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 have to confront their personal demons head on.
Hope is within reach.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We first meet Erik. He’s getting ready to see his friend Hope for her birthday. Only he meets up with Aiden instead. And this begins a scavenger hunt of Hope’s friends with her final thoughts and clues and hopes for her loved ones. We have her little sister, and her online pen pal joining Erik and Aiden. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this. It really wasn’t what I got. I can’t say that it upsets me, this was a really well done book. And though a good chunk of it seems bleak, the whole point is that there is always hope.
I really liked all the characters. They were all deeply flawed and each of them had some issues to contend with and they were forced to do that going through this wild goose chase that their friend put them on. And interestingly enough, though Hope is dead throughout the entire book, she’s a very important character. She shapes the entire book without actually doing anything in it. It’s really an interesting read.
Ms. Rivers is a new-to-me author and I think I’ll be keeping my eyes out for her. She’s really adept at setting a scene and creating such unique voices for her characters, even using a different text to accomplish some of it. I also love that she’s not afraid to touch on gender issues as well as public perception and dealing with it. As well as tackling eating disorders and the very real dangers of them, mental illness and developmental delay. Needless to day this is really a book that you should read. This is a YA only book. No romance, no love story. But to say that this book lacks love is a travesty. So, yeah, read it.Buy it and read it and get some sniffles and some smiles.
Olivia Rivers is a Young Adult author who writes in multiple genres, ranging from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Olivia is a certified neek (nerd/geek hybrid), and her love for technology led her to enter the indie-publishing world. She now continues to self-publish while also dabbling in traditional publishing. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and her YA Contemporary TONE DEAF hits shelves Spring 2016 from Skyhorse Publishing.