Living on Hope Street opens with what appears to be a family sitting down to eat a lovely roast lamb dinner but it soon turns into a harrowing scene of domestic violence. And from there I was hooked. I couldn’t help but fall for the lovable characters and hope for the best for them as I followed their struggles with life.
The book is told from the point of view of seven different characters and each one depicts their hardships and the challenges they face. Demet has created a group of diverse characters, all with one thing in common – hope. They all hope for a better life and a connection with their community.
The book touches on many themes from racism to cultural clashes to domestic violence. Ultimately I think this is a beautiful story about family, not only your own but also the kindness of other families who all come together with hope in their hearts.