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Hope in Patience Hardcover – October 27, 2010
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Grade 8 Up—Ashley Asher lives with her father and stepmother in a tiny town in East Texas. She wants what any 15-year-old might want: friends, a supportive family, a special relationship with a boy. But Ashley struggles to stop harming herself, to stop dissociating, to accept the support of the people around her. Before she came to Patience, Ashley spent most of her childhood with an indifferent mother and an abusive stepfather. Now she faces the huge challenge of healing from emotional neglect, as well as sexual and physical abuse. She tries, but trust is so hard to come by. And the challenges keep coming. There's a court date when she must face her abuser and the mother who rejects her for reporting the assaults. And a first date on Halloween turns into a disaster when an actor playing a ghoul triggers a posttraumatic reaction in Ashley. All this is tough stuff, but very real to anyone who has lived with abuse or suffered from PTSD. The author is to be applauded for her courageous and accurate portrayal of the many small steps that lead toward psychological healing. It is Ashley's friendships with other "misfits," as much as the support of her new family and her unconventional therapist, that help Ashley understand that she is not alone and that she, too, deserves love. Teens who are attracted by her honesty and her compelling story will come away with a deeper understanding of trauma and healing. This book will open hearts and might well save lives.—Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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This follow-up to Courage in Patience (published in 2008 as a book for adults) finds 15-year-old Ashley trying to make a fresh start with her father while still haunted by the sexual abuse of her stepfather. With all sorts of help, Ashley begins the difficult, sometimes painful journey toward finding the courage and confidence to begin real healing. The book’s strength lies in its intimate portrayal of the impact of abuse and PTSD, and Ashley’s emotions almost always ring true. Some intense, graphic scenarios appear here, including Ashley’s descriptions of her physical abuse and her occasional self-mutilations. Grades 10-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Top customer reviews
Beth should have a PHD in Writing Therapy, if there ever was such a thing!
Ashley is now learning to live. She's attending classes at high school, while still seeing her therapist. The issues she must deal with still haunt her and make her daily life difficult. But now, she's also faced with new problems which not only stab still healing wounds, but open up new struggles.
Although the sexual abuse from before is still a main theme, other ones such as acceptance, racism, and judging others roll into play. Like book one, this one bites deep. The emotions it calls forth are raw and difficult even for readers to work through at times. The author does an amazing job at bringing the naked reality to life, demonstrating the battles emotional wounds still cause even when 'troubles' have been supposedly solved. But again, there's also an amazing amount of hope and warmth involved. Ashley has it rough, but there's still a light at the end of the tunnel and helping hands along the way.
This is a great read for those fans of harsh reality contemporary, which leaves an impression long after the book has been read.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Now fifteen and trying to recover from her near abduction and loss of safety, Ashley Asher just wants to start school like a normal teenager. Ashley finds that school is so much more difficult when topics like family set her off emotional. Working with her therapist, Dr.Matt, Ashley is learning not to inflict self-harm when bad things or memories occur. One such thing is a court hearing against her mom and stepdad aka Satan for the attack last summer. Now along with her family issues Ashley also has school to deal with which brings up a variety of issues like racism, censorship, new relationships, teachers and subject matter. Only thing clear is Ashley is on a long journey of recovery and it is uk to her whether or not it's successful.
Overall, great follow-up novel. Having Ashley still on her journey makes it all very real since in fiction most authors would be like "she met a boy and felt complete the end." But for Ashley the process and emotions are real and still being worked through. especially concerning her mom. The fact Ashley still struggles over trying to accept her moms actions in the situation is saddening, because everyone wants her to just write the witch off but Ashely still loves her mom even if she was horrible and still refuses her truth in the situation. Now again Bev is my fav teacher/stepmom/ character, she may have had her own past but nows how to own her class even with the Pams in there. Plus she knows how to handle Ashley even when she goes all crazy or mean girl moody on everyone. Again for this story loved the integration of a classic "Farewell to Manzanar" to help illustrate subplot, which are all key contemporary issues. Also I'm also happy to see some history class mentioned, but biased love history. So if you are continue Ashley's story or just starting join Ashley on the long road to find healing and understanding.
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