In the Hope of Memories
Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope's scavenger hunt and ...more
“If you finish the whole Polish dog, they’ll give you the next clue. If you don’t finish it, the scavenger hunt is over, and you’ve completely let me down.”
This was a YA contemporary story about the friends left behind after one girl (Hope) died.
The characters in this were okay, although I didn’t really connect with Sam very well. I thought that Aiden was quite ...more
A book that puts you through an emotional blender and when it spits you out, you are a bit different than before you read it. A bit wiser, a litte more understanding, a little less judgmental and very much in love.
"In the Hope of Memories" by Olivia Rivers is exactly that type of book. It was ...more
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
― Antonio Porchia
The book has four main characters (Erik, Aiden, Kali, Sam), and they are all amazing and wonderful and also really broken.
My favourite character is possibly probably certainly Sam. Sam does not identify as either a girl or a boy. I knew the moment someone asked what gender ...more
Hope is terminally ill. When she dies, she wants her friends, Kali- who cuts/self-mutilates & is also battling anorexia; Aiden-who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & severe anxiety; Erik- who has LHON disease which is causing him to go blind very rapidly; & Sam- who was born with a gender disorder and was also in a bombing so is permanently disabled & in a wheelchair; to do one last thing in her honor- complete a scavenger hunt. The hunt Hope ...more
Hope Jackson is dead. But she didn't leave the people she left behind with nothing to not only help deal with their loss but also bring them together as well. Erik, Aiden, Kali and Sam - four completely different people with thing in common, Hope. They all knew her separately and loved her with all their hearts. When she dies, Hope sets them on a scavenger trail to help them deal with ...more
It maybe is the slightest bit slow pace (for me, at least), but the plot is quite original, and the characters are well written. So many important issues are included into the story, which takes away from the lightness of the read, but adds onto the general message; it makes the book quite haunting. The only thing that I can note as to why I didn't give it five stars, is ...more
"If you let people see how dark your drawings are, and how gorgeous they are, then they can see that sometimes the most beautiful things are broken."
This is the perfect example of a book that tackles a lot of subjects with a lot of knowledge about all of them, without leaving anything behind, going in depth with all of them with incredible care. I think it's the perfect example of the real meaning of "diversity", that doesn't mean me vs. them, equal vs. different. Diversity means that we are ...more
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
I loved the premise of this book. Hope is sick. As a dying wish, she organizes a scavenger hunt for her friends to do once she is gone. I'm a big fan of scavenger hunts and the like, so you imagine that I was excited to dive into this book
While this book is interesting, it didn't deliver. Hope's friends are a sappy bunch. I mean, none of them are ...more
This book was such a great discovery,thanks to my book friend that recommended it to me.
The writing was so beautiful I couldn't read it fast enough.
It wasn't an easy read because the story is so moving I've also shed some tears.It broke my heart at times but it mended it back together in the end.
"If you let people see how dark your drawings are, and how gorgeous they are, then they can see that sometimes the most beautiful things are broken. People need to know that. They need your art. And,
I told Olivia it was like a modern-day Breakfast Club - four immensely different and quirky characters searching for themselves. I literally laughed and cried in the first chapter, and by the end of ...more
This sounds like it could be a really good book, but the young characters are already annoying my in the first two chapters so I'm going to put it down. It seems there are many people who love this book, so I'm sure its great, I just can't read it right now.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are five people in this book who the story is focused on. Even if one of them is dead.
Erik sees an invitation outside his house to Hope's birthday party with an address on it but he ends up at Aiden's -Hope's OCD friend- house instead. Aiden tells Erick that Hope died two days ago. After words -not many of them nice- are exchange, Aiden convinces Erik that Hope left them clues ...more
The book is due for release on 21st March 2016, If you are not lucky enough to get an ARC then do go buy this amazing book!!
I have not been reading YA books as an adult for very long, but this one certainly rates up there with the likes of Jennifer L Armentrout, Colleen Hoover, and many others. The characters are well written and each has their own distinct personality and traits. They are all beautiful ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. In the Hope of Memories follows four teenagers with only one thing in common: they all loved, and were loved by, Hope Jackson. The story is told through alternating POVs of the four main characters, and it follows the group as they go on a scavenger hunt ...more
This book is nothing short of brilliant. Goodness, I've never cried so hard in my entire life. This is a masterpiece. In the Hope of Memories deserves so much more attention, so much more readers because it touches hearts and souls. And I'm not kidding. Because it touched mine. Dang, this is quite difficult for me to write a review because I'm still clutching ...more
This is the story of a young girl, Hope, who dies of a rare heart condition, and before passing away organises a scavenger hunt for some of her friends. This way she wants them to meet and help each other the same way they helped her in the past.
The premise of this book seemed pretty interesting, an having read (and loved) "Tone deaf" by the same author, I was excited about this one. And my excitement increased when I met the diverse range of characters. I mean, there are ...more
I haven't read a book this amazing (and life changing) since Hopkins's CRANK.
Olivia Rivers uses an unusual narration style to fully capture each characters voice. Her plot and characters are enthralling and their individual journeys are both heart wrenching and inspiring.
If you love stories about young adults and their first ventures into adulthood (and the harsh ...more
Actual rating - 3.5
There were a few times where the characters in this annoyed me, but for the majority of it they were okay characters.
The slow pacing in this made the book drag slightly at times for me, but it was a decent read overall.
“She gave me the same thing she’s always given me. Hope.”
I’m a little over the scavenger hunt trope in YA books, but I had some hope (pun intended) for this story. The scavenger hunt was a great way to bring together the lives/stories of such different people who were all suffering in their own way. It made sense to give them all a common goal to work towards, while ...more
It took me literal ages to get into this novel, but once I did, there was no stopping me. I loved this book so much more than I thought I would.
C H A R A C T E R S:
Hope. Okay, we obviously don't see from her perspective, but I really love her. I aspire to be Hope, basically; she is the epitome of everything good.
Sam. AAAAAA, MY FAVE. Sam is so wonderful and sarcastic and wonderful. Did ...more
I have had this book on my kindle for so long that it just sort of got buried. I saw it the other day and finally decided it was time to read it and boy am I glad I did. I laughed, I cried, I came to love all of these characters, and I'm incredibly sad that I won't ever know what happened with them. But it ended in the most amazing way possible. I don't think I've ever loved a book as much as I love this one. My heart is full ...more
After finishing the book I was in this weird emotional state that had me completely lost for words and I am still not sure I have the right ones to explain how I felt while reading.
First off, I think the premise is just extremely fascinating, but what really carried the story were the characters. Hope, even though you never actually meet her, is such a strong and commanding presence. I could picture her perfectly in my ...more
Dealing with death and friendship while going on a scavenger hunt in the Big Apple? Sign me up! Olivia River's young adult novel sets out with a great premise, but can it actually hold up?
At the end of summer break, Erik receives a party invite from his secret crush, Hope. But when he gets there he has to learn that Hope has died and has left him and three other friends, ...more
The story starts with Hope, dying and leaving behind four important people: her friends. Aiden, Erik, Sam and Kali. They don’t know one another but they are about to meet.
Hope has set up a scavenger hunt for them to complete, fulfilling her dying wish that way and hopefully solving some of their problems at the same time.
Where is this adventure going to take them?
If you’re reading this, stop what you’re doing and go get this book.
It’s about ...more
Surprisingly, I didn’t cry much in this little gem, though I did find myself laughing a lot. That’s probably because Hope, the deceased girl whose friends this book revolves around, is hilarious (yes, even in death), and I just couldn’t help but walk away from this story with my faith in humanity largely restored.
This is a feel-good kind of book. If you need a pick-me-up during those ...more
While this book is contemporary, it certainly isn’t a light and easy read. It deals with a ton of tough issues: OCD, anorexia, going blind, and sexual orientation, among other ...more
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