Gisela’s review of The Hopefuls

Another book that got kind of bad reviews here on Goodreads, but I actually enjoyed. Maybe because I just took it for what it is – a story about a young couple that gets caught up in the hoopla that is politics and Washington D.C.

The main characters (Beth, Matt, Ash, and Jimmy) were depicted really honestly. I feel like they were real people that I would probably run into or people that I went to college with. Each had their different version of what success looked like. It was these differences that brought on all their troubles and grievances with each other. They just didn’t know how to cope, and I think that happens to many of us. We start of all idealistic and optimistic, but then the reality sets in and you realize that maybe that new job wasn’t as great as you thought, or those friends weren’t as sincere as you had originally hoped.

I really enjoyed the fact that this book takes place during recent history – the historic 2008 campaign when Obama won and the years that followed. Looking back I think everyone became so involved with the message of hope and change that it was easy to become disillusioned and believe everything would be better overnight. But the reality is much grittier than that – it actually takes a lot of work, which is something our main character and narrator Beth has to realize.

You aren’t going to find extreme scandals or a lot of action in this book, but if you are willing to be patient, I think Beth’s honest and sincere voice and thoughts will make you, as a reader rethink what trust, politics, relationships, and above all hope require.

Gisela’s review of The Hopefuls

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