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Hope's Boy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Hope's Boy is a touching story.

Hope's Boy is a biography of Andrew Bridge's life as he remembers growing up within the California Foster Care System. He survived a loveless foster home although they cared for him the entire eleven years he lived in foster care. It is a touching story about how he use...
Hope's Boy is a biography of Andrew Bridge's life as he remembers growing up within the California Foster Care System. He survived a loveless foster home although they cared for him the entire eleven years he lived in foster care. It is a touching story about how he used his schooling and teachers to get through each day and never gave up on all the love he had for his mother who left in the foster system. What Andrew didn't know was that his mother was institutionalized during most of his foster care years. Read this book to understand how he grew into a professional lawyer as well as an advocate to helping children living in the foster care system.

posted by Sunflower6_Cris on May 26, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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I hate to sound unsympathetic, but as I neared the end of the book, I found Andy less and less 'likeable.' I love memoirs, I love against-all-odds story, but what I kept picking up from the book was a 'poor me' attitude. The italicized lines maddened me because he sho...
I hate to sound unsympathetic, but as I neared the end of the book, I found Andy less and less 'likeable.' I love memoirs, I love against-all-odds story, but what I kept picking up from the book was a 'poor me' attitude. The italicized lines maddened me because he should have spoken up. I tend to think maybe the Leonards weren't quite as bad as he made them sound, and even if they are, they still gave him so much. They changed their license to keep him, he could have been shuffled around A LOT more and been dealt a much worse destiny. My own mother was more like Mrs. Leonard, but Andy had known pure unconditional love from not one person, but 2. I could have hoped for so much. When he said things like they didn't ask for weeks where the college was, why didn't he open up and offer more? He is as guilty for the relationship as they are. He did not open up to them or others and I guess I just found that frustrating, like he may have missed the whole lesson there for the reason for his life. It did not inspire me, it left me just a little annoyed after awhile at all his negative portrayals of everyone. I wish for him tolerance, love, healing, peace....

posted by Masha123 on November 1, 2009

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