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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599555069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599555065
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,961,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Connelley Worlton lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains where she enjoys frequent opportunities to observe nature and feed her creative spirit. She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom to her four children, many of whom share her artistic tendencies. She spends her days designing, building, painting, drawing, landscaping, and snuggling with her dogs. She has her own collection of power tools, a plethora of camera equipment, and a passion for shoes.

Whether it's in her contemporary fiction or LDS based non-fiction, Stephanie's interaction with the youth influences most of her writing. You can learn more about Stephanie's writing, see some of her photography, and enjoy her random musings at www.stephanieworlton.com or on her blog
http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Wold on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is an easy read although the subject itself is quite deep. The author's description is very accurate. The story is presented from both sides, with the two main characters narrating alternate chapters. I was glad for this, as I would have greatly disliked one of them and drawn my own judgments. It tells of a girl, about to finish high school, with great grades and a bright future and how that can all change on a dime. I liked this book because it addressed the feelings involved when a mistake is visible and the way others act around it. It caused me to be reflective on my own actions and thoughts. The author took time to describe the characters so well that I had my own favorite friends. I could actually picture myself hanging out with these guys. It helped my awareness of my own actions around teens and youth especially.

My only complaint, I wish the book hadn't ended when it did, I wanted to read more.
I would love to see a follow up. The next few years.
This book is clean and appropriate for anyone, teen aged and up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Jensen on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a heart-felt depiction of the author's real-life journey. It had such a positive message about dicovering your own self worth, rather than depending on validation from others. Such an important priciple for teenagers to understand at this critical time in their lives. My heart just ached for the struggles and range of emotions that both charachers went through. It was a very well written and captivating book - I would reccomend it to all of my friends. My teenage daughter really enjoyed it too and it gave her such a great perspective that will help guide her decisions in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MayGirl on July 24, 2011
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This is unlike any book I've ever read. It was very well written and I enjoyed reading it but what made it different from other books is that is was so real and enlightening to the true feelings of individuals in similar situations. The author really pin points the emotions that teenage and young adult girls go through concerning the need to feel loved and wanted during those critical years. The author also explores the feelings that boys experience during these life-altering years. I loved how the author described the journey of the young girl and boy discovering who they were to God and how precious each individual is to Him. It is definitely not what I expected it to be but it was so much better because of the raw emotions and truthfulness of it all. I recommend it for anyone at any age. It is truly a lovely coming-of-age story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Stubby Pencil's Library on October 27, 2011
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blurb--"The seemingly perfect worlds of Sydney and Alex, high school sweethearts on the brink of graduation come crashing down around them when they learn that Sydney is pregnant. They face separate journeys of self-discovery and loneliness as they try to rebuild their individual lives and shattered dreams."

It's not just another YA romance. Sydney is a straight A student and very active in the LDS faith. Alex plans to serve an LDS mission.

At the beginning, I thought this would be a difficult read, but the author's words flow seamlessly, almost effortlessly. That is the sign of a great author--one who makes writing appear effortless.

It's not just that this is well written. This book has great potential for vast amounts of good. I think it helps us see people and situations more the way the Savior sees them.

The characters are very well developed. I related to them on two different levels.

First, it took me back to age 17, dating my first boyfriend. Although thankful we didn't cross that line--this story could've been ours just as easily.

Second, I related as a Young Women's leader. How do I help the self esteem of a Young Woman convinced that she is worthless. One particular Young Woman came to mind--a friend of my daughter. I prayed over her, talked with her, and treated her as one of my own, but she was in denial. Instead of getting to the root of the problem, her mother provided birth control. I will never know if she was able to pull out of that tailspin.

This I do know, if she'd had the chance to read Hope's Journey, I think it would've made a big difference in her life. In fact, I think every young woman of dating age, and every young man who has a girlfriend should read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2011
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Beautifully, achingly honest, Hope's Journey is a realistic exploration of a teenage pregnancy. Written from an LDS perspective, Worlton emphasizes what a taboo subject this can be in LDS circles, how cruel and prideful we can be without realizing it, and how our snap judgements of others can be so very unfair and unwise besides. Told through both Sydney and Alex's points of view, she explores subjects such as worth, worthiness, insecurity, accepting change, forgivness, and repentence. Her characters are not only realistic but endearing. You will wish you were one of their friends.

As a general rule, I avoid books that look to be "poignant" or "heart-warming," but this was one I could not resist. Admittedly, I was influenced greatly by the cover, which is one of the most beautiful and intriguing I have ever seen. For me to enjoy a story, the writing has to be good, and the story has to be worth telling and worth the time it takes me to read it. But most importantly, I really need to connect with the characters.

I completely connected with Sydney. Though having different outcomes, Sydney's experience took me straight back to my own high school experience, my own high school boyfriend, and my own inability to "break up" with my best friend even when I should have. If I had truly loved him, I would have. Working from both the male and female points of view, Worlton accurately describes the reasons why being serious with someone when you're both so young is so dangerously playing with fire, reasons I heard a hundred times as a teen and never, not once, actually interalized and believed--because I was like Sydney: a straight-A student, a good girl, and the exception to every rule.
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