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Finding Hope ➾ [Download] ➾ Finding Hope By Colleen Nelson ➳ – 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 a 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 cliue 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.

  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • Finding Hope
  • Colleen Nelson
  • English
  • 10 January 2016
  • 9781459732452

About the Author: Colleen Nelson

Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope Hours The Fall and Tori by Design 'The Fall' and 'Tori by Design' both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award 'The Fall' was also nominated for the White Pine Award Currently living in Winnipeg with her husband two young sons and three grown step children Colleen manages to eke out time to.

10 thoughts on “Finding Hope

  1. Taylor Knight Taylor Knight says:

    45 starsI absolutely loved this book I hadn't heard of it before I picked it up but I definitely think this book needs some attention I haven't seen a lot of positive reviews for Finding Hope but I really enjoyed it I thought the writing style was really great and the characters felt very believable I liked how a big portion of this book centered about family and wasn't overly saturated in a romantic aspect like most YA books I thought the poetry through out the book was really cool and different I do wish it was longer though It's only 200 pages and I felt like there wasn't uite enough to completely feel like a full length novel

  2. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Dundurn and NetGalley “I couldn’t handle the memories this clean I needed a fix” This was an okay YA contemporary story but it felt a bit choppyHope was a good sister to Eric even when he wasn’t nice to her She went out of her way to give him food clothes and cash and he just threw it all back in her faceThe storyline in this was about Hope starting at a new school and getting into trouble with some mean girls and Eric struggling with his addiction The story felt a bit choppy though as we were constantly switching from following Hope to following Eric every page or two There was a bit of a twist in the storyline but I guessed it really early on I was a little annoyed that Hope didn’t guess itThe ending to this was okay and I was pleased that Hope and Eric both got a happy ending6 out of 10

  3. Beatrice Masaluñga Beatrice Masaluñga says:

    Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI find this book an okay read It started off really good but as I go on I just started to lose my interest because the main characters annoyed the crap out of me Let's say it tackles several issues on it like drug addiction bullying and abuse but I can't stand how the characters tolerate them They aren't perfect and commit mistakes I get it There are some things that I find really stupid Like are you even THINKING? I think Hope dates a guy online irked me the most and she sends NUDE photos to him THIS IS PURE STUPIDITY GIRL You haven't seen the guy or don't even know if he truly EXIST I don't think she's in the right senses or probably she is but it's just plain stupid It's a pretty sad book with trigger warnings but I just don't feel connected to it The writing is great don't get me wrong It's just not for me

  4. Lala BooksandLala Lala BooksandLala says:

    I feel like this novel wasn't long enough to actually form an opinion on I got no time to get to know the characters root for them during their struggles or care for their successes I think I read that the author cut out like a third of this book and I'm trying to decide if introducing that chunk back in would make it better or just draw out the story in a negative wayThis is the story of Hope and Eric a brother and sister each going through their own life trials but the story centering around their relationship and how their lives impact each other I really commend the author on writing from the perspective of a drug addict Eric a point of view we don't see in YA often however for me it was unsuccessful I did not find him to be a convincing narrator but I did appreciate how the author tackled some intense subject matter that is often not talked about when it comes to males whether it be in literature or in real life However I felt Eric's storyline was just too short time could have been spent seeing his struggles learning his backstory and watching him overcome his situation I had mixed feelings on the length of the chapters the narrator switches too abrupt and didn't allow me to connect in a meaningful way to either characters Hope's story was hard to read because while she is not completely in control of her situation she really did not make things easy for herself I think we as readers are meant to feel compassion for Hope but it was difficult when her behavior was so juvenile and naive I did not find her character believable I also strongly disliked Hope's poetry I wasn't sure why it was included She's a teenager so in that way I understand why the poems were notuhwell writtenbut it was just distracting when the page would be broken up with this horrendous poetry that aspect just felt very forced Perhaps if this storyline was taken further as well I may have enjoyed it like we got a small idea of this seemingly compulsive behavior but I wish it went deeperOverall I did not actively dislike this book but it didn't have a lot of positive elements for meA copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

  5. Sthita Sthita says:

    I received an eARC from Dundurn and Netgalley on a read to review basis This does not influence my review in any way 4 out of 5 stars Cover rating 5 out of 5 stars Covergasm I love the cover and all the birds I’m guessing they’re ravens? they have near the chapter headers Or maybe it’s just because I love minimalistic designs Genre Young Adult ContemporaryRecommended for Everyone THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED TRIGGER ALERT Talks about drugs addiction rape sexual assault bullying The book is narrated by Hope and Eric her brother a drug addict It’s beautiful Deals about the effects of drugs – how they can affect the addict and their family and everyone around them Eric is addicted to drugs Any money given to him take it as wasted He spends it all for drugs because uhh you know as I said earlier he’s an addict His sister Hope gives him chances She believes that there is still a shred of humanity of who he used to be before getting addicted left in himI really liked the plot Wellat least Eric’s side of the story Well crafted I must admit Eric’s story was painful to read Very very I hated the fact that no one ever wanted to know why he went the wrong way why he got addicted why the hockey player in him just disappeared when he clearly loved as though his life depended on it URGH ANTAGONIZING LIFE Oh And when When Eric picked up the puppy the inner me started screaming – I KNEW HE AIN’T BAD ANYONE WHO IS KIND TO PUPPIES CANNOT BE BAD XD Yeah I don’t think he was bad It was just that the situation he was in made him the way he seemed to be And the parts of the book where he had to search the dumpsters for food WAIT DID YOU HEAR THAT? SOMETHING JUST SHATTERED OUT THERE I'M PRETTY SURE brings hand near heart I'M PRETTY SURE THAT THAT WAS MY HEART SHATTERING ; ;I actually jotted something down while reading this and since I’m not a poet not guaranteeing that they’ll be good poems but yeah A story that needed earsEars you did not provideThe teller kept it all inUntil led he was astrayJudge him you definitely didFor deeds not all hisuestions ensuedAlong with looks wary and strangeLife of his brokeLike shattered glass shardsTo be put back It was hardHere’s another one Tantalizing painI hadn’t let outI suffered every bitUntil it wasted me Okayyyyy Before I proceedtime for a few gifs Mike CEO of the Shit And Shit Co just kidding makes Eric do things in exchange for hiking a ride which was not all so free like all addict in distress rides are supposed to be It made me cry like a baby ; ; image error

  6. Nivedita Nivedita says:

    45 stars Everything about this book attracted me towards it the minimalist cover the blurb the author and then the story I first discovered this book on NetGalley and after seeing the cover and reading the blurb I knew I had to reuest for this book and luckily I got accepted As it was a very short novel I decided to start the book right away without waiting for my exams to end It was one of the best decisions I ever tookThe story is narrated by two characters Eric the drug addict brother who tries to live his life with meth and getting high and Hope the naïve sister who uses poetry to live through her problems After Eric was thrown out of his house Hope is the one who provides him money and food that still allows him to survive But when Hope moves away from her home town to discover a new life Eric is left with no one to supportWhat really kept me going through the book was the use of powerful prose intertwined with beautiful poetry Colleen Nelson's writing is one of the most beautiful and the most powerful among the ones I've read When things seem unfair and cruel Nelson's writing gave me a hope for happiness and love The poems written suiting to various situations was simply stunningDangling From a thread Suspended breath Catching in my throat That Drop won't kill me But how will I catch What I lost?Hope is a starry eyed but a very strong girl Her life has never been easy with a drug addict brother a messed up and complicated family and she was a misfit everywhere she goes without an identity It is only natural for her to long for a normal life with a boyfriend and a bunch of good friends What happened to her broke what little was left inside her Yet she emerged out of the problems strongly and bravely Her poems helped her get through She is one of the strongest female characters I've had the honor of meetingWhat really moved me was Eric and his life as a drug addict He was the star of his school's hockey team and a single event changed his life Reading his mind when he was high and when he was sober gave me a shocking relevation on the kind of thoughts that moved through his mind While I totally hated the character I really loved the way he was described and how his thoughts were translated into words I couldn't blame him for what he becameThis book is frighteningly beautiful and I am glad I got the opportunity to read this bookOriginally posted on thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn Press for providing me a free copy of this book for review

  7. Elly (imaginemorebooks) Elly (imaginemorebooks) says:

    I received an ARC of this book from Dundurn and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review However this does not influence my opinions in any wayI found the majority of this book very difficult to read It isn't written badly by any means but it deals with very dense subjects that are no laughing matter I loved seeing the contrast between Hope and Eric They both had very different life experiences but they both felt a wide range of hurt and anger They both felt just as passionate for what was happening to each of them personally and it was interesting to see them both go through rough periods in their livesI'll be honest the characters in this book all frustrated me I wanted to scream at Hope for how blind she was being and I wanted someone to take in Eric and give him the help and justice he really needs Overall though this wasn't a bad book It touches on dark subjects that most people struggle dealing with or talking about It is by no means a light read That being said it is uite short and definitely worth picking up if you get the chance It is a well done representation of real life and how normal people act in very bad situations

  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I received a digital copy of this book by Dundurn and NetGalley 253 Finding Hope was just okay for me I went into it with an open mind but unfortunately had such a hard time getting started I couldn't relate to any of the characters and that was because everything happened SO fast The chapters are from the two main characters POV a sister and brother The brother who is a meth addict and the sister who just wants him to get better However I couldn't find a true connection between them Some chapters were literally 3 paragraphs making conversations and events seem rushed and unrealistic I needed another 150 pages of this book which would have helped the story flow and give me the information I wanted This book really did have potential I enjoyed the writing style and it was an interesting story but like I said it lacked detail which would have made it great

  9. Gray Cox Gray Cox says:

    First off Colleen's writing is beautiful I love the rhythmic choppier style This book deals with so many issues such as drug abuse sexual assault and sexting so definitely for older or mature teens I never connected to Hope but I really felt bad for Eric but I could see his parents point of views maybe because one of my own character's has a dad like them so I appreciated the conflict All in all this was a short thought provoking read

  10. Lex Lex says:

    I enjoyed this book I enjoy reading about topics such as mental illness bullying addiction and abuse I think It'd be fascinating to read the 40000 words that were edited out and know about the situations within the story Each chapter was very short and I appreciated that but would've loved to know about the characters and their story I enjoyed reading Finding Hope This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be my last It's a fairly short book and during a busy week I was able to finish it in three days Mostly because I didn't want to put the book down and think the short chapters helped get though the story uicker Finding Hope is a realistic YA novel that covers many issues that include substance abuse addiction family issues sexual abuse bullying and cyber bullyingAs much as I enjoyed Finding Hope I felt bits uite predictable but I was able to understand why certain situations happened Hope is from a small town and has no friends she's impressionable and is desperate to be accepted and make friends Kind of like desperate times call for desperate measuresFinding Hope is written in dual perspective of Hope and her brother Eric However even though it's written in dual perspective I feel the reader gets a better understanding of HopeThroughout the entire novel poems are included Hope writes poetry to express herself and I think it helps readers connect to Hope When I finished the Finding Hope I wanted to know I'm aware that about 40000 words were edited out and I'm curious about the eliminated bits of the story I think including information about the characters and their situations would have connected readers to the characters on a personal level I recommend Finding Hope to readers that enjoy realistic YA fiction that covers serious issues I gave this 45 stars I enjoyed Finding Hope I was sucked into the story but I was left wanting information throughout the story but satisfied with the endingA copy of this book was provided to me by Dundurn Press

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