Book Review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

25746699synopsis from goodreads.com

Listen.
All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.
So listen. Remember me.

My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before – a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .

The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of the girl no one remembers. But this gripping story – of love and loss, of hope and despair, of living in the moment and dying to leave a mark – is novel that will stay with you for ever.

ratings: 4/5

my thoughts

This book was strange, crazy and exciting. Before I placed this book under my ‘want to read’ section on goodreads, I had stumbled upon her, Claire North’s, (which isn’t actually her name) book called Touch, I began that book last year but never finished it. That book was also creepy but with crazy imagination. It was about a ghost that just hung out in people’s body and got there with just a “touch”  but the people whose bodies it would occupy knew about it.

I only tell you about this book to tell you how imaginative and weird this ‘Claire North’ is. Her real name Catherine Webb. Her other pseudonym is Kate Griffin. I mean…

Anyways about the book. I’m not sure what genre I would put this book  in but my guess will be that, that is her aim, to not put her in a box. I was so intrigued by the author’s brain, to make Hope in a way invisible but visible when you wanted her to be. I guess that is her sudden appearance? I loved Hope’s independence and her taking charge of her own life at a very young age. I do not condone stealing, but I wonder how else Hope would have survived because of the way she was easily forgotten. I wanted so bad for there to be a cure for her. I was hopeful Byron was going to find a way for her to be seen.

Bryon was an unexpected character when she was eventually revealed. From her communication with Hope and Luca’s hatred towards her, I thought she was a he, who was maybe in her 30’s or so. But Byron was an older lady. Clever, disciplined, wise, educated older lady. She was very skillful in her dealings with Hope and even more skillful in how she the murdered the elitist. Or I should say the way she let them kill each other so savagely, with just poetry.

The book touched on society needs to perfect and the way it was literally killing people and eventually killed more people. It touched on acceptance and freedom and conformity. I think the author did a good job of incorporating these things by way of modern technologies and our obsession with apps these days.

There was a love story, but I am so glad there wasn’t a huge focus on that. I am a fan of the romance, haha, but sometimes I need a break from it.

Overall, I really liked the book and I can go on about it. But I am not giving it a full 5 because of the lack of explanation for Hope’s condition. I wanted to know why she was so easily forgotten. Also the “I am” statements irritated me for some reason. “ I am my breath, I am rage…”

Have you read this book? what did you think?

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