Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a scholarship, and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant. Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth they once found in each other.
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Hopes Journey is an emotional roller coaster. The story deals with teen pregnancy and the many issues that teens (even some adults) navigate through when dealing with a "woopsy" (as my dad likes to call it).The emotions portrayed are raw and very honest. The book follows both Alex and Sydney's point of view. Each chapter alternates between the two. It is very frank in dealing with the many issues and social aspects of teens dealing with pregnancy and the fallout of family and friends. I could picture the scenes in my mind. Stephanie Worlton doesn't sugar coat the situation. I felt particularly bad for Sydney as she is judged. I found it ironic that she feels more of the social pains than Alex does, because it is her body changing and not his. It was also hard to realize that their dreams had changed. The successful and dynamic couple now have broken dreams ahead of them.I think that this is a great book for youth to read. The emotions are real. The situation is real. It might help a few to think twice before following the same path. Many young women have tied up their self esteem into their relationships with boys. Thinking that if they don't give up their virtue, the boy will leave. This book addresses that thought admirably.This book kept me glued to the pages and I hoped the best for each of them and their innocent child.While this book is told from the viewpoint of an LDS couple. Any family that teaches abstinence or wants to realistically deal with the issues of teen pregnancy will find this book to of great value.more
Sydney and Alex have their lives all planned out, and things are running smooth. Mostly. Everything changes when Sydney discovers she's pregnant. They both have to deal with their own struggles of seeing their dreams shattered. Sydney and Alex must figure out their paths separately, something they never thought would happen. In doing this, they must also figure out if their futures involve each other. The only sure thing is that nothing will be as they planned it to be. I'm going to get the little bit of negative out of the way first. This is a book with very introspective characters. Sometimes it was a bit too introspective to me. However, some people will really love this aspect of the book. I just got overwhelmed with the emotion of it all sometimes. My other minor issue was with the ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but I did feel like it was wrapped up a bit too neatly.That being said, what this book did well it did very, very well. This book did a brilliant job in portraying an unexpected teen pregnancy, especially as it pertains to LDS members. Having known females and males in Sydney and Alex's positions, the things they went through and feelings they felt were spot on. The way Sydney got negative treatment from members of her ward was so heartbreaking, yet so accurate. It can be a very harsh world for a single pregnant young lady within the church. I also really felt for both Sydney and Alex. Their struggles with self-worth and forgiveness were hard to read at times, and I wanted to be able to reach into the page and help them.I think the most important thing this book did was emphasize that so many times the mistakes we make in life can be tied into our feelings of self-worth. This is applicable to both young and not-as-young women. I think that this book really gives an amazingly accurate look into the lives of two people who find themselves in the position of becoming parents at a less than desirable time in their lives. I think a lot of people would benefit from reading this book. Hopefully it can raise awareness on the feelings of young mothers and fathers and the empathy we have for their situations. Everything is handled in such a way that even younger people can read it comfortably. This book can certainly open up avenues of conversation. Overall this book did a wonderful job of telling a difficult story in a wonderful way. Book provided for review.more