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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Bridge Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 heart-wrenching, brutally honest, and inspirational memoir, he reveals who Hope’s boy really is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bridge…has provided remarkable insights into a dark corner of American society.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Drummond’s delivery of narrative is straightforward and well paced…Drummond’s portrayal of Andy has the longing and wistfulness of a son who adores his mother and grieves their parting.”


  • “An inspiring account.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bridge has written an affecting, moving memoir which in the end is a poignant cry for rethinking our foster care system. Hope’s Boy will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.”

    Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trisha | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good, but not the best book about foster care that I've ever read. Maybe I'm just jaded and I need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Anyway, at least we do a way better job than this in SLC these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MiaM | 2/8/2014

    " I learned so much about the American foster care system. It was also inspiring to read about Andrew Bridge and how despite his childhood's trials and tribulations he moved forward. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suebee | 1/25/2014

    " I loved this book. A beautifully written story of a lost childhood and the hope that held him through it. I recommend it for everyone! You won't forget it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly | 1/19/2014

    " An autobiography of a boy who grew up in foster care. This book breaks your heart every few pages, from the sad situation with his grandmother, to the tragedy of his mother's mental illness, the heartlessness of the foster care system, and the many missed opportunities. The writing style was mediocre and it sometimes skimped in parts that I wanted to learn more about. In many places the author attaches motivations/feelings/etc to people that come across more as his own projections. Mostly, I felt like the book was to tell his mom that he forgives her (which is certainly a valid purpose for an autobiography). This man's story definitely made me want to learn more about the U.S. foster care system, especially from a less memoir/more objective nonfiction perspective. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Bridge

Andrew Bridge spent eleven years in foster care in Los Angeles before earning a scholarship to Wesleyan University. He went on to Harvard Law School and was also a Fulbright Scholar. Formerly the CEO and general counsel of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, he lives in New York City. He remains a dedicated and vocal advocate for children in foster care.