Synopsis: ‘A young adult novel that shines a light on contemporary society.
With unforgettable characters, this heartfelt novel explores cross-cultural friendships, difficult family relationships, racism and redemption.
We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door - or even closer.
Kane will do everything he can to save his mother and his little brother Sam from the violence of his father, even if it means becoming a monster himself.
Mrs Aslan will protect the boys no matter what - even though her own family is in pieces.
Ada wants a family she can count on, while she faces new questions about herself.
Mr Bailey is afraid of the refugees next door, but his worst fear will take another form.
And Gugulethu is just trying to make a life away from terror.’
On this street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them.
A deeply moving, unflinching portrait of modern Australian suburban life.’
The story is told by the many characters in the novel. Each has their own perspective and have a chance to hold sway with the narrative. The characters are as diverse as their nationality. A wonderfully multicultural street with colourful characters.
That said, not all of the people on Hope Street are nice people and many are trying to cope with their own problems and are too scared to intervene. But the wonderful aspect of human nature starts to shine through and eventually the people on Hope Street start to form a community, one in which they can form friendships and start to depend on one another.
Hope Street lives up to its name.
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