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5.0 out of 5 starsA Great Book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
Hope Kim's depiction of a difficult childhood as a second generation South Korean immigrant is vividly conveyed. She is beautiful inside and out, funny, sarcastic and has been wise well beyond her years her whole life. She also has very entertaining interactions with her surrounding cast that are like nothing I have ever read! I hope that another book is written that could cover other amazing parts of her beautiful life journey!
I really enjoyed reading this. Hope’s story of a young Korean-American teenage girl from a highly dysfunctional home life is at once unique and wholly relatable. I think young readers will appreciate how smart and honest Hope is and how her counselor speaks with her without condescension as they both reveal their personal struggles. Although Hope has had to put up with a lot of terrible things, my favorite sections involve her revealing her hopes and dreams – some so simple as hoping a boy will ask her to a dance. Hope’s poems at the end are like her- simple, sometimes beautiful, revealing sadness but grace, and ultimately hopeful.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf only all kids could have someone like him. I loved the book
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
This is a lovely and quietly profound coming of age book for all teens and their families, but it particularly informs Asian American teens and families or any families whose diversity creates additional challenges as teens confront identity and belonging in a country that does not always embrace diversity. How lucky Hope was to have her high school counselor! If only all kids could have someone like him. I loved the book, and I recommend it to all parents who are trying to help their teens feel less alone as they navigate high school as a member of a minority minority. Thank you for writing it Hope Kim!
5.0 out of 5 starsFinding oneself through counseling
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2018
This book had a delightful Korean-American girl as the person seeking enlightenment but evolved into a dialogue between the girl, her school counselor, and a 'narrator'. It is truly a valuable dialog which goes so much farther than I suspected it would.
An incredible story of overcoming challenges and charging forward with hope and faith. I connected with Hope in a way that made my heart ache and soar. Her story brought forth the adage, "be kind - you never know what other people are going through," while also telling me to trust God - becuase HE is ultimately the one with the plan. I was intrigued by the various personalities represented in the book through the narrator, counselor and Hope. Very powerful book that I am glad to have read and pleased to recommend.