Today is my stop on the blog tour for Hope Nicely’s Lessons for life, thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.
Synopsis: I don’t have any friends, only dog ones, because they don’t make you do bad things. I don’t want any human friends, actually. It’s for the best.’
Hope Nicely hasn’t had an easy life.
But she’s happy enough living at 23 Station Close with her mum, Jenny Nicely, and she loves her job, walking other people’s dogs. She’s a bit different, but as Jenny always tells her, she’s a rainbow person, a special drop of light.
It’s just . . . there’s something she needs to know. Why did her birth mother abandon her in a cardboard box on a church step twenty-five years ago? And did she know that drinking while pregnant could lead to Hope being born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
In a bid to find her birth mother and the answers to these questions, Hope decides to write her autobiography. Despite having been bullied throughout school, Hope bravely joins an evening class where Hope will not only learn the lessons of writing, but will also begin to discover more about the world around her, about herself and even make some (human) friends.
But when Jenny suddenly falls ill, Hope realises there are many more lessons to come . . .
Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life is a heartwarming, coming-of-age novel about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and, above all, hope.
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧
My Thoughts: well, this book was an absolute joy to read, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me cringe and it made me want to hold Hope right and never let her go.
When it comes to the writing style and Hopes voice although I totally understood why it was written the way it was, it did take a lot of getting used to, but once I was there it made the story feel more real and genuine.
The story deals with a lot of hard hitting topics, and there were times when I thought I’d have to put it down, but I kept on going and I am SO GLAD I did,
How do you deal with the worst days of your life when you take things literally and struggle to process your emotions in the way that everyone else is telling you too? – stick with Hope and she will show you how.
This has to be one of my favourite reads of the year and gave me serious Eleanor Oliphant vibes and I will be recommending it to anyone possible.