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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: February 2008 ISBN: 9781400176069
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/12/2014

    " Good book about a child's love for his mother, despite her inability to care for him. Amazing story of a young man who saves himself from the foster care system and has returned to that system to help others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvelle Morgan | 1/12/2014

    " A stirring, eye-opening book regarding the quiet loneliness and pain of being in the foster care system. It really caused me to reflect that parents I may see as "bad" still have a bond with their child and their child with them. How sad that those bonds can be stretched so thin by the thoughtless inattention of others. While at times it may seem that some bonds are better off broken, maybe that is not altogether true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nickie | 1/10/2014

    " Thought provoking and something you "should" read - but sad and not really telling the entire story about foster children. This book might make you feel that you need to be doing more to help children (and that is good) - but it is a depressing story about how things can go badly for some children. I know several foster parents who very much love "their kids" and provide very well for them. The reality is that there is good and bad in this world; this story emphasizes the bad and left me feeling depressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Schmoldt | 1/5/2014

    " I picked this book up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble on a whim since I've been on a memoir kick lately. I remember seeing the author on a talk show and his story is quite remarkable. I highly recommend this book if you don't mind reading about a very traumatic childhood, which thankfully for Andrew Bridge, leads him to Harvard Law and a career as an advocate for foster children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2013

    " Heartwrenching account of growing up in foster care. Andrew Bridge shares his brave and important story of hope and of Hope's love. Unforgettable memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 12/23/2013

    " I found this book interesting. Unfortunately I see too many young people like Andrew daily. The system isn't fixed it just shuffles along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 New | 12/17/2013

    " I loved this book. My friends loved this book. You'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 11/18/2013

    " loving this book. i love a good true story with a fabulous sense of 'hope'. i love strife, as long as there is hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 11/5/2013

    " This was a good book, but I guess I was expecting it to be better. I know that's a weird critism for an autobiography, but I wanted to know more about his mother. Even though his time in foster care wasn't great, I am positive that others have it much worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/22/2013

    " True story of a boy's struggle/survival during his time in foster care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nimra | 3/4/2013

    " A wonderful memoir that sheds light on the American foster Care system and a boy's resiliency into becoming a children's rights advocate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Luttrell | 1/8/2013

    " True account of a boy who was passed through the child foster system. Sad and heartbreaking at times. Found myself routing for Andrew Bridge's as he took his life into his own hands and determined to make a positive future for himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Davis | 10/25/2012

    " I learned a lot about the limits of foster care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 10/6/2012

    " This book gives the first person report of life as a foster child. Much food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/19/2012

    " If you are interested in foster or foster/adoption this was a very interesting book. Very graphic and he did not have the best experiences in life but I found it to be a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee6265 | 4/30/2012

    " This book was so sad, I kept wanting to reach out and give Andy a hug. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne | 4/22/2012

    " I'm kind of addicted to memoirs, whether they're very good or not. I think it's my desire to peak into other people's lives (I guess most of reading is that, actually). This one is good-- I couldn't stop reading to see what he would do. And it has moved me to read up more on foster care in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 2/11/2012

    " Brave, but slightly depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty Langton | 12/21/2011

    " I saw him speak on the steps of the capital in Sacramento. He is the most articulate advocate for foster children that I know of. I recommend this book not only to every social worker but every one who cares about kids and families in crisis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis Jennings | 12/19/2011

    " Heard this author at Lewis Ginter Bot. Garden lecture- a very quiet-spoken, intelligent, and courageous man who relates his life as a foster child. As an adult lawyer, he has made advocacy for foster children his life's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Summers | 11/6/2011

    " Good. Powerful, but sad. Hope's boy overcame so much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 11/4/2011

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 6/8/2011

    " Heartbreaking, but a great story. A good reminder for those of us insulated in our suburan lifestyles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/1/2011

    " Heard this author at Lewis Ginter Bot. Garden lecture- a very quiet-spoken, intelligent, and courageous man who relates his life as a foster child. As an adult lawyer, he has made advocacy for foster children his life's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/2/2011

    " Great story of a boy who overcomes a hard childhood in foster care and becomes a successful lawyer. Although the book is powerful and has a great take home message about the successes and short comings of the foster care system, I didn't absolutely love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ny | 3/12/2011

    " A super quick read. And a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 3/2/2011

    " only OK....I know this is on a lot of book club lists....mediocre "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/23/2011

    " I loved this book. I think anyone who wants to be a Social Worker or is already one should read it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/17/2010

    " A very quick read. It is really sad but it's the hard truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/16/2010

    " I just finished this. It's a good read if you are interested in child welfare and specifically foster care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rumschik | 10/26/2010

    " I enjoyed this book's humor and wit. The violence in this book tugs at your heartstrings. For me the beginning was fast and enjoyable but the ending was slower. All in all this book doesnt "WOW" me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 10/25/2010

    " Heart-breaking biography of Andrew Bridge who grew up in foster care and his work to change the foster care system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 10/22/2010

    " Amazing!
    I also had the pleasure of listening to the author speak about his life and his now current work with the foster care system. He continues to devote his work to protecting children and the mothers they love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 10/1/2010

    " Such a sad story! At times I wanted to put it down because the author's childhood was so painful to even read about, but I kept reading in hope that he would overcome his circumstances--and he did. No child should have to endure the things he (and so many others described) endured. "

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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.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.