Finding Hope is a short – SHORT – story. Do not let its length confuse you, for it is also an incredibly powerful work. Author Bree Vanderland gives us a glimpse into a young woman whose typically teenage years are being further complicated by being bullied. The young woman, Hope, is looking back on her recent past, weighing it against her vision of her perspective future, and deciding whether or not it is worth sticking around for.
If the author lived through this decision, then I for one am glad for her brave decision to continue on; the adult version demonstrates so much potential with this work. If she based this on observation of others, then her empathy and ability to transcribe her surroundings is incredible for a woman of her age – no matter what that age is.
I actually see this “short story” as the prologue to a longer work, addressing the changes that her choosing to live / die would have on those around her. (Bree, please check out Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper for an example.)
RATING: I'm giving the author 5 stars. The work is memorable and will stay with me – plus, it lacks noticeable annoying flaws. In summary, that's what a 5 star is to this reviewer.
(review of free book)