Academic achievement was Andrew's ticket out of hell - a scholarship to Wesleyan University led to Harvard Law School and a Fulbright Scholarship. Now an accomplished adult, he has dedicated his life to working on behalf of the frightened children still lost in the system. Hope's Boy is his story, a story of endurance and the power of love and, most of all, of hope.
©2008 Andrew Bridge; (P)2008 Tantor
"An inspiring account." (Library Journal)
"Bridge...has provided remarkable insights into a dark corner of American society." (Publishers Weekly)
No. Too painful
The Lamberts' incredible stone-like cruelty. Jason.
I must admit that after the first 45 minutes I was really taken in by the story.
Amazing that anyone who really experienced this kind of childhood would really be able to recount it in such detail. This is what I find so disturbing about Americans. How can this author describe all this in such detail and walk down the street the next day? Leads me to conclude that he is profiting off of his admittedly bad childhood in foster care. Difficult to believe the Lamberts were really that cold, calculating and cruel. Why didn't the grandmother in Chicago make a greater effort to claim him when the time came? Also, it seems that after becoming a big time successful lawyer,
Mental illness is not an easy disease to live with on any level.
The boy he went to visit in the first chapter.
The separation scene during her street episode
Is this book a plea for help for the homeless? the mentally ill? kids lanquishing in the foster care system? Yes, the author didn't have a pleasant upbringing. It didn't really stir anything one way or another, due to no real plea for anything as this book could have (and should have) been. Bottom line: missed opportunity with a mediocre offering.
I found this book to be a sad indictment of the foster care and mental health care system of the time period it was written. As a CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, I can see that, at least in my state things have improved but not to the point where they need to be. The foster care system is filled with harried workers whose load is far to high. We have a court system that must follow the letter of the law and not the spirit. At least at this point and time older children are now more involved in their cases. They have more of a voice, at least in New Mexico.
I would encourage all CASA volunteers to read and consider this story carefully.
This is a sad and true story. It is fantastic that Andrew Bridge learned to live beyond his painful childhood and become an advocate for kids in foster care. The book is well worth the listen (or read)! Inspiring tale!
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