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Expectation by Anna Hope

Genre: Fiction
Source: Random Things
Ratings: 5/5

About The Book

Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable.
Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come.
They are electric. They are the best of friends.
Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be.
Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have.
And each wrestles with the same question:
what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

My Thoughts

‘The Bechdel test?’
‘Jesus, Han, call yourself a feminist?’ Lissa steers her towards the crossing. ‘You know – does a film have two women in it? Do they both have names? Do they have a conversation about something other than a man? This American writer came up with it. Loads of films fail it. Most of them.’

This is a story to make us remember to fight for our dreams, that’s never too late to pursue our younghood wishes.
Once a year, I sit for a while and balance my life; the hopes and dreams I have and had, and decide if I should change my direction or if I am fulfilling my dreams. This book is about the Expectations we have on our life when we are young compared to the life we are having as an adult. It’s not always what we dreamed, but the important is that we are happy with our situation and how we are now.
This is the story of three best friends that had been friends for a long time, they are in a crucial point in their lives where none of them is happy. They know they should start making changes, but the fear of the unknown is keeping them blocked in the same place, making them unhappy and the ones surrounding them. The story is told between the three characters in the present and some of their memories together from the past, that will make the reader understand more their personalities.
This is a quick read, but so real and natural that I can’t stop returning to the pages I’ve just read to continue feeling the connection with these three characters. Because they are so well written that you feel part of the gang, another friend, not a mere spectator of the story. This had been a human and delicate story that is full of layers; feminism, friendship, motherhood, marriage… a really long list!
In the end I couldn’t stop but to drop a tear, the author did an amazing work with this book, I would recommend you to take a deep breath and start reading, I am sure you’ll feel identified with the characters and their problems, and maybe you’ll get the energy to change your life too!
Because Expectation could change to real, it only depends on you!

About The Author

ANNA HOPE studied at Oxford University and RADA. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation.
She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.