The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close // Book Review



When I ask for a character study and I get what I asked for, I can’t begin to describe how happy I feel. Despite a lack of a driven plot, I prefer the meandering thoughts of a protagonist who notices the most interesting things about humanity. I found that Beth’s narrative sold the authenticity of the characters and just like real humans, life is more complicated than lurid affairs or scandalous rivalry.

There’s a constant pressure to act as if you are able to handle the pressure and anything less is unsightly. Perhaps, that’s why Beth refuses to admit that she’s unhappy. It’s not fair to demand anyone to make a decision to uproot their life as if their effort up until then meant nothing. The future is uncertain and a false sense of security is enough motivation to make compromises instead. I thought that this book dealt with nuanced emotions within the setting of white liberalism. Super fun read if you don’t care that a story has to have a ‘point’. A story can just peek into the lives of others and curate experiences that you would not readily have access.

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Lovely illustration showing the dualism of a monogamous marriage. The font is appropriate albeit static due to it being centered. I can imagine another background color such as olive green to really enhance an emotional response (jealousy, nausea). Otherwise, it does mimic many adult contemporary reads with its neutral tones and can result in losing individuality among look alike covers.

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