In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

29011221.jpgI can’t help it that I have a thing for books I think are going to make me cry. They’re irresistible, okay???

Surprisingly, I didn’t cry much in this little gem, though I did find myself laughing a lot. That’s probably because Hope, the deceased girl whose friends this book revolves around, is hilarious (yes, even in death), and I just couldn’t help but walk away from this story with my faith in humanity largely restored.

This is a feel-good kind of book. If you need a pick-me-up during those dreary days when nothing really feels right, I highly recommend that you pick up In the Hope of Memories and take it for a spin. You won’t regret it.

This entire book is about a scavenger hunt set up by Hope to try and bring her friends from various parts of her life together after she’s gone. She wants them to take care of, and learn from, each other. It might sound a bit cliché, but I promise you – the delightful wit and prose more than make up for the premise. I was instantly sucked into the story, and I came to deeply know and care about the characters, including hope, as I read. I wanted her friends to get their stuff together so that they could all find what they were desperately looking for. I won’t spoil anything for y’all, but the ending does a good job of living up to the title – there are more than enough memorable moments to go around.

Rating: 4.4/5 stars 

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