Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each ...more
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Expectation is a novel that explores the highs and lows of friendship. There are three main characters that we follow throughout the book. The three women used to be very good friends but now, due to several reasons, they have kind of drifted apart a little bit and nothing is how it used to be when they were younger. This book surely shows what happens when people take ...more
Hope's novel is being compared to Sally Rooney's award–winning 'Normal People', but I personally found this author’s ...more
The three girl friends: the one who is so obsessed with having a baby that she drives her husband away; the lost drifter who falls pregnant and marries too fast; the beautiful, wild one who has never settled down. Fundamentally, a sort of ...more
The three friends meet in the mid 90's , Lissa and Hannah at a course calledFeminisms,and Cate who joins their group , sleeping on Hannah's sofa when she has nowhere else to go.
Starting in the early Millennium, with a portrait of 3 young women at ease with their lives, not rocking the boat but not conforming either, appearing as ...more
I'm so bored. I'm reading this book and realising that I'm not paying attention anymore. I just dont care for the characters, they're constantly complaining and rather uninteresting. Also the time frame just keeps jumping around everywhere which confuses me and I keep forgetting who is who. They all just blend into one.
My colleagues loved this book and let me borrow it so naturally my expectations (I had to) were quite high. Sadly, it was not for me.
Hannah, Lissa and Cate have been friends for years. The reader sees their relationship develop throughout the novel through flashbacks. You see their dreams, first love, career, life choices and disappointments. ...more
DNFed @ 40%
I’m sorry to say that this book was not at all what I expected… I’m not rating it because I haven’t finished it and I don’t think it would be fair, but I’ve read enough to have an opinion about it and it’s not a positive one.
This is not a bad book, just not a book for me. It’s like the author took the worst parts of being single, the worst of being married and the worst of being a mom and ...more
This is for the school girl me who wanted to do as well in English as my friend Catherine and was scared that I was failing
This is for the teenage me who wandered aimlessly around town on a Saturday wanting desperately for life to start
This is for the student me when summers still felt endless and afternoon drinking seemed like a good idea
This is for the twenty-five ...more
‘Expectation’ has been compared a bit to Sally Rooney’s writing. I finished both of Rooney’s novels before reading this, and I can definitely see why people make the comparison. Both authors deal with frustrating characters and their inane and complicated relationships with each other. But where Rooney knocks this out of the park, Hope’s writing falls a bit flat for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I think Rooney is able to subtly reveal the absurdity of the situations and ...more
Hannah looks like she has her life together. Good job, nice house, husband. Except they're struggling to conceive. Lissa is a struggling actress who has never had a big break. She and her mother have a difficult relationship. There is no significant other in her life and she struggles to pay ...more
I don’t think the plot was anything outstanding, what made this book so special for me was the author’s detailed minutiae of these women’s lives - the reflections, the thoughts, and the decisions that shaped them made this such a ...more
As a grown woman in her late 30’s, I felt an immediate affinity with the 3 lead characters.
Unfortunately, it also sort of ended there. I found their personalities a bit two dimensional & predictable. Always complaining about things they don’t have. (I’m as cynical as they come but they even tested me).
Personally, I found it all a bit negative, and repetitive. ...more
But, there is an aspect of the narrative that I am incredibly angry about. And, sorry to say that is pretty much all that is going to follow in this review. (view spoiler)[It seems to me that the author left no room in the narrative for a woman to be ...more
This is a novel about the highs and lows of friendship, a novel ...more
I though I was going to love this - a book about 3 women in their early 40s whose lives haven't gone quite to plan? yes please. The idea was great, unfortunately the execution was not well done. Here's a list of things that I did not appreciate about this book:
1) It moved around in time, with no apparent pattern
2) All parts of it were written in present tense
3) The characterisation was weak, and even at the end I had to ...more
They now live together in an elegant, crumbling, Victorian house on the edge of London Fields, in East London.
The friends' lives are full of parties, fun, art and romance and they see themselves as activists - worrying about the future of the world. They are young and ...more
It’s a question that certainly resonated with me and will, I think, resonate with many other readers too. We all have those regrets about roads not taken, and the occasional self-doubt about whether we’ve failed to live up to youthful dreams. Certainly, the three women at the heart of Expectation are asking this question.
For Hannah, successful at work and married to her sweetheart, ...more
Anna's powerful first novel, WAKE, sold to Transworld Publishers in a seven-way auction. Set over the course of five days in 1920, WAKE weaves the stories of ...more