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Call Me Hope Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2007
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At first, Hope has no close friends. Her father took off shortly after she was born. Though she gets along well with her older brother, he isn't abused by their mother and therefore doesn't share the burden. Then Hope begins to work at a secondhand store to pay for a pair of purple boots and befriends the two older ladies who run the shop. When her lies and actions jeopardize her job, Hope must learn to vocalize her feelings and come to terms with her family's situation.
Call Me Hope handles a delicate subject well. The mother's harsh words will make readers cringe and want to console her daughter. I liked Hope's point system, her fondness for lucky numbers and patterns, and her interest in The Diary of Anne Frank. I especially liked what the purple boots symbolized: her uniqueness, her freedom, and her strength. I hope that this book will make readers reach out to someone who may need their help.
Hope tries harder than ever to stay on her mother's good side, but fierce insults fly constantly. With inspiration from her required reading book, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl and Joshua's dad in the film Life is Beautiful, Hope comes up with her own plan--"Hope's Point System"--for surviving the verbal abuse.
Though it's not easy to ignore the comments, she's content adding points to her notebook each time she bites her tongue rather than reply to Mom. And, she's staying out of her mom's way by working part time at Next To New, a consignment store, to pay off her layaway debt for a pair of purple hiking books she fell in love with. After all, the boots would be perfect for Outdoor School.
Her plan is working beautifully. But she's afraid to get too excited because, as Mom often points out, Hope's no good at anything. And sure enough, when Hope makes a decision that backfires and sends her Mom into a rage, Hope's chance of Outdoor School vanishes like the prisoners who were carted off to the concentration camp gas chambers.
But, Hope knows from lessons learned in studying the Holocaust, she can choose to be strong, or choose to give up.Read more ›
I really liked the premise of a young girl dealing with a verbally abusive mother. The point system was interesting and different. I also liked how Hope refuses to be a victim but choses instead to resist her mother's sharp tongue.
What I found hard to believe was how Hope's mother reacts. I also questioned what the counselor does in this book. Sadly this weakens the story which is a shame as I really feel that this subject needs to be addressed. But not in a unrealistic way.
She is surprisingly independent for a girl her age, but much of her independence is forged from neglect. When Hope could be drawing inward and closing up, instead she reaches out and sees that the wide world is not necessarily like the one she experiences at home. And that gives her courage to reach out for more. Underlying much of the book is the recognition that while physical abuse is no longer accepted, verbal abuse is often still ignored or dealt with awkwardly.
Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson is told simply through the words of the young protagonist, and it is richly layered with many themes. Some of the questions it asks readers to ponder: What is verbal abuse? How does a parent's verbal abuse affect members of the whole family, especially when it's directed at only one sibling? How do voices from the Holocaust have meaning for and inspire us today? What impact does a loving community have on a child's emotional well being? Is there hope for change?
Author Gretchen Olson has written a book that shines a light on an issue that isn't talked about much, while giving us a character, Hope, who will burrow into your heart and stay for a while.
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I really liked this book and would defiantly recommend it !!! Was very easy to read and was a brilliant book!! I couldn't be happier with this book ........ Read morePublished 19 months ago by mommy of 3
Read this to my girls. They were able to see what some kids have to go through with verbal abuse at home. Read morePublished 20 months ago by 3 Amigas
My fourth grade daughter checked this book out of the school library and I was shocked when I saw the bad language the mom uses when talking to the daughter. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K McKay
this book is so necessary to understand young people. parents might see themself and fine it helpful realizing that children need supportPublished on June 5, 2014 by Marilu Clark
It's been good not really sad as I thought really good I would have to say not to much abusing just with words that's why it says sometimes words hurtPublished on April 10, 2014 by Nia Richardson
There is CURSING in this book BEWARE!
This is NOT appropriate for school, any school!!!!!!!!
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This book was very good and I would definitely recommend it. I know it does have some foul language but it's still great.Published on February 13, 2013 by Olivia Haugen