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A Sliver of Hope

A Sliver of Hope

4.6 11
by Karla J. Nellenbach
My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I'd known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.

Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can't be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn't sure she'll survive herself.


My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I'd known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.

Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can't be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn't sure she'll survive herself.
With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can't pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah's heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out.
As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.

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Meet the Author

Karla J. Nellenbach divides her time between dayjobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester obsession. The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses.

Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts: (1) it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and (2) you definitely can go home again�you just might not survive the winter. Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she�s still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the �petting� zoo.

Karla is currently at work on her next novel.

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A Sliver of Hope 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I gotta tell you that this one TOTALLY blew me away. I knew from the synopsis that it was going to be about grief, but WOW!!!! The format for this one is kind of different. It is written in totally first person point of view as journal entries from Hannah. Hannah basically journals her grief process. As you can imagine, loosing a sibling would be hard enough, loosing your twin? I just can’t imagine. Karla Nellenbach does an amazing job of walking us through Hannah’s grief process and seeing all the stages. I don’t think I’m giving anything away when I say that Hannah goes though all the stages, she spends a lot of time being mad at her sister, time waiting for her sister to come back (denial), and depressed about losing her sister before she finally accepts that Hope is gone and not coming back. What is so amazing about this book is the WAY that she moves through these stages and having a front road seat to being in her head. It is also interesting to see Hannah starting to reach out to those around her that are living. Hannah even admits that as a twin, she and Hope had their own world and in a lot of ways it may have excluded people. Hannah also finds out that Hope had been building a world of her own that Hannah knew nothing about. There are no surprises really in this book. Hope doesn’t turn into a vampire and come back to life. Hannah doesn’t snap her fingers one day and figure out that she will be always better without Hope. But she does learn a lot about the person that Hope was and I think in the long run that makes a lot of difference to the person that Hannah is going to be in the future. Plus, it brings Hannah’s ex-boyfriend back into the picture in a good way, and he is there when Hannah really needs him. This book is really beautifully written. I’m not one for including a lot of quotes, but at the end of the second day, the journal entry ends this way, ‘You may not have been broken, but I sure as hell am now.’ Near the end, Hannah sums it up, ” You’ll be right there with me, tiny pieces of broken glass tucked safely into the fold of my heart. Pieces of you. Slivers of Hope.’
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Lately I seem to be reading books that delve into the subject of grief. I tend to gravitate toward books dealing with this topic as my own life at one time was torn apart by the anger and depression that come about as a result. After the death of my mom from cancer, there were understandably days where I wasn't sure if it was worth it to continue struggling to live. I wanted to see her again so badly that I did contemplate suicide. I don't know anyone who has committed suicide, so this book not only gave me insight into what it would be like to deal with the aftermath of a loved one's suicide, but also the devastating consequences after someone has taken her own life had I chosen that route.  The main character, Hannah, is left shattered and stunned after her twin sister takes her own life. She's drowning in her own grief, grappling with questions to which there are no concrete answers, and there doesn't seem to be anyone to pull her out - each member of her family is lost and drifting away alone. There were so many moments I wanted to shout at them all to band together and fight their way through this together. I didn't want to see them each go through this alone, but Hannah and her family's reactions were so genuine and so real that I knew they were only getting through each day as best they could. Grief is messy and complicated with no right or wrong way to express it.  Not only is Hannah dealing with the fallout of her twin's suicide, but she also finds out she didn't know her twin as well as she thought she did. Imagine finding out your twin had a secret side to herself that she didn't let you in on and now she's gone, unable to answer your questions. How would you feel? Hannah already felt betrayed that her sister decided to kill herself - now she feels even more betrayed learning there were huge secrets her sister hid from her.  Hannah's frequent outbursts of anger were definitely understandable, and I could completely relate to how she felt in those moments. Death is so final, and knowing that once it happens, there's no going back brings out ugly emotions that are uncomfortable. It's so easy to drown in grief alone that it made sense to me that Hannah secluded herself, even from those who desperately wanted to help her but weren't sure how.  There definitely aren't all heavy moments though, and many of the lighter funnier moments come from Julian, one of my favorite characters in the novel. He seems to be the only one who really can bring Hannah out into the light for at least a moment or two. I can't help but agree with Hannah's feeling that her parents took her to the altar of a therapist in the hopes that he could "fix" her. My only wish is that this book had been longer - I couldn't help but want more! What's the history between Julian and Hannah? What was Hannah's sister like, and why did she feel the need to keep things from Hannah?  The story is beautifully told, and you really feel every moment of grief and anguish as if the characters are real people you know and care about. You see how suicide affects everyone the person left behind and how it can drive them all apart. I'd love for a second book where Hannah's sister narrates. If you want to know more about the effect suicide has on family and friends whether you've contemplated it yourself or you have lost someone this way, you definitely need to read this book!  I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sad but good read, Takes you into a girls life of losing her twin , reads like a journal, but is a really good book.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
First I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to YA Bound for introducing this book to me. I have been reading the same things over and over again and decided I needed a breath of fresh air and low and behold I see that there is going to be a blog tour so I decide I am going to check it out. A Sliver Of Hope is was so much more than what I bargained for. I mean I went from zero to sixty in the emotions department so many times I couldn't figure out if I wanted to laugh or cry or scream my freaking head off. I mean the books opening starts out so strong full of anger, hurt, and just deep sadness that I have known because my best friend killed himself right after I left him and everyday I kept thinking if I just stayed and talked to him some more he would not have done that. It isn't true because he wanted out of this life and he took his exit. In A Sliver Of Hope we meet Hannah and Hope. Hannah and her twin Hope do everything together and are inseparable until her twin decides to end her life. Hope kills herself and when she does she leaves a slew of questions as to why because NO ONE saw it coming. She was happy go lucky even till the end. The death of her twin has broken something inside Hannah and she can't figure out why Hope would do that. It is in these dark days that everyone is grieving that Hannah just shuts down. It is this time when her older brother Doug comes back home to visit from college with his best friend Julian. This adds a little more stress to Hannah because Julian is the first guy she ever loved and the first guy to ever break her heart. But Karma has a funny way of coming back because Julian is the only one who can break through Hannah's walls of defense. Julian helps Hannah feel something and soon she is opening up and feeling things she thought were dead.Can Julian help Hannah move on? What lies ahead for these two? Can she ever forgive her sister for what she did to the family? This is a HEART WRENCHING and GUT WRENCHING story but it is also about love and moving on.
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anastasia_gkaitatzi More than 1 year ago
The story A Sliver of Hope is a story about losing people you love and finding the courage and inner strength to move on.But sometimes that's not enough.You need help.Help from your family,your friends and even professional help because saying goodbye is never easy..But honestly..we never say goodbye,do we? Hannah and Hope were twins,best friends and ready for their last school prank on April 1st.But that never happened because Hope,amazing athlete,brilliant student,most popular girl,the golden child,the perfect one,committed suicide leaving Hannah back to pick up the pieces. The characters Hannah always thought that her sister was as bright as the sun.Always excited,cheerful...and happy.So why take her own life?That's one of the many questions that Hannah is trying to answer.She can't sleep,she barely eats,she can't face her family or go to school without bursting into tears.So she locks herself into her room where she communicates with Hope the only way she can.By filling her diary with post after post talking to Hope like she was still there with her.She tells her how her day was,her insecurities,her fears and then she asks her how could she do something like that to her family,her friends and herself. Her parents decide to send her to visit a psychologist to help her but Hannah is anything but willing to talk to Dr. Cole about Hope or anything else.But the person who helps her the most is her ex,Julian. Julian attends Columbia just like Hannah's brother Doug.They have been best friends forever and when Julian broke up with Hannah,right before he left for college he and Doug had a fight and their friendship was tested.But now both guys return for Hope's funeral and to help Hannah get through this.Julian has regretted not being with Hannah and he's determined to get her back.Forever. The guys with Hannah's good friend,Glory,have helped 'broken' Hannah to put the pieces of her heart and soul back together.Skipping school and going to the beach,attending parties and countless hours of talking and just being there for her made her realize that Hope's gone but there are people who miss her too.But they also miss the old and full of life Hannah. Verdict If you loved The Fault in our Stars by John Green,then this is a book you'll want to read.Funny,sad,romantic,revealing,unique,inspiring,heartbreaking and emotional,A Silver of Hope is a must-read.It's never easy to lose somebody,but you have to keep going because that's life...
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Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Emotional.  Powerful.  Unique.  Those are the first three words that come to mind when I think of this book. Hannah is broken, scarred, and completely lost.  She can't seem to move on with her life.  She's in a total funk after the loss of her sister... her identical twin... her best friend.  She can't seem to accept the fact that her sister, Hope, chose to take her own life.  Hope, who always appeared happy, apparently had a few things she was hiding from Hannah, as well as the rest of the world... and it didn't stop at whatever was bothering her.  Hannah searches for answers to why Hope would do this, and discovered more than she bargained for along the way. Though this story centered around the loss of Hannah's twin sister, there was also a romance aspect that brought the story down a sweeter path now and then.  Just when I thought I would run out of tissues, the story would switch and have me smiling and giggling.  I fell in love with Julian right away.  Though he had his flaws - you know, being a teenage boy and all - he was still sweet, and caring, and had Hannah's best interests at heart. A Sliver of Hope is written more as a journal - Hannah writing to Hope.  Questioning her and asking for answers.  I loved how creative a story it was.  The fact that we got to see inside Hannah, inside her thoughts and her feelings, really helped me to connect with her.  I could feel her crashing down, seeing no positive end in sight.  A loss such as Hannah experienced is hard to imagine unless you've been there yourself, but Nellenbach does an amazing job of portraying the raw emotion beautifully. I would definitely recommend this story.  It's strong and often left me breathless.  It's one that I won't soon forget.