Wednesday, 30 April 2014

"A Boy Called Hope" by Lara Williamson | Review

SOURCE: From a Goodreads giveaway
TYPE: Paperback

TITLE: A Boy Called Hope

AUTHOR: Lara Williamson
PAGES: 304



I'm Dan Hope, and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. 
For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year.
I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting.
I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon.
I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. 
And finally, the biggest dream of all. I want my dad to love me. 

This book was a lovely little story about a boy who's biggest wish is for his father to return to his family and love him again. It's aimed at a younger audience so the language was pretty straightforward, but it was so good to read and there were some super comedic moments. 
I found that the story might actually be really relateable to some people. The fact that this little boy's biggest dream is for the person he admires most to even acknowledge him is something that I feel lots of people go through in their lives, be it with parents or celebrities, most people feel at some point that they want to be noticed.
I did actually really like Dan as a character as well. He's funny and he's a very 'typical' boy. Some of his ideas are just hilarious. 

I didn't always find this book to be completely captivating and felt that the story could have been developed more, but that's probably because I'm older than the intended reading age so I should be a little more fair on the author as this is more my own personal viewpoint. I can definitely see that this book is brilliant for the younger audience though, which is really good! She's definitely achieved what she set out to do!

I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads, as I did really like it but felt there was definitely something lacking for me which I can't really put my finger on. 

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