***Review of A Sliver of Hope by Karla J. Nellenbach***
Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can’t be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn’t sure she’ll survive herself.
With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can’t pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah’s heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out.
As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.
I only gave this book a 3 1/2 star rating not because it was a bad book but more so it just felt like something was missing and also it wasn’t exactly my style of book. With that said if you are looking for an angsty style read that will have you feeling strong emotions this is definitely a book for you.
You start out the book on April 1st were a young girl is telling you all about how her and her twin sister are going to the best prank ever for their final year of high school. Then bam in your face you find out the tragic news that one of the sister’s has committed suicide. You feel so much for the twin who is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. By the second chapter you find out that Hannah the twin that is alive is writing in a journal to her sister Hope. Hannah is struggling with why her sister took her own life. For her there were no signs of her being unhappy and she just cannot wrap it all around in her head.
As we all know people say that twins share a huge bond that no one else unless they are a twin can understand. Through this book you totally see how important that bond is and how this horrible incident has effected Hannah’s belief of really knowing her sister. The cast of characters are great you have Doug, Hope and Hannah’s older brother. I really enjoyed Doug because he was truly there for Hannah. Then you have Julian, Hannah’s ex-boyfriend and Doug’s best friend. For me his character was good but I just feel like the author left some stuff out about how Hannah’s and his relationship ended.
The book is basically taking you through Hannah’s day to day life and her struggle with excepting that her sister is gone. There is a good deal of drama especially as Hope’s secrets are revealed. I think it was fantastic watching Hannah grow and move forward with her life. Like I said at the beginning the book is a really good read just not what I truly enjoy reading. I do recommend it though because it could be exactly what you are looking for.