Published by Redhook on 17th May 2016
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Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.So listen. Remember me.
My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.
It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.
A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.
That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .
The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of the girl no one remembers. But this gripping story – of love and loss, of hope and despair, of living in the moment and dying to leave a mark – is novel that will stay with you for ever.
I picked up The Sudden Appearance of Hope because I had read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and really loved the style and the writing. It will probably be one of my favourite books of the year, so I was excited to see what else Claire North had to offer in the book department. My expectations were exceptionally high, like unbelievably so, and I have to say it didn’t disappoint in any sense of the word, the plot and subplot were well developed and it was a great read. Don’t be surprised if this book makes it on to my best books of the year list!
Going into The Sudden Appearance of Hope it can come off as a little superficial and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Especially as I wasn’t sure what could be done with a character that no one knows who they are or what they have done, but the plot was SO well developed. I never saw where the story was going or how everything would end up entwining together. I think my favourite part of this book was the conversation it opens up about perfection and what society perceives as being perfect. It was a big theme throughout the book and it was done extremely well and wasn’t preachy at all!
I loved the different characters and the way they all worked within the story. I was definitely left questioning who was in the right and who was in the wrong and it was great to see the development within the different character streams. I have to say I completely fell in love with Filipa and her motivations in the story. It was a lovely change of pace from the others, I definitely think her ending hit me the hardest, it was probably the biggest shock in the story.
I also think the concept of The Sudden Appearance of Hope was so well executed. I was worried that it would be a bit confusing with the fact that the main character is genuinely forgettable. But the way everything comes together is so well written. I also think the use of good and bad in this book really adds to the concept, especially when it comes to necessity. There are a lot of events in this book and story where you have to question whether you would take the same approach and whether that makes you evil or not.
I would definitely recommend The Sudden Appearance of Hope. I think the book has a lot of potential and it fulfills it every step of the way. If you’re looking for something different then this is the book for you!
Have you read Claire North’s work? Which is your favourite? What did you think about The Sudden Appearance of Hope? Let me know in the comments!
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