In The Hope Of Memories by Olivia Rivers
I received the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
My rating: 1/5
Goodreads plot summary: 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.
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 need to confront their personal demons head on.
My review: I must say that at first the book pulled me in as the writing style was nice (which surprised me). However the more I read, the more disappointed I got. Analyzing it now, I can say the novel hadn’t even a proper “start”, it felt like it began from the culmination.
The whole idea of the story was good, but you know, I just stopped reading it after 10 chapters as it got me so bored, I only read the last couple of pages just to learn how the story ended.
Moreover, the novel was overfilled with ordinary conversations and unfunny jokes, when instead of them there could have been nature and New York city descriptions.
Overall, my opinion is that the novel didn’t turn out as nice as its cover and synopsis.