Review of Living On Hope Street by Demet Divaroren
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Title: Living On Hope Street
Author: Demet Divaroren
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
About the book: Four families are linked because of the terrible things going on in their Melbourne street. Teenager Kane will become a monster to protect his younger brother and mother from his dad’s violence. Mrs Aslan will do anything to protect the boys, even though her own family is in pieces. Mr Bailey is afraid of the refugees next door, and Gugulethu just wants to have a normal life away from terror or harm.
What I thought: This book felt very realistic and the characters were people that you might see in any suburban town or city. The book changed voices nearly every chapter, and I thought it was interesting to tell the story from everyone’s point of view.
I didn’t really like any of the characters but that didn’t stop me from reading the whole story as it was engrossing, with a hook at the end of each chapter that made me want to find out what happened next on Hope Street. I haven’t really read anything like this before, but I think it was a very good book and portrait of contemporary suburban life.
I would recommend this book for ages 14+ as it deals with adult issues and contains coarse language and violence.
I’m a 14-year-old boy from the south coast of NSW. My favourite books include ’The Hate U Give’, ’Jasper Jones’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. My book reviews have appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, and on sites like Children’s Books Daily and Creative Kids Tales. I read a lot, and I only review books I like. I am currently the only teen member of the #LoveOzYA committee, and a singer-songwriter who performs regularly in my local area and in Sydney.