Book Review: Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life – Caroline Day

A massive thank you to the publisher, author and Tandem Collective UK for this copy!

The blurb from the back of the book:

My name is Hope Nicely. Why am I writing this book? That’s easy. This book is going to change my life.

My boss, Karen, says a friend is a stranger you haven’t met yet. I think that’s right. Veronica Ptitsky and Danny Flynn are strangers, except I have met them now because they’re in my writing class. Karen says friends always have your back. They don’t mean your real back, of course. It’s called an analogy. But I don’t want any friends, actually (only dog ones). I have my mum, Jenny Nicely, who says adopting me was the best thing she ever did, even if my thoughts bounce a bit differently to other people’s thoughts. She is proud of me for writing my book which will be a Big Achievement. I tell her that writing my story is going to change my life.

Except when my life does change it isn’t because of my writing but because something happens to my mum, Jenny Nicely, and she isn’t here anymore. And, flip a pancake, this is not what I wanted. I’m not very good at being on my own and I wish she were here to tell me everything will be right as rain again soon. Maybe I do need some human friends after all . . .


What a read! I didn’t really know anything about FASD before I read this book, and it really opened my eyes to people that have had to live with this disorder.

It was so interesting to read the book from inside Hope’s head. We get to see just how difficult it is for her to communicate, and how she overcomes the challenges she faces.

The plot itself was super interesting, and I was as intrigued to find Hope’s mum as she was.

I loved Connor too. Having Asperger’s Syndrome brought a whole new level to the book, and I loved the chemistry between him and Hope. It’s like they balanced each other out.

Inspiring read.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My name is Lisa and the pooch in my profile picture is my baby, Skye. I love everything bookish! I also find things like tarot and angel cards, along with runes and gemstones really interesting and I like to incorporate these into my photos.

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