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Something Like Hope

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  480 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
17-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns 18. Shavonne tells him the truth about her crack-addicted mother, the child she had ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Matt Blackstone
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SOMETHING LIKE HOPE isn't an ordinary book and it isn't about ordinary people. The protagonist, Shavonne, isn't ordinary (a 17 year old mother in juvenille prison), neither is her newest shrink (crass, comedic, lonely) and neither is his name (Mr. Delpopolo). Her guard is neither ordinary nor fair (Ms. Choi taunts Shavonne so she'll snap and Ms. Choi has reason to beat her). Her baby doesn't belong to her, her face is battered and bloody, and her deranged roommate is now obsessed with geese. Sha ...more
Sarah (YA Love)
I’ve read quite a few books recently that teachers and librarians should have in their libraries, but Something Like Hope is the first book I’ve read in a while that, if I had the money, I’d buy for all of my teaching friends to read and include in their libraries. Some of us may not have a student like Shavonne right now (that we know of), but who’s to say we won’t in the future. Shawn Goodman wrote this poignant novel in response to his experiences working in juvenile detention facilities. Unf ...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover (which is basically what I'm doing) but I just couldn't bring myself to read this. I think I'm being biased. But after reading the inside cover jacket, I resolved that I wasn't going to read it.

You see, I'm not really into pity books. I can read them SOMETIMES but only if the character is actually worth reading about. That's just not what I do. And I also hate inspirational movies and stuff. You know, like the Blind Side (yuck). Or some other crap wh
Andrew Hicks
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
Something Like Hope accomplished a feat very few books can boast - it made me cry. It was a surprise cry, too, a sneak attack that happened at the very end of a narrative chock full of living human byproducts of abandonment, injustice and bleak despair. It’s a sad reality, the one in this book. It’ll make you feel grateful for what you have, mournful for what you’ve been through and protective of your loved ones. All that, and it’s less than 200 pages long. Which, to be sure, is always a bless ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jill
Young adult fiction is not a genre I generally seek out, given my lack of interest in vampires or teen romance. Something like Hope (Delacorte Press/Random House) is not what I expected of teen fiction. It's a haunting story of Shavonne, who has been in "juvie" all her teenage years. Based on Shawn Goodman's own experiences working within New York State juvenile detention facilities, it's a coming of age story that breaks your heart open to the possibility of hope for someone who has had the car ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a really good book. Depressing, but really good. The beginning and middle of the book were good but the ending was too sudden. It took a long time for the story to set up and there was too little time for the ending. I sort of wanted to process more of what happened before the ending.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
17 yr old Shavonne has been living in juvenile detention centers since junior high. When the story begins Shavonne is getting in trouble for fighting with one of the guards. She's also meeting her new counselor, Mr Delpoplo for the first time. It takes time but Mr Delpoplo but is the first adult Shavonne as trusted in awhile.

Shavonee is dealing with a lot, including regret and loss. Her mother is addicted to drugs and her fathers in jail and that's why she isn't with her parents. I simply don't
Jenni Frencham
Shavonne is in juvenile detention and is rapidly approaching her eighteenth birthday. She is hoping to be released on her birthday and to take custody of her three-year old daughter. She wants to get on with her life and put the past behind her. But she has a lot of work to do before she can get there, and the other girls at the detention center aren't making things easy for her. It's difficult for Shavonne to feel any hope when she is surrounded by so much despair.

This was an interesting look
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Delpopolo finally breaks Shavonne, -mentally and emotionally. She finally realizes that she can’t choose what happens to her, but to just accept it.
Out of 5, I rate this book at 4.5 and would recommended it to younger victims of abuse because the book is really all about that. Or to someone who is doing research about the behavior of abused victims.
Text-to-Self: The connection I've had is that just like Shavonne, I also try to plan things out a certain way. I say I have it under control,
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Shawn Goodman does a fantastic, if not frightening job of telling the story of Shavonne, a teenager in a female juvenile detention center. He does not hide anything about how scary it can be, especially with the guards and fellow in-mates. The authors work as a psychologist in several New York juvenile detention facilities has been brought forth in this work of realistic fiction.

Shavonne is a tough girl who has lived a life that no child should ever have to experience. Her childhood in foster ca
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Trigger warning for rape, self harm, abuse, and violence.

This was a very difficult novel to read because it deals with such hard topics. I don't really like sad or upsetting novels, thus my lower rating. I still think it dealt with problems realistically.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Sad, raw, and frank. Book aside, I like that Shawn Goodman has been an active part of this type of environment.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
17 year old Shavonne is no ordinary teenager. She was born to a crack addicted mother and a father who wasn’t really around because he was in prison. “He was in jail when I was born. Drugs, I think. Other stuff too….” p142. She’s been in and out of foster care since the age of 6, when her mom abandoned her and her little brother to go get high. It’s the last time she ever saw her. Now, Shavonne is in a juvenile detention center, among a bunch of other girls her age who are either pregnant or men ...more
Linda Lipko
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Written by an author who has vast experience in the child detention system, this is an incredible book of young 17 year old Shavonne who has somehow survived a very traumatic childhood, a life of failed foster home experiences and now resides in a juvenile detention facility.

Grieving the loss of her child, Shavonne lashes out at everyone, especially those she thinks are trying to help her.
The clock is ticking as she will soon be released from the facility and will have to face the outside world
Kathy Broadnax
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting life lessons for young adults. Makes you aware that life is never easy. You need to keep on hoping, because it will work out.

Good read
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before school let out in June, I amassed a pile of about 30 books to read during summer break. My goal was to expand my humorous, buzz, and multi-cultural repertoire for booktalks in the fall. "Something Like Hope" actually has a black teen on the cover - not always easy to find - is the winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for a Young Adult Novel, received starred reviews, and appears on many "Best" lists. It ended up in my pile as a result. Though it has been around for awhile (published in 201 ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Struggling young people and the adults who work with them.
Recommended to Margaret by: Todd
Something Like Hope came to me from my son-in-law, who knows its author, Shawn Goodman. Goodman, always interested in writing, came to his subject from his own work as a school psychologist in a juvenile detention center for girls. Goodman got this, his first novel, published by winning the 2009 Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel.

The book offers a sympathetic insider’s view of how things are in “juvie.” Goodman writes a first person narrative in the voice of Shavonne, a seventee
Cornelius Edmond
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, I would just like to say that this book was extremely disturbing to me, at times, simply because I did not know that residing in a mental institution could be this harsh and appalling. And yes, the author of Something Like Hope - Shawn Goodman spent most of his adult life working at several juvenile and mental institutions in New York as a psychologist, which is what inspired him to write Something Like Hope. So I am pretty sure, most of the events that occurred in this book had at le ...more
Sheryl Sorrentino
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To call Something Like Hope an incredibly beautiful and moving story would be an understatement. Shawn Goodman has used his firsthand experience as a school psychologist, and his work in New York State juvenile detention facilities, to deliver a heartrending, three-dimensional picture of life in “the system,” while giving his seventeen-year-old protagonist, Shavonne, a profoundly authentic, credible and convincing voice. Even more disturbing than the childhood atrocities suffered by Shavonne is ...more
Michelle Kessler
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
For multiple reasons, I did not want to like Shawn Goodman's Something Like Hope. Firstly, the cover is saccharinely ridiculous, with its open-mouthed girl, staring into oblivion, and failed-perspective geese. I also mistakenly thought it was a historical novel about the Civil Rights Movement, of which I have read too many within the last few years. They were mostly good, but I'm a little tired of them. Secondly, and more importantly, this is a book about a teenager in a juvenile detention group ...more
The story that Shawn Goodman tells isn't a happy one, but it is ultimately hopeful. 17-year-old Shavonne spent her early childhood with her crack-addicted mother and, when she was six, was the primary caretaker of her infant brother. After an unspecified incident involving her brother, for which she blames herself, Shavonne spent time in foster homes, psychiatric wards, and ultimately, a juvenile detention center. The bulk of the story takes place in this center, where Shavonne has learned to su ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Jade Samaroo

3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jade Sarah by: herself.
Recommended for: Anyone who likes self-help and psychology books.
Read from: September 9th to September 22 2014.

I chose to read, Something Like Hope by Sean Goodman, because it is in the category of self-help and psychology. When I get older I would like to be a psychologist, so this is a good read for me, because it helps me better understand what it's like to be one of these people who need help, mentally and emotionally.

What I was
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman is a fictional book about an eighteen year old girl named Shavonne who is in a juvenile detention facility, for her bad behavior. Shavonne has done it all stolen, fought, ran away you name it. Everything a reckless teenager could get into. While struggling to get out of juvey she also faces losing her baby girl Jasmine to her foster mom. Thinking that she’s on her own Shavonne ends up trusting no one, but her new counselor Mr. Delpopolo who proves to her tha ...more
Randy Russell
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From BOOKLIST (Starred Review):

Smart, angry, and desperate, Shavonne, 17, is in juvenile detention again, and in her present-tense, first-person narrative, she describes the heartbreaking brutality that she suffered before she was locked up, as well as the harsh treatment, and sometimes the kindness, she encounters in juvie. With a mother who is a crack-addicted prostitute and a father she never knew who died in prison, she was sent into the foster-care system as a young child. One foster mothe
Shavonne has been living in foster care and detention centers almost her entire life. She's currently getting ready to turn 18, which means a change in placement is likely. While she'd really like to strike out on her own and raise her daughter (who has been in foster care for the past three years), she can't seem to get her act together. She picks fights with the guards and is resistant to therapy. She's seen so many other girls up against similar odds and knows that these stories rarely end we ...more
High interest, low level, very quick read. Shavonne, the main character, has spent the last several years of her teenage life in a juvenile facility, unable to reconcile with her past and what may lie ahead for her. Shavonne has become hardened by the abuse of her childhood and the abuse she endures at the facility, which has caused her to lose her own child to foster care and to be weary of any person who may try to develop any type of relationship with her.

Shavonne sees her new counselor, Mr.
Dana Davis-avants
Shawn Goodman certainly writes from his experiences. This book is an honest look at our present juvenile detention system and what works and the things that are horribly wrong with it through the eyes of a girl named Shavonne. Shavonne is a seventeen year old child who is placed in the juvenile detention system after being in foster care at a young age due to her anger against all that she has encounered in her life. Her mother a drug addict, her father who died in prison, a brother thought to b ...more
Rheetha Lawlor
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I figured this would be another detention facility and the understandable angst that comes with it. It is that book. The therapist, though, was the really interesting character for me. I guess I never really considered the issues of therapists and what they may be dealing with, and then have to try and fix other people's problems. It makes me respect them all the more, wink wink dear husband. Another interesting point I never thought about was the corrections officers. In my only knowledge of th ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Than God that there was more than hope! This is a very surprising book in so many ways. Shavonne was almost 18 and she already had a child at 16 and she lost connection with her little brother. She had no other family and had to let her daughter go whole they placed her in the Center, a mental facility while facing torture with the staff and having to fight for her life and the life of other mental girls who were there also. With her therapist she learns more about controlling herself in differe ...more
Sterlyn Slater
Something Like Hope is a disaster fiction book written by Shawn Goodman. this book was taken place at a youth rehabilitation center with the main character being Shavonne. her last name is not revealed in the story. This story has been to an entirely different extreme that a normal young adult book usually has and held nothing back.

Even though Shavonne has been places that we couldn't imagine, she managed to stay alive through every single challenge. Being 17 trapped in a harsh environment has
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