Book Reviews

Book Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson


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.

My Thoughts

I read Finding Hope for my own pleasure reading and although it took a little bit of time to grab me, once it took hold, I couldn’t put it down.

The highlight for me was the individual voices, especially Eric’s (Hope’s brother.) Nelson really got the reader into the character’s head and described the existence of an abused meth-addict in realistic, heart-wrenching with great detail. I really felt for Eric’s character.

Although, Hope was also well developed, on the downside, her boyfriend issue was predictable. I wish there was a bit more work for the reader to question which outcome that particular issue could have had.

This is yet another Colleen Nelson novel that has held my attention and kept me turning the pages to the end. (Although, I would still list 250 Hours as my favourite of her novels. I read it before I started posting reviews, but I highly recommend it.)

This is an unsolicited review, I purchased this book at Colleen’s launch at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg.

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (March 19 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459732452

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