Thursday, July 12, 2018

{Review} Hope ... Anyway by Lisa L. Walsh

Title: Hope ... Anyway
Author: Lisa L. Walsh
Pages: 226
Published: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Zimbell House Publishing
Genre: Contemporary/Alcohol Abuse/Mature
My Rating: 2/5
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Heidi Walker makes lists. She is careful and cautious. Heidi enjoys running, too.
Bean is her brother. To say he is adventurous is an understatement.
Their mother, Joy, has … issues. Time and again, the trio tries to keep hope alive only to have it squashed.
Learning to lean on each other through one adventure after another, like drinking Christmas tree bubble lights, trying to make a baby brother with some lemon seeds, and more, Heidi tells her story about surviving the adults in their lives.
When Heidi is asked to hope once again, she is not sure she wants to take the chance. 

My Thoughts
★★ Stars

I wanted to like this book. I started out liking the book, but the more I read... the more annoying it got. 
The writing was really choppy, I felt zero connection to any of the characters and I felt like all the characters were pretty much the same. 
When age was brought up, it was quickly forgotten (Imo) because when it starts off, I thought she was 8. Then I thought she was 14, only to find out later, she was turning 13. I didn't get the point of the lists being a "problem". The synopsis made it should like she was OCD making lists but she barely writes a handful of them? I didn't understand the point of the brother keeping track of the sock costs. I didn't understand the constant "I hate Jerry. I love Jerry. I hate Jerry. We love Jerry." 
I didn't get the grandmother talking crap about Jerry to the kids So. Freaking. Much. Only to push their mom to marry the guy. Then she pretty much disappears. All while knowing what is happening in that house. No one reached out to help. Sure there was that happy ending but I don't know.

Honestly when I got to page 140, I just started skimming. I think I could have went to the last page and still know what happened... and how it would end. 

I expected more from this book and believe the story line itself is a great story. But the writing was extremely off putting to me. 

So i have to give this book two stars. :(
**Alcohol abuse triggers**

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