Friday, 27 January 2017

Book Review | In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

Hope is dying. 

Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Hope is dead. 

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together: 

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline. 
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on. 

Hope is within reach.

*I received this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

There are certain books, which I read the synopsis of and I'm just instantly excited. I have to read that book. That's what I had when I came across this book on Netgalley. It was exactly the kind of book that I like. A cast of characters all battling difficult situations, being led on a scavenger hunt by a recently deceased friend. It has all the markers of a highly emotional, captivating read.
Sometimes these books manage to reach the expectations I put on them, while others don't. I was so thrilled when I began reading this book and instantly fell in love with it.
The characters were all well written, fleshed out and interesting. I really liked the balance between them, there wasn't any character that I cared about less. I enjoyed the dynamics between this unlikely group of people and the way Hope managed to bring them all together. Helping them even after she was gone.
The pacing was spot on, keeping me hooked, without having too much going on all of the time, which can make a book feel a little too rushed or chaotic.
I really enjoyed how the emotion was portrayed as well. These aren't perfect characters, they all have struggles and flaws. I really enjoyed the realism which they were portrayed with. 
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it.


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