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 was provided with a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*
After finishing Tone Deaf (which was an awesome book that you should definitely check out when it’s released on May 3rd!), I talked to Olivia mentioning that I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to her future works. Well, she offered me the chance to read In the Hope of Memories and there was no way I could pass up that chance. It’s very different to her other book, definitely not a romance, but just as enjoyable. After finishing the book I was in this weird emotional state that had me completely lost for words and I am still not sure I have the right ones to explain how I felt while reading.
First off, I think the premise is just extremely fascinating, but what really carried the story were the characters. Hope, even though you never actually meet her, is such a strong and commanding presence. I could picture her perfectly in my mind and I imagine her to be the sort of person everyone just loves to be around because of her attitude. Yet, she’s not the main character of our tale, those are Aiden, Erik, Kali and Sam. And I know what you are going to say – multiple POVs are so difficult! And it’s true! They aren’t easy to do, but you get introduced to the main cast gradually and everyone gets to tell their part of the story when it is fitting. Also, they all have their own voice and I really liked that.
I am not going to tell you anything about the story, but I would like to dive a little more into what I liked and didn’t like about each of the characters:
- Aiden: Logic is great! I can work with logic, however, characters who depend too much on it can make it awfully difficult to connect sometimes. But with him being unintentionally funny a lot of the time, he grew on me eventually, just like he did on the rest of the group.
- Kali: I got why Kali was the way she was, but she was also the most difficult to like for me. When everyone is trying to be part of your life, you should just let them. Then again, that’s really easy for me to say, not being in her position and all.
- Erik: That guy is just the best and my winner as favourite character! He’s a jock with a heart, like a really, really big heart. There were a ton of emotional scenes in this book, but the last third involving his task and the finale of the scavenger hunt actually had me in tears.
- Sam: This POV was probably the one I had most troubles getting used to. It’s the way it was written (very small caps and abbreviations), but eventually I got there and in the end Sam’s parts were the ones that I highlighted the most passages of. I guess the mix of Tumblr-fandom talk and that Hope and Sam had only ever met online but that it didn’t make them any less valid as friends just really resonated with me. Also, Sam’s just hilarious!
Finally, I just want to add that Rivers has a real knack for writing great animals. I adored Cuddles in Tone Deaf and now I also love Schrodinger, the cat, (How brilliant is that name!?) from this book. I will cherish this little tale and am so glad I could witness the development of those characters.
Fazit: 5/5 stars! If you want a variety of very real characters facing the harsh realities of life, this is for you!
Have I gotten your attention with this review? Are you interested in reading In the Memories of Hope?