Hope's Boy

Hope's Boy

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From the moment he was born, Andrew Bridge and his mother Hope shared a love so deep that it felt like nothing else mattered. Trapped in desperate poverty and confronted with unthinkable tragedies, all Andrew ever wanted was to be with his mom. But as her mental health steadily declined, and with no one else left to care for him, authorities arrived and tore Andrew from his screaming mother's arms. In that moment, the life he knew came crashing down around him. He was only seven years old.

Hope was institutionalized, and Andrew was placed in what would be his devastating reality for the next eleven years--foster care. After surviving one of our country's most notorious children's facilities, Andrew was thrust into a savagely loveless foster family that refused to accept him as one of their own. Deprived of the nurturing he needed, Andrew clung to academics and the kindness of teachers. All the while, he refused to surrender the love he held for his mother in his heart. Ultimately, Andrew earned a scholarship to Wesleyan, went on to Harvard Law School, and became a Fulbright Scholar.

Andrew has dedicated his life's work to helping children living in poverty and in the foster care system. He defied the staggering odds set against him, and here in this heartwrenching, brutally honest, and inspirational memoir, he reveals who Hope's boy really is.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781401303228
Branch Call Number: 362.733092 BRIDG
Characteristics: viii, 306 pages ; 24 cm

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Story of a young boy who's mom was unstable, the foster care system and a happy life.

bibliotechnocrat Jun 03, 2015

Andy Bridge winds up a foster child in a family of control-freak crazy but he never forgets his mother and the possibility of love. This is a captivating memoir of a childhood spent waiting for the other shoe to drop - never fitting in, never belonging, never knowing if his 'family' will be keeping him. It's also a great story of overcoming odds. Bridge uses his terrible experiences to inform and motivate his ultimate career as legal defender of kids caught up in foster 'care' just as he was.

bbonier Jan 19, 2013

This is Andrew Bridge's memoir of growing up in foster care in Los Angeles and the problems and loneliness the system creates for the children. Though his mother, Hope, loved him dearly, she was only able to care for him for a short time, succumbing to mental illness when he was 7. His life with his foster family was devoid of love or affection. He was consumed by loneliness and longing for his mother. This is a well written and very personal story that should touch the heart of anyone who reads it. Andrew ultimately became a lawyer, defying the odds against him, and has dedicated his life to helping children living in poverty and in the foster care system.

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