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Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and letters that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Marie Lu, James Dashner, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Julie Murphy, Jeff Zentner, Renee Ahdieh, and many more!

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Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I received a sample of this, with essays by Libba Bray, Angie Thomas and Jeff Zentner. Each one was a unique kindling of hope that had me laughing through tears of beauty and hope. I am eagerly anticipating the final compilation.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ever since I was a teenager, I have loved reading inspirational stories. I'm tellin' ya, Chicken Soup was my jam. I always cried and just kept going back for more. Honestly one of my favorite things about reading is its ability to instill awe in me. I'm in awe of the characters I read about, their plight and peril, and the obstacles they overcome. Most of all, though?
Must I continue to go on and on about my love for short story/essay collections filled with contemporary YA writers on a theme or topic? Well, here I go again-- in the words of Whitesnake.

Using the topic of "hope", this collection of VERY AWESOME and TALENTED writers showcase a piece of them and what hope has meant to them. Ironically, many of the writers are in their late thirties through fifties(ish) and date themselves with their references to cars, music, or historical topic but I don't thi
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, I hadn’t really given much thought on what hope truly was. For me, hope was just a feeling. Hope was just a concept - maybe a strength that kept us going in bad times. It never occurred to me that hope could be like a torch - a light that guided us even in the darkest of times. I read this book thinking it would a bit cheesy, or sappy.
Oh, how wrong I was.
It was amazing. I loved everything about it. It was just... stunning, that’s what it was. I’ve heard about books and
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea of this collection, I love the diversity in contributors and the personal stories. I do not, however, love the fact that James Dashner was a contributor. I read the first page of his essay and found only hypocrisy- who is he to preach hope when he ripped it out of another person’s hands? Allegations of sexual assault came out in February of this year, and this book was copyright 2018 as well. I firmly believe that supporting his work is sending a message that we do not support th ...more
Julie Suzanne
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
These essays as a whole are excellent and inspiring to 40-something me. I appreciated that I knew most of the authors, including several Battle of the Books ones, which means that I can probably entice my club members to give this a try. I wonder if they will have the same reaction, as most of these authors are of my generation. My favorites were "Before and After" by Libba Bray (who describes dealing with an accident that disfigured her between graduating HS and going off to college) and Zentne ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great collection - I think I'll probably take away something from every essay. Of course I'm partial to my faves: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (really loved theirs), Nic Stone (loved hers too), Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon. But there was a lot to be gained from the stories from authors I didn't know as well, too. I really appreciate when people can be open about the personal and difficult things they've been through - too often these are the things people don't talk about, ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect from this book. Honestly, I bought it because Julie Murphy talked about it a lot on her Instagram. I saw her posts about her struggle with the fact that Dashner was involved in the project. And I saw that she believed the messages contained in the book were such that they, paired with the support from her fellow authors, deserved to be told, and heard. And I agree. I loved almost every essay in this book. Zetner and Dashner’s essays fell flat for me; they didn’t reso ...more
Aryana Parmar
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book with all the stories combined really defined HOPE. I recognized a few of my favorite authors, some of whom I was glad to see adding some knowledge to this collection. I feel like all kinds of people should read it because it really inspires young people and all really get your blood boiling, in a good way.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s so much to hold on to in this book. It’s a light in a time when things seem darkest. A reminder to keep fighting, keep resisting, keep hoping. And even more than hope, ACT. If you have hope things will change, be courageous enough to help move things in the direction you want them to go.
Moving. Every story spoke to me.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
While it started out rocky for me, it got so much better and inspirational as I read on. It's awesome having a book full of (some) authors you look up to giving you encouragement and letting you know that they believe in their readers.
Christine Fitzgerald
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Hope is a decision” This collection of essays from contemporary young adult authors was an easy read and filled with stories of hope. Great read for fans of each author’s work, gives you a peek into their personal lives and their inspirational stories about hope!
Sarah Ressler Wright
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Can use individual pieces as awesome prompts and models. So inspirational and reminds readers of how much of America is the immigrant experience today! I am blown away and love that all proceeds go to charities-a must have for all MS and HS libraries.
Zinnia Bayardo
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My #1 favorite for 2018, so far! Every teen should read this one!
Michelle Lancaster
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rose Brock, editor
Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration
Philomel Books
Hardcover, 978-1-5247-4167-9 (also available as an e-book and on Audible), 304 pgs., $18.99
February 27, 2018

“To know a person’s story is inevitably to understand their humanity and feel a loving kinship with them, no matter how different the two of you may seem at first. This … is what gives me hope.”—David Levithan, “We”

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration is a new collect
Ben Truong
Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration is an anthology of essays (mainly narrative and descriptive essays) about facing adversities of any kind with hope. It is a collection of twenty-three real life situations written by some of the most popular Young Adult authors around. This collection of essays is meant to empower, encourage, and give hope to the youth of today – the caretakers of tomorrow.

Perhaps I'm being overly sentimental writing this review, but I really enjoyed
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm marking this as read even though I haven't finished it. I read all the essays from authors that I REALLY wanted to read so I think I've exhausted the content that interested me. I had originally planned on giving this 3 stars because I felt like my disinterest in reading other chapters was something I needed to count towards the intrigue of this book but that's utter bullshit and really unfair. Every essay I read was 5 stars but I haven't finished the book. So I'll wait till I finish the ent ...more
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Brock, Rose Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration, 276 pages. Philomel (Penguin Random House), 2018. $18.99. Language: R (24 swears, 6 “f”) Mature Content: PG (racism, homosexuality) Violence: PG

This is a compilation of expositions by well-known YA authors about hope and what it means to each of them. Most of them are inspired by family or the current political and cultural climate. Authors from all racial backgrounds comment on their own experiences with immigration, rac
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
When I saw the lineup of authors slated to share essays in this anthology, I was so psyched! It's a virtual "who's who" of today's hottest, most accomplished YA authors, so I knew I had to get my hands on Hope Nation.

Having finished the collection, though, I feel disappointed. Don't get me wrong; it met my expectations, but I wasn't blown away. There were a few writers - Libba Bray, Marie Lu, Atia Abawi, Romina Garber, Renée Andieh, and Gayle Forman - whose contributions felt memorable and incis
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars— going into this book, i wasn’t really sure what to expect, because i’d never read an anthology like this before. but what i felt & gained was so much more than i could have anticipated. i have already felt inspiration from some of these authors before in their regular works, but there was not a single story that left me without thought. to read such personal tales & true experiences from the authors whose works we all cherish is just incredible. they wrote so personably, that ...more
In the 23 essays contained in this collection, 24 different YA authors share their take on hope and what keeps them going when times are tough. All of these stories are personal, bringing readers along on the writers' personal journeys, from the streets of Atlanta marching in the Pussy Hat Rebellion in "We" by David Levithan, looking for a place to belong and finding hope in small things in "Looking for Home" by Julie Murphy or traveling the world even when it seems unsafe to do so in "Shot of H ...more
Hypable Books
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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I’ve always loved edited anthologies — and Hope Nation was a particularly good one. I love so many of the writers who contributed to this book, whether from reading their books or following them on Twitter. Short stories and essays let you see a different side of a writer. Experiencing that with writers I already loved made me love them even more.

This anthology’s strength is its diversity. All of the authors have written YA books, but they come from a variety of g
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cybils, ya, reviewed
Hope is the theme so every essay (and one short story) expand on something to be hopeful about; how teens can look beyond the current circumstances and see a bright(er) future. As with most collections with a variety of contributors, some of the essays really touched me, others didn't; some of the writing was really strong, and some not-so-good. But overall the book is very thoughtful and helpful. You know, I am glad I read it just because of the first contribution, a short story by David Levith ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Words can have different meanings and invoke different feelings. Hope can bring out different feelings depending when it was and by whom. This timely, relevant anthology of essays by twenty four YA authors hope to invoke awe, inspiration and empathy. In this personal collection of stories, each author narrates how hope is a decision they made and help inspire readers to have hope.

When I first opened the book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I assumed it was going to be a bunch of boring or mundane
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Hope Nation

I've always had a really hard time finding short story collections that I enjoy. I loved this one.

For me this collection absolutely started off on the right foot. First of all, I LOVE David Leviathan. His stories always suck me in. His characters are relatable whether you have anything in common with them or not. This first story is about some young people marching shortly after Donald Trump was elected. It pulls you back into that politically charged moment with familiar poster sayi
Samantha Smith
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually saw an ad for Hope Nation at the beginning of the year, and let me tell you, a book filled with little essays isn't my cup of tea. When I noticed that it was essays about "Hope" by YA authors, I decided to give it a try.

I LOVED this book. It made me realize that these YA books these authors write are actually from experience. They understand this age of life because they lived through it, and in so many different ways. David Levithan, Gayle Foreman, and so many more YA authors shared
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this anthology. I do wish it existed when I was a teenager, definitely before I went to college. There were a couple of stories or essays that didn't exactly wow me, but overall, I enjoyed the collection. I think several of my students will enjoy this anthology. Hope is such a common word with not a lot of belief or action behind it. It's easy to hope, but the follow-up or faith can be impossible. Not only did I enjoy the stories and essays, but I learned a little too. I learned about ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me warm fuzzy feelings!!

The theme for this book is HOPE. And every story presented a unique approach for what “hope” means.

I’m so grateful to each author who contributed such personal and inspiring life stories.


- Libba Bray’s story of surviving a nearly fatal and life changing car crash.
- Jeff Zenter’s story about how books nerds and readers will change the world!!
- Nic Stone’s story about how a love of Harry Potter can form a connection between people from
Maggie Carr
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
It's been nearly a year since I recommended this books addition to the library collection. It has taken me this long to catch up to it on my reading list, but in the time between I have read so many more of these authors and it added even more heart to what I was reading within their personal essays. Even if you haven't read all the YA authors in this collaboration, be sure you don't put off reading it. Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement ...more
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