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The Sudden Appearance of Hope
The Sudden Appearance of Hope | Claire North
Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me. My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous . . . This is the tale of a girl no one remembers, and her story will stay with you for ever.
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Creadnorthey
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This is quite good and just a touch sad in concluding that the power of memory is that which keeps you engaged in society. North‘s idea in this book is as strong as Harry A; she is able to maintain it from start to finish while keeping her writing equally fluid. Where it falls short for me is the ground it covers. With the scandals the world has faced recently her data mining Armageddon is equal to a Pierce Brosnan 007.

TrishB I found it sad too. 12mo
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Creadnorthey

Having a hard time putting this down- will I forget about it if I do?
Is it ironic that I am reading this on a digital device...

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Creadnorthey

Really enjoying this book- reading between things- it ends up keeping me transfixed. Love the twists and turns even if I feel plot bits are spinning off and away...

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VinceReads
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Quite the story here. There‘s a ton going on in this book and will likely require a re-read or two to get the full gist of it. Definitely an intriguing story. The writing itself was a bit different and took some getting used to. Liked Harry August better but still a worthwhile read.

3.5/5

RaimeyGallant Nice review. 14mo
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VinceReads
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I loved The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August. Hoping this one is even half as good as that.

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TrishB
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#falsehope #NoFemmeber
This was a good read, if slightly sad and poignant 😔

JennyM Good choice!!! 1y
Billypar Sounds like one where hope leaves as suddenly as it arrives 😬 1y
Cinfhen I own it, I think! 1y
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 This one is by the same author as The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August. Hope is 16yrs old when she starts to disappear. First it‘s her father forgetting to take her to school, then her mother starts setting the table for three instead of four, until everybody forgets her completely. What do you do with your life then? Well, Hope turns to a life of crime, which honestly, wouldn‘t most of us? Can‘t wait to read this.

LoveToReadLiveToRead I really like Claire North, her books always have a premise that interests me. I enjoyed this one and Harry August, I have a few more on my TBR too. 2y
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Settings
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Pickpick

Read this because it won the 2017 World Fantasy Award.

Liked it much better than Henry August, but it was so emotionally taxing it took a while to get through.

Author realized the threat of user data monetization by big corporations such as Facebook before the recent scandal broke. Wish I could say she's a prophet, but she didn't say anything people didn't know at the time. Very happy the apathy about these issues is paused for the moment.

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valeriegeary
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With 2 hours to midnight (PST), I finished my last book of 2017! A strange rumination on humanity, memory, social media, and the quest for perfection. A good one to close out this year. Ready for 2018!

Cinfhen Happy New Year🎉🎉🎉looking forward to seeing what you create next 😊📝 2y
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valeriegeary
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I started this morning with 4 books in various stages of completion. Finished 2 today. Hoping to finish the rest before the New Year starts. I'm feeling pretty confident I can make this happen. Charlie's goals however are a little less lofty: sleep, eat dog biscuits, go back to sleep.

Melissa_J Charlie is living his best life. 2y
BethM Awwww 😍🐶 2y
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valeriegeary
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"Do you have Perfection?"

Fans of the show Black Mirror may very well love this book. I know I'm certainly enjoying it! It's messing with my head and making be want to delete all my social media accounts (expect Litsy of course). ?

Eating: lemon poppyseed cake, rosemary shortbread
Drinking: Smith Meadow tea

Book_Shark I love black mirror! Will have to give this a read 📚🦈 2y
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valeriegeary
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Why yes I am wrapped in an electric blanket and eating chocolates in bed thank you very much! #indulge

Has anyone read this one? My dad recommended it to me. My dad never recommends books. I have no idea if it's going to be good or not. Initial thoughts: I am a little confused about what's happening so far but intrigued. Will keep reading for now.

DivineDiana Sounds perfect! 📚 2y
AmyG Heaven! 2y
Pamwurtzler Sounds perfect and Moonstruck chocolates? Yum! 2y
JenFowler Its doubly interesting because your Dad recommended it to you! This book sounds pretty good! My Dad recommended 'One Second After' to me..and I liked it a lot. First time he ever did that. 2y
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spanda84
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I want to give nothing away, this book is great! It grabbed my attention right away and did not let it go until I had finished reading it. Aside from the plot, there are some excellent cultural references. It's at times funny and sad.

You will not be sorry to have read this!

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Aaronlisa
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I really liked this book. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did but it was a very different story.

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Libby1
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Another library haul!

I picked up The Sudden Appearance of Hope for my husband, who loved The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by the same author.

The UK cover of The Vegetarian is pretty. That one is for ME!

Laalaleighh Also, North has a new book coming out in like 2 weeks!!! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Laalaleighh oooh, I didn't know that!! Have you read Touch? My friend bought that one for my birthday 3y
Laalaleighh That's the one that I haven't read! But I want to! The synopsis reminds me a bit of this book though 3y
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inkypin
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I 💗 claire north's books - clever fantastical world's within our own, really gripping stories amazingly well written. I'm a third of the way through The Sudden Appearance Of Hope and its soooo good, I both can't wait to finish it and don't want it to end!! #clairenorth #scifi

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Guiltyascyn
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I'd go back and forth between consuming the story and putting the book down and not touching it for a day or two. Hope was a compelling narrator, if not always reliable. I really did appreciate how imperfect she was as a character and the sometimes manic stream of conscious she had. While intriguing and compulsively readable, there were far too many parts of the story that dragged the narrative down.

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Clare_Riley
Pickpick

What starts out as an exciting idea (the ability to not be remembered once someone leaves your presence) becomes quite a sad story really. To live on your own, no friends, no family; to have no one to remember anything that you've said or done. There is excitement to this story as well, however! A search, a chase, treachery, murder. A very thought-provoking story.

TrishB Liked this too, but agree, very underlying sadness. 3y
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Guiltyascyn
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Got some time to kill before work. There are parts of this story so far that drag, but Hope's story is so compelling I keep pushing through.

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Starfish_Happiness
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Pickpick

Haunting. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about Hope for a long time. It's a long read but worth it.

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Clare_Riley
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😳 I knew this, but hadn't thought of it explicitly. It's amazing what you learn from a book 😉

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LateNightReads
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Found this gem downstairs on our "free to a good home" table at work.

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TrishB
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Pickpick

Loved this book. The author has a brilliant imagination, still thinking about Hope.

Libby1 I'm about to begin one of her other books today! 3y
TrishB @Libby1 I enjoyed that one too. 3y
RanaElizabeth I loved this book too, so different than what I was expecting. 3y
TrishB @RanaElizabeth me too - lots of different thought-provoking messages in it! 3y
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TrishB
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Next one off the tbr pile 😀

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Exia
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It's yì, actually....

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Exia
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Exia
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booksandsugarquills
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I need to spend more time reading cause I'm really loving this! #ClaireNorth #thesuddenappearanceofhope #currentlyreading #photos

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Mirshad
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The first book of my #readcation is done. I'm hoping to make a bit of a dent in my tbr, even in my library tbr would be something, but it's going a little more slowly than I'd hoped. I'll do a proper review later as I'm gathering my thoughts but this book was fascinating. #librarylove

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booksandsugarquills
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My cat is keeping me company while I read 🐱

erinreads The best reading companion! 😻😻😻 3y
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booksandsugarquills
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I borrowed this from the Library and just started it yesterday. Only 30 pages in but I think it's going to be really interesting. I love the idea I'm excited to see where the story goes! #ClaireNorth #TheSuddenAppearanceofHope #currentlyreading #photo

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SeeJulieRead
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This book seems like Claire North/Catherine Webb imagined what it would be like if the Silence was actually a British girl. With that said, I loved the book and really felt for Hope.

AliceInWonderLibrary Why did you post a blank image? 3y
IndyHannaJones There's nothing there. I think your phone got messed up. 3y
SeeJulieRead @AliceInWonderLibrary and @Hyaeger There needs to be a hash mark emoji! 3y
AmberJoy This sounds like that Buffy episode where a girl was so ignored she became invisible 3y
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SeeJulieRead
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I am #currentlyreading the new Claire North book! I loved her two other books (particularly The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August), so I'm looking forward to digging into this one. #augustphotochallenge

MrBook I read her other 2. Can't wait for this one 😁👍🏻. 3y
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TNbooklover66
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Three new beautiful hardbacks have found their way into my house. I swear I don't know how that keeps happening. 😂

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Mimi28
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Bus was running late had to cancel my appointment ( again 🙄) so I'm back home and I have decided to read this book that my 17 year old cat Nikie is fabulously modeling for me with her paws crossed. I hope the book is as good as the presentation. Akkkk 3/4 of one cup of soda w/ caffiene- I'm wired!

Mimi28 Starting to wind down finally. On a dr's ordered diet where basically the only thing I am SUPPOSED 😉😉 to drink is water. What really sucks is now I am so sensitive to everything else. I do feel a lot better physically and even mentally though. Darn doctors being right- no fun though! Good grief😁 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good luck with the book, sorry about the bus....and congratulations with drinking more water, I struggle with that one too. 4y
Mimi28 Thanks :) Best wishes to you too 😎👍 4y
MrBook 😱 Claire North! I love her books. Eager to see your review. 4y
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Vblancsbooks
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Bailedbailed

I couldn't hang with this book beyond 70 pages...it needed editing & I lost interest quick! Seemed a god premise. #somewinsomelose 😖

MrBook Oh no! 😕 I enjoyed Harry August and Touch tremendously. 4y
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Mairi
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Next read. Bookmark designed by Sam Osborne, find her on IG and Etsy, an awesome designer and illustrator.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Clare North is purple to me, hence the placement. I love purple, and well, she's a purple littérateur.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ughh, you can't see the purple flowers!! Just when I thought artsy!! I'm such a 13!! Lol 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 This book is so good I don't want it to end. And I'm a slow reader, so that's saying a lot. Lol 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Excellent read-premise great, protagonist strong, deep and interesting. Ahhh, being imperfect, is, well, great!! 👍🏽 4y
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Liberty
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Evening reading! Anyone read it yet? I know Millay hasn't read it. (Not because she's a cat -she's just too much of a lit snob. 😂)

SusanInTiburon I love your kitty! And Millay is a great name. 4y
jmkeene Haven't read it, but the last two Clare North books I found underwhelming and very similar. Interested to hear your take on this one! 4y
Autumn Great name for your cat!! The book looks pretty good too:) 4y
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Misanthropester I'm a sucker for cat help 4y
readinginthedark She's so beautiful! 4y
lilycobalt Commenting for the cat. Awwww 😽 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just requested this from my library!! Thanks...I loved TFFLOHA ! 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oops, and super gorgeous kitty! 4y
bookminx She's getting pretty cozy with it, maybe the kitty doth protest too much hmmmm? 4y
Karli She's a pretty girl...my kitties sleep next to books...I'm sure they are reading through osmosis. 4y
Mimi28 Cute cat! I'm going to request the book too. Thanks! 😺 4y
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Mairi
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Library haul 💚

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Betsy_Huston
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Femininity can jump in the ocean and drown

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Betsy_Huston
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Whoever you are: these are my words. This is my truth. Listen and remember me.

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SomberSnail
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Pickpick

God I love Claire North! A perfectly plausible semi-scifi tale for the social media age.

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Guildedearlobe

I felt I should have liked this more than I did. The essential plot was good but full of unneeded side trips. A bit sloppy and uneven. Overall I enjoyed it but was a bit underwhelmed.

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japneeb
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Perfection = No Original Thought.

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japneeb
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Knowledge is power.
Knowledge is freedom.
Knowledge is all I have.

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japneeb
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It's a good day when you receive a copy of a new Claire North book.

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Clarkphd
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Pickpick

Part fantasy, part triller, part thought experiment, all wonderful!

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Texasblues
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Like my TBR pile needed to get any bigger.

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Clarkphd

Can't. Stop. Reading.

MyBookLife That book sounds really fantastic!!! 😍😍 4y
Clarkphd @MyBookLife It took me a few chapters to get in to it, but I'm hooked! 4y
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