Hope Nicely hasn’t had an easy life.
But she’s happy enough living at 23 Station Close with her mum, Jenny Nicely, and she loves her job, walking other people’s dogs. She’s a bit different, but as Jenny always tells her, she’s a rainbow person, a special drop of light.
It’s just . . . there’s something she needs to know. Why did her birth mother abandon her in a cardboard box on a church step twenty-five years ago? And did she know that drinking while pregnant could lead to Hope being born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
In a bid to find her birth mother and the answers to these questions, Hope decides to write her autobiography. Despite having been bullied throughout school, Hope bravely joins an evening class where Hope will not only learn the lessons of writing, but will also begin to discover more about the world around her, about herself and even make some (human) friends.
But when Jenny suddenly falls ill, Hope realises there are many more lessons to come . . .
I loved this book so much and wanted to jump into the book and give Hope a great big hug. The way this book is written is like you are in Hope’s head and she really has been through the mill, it was such an eye opening experience one that I won’t be forgetting in a while. I found I really loved Hope and I laughed with her and I did shed a few tears just because of everything she has been through in her life. We find what it is really like living with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, now I had heard of this but didn’t know much about it. From reading this book I feel like I have a clear understanding how it affects a person. The story was written well and I was sad when I had turned the last page. It is a story that I won’t forget in a hurry and a story I would read over and over again.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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