Hope

Publisher: Firefly

Lots of people get mood swings around their periods, but Hope knows that what happens to her is worse – frighteningly so. In the aftermath of her father’s death, she clings to her dream of being an actress, but then she fails her audition for drama school. Suddenly, it feels as if there are no ways forward.

A chance meeting with a boy, Riley, on the ferry home, a job working with the Singing Medicine team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and a reunion with her grandfather are just some of the things that help her find her way to hope again.

Teenagers often get blamed for being over-dramatic, but the fact is that at that age, one failure can feel like the end of the world. Hope’s desperation and panic when her plans don’t work out feel completely realistic. The relationship with Riley is important but, refreshingly, just as important in the book are friends and family.

Many readers will relate to Hope’s life and the exploration of premenstrual dysphoric disorder sheds light on an important topic, which could be life-changing for some.

More books like this

Nest

Author: Esther Ehrlich

This heartbreaking debut novel is beautifully written. The characters are sympathetically drawn and the complex issues of physical and mental illness, grief and guilt are explored with sensitivity. Highly recommended.

Read more about Nest

Kill All Enemies

Author: Melvin Burgess

There are always two sides to every story – who is making the rules, the young people or the adults?

Read more about Kill All Enemies

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...