A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

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Two women kidnapped by infamous Cleveland school-bus driver Ariel Castro share the stories of their abductions, captivity, and dramatic escape
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry. . . . I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for ten years."
A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry had a daughter--Jocelyn--by their captor.
Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Amanda Berry, Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro's house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines--including details never previously released on Castro's life and motivations-- Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of two women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2015
ISBN: 9780525427650
Branch Call Number: ANF 364.154092 BER
Characteristics: x, 321 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Memoir of survival in Cleveland


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Jul 05, 2017

Loved this book as well as the other books these 2 women are survivors ..I was a little disappointed that Michelle Knight was barely mentioned and that they have gone their seperate ways as Michelle Knight was the true survivor in my eyes and she deserved more credit for all she did for Gina and Amanda in that house

Nov 08, 2016

Amazing story. And strong women. Very well written, This story had me crying at times and at the end of my seat. I found myself cheering for amanda when she finally got out. Heartbreaking what these girls had went though. I couldn't put this book down.

Mar 08, 2016

Heartbreaking for these young ladies and their families - yet the inexhaustive creativity & resilience they demonstrated is profound. I couldn't help reading this book and also not contemplating it as a 'user' manual as a member of society. ie how can i be more observant & aware of my neighborhood & my neighbors, patterns of 'comings & goings'. There were clues; they mentioned lots of them. Don't bury our head in the sand. If something seems 'wrong', maybe it is. He blended in, that's what's frightening. There are lots of missing children out there. Those parents listened to their intuition, they were right, which gave strength to those girls.

Feb 27, 2016

I am almost done with the book. Started day and half ago, can hardly put it down. I can't even imagine how they survived this horrific 10 years of their lives. I notice some said Michelle was not mentioned, but she was but not a lot of detail as I gathered from the "Note to Readers" in the beginning Michelle did not want to be a part of this book as she wanted to write her own. An amazing book of despair, hope and survival. I can hardly wait to finish it and read Michelle's book. Highly recommend.


Through this whole book, I couldn't believe that there was the worst kind of monster living in our neighborhood of Cleveland. One major touching part of the book, towards the end, that really got to me was the words spoken by Amanda. This was the context in the book:

Somebody has laid fresh flowers on my mom's grave, with a note: Dear Amanda, We hope that your mom knows you are home." It's signed by someone I don't know.
For ten years, I lived in a world controlled by one selfish man. Now I live in a world of kindness, where total strangers help me and ask for nothing in return.
I explain to Joce that this is where her grandmother is buried.
"She's in heaven, but this is where her body is," I tell her. "So we're going to come here and visit her all the time."
"Okay, Mommy," she says quietly.
It's cool, barely fifty degrees, and rays of sunshine shoot through the big trees around the gravesite. I look around at the perfectly mowed grass and think my mom would approve.
I crouch down and whisper, " Mommy, I'm home."

That part had me in tears!!!

Jul 12, 2015

Although this is a horrific story, the flow of the book is good. I appreciate how they made a timeline of where the police investigation was, and other information about their families. It is unbelievable what this man did to those girls.

Jun 26, 2015

Well written and not graphic. It goes into some detail about Castro as well as telling the women's story.

dossiere Jun 17, 2015

was just like re reading the local news.

Jun 16, 2015

I also did not like this one as much as Michelle Knight's book and to be honest they really cut her out of this book. She was mentioned only when deemed necessary. I horrible thing to happen to anyone that is for sure.

trukerdon May 27, 2015

I thought this was a great book well written and told the story of what these girls now young ladies endured throughout their ordeal. I am waiting now for Michelle's book and hope I am not disappointed when I read it after reading this one.

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