Title Finding Hope
Author Colleen Nelson
Release Date March 19, 2016
Hope leaves her small town for a fresh start, but her plans are derailed by an online romance and the appearance of her brother.
Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane, writing poetry. To escape, she jumps at the chance to attend Ravenhurst Academy as a boarding student. She’ll even put up with the clique-ish Ravens if it means making a fresh start.
At first, Ravenhurst is better than Hope could have dreamed. She has a boyfriend and a cool roommate, and she might finally have found a place she can fit in. But can she trust her online boyfriend? And what can she do after her brother shows up at the school gates, desperate for help, and the Ravens turn on her? Trapped and unsure, Hope realizes that if she wants to save her brother, she has to save herself first.
This was a very quick read. I really enjoyed the writing style. It felt like every single word mattered. I found it strangely refreshing since I'm almost always a fan of longer books. It felt very concise, but the brevity worked very well here. It's a lot of story in a small package.
While the story focused on Hope, I felt more connected to Eric. He felt like the stronger of the two characters. And while the title Finding Hope feels like it's about Hope finding herself amidst her brother's addiction, I felt it worked more strongly for Eric.
Overall, a book that I really enjoyed.
Drug abuse and sexual abuse
4 out 5 stars
*This book was received from Dundurn via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*