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Hope's Journey Paperback – July 14, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The emotions portrayed are raw and very honest. The book follows both Alex and Sydney's point of view. Each chapter alternates between the two. It is very frank in dealing with the many issues and social aspects of teens dealing with pregnancy and the fallout of family and friends. I could picture the scenes in my mind. Stephanie Worlton doesn't sugar coat the situation. I felt particularly bad for Sydney as she is judged. I found it ironic that she feels more of the social pains than Alex does, because it is her body changing and not his. It was also hard to realize that their dreams had changed. The successful and dynamic couple now have broken dreams ahead of them.
I think that this is a great book for youth to read. The emotions are real. The situation is real. It might help a few to think twice before following the same path. Many young women have tied up their self esteem into their relationships with boys. Thinking that if they don't give up their virtue, the boy will leave. This book addresses that thought admirably.
This book kept me glued to the pages and I hoped the best for each of them and their innocent child.
While this book is told from the viewpoint of an LDS couple. Any family that teaches abstinence or wants to realistically deal with the issues of teen pregnancy will find this book to of great value.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An emotion-packed roller coaster ride! I loved that this book was so true to life. It was real. It was genuine. And it wasn't nice and fluffy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stacy Lynn Carroll
The author did a fabulous job capturing the emotions and thoughts of her characters. I could relate to what they were going through, connected with them and felt for them. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Kathy Habel
This book has so many holes. She says in the book that she wasn't going to hold him to any obligations. Really? Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Spoiling grandma
A friend told me about this. I find it refreshing to see a LDS book that actually addresses real stuff that happens in life. Rather than glossing over the reality of life. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Jay Monson
Stephanie Worlton's novel Hope's Journey, follows the story of Alex and Sydney, high school seniors living in the Salt Lake valley. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by S. Miner
I loved this book! Hope's Journey is about two seniors in high school: Alex and his girlfriend Sydney. They are in love, and have such a sweet, tender relationship. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Kelli Nash
Hope's Journey is a wonderful book that gives an honest look at the power of carnal appetites and its consequences. But of course, also the greater power of God's influence. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Jinky is Reading
Hope's Journey starts out like any other book of high school seniors living their lives. I liked the group of friends that hang out and appear to know each other very well. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by S.Staley
The story is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. As the mother of three teenagers, it made me think a little more about if I really know what my children are up to, what it... Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by old tome