more
Interesting, thought provoking read. Loved the generous dashing's of poems and random facts sprinkled throughout the story. The main character was fascinating yet relatable. Great writing, excited to read more by this author.
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The Sudden Appearance of Hope has an interesting synopsis;
A Girl who you forgot once you looked away, that is hopes gift and curse. Sounds fantastic right? Well maybe it is to others but for me it was just TO DAMN SLOW. SO SLOW, like a Snail riding a Turtle riding a Sloth.
Now I am one for flowery and descriptive writing but I couldn't get into this and because I couldn't get into the writing style me and Hope had no
This book is very boring. DNFed at page 55.
Nothing exciting happens and just couldn't get into the story.
The sad thing is I really wanted to like this book. It sounded so interesting and seemed like something I would enjoy. Obviously not.
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I don't know what to do with myself now that this book is done.
Of all the great books I've read this year, this solidly lands in the top three contestants for favorite.
Brad - he's one of my go-to reviewers when I want to know about science fiction - talks about a freedom vs. enslavement narrative happening here and that's absolutely on topic but, for me, this was more about inside vs. outside and how that relates to personhood.
Are you a person, do you ...more
As memory of me faded, so did a part of myself. Whoever that Hope Arden is who laughs with her friends, smiles with her family, flirts with her lover, resents her boss, triumphs with her c...more
Claire North, aka Catherine Webb, is one clever cookie. Just saying.
She's also a very creative and modern writer.
"The Sudden Appearance of Hope" (great title, by the way) is a wondrous, thought-provoking novel.
When I saw that some people categorised it as SciFi and/or fantasy, I was kind of dispirited, as those are not genres I enjoy read ...more
Claire North is actually Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated young-adult novel author whose first book, Mirror Dreams, was written when she was just 14 years old. She went on to write seven more successful YA novels.
Claire North is a pseudonym for adult fantasy books written by Catherine Webb, who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffin. ...more