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.
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This book is absolutely breathtaking! Olivia Rivers' writing is so beautiful and she draws you into this world from the start. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. By the end of the story I was sobbing, but the ending couldn't have been better in my opinion. This story follows four characters (5 if you count Hope) and it switches between each of their points of view. Now I normally really don't like books where it is several different POVs, but the way Rivers did it was perfect because you are introduced to each of the characters gradually and when it switches POV, the story still flows without having flashbacks and jumping around. The characters are what really make this story because I feel that everyone can relate to at least one character in some way. I don't want to give too much away so I don't spoil the story so I'll share my thoughts on the characters. I definitely feel that I can relate to Aiden the most out of all of them. He suffers from severe anxiety and OCD and this causes him to fear to live his life to the fullest. He is such an intelligent person, but he puts himself down a lot throughout the book. Erik was another great character that I honestly didn't like too much at the beginning. He is your typical "jock" when you first meet him, but throughout the story, you learn there is a lot more to him than sports, in both good and bad ways. Kali was a character that throughout the book frustrated me a lot because I wish she could have realized what everyone kept telling her all along- that she does matter and she is loved. She was really moody and downright rude at times, but by the end I loved her character as well. Sam was the character that I could relate to the least. I was very confused as to why the other characters referred to Sam as "they" throughout the book, thinking it was a misprint, but you soon learn the real reason. Sam was a very moody character (along with Kali), but Sam also had a big heart. The only thing that I didn't like about when the book was in Sam's point of view was that the writing was very informal in that it was all lowercase and used computer language like "4ever" and "some1," but it definitely fit the type of life Same led, where computers and technology were top priority. Without giving too much away, each of these characters have something bad going on mentally, a sort of fear that they are fighting against. I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to read this book because we all have fears in our life, be it mental or environmental, that we afraid to face. This books helps give you what Hope gave to her friends-- hope. Hope that you can fight through your fears and live your life the way you truly want to. Hope died and she wants to help her friends realize that life is too short to not live everyday like it's the last. She may have known that she was dying, but we don't all have that.We could all learn from this book in that we should be happy because everyone deserves that. Every person has value and worth, even when we are broken. If you haven't read this book yet, I strongly recommend you do because I don't think you will be disappointed at all. I got so much more out of this book than just a good entertaining story. "It means not everything that's broken is worthless." --In the Hope of Memories
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Red Sparrow Press and NetGalley.) “If you finish the whole Polish dog, they’ll give you the next clue. If you don’t finish it, the scavenger hunt is over, and you’ve completely let me down.” This was a YA contemporary story about the friends left behind after one girl (Hope) died. The characters in this were okay, although I didn’t really connect with Sam very well. I thought that Aiden was quite intelligent though, and I felt quite sorry for Kali. The storyline in this was about Hope’s friends following a scavenger hunt that she had set up for them before she died. The pace was a bit slow for me though, and I did lose interest a bit. The ending to this was okay, and it seemed like they had learned something from the scavenger hunt. 6 out of 10
I haven't read many books that touched my heart the way this one did. This was a heart felt story about true, undying friendship. This author has a unique writing style and brings the characters to life in such a way you can not stop reading until the end! Loved this book immensely and highly recommend it. Gifted a copy for an honest review.
On Hope's eighteenth birthday - two days after she dies - her friends set off on a scavenger hunt around New York City. Erik, Aiden, Kali, and Sam all come from different walks of life and have never met each other before, but they all have something in common - Hope, and the fact that they are all broken. According to Hope and her favorite Red String of Fate myth, "some people are destined to change the fates of others." Under Hope's guidance, will this bunch of misfits be able to heal each other? The story is told by four very different characters with very distinct voices. Erik's narrative is full of sarcasm, while Aiden's complete ignorance of sarcasm is the perfect foil. I especially love Kali's passages, so touchingly filled with sadness and self-loathing. But my favorite character is Sam, whose text talk is full of humor and extremely insightful. Oh, and let's not forget Schrodinger the cat! This book reminded me of "You Were Here" by Cori McCarthy, which I read just recently, where a major character dies before the book begins and where a character's art is integral to the story. Because Hope's - and even Kali's - artwork is such a large part of this story, I wish the author had followed McCarthy's lead and included illustrations in this book. It would have added an extra, beautiful dimension to this already wonderful story. "In the Hope of Memories" had me in tears on more than one occasion. If you only read one book this year, make it this one. I liked the sound of this one so much that I actually bought it myself and read it straight away. And, boy, am I glad I did. Full blog post (21 March): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/03/in-the-hope-of-memories-by-olivia-rivers.html