Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren is a beautifully written, novel. Although this book is YA I feel that adults would also enjoy this story set in multicultural Melbourne. Demet Divaroren tells the story of the people who live on Hope Street with great compassion and understanding. You just want the kids in the story to be happy. Kane and Sam are brothers and when Kane tries to protect his mother and Sam from the violence of their father it is written with empathy. In some ways this story reminds me of Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South and just as well-written.
From the blurb on the back cover: On this street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them.
Living on Hope Street has one of the best covers I’ve seen and perfectly captures the story within, edgy and full of hope.
‘Living on Hope Street is a big-hearted, compassionate work. Divaroren is a ferociously good storyteller and every character breathes life, every character convinces. This book is an absolute joy to read.’ CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS
I’m sure Living on Hope Street will win awards and become an Australian classic.