Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

In the book Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman a 17 year old girl named Shavonne is in juvenile detention for crimes she’s committed during her times as a 13 year old until now.  She has anger against her mom because she was addicted to drugs and for herself for accidentally hurting her younger brother, causing them to be put into foster care.  During her time at the juvie center, she gets therapy from Mr. Delpopolo to help her manage her anger and to show her emotions.  With fellow inmates and adults who try to provoke her back to her old ways, she must prove to herself and others around her that she has changed for the better.  My favorite character was Mr. Delpopolo because he was able to handle Shavonne’s hostility without getting angry or losing control of himself.  My favorite part of the story was when Shavonne got to meet somebody important from her past.  I would give this book 5 stars because it seems like a journal of a girl and seems so personal and realistic, but I would only recommend this book to mature teenagers because of the topics and language used.

Submitted by Chontelle

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