Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review: Hope's Journey by Stephanie Worlton


Hope's Journey
by Stephanie Worlton
Received for Review from author
Young Adult LDS fiction
Release Date:July 10, 2011
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Pages: 288

Before I get into my review, here's the summary that's available on Goodreads:

Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a 
scholarship,and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS 
mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their
 high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant.
 Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth 
they once found in each other. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Stephanie for giving me a copy of this novel to review and inviting me to participate in this blog tour. She also agreed to have a Q & A on my blog, which I greatly appreciate. 

Now then, this book deals with teen pregnancy--an issue that is very sensitive. I went into this novel not really knowing what to think. Basically, I went into this novel blind.

The novel switches off narratives between Sydney and Alex which I really enjoyed. I loved being able to dig into both characters' heads. This allowed me to really get to know the characters. They stopped being just characters, and became actual people.

The novel was very well-written and flowed nicely into the novel. It wasn't flowery and didn't detract from the message Stephanie was trying to share, but rather enhanced that message. The writing was beautiful in other words. 

This novel dealt more with the aftermath of her pregnancy than the actual act of precursors leading up to her pregnancy. This was a decision I really enjoyed. Stephanie focused on the healing process and trying to find yourself even when your whole life is seemingly falling apart.

Two of my favorite characters in this novel were Sydney and Damon. Damon was such a good friend to Sydney. He's the type of guy that you wish you knew. He supported Sydney throughout her pregnancy when so many people would have turned against her. I absolutely loved him.

And Sydney's silent strength was something that I admired greatly. She made a mistake, but she owned up to it and was strong. I liked that.  

This book wasn't the most emotional book I've read on this subject, but I really enjoyed reading it. And even though this is an LDS fiction book, I would recommend this to anybody whether they identify as a religious person or not. 

In Summary: A beautiful novel that touches on the heart-breaking subject of teenage pregnancy in a way that emphasized healing and discovering who you are even after your identity seems to have been shattered.

Warnings/ Side-notes: Although this novel deals with teenage pregnancy, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any teenager. It's not explicit or graphic and is a very clean novel. There would be no reason why I wouldn't recommend it. 

The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was compellingly and beautifully written. The characters were realistic and lovable despite their mistakes. Stephanie Worlton did a great job at crafting this story. 

Love,

Danica Page

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