"The book soars in its descriptions of figure skating, capturing its strange and brutal beauty and achieving a beauty of its own in the process." - Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author O’Neill sets her novel in the world of competitive figure skating, but ultimately it’s a universal story about aspiration and imperfection... a new spin on the sports novel, rarely relying on easy metaphors and instead using Ali’s thwarted ambition to explore other ideas of heredity, ambition, maturity, failure, and, yes, hope." - Publishers Weekly

"O’Neill is the author of a debut novel that examines the darkness and obsession underlying the measured, lovely sport of figure skating... O’Neill’s personal story about the detrimental pressures of sports is ultimately both a beautiful narrative and a political statement worth listening to." -Huffington Post

"Surprise. Intensity, Humor. Sadness. Trauma. Obsession. You will find all of these elements in Tracy O’Neill’s new book, The Hopeful... The Hopeful is a wonderful novel that keeps your attention from page one."

"Written with an original literary grace all her own." - The Rumpus


Electric Literature's Best Novels of 2015
Huffington Post 7 Glowing Novels in the Spotlight Now
Hopes and Fears Summer Book Guide
Refinery29 21 New Authors You Need to Know
Vol. 1 Brooklyn June Books Preview
Real Style included Tracy O'Neill in their list of 
Top New Authors You Need to Know Now
10 Great Teens in Contemporary Lit in Electric Literature

The Believer Logger
"National Book Foundation Announces Its 5 Under 35 Honorees," La Times
"The National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honorees Have Achieved an Awful Lot," Bustle
"Here are the 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honorees," Buzzfeed
"Ten Writers and the Sports They Should Write About," LitHub
The Common
Deborah Kalb Q &A
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"O'Neill brings figure skating writing into mainstream," Icenetwork
"Ex-Skater O'Neill says sport's discipline helped prepare her for writing," Tribune-Review