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Call Me Hope

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,419 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support te ...more
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Published September 26th 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2007)
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Tina Kacey As I remember, the setting isn't specified but it probably takes place in Oregon where the author lives. It is about a girl who is being emotionally…moreAs I remember, the setting isn't specified but it probably takes place in Oregon where the author lives. It is about a girl who is being emotionally abused at home.(less)
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Kerry Cerra
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eleven-year old Hope Elliot takes a lot of abuse, but being called hopeless, or sworn at doesn’t hurt nearly as much as being called stupid. What’s worse, it’s her own mom who hurls these insults at Hope on a daily basis. Sadly, Hope is so used to it, she’s learned to live in her bedroom, tiptoe around the house when Mom’s home, and never, ever ask her mom for anything. That is, until the permission slips for sixth grade Outdoor School are handed out. Hope’s been dreaming about the five day camp ...more
Gretchen Olson
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the gratifying response to my book, Call Me Hope. I am pleased it is reaching deep into readers' hearts & souls.

My goal was to acquaint readers, as young as possible, with the insidious nature of verbal abuse. I have yearned to sweep children into my arms after I've witnessed parents yelling, swearing, and humiliating them in public; I have wanted to wipe their tears and assure them that they are NOT dumb shits, stupid, worthless, idiots; to assure them that they are valuable
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Emma
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those "Couldn't put down books." The kind you read before class and on the way home from school. I was not excited about having to read the Oregon Battle of the Books, books in 6th grade, but I'm glad I did because I got to read one book I really loved, Call Me Hope.
Anyce Paul-Emile
Do you want to read a book that makes you really think about life, and wonder how other people live? A book that can make you feel like your the character making a decision on what to do? If this is the kind of book you want to read, then this is the book for you. This is a realistic fictional book that can touch your heart.This is a great story that can really change your thoughts.
This story takes place sometime around the 21st century, in a small town. It is about a 6th grader who is struggl
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Tori
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
in my opinion, this book was one of the best I have ever read. It was tense dramatic, terrifying, and funny all at one. The story is about a teenage girl who endures verbal, and sometimes physical abuse by her mother, all the while her older brother is just a bystander. This issue is extremely relatable to many girls, and even boys in our society today. This book was literally heart breaking because of the negative and degrading language Hope's mother uses in order to talk to her daughter. The s ...more
Anna
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone basically, but it is more of a girl's book.
This is a great book! The author works for the "Hands and Words are Not For Hurting" project (or at least I think that's what it's called) which fights against verbal and physical abuse. Something I thought was interesting about this book was that it was about verbal abuse. For most people, whenever they hear the words "child abuse," they think physical abuse. But really verbal abuse has just as much impact on the child. Words can hurt just as much.

This book is about a girl named Hope who lives
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wanderer
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story of Hope (sometimes called Hopeless) revolves around the diary of Anne Frank, which is really cool. I loved the way the author worked in some Holocaust history and wove two very different story lines together. And I have to say, Hope's teacher was awesome!

Hope is the victim of verbal abuse. The parts where Hope's mom cussed her out and called her names didn't make me the saddest, though. What made me saddest was how pitifully pleased Hope was when someone said someone nice to her. Hones
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Gabby
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Elliot is twelve years old, and she suffers verbal abuse ... from her mother. "Call Me Hope" tells of Hope's sixth-grade year as she is called "stupid," "hopeless," and cursed at by her mother, works at a second-hand store, and begs her unforgiving mother figure to allow her to go to Outdoor School.

I read this book over the summer, and have reread it again and again. Although this book is really sad, I really enjoyed the way it was written. It's really, really frustrating because Hope begs
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Brandi Rae
In many ways, I found this to be an incredibly sad and touching book. Many kids, like Hope, don't even realize that being called stupid, hopeless, dumb, loser or being sweared at or talked to with sarcasm is verbal abuse; causing it to become one of those problems that exists, but not acknowledged. When not confronted, it can lead to other issues, such as depression.

Hope was a great character who was able to find support both in books and from the people around her, and I think that her situatio
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Leslie
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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124maya
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and hated this book at the same time. I loved the little girl, Hope, and adored her for being so strong. Hope is in the 6th grade and she is at the top of her school. Her mother is abusive, but not in the way you would think. Her mother abuses her vebally. These horrible words leave Hope trying to practically live in her closet trying to escape them. Hope imagines running away from home everyday to live with someone nicer, whether they are from her school or the shop she loves to go to, N ...more
Emma H.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Call Me Hope is an inspirational book about a 12-year-old girl named Hope Elliot. Hope has the life of any average sixth grade student. She rides the bus to Eola Hills Grade school in Washington, has friends, does her homework, and gets along well with her older brother Tyler. There is only one problem with her life. Hope is under constant pressure from her mother, who verbally abuses her nearly every day. To cope with the constant name-calling and putting down, Hope creates a point system for e ...more
Karen
Mar 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't take an intense subject and water it down for an audience of children! You can't water down emotional abuse and trying to do so takes away from the issue at hand. I felt the author could have researched the issue more and written a book for young adults that showed the complexity and intensity of emotional abuse.
Taney Hennick
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a very frustrating story because she would not tell her mom to stop calling her bad words like stupid and many more mean words to her. But i also thought it a very good book. And that a lot of things that happened to her a normal sixth grade girl would not have to pass through that like her mom not letting her go to outdoor school and calling her hopeless instead of her real name:Hope or having to buy your own boots since your mom would not help you with it or not letting her co ...more
Sarena
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is a touching and inspiring story about the power of courage, strength, and hope. Sixth-grader Hope Elliot struggles with being verbally abused by her mother while her older brother receives normal treatment. Though she often wants to run away, she always picks herself back up and fights through the pain, showing that even an eleven-year-old can find the determination and hope to stay strong. The book is sad, but teaches a very valuable lesson that everyone could learn from.
Hope
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is truly amazing. I fell in love with it instantly. It's pulls you I'm and somehow you just connect with hope. I know I did.
Sushin Dahal
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so interesting and also sad. I at least cried ten times while reading this book, and this could have happened to anyone, sadly.
Angie Fehl
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Read for the 2017 Anti-Bully Readathon week: November 13th-19th


As of late, Eleven year old Hope Elliot has seriously been feeling the strain of living with a verbally abusive mother. Just for example, we learn that Hope's middle name is Marie, named after "a famous opera singer" (I'm assuming Maria Callas?) but her mother says it was a silly choice since Hope is actually pretty "hopeless" and can't carry a tune in a bucket. Oh, and Mommy Dearest here also spits out that Hope's father left them
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Ian
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is a book about a girl named Hope, and her struggles with her verbally abusive mom. Hope is a girl that tries her best to always please her mom, but she never seems to make it. To speak generally, it is about what it feels like to be in her position and what she does to help herself feel okay.
This is a book that I think lots of people should read, and not just for the sake of entertainment. If you usually read action novels or sci-fi type books, then this book may not be very fun,
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Ashlynn
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call me Hope by Gretchen Olson is a fiction. The main character is Hope Elliot. Hope is an 11- year old girl who’s in 6th grade and getting ready to go to outdoor school. Hope’s older brother Tyler says outdoor school is fun and Hope would really like it. Tyler and Hope always nag and pick fights with each other like most siblings so, and instead of the parent always taking the younger ones side, Hope always is the one who gets the discipline. With all the school work Hope has, she has to deal w ...more
Ella Skov
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book "Call Me Hope" by Gretchen Olson. It is about a young girl named Hope who is struggling because her mother is verbally abusive towards her. In order to find some relief, she finds a space of her own. It is somewhere safe where she is able to release some pain. Due to this, she is able to confront her problems and at some point solve them.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very interested and eye opening. I loved the word choice she used it seemed to make the book more vivid. The
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El Addams
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is what made me realize that my father is abusive. It is the best piece of fiction about emotional abuse I have ever read. It clearly presents the mother as being in the wrong, and shows possible supports for children being abused. Reading it made me realize that just because my father did not hit, he was not automatically in the right. I still struggle to this day with facing his abuse of both me, my mother, and my sister, but this book put me on the right track to deal with it.

Ironi
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Abigail (Read. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.)
Not exactly a DNF. I intened to finish it, but the owner of this book is so impaitient to return this so I did what she asked to. And therefore, I just skimmed the book for how it ends. Yup. I blame college life. :/

Anyway, not a bad story. In fact, this is the first time I've read a book about verbal abuse, in which is somehow unheard of in YA lit. A little unsubtle at times that it almost turned me off (It's sponsored by an support organization, after all), but still a good read.

And yes, I do t
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Ruchitha R
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is definitely one of my favorite books and I recommend it to every reader who is looking for a deep, emotional novel. The author very gracefully addressed the issue of emotional and verbal abuse, and handles it very well, especially since it involves a young child. Hope's job and Next to New, and the paper bag lesson offered some amazing perspectives of others into Hope's life an coping methods for victims of abuse. This was the first and only book that made me cry, but it was beaut ...more
Shannon Burke
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. Over all a pretty good and fast read. I do not want to give away too much and the only thing I can tell you is, those purple boots saved Hope. This book is very detailed and it deals with tough family issues. The book did fall short on explanations and details sometimes but overall 9/10 would recommenced this to you! :)
Kiki
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We started Read the Book in our german lesson (i'm from germany:) ) and i really dont like to read Books But After i told my mum about this Book she bought it for me and i cant stop to read it i Reader it for the Second Time its my favourite Book. Good work Gretchen olson! (Sorry for my english, i know its bad😂)
Alessandra
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is an inspiring book.
As soon as I read the first page, I couldn't put it down. Hope has so much courage, and is just an amazing character. This book really inspired me to just be myself, and that life is an amazing adventure.
Kimaya Wagle
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the reason I started reading.
Chloë Sierra
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is really good. It is also very relatable and realistic.
Isidora Subotic
Hope is suffering from child abuse. It doesn't seem like it though, because her mother is a verbal abuser. It is just as impactful though. Her mother calls her "stupid" and worse, "Hopeless". She uses sarcasm, bad words, and plenty of putdowns. To Hope it seems that whatever she does, her mother is unhappy or worse. Therefore, Hope makes a point chart to help her tolerate her mother's anger. It is just a matter of fixing a connection that Hope and her mother seem to have lost...

I really love thi
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