Monday, 31 March 2014

Review: A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Publisher: Usborne
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 1st, 2014
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

I'm Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon. I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me.


A Boy Called Hope is a lovely debut novel about family and everything that comes with it. Eleven-year-old Dan Hope just wants his absent dad to love him, and this is his story about how he sets out to achieve his goal. It'll tug at your heart strings, make you laugh and maybe even make you cry, but most importantly of all it will make you thankful for family and all the ups and downs that inevitably accompany it.

Dan has a fantastic voice, funny and warm. He sees things exactly how an eleven-year-old should, direct and to the point. He often notices what adults overlook, and has no problem taking matters into his own hands. He's brave and resilient, and never gives up in his quest to have a relationship with his dad. He's a great character that everyone should meet, even adults who think children's fiction should stay with children. Dan and his story is universal, as is what you'll take away from it.

A Boy Called Hope is a well-written, accomplished debut from an exciting new UK author. I defy anyone to read this book and not love Dan Hope; it's kind of impossible, actually, thanks to his innocent charm that's present on every single page. I loved him, I loved his realistic, charming family and I also loved this book. I can't wait to see what Lara Williamson writes next!

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