Hope Was Here

 
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Reader reviewed by dykehalo

Hope Was Here is an amazing book. It's a book that you pick up and just get drawn in and are unable to put it down. Hope is learning how to deal with the bumps, curves and the general ups and downs of teenage life at the age of 16 with a few added twists. She ends up in the small town of Mulhoney Wisconsin where she is a waitress at the Welcome Stairways diner with her Aunt Addie. Politics are added and her life becomes even stranger especially when her aunt begins dating the diner owner.
It's a great, easy and fast read.
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A truly Intriguing Story...
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Reader reviewed by Anna D


This time, I carved my name gently, onto the rusty wall, Hope Was Here. Hope Was Here was one of the best books I have read so far, a thrusting page turner indeed. It teaches a lot about friendship and the meanings of life. Although the genre is realistic fiction, the plot can easily be related to many young people of my age.

This book is extraordinarily emotional and yet, a clear flowing book. As the plot turns out to be very easy to understand, the setting is moving place to place as each time she moves continues. The story of this girl, Hope, who is a young but very mature girl at the age of about 14, has a definite rough life. Throughout her mom and dad leaving her with her aunt Addie, she is almost always moving from diner to diner, practicing her waitressing skills. Joan Bauer shows a clear sense of Hopes emotions and feelings throughout the story and the many surprises coming. Being told in first person also helped me to get a better picture of the story for me. Characterization, without a doubt, was also brilliant. I could vividly imagine each characters, greasy hair, or soft angel hands. Such a book is also great for readers. The words werent complicated or advanced and confusing. This book had such a wonderful, suspenseful story.

For many future reading recommendations, this would be a number one on my list. Especially for readers who like understanding and relating to the character. The concept was once again always clear and realistic. Easily connecting with the characters in the story was no problem, and very smooth flowing situation. A gripping storyline and terrific characterization make this book an overall satisfying reading choice.

Basically, I would really recommend this book to many. A lot more strong readers should be interested in this book and similar stories. I will continue to keep a good look out for future Joan Bauer Books and stories. I really appreciated the writing and good style of the story plot. I am happy to have read this book, along with finding a new author and different ways to view books at.
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Joan Bauer Was Here...And she did a GREAT job
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

Hope Was Here is a brilliant book by an equally brilliant author, Joan Bauer. When I read this book for the first time (my copy is worn; I've read it so often!), I was an instant fan of Joan Bauer. Hope Was Here is worth your time, worth your money, and worth anything else you have to do to get your hands on this book.

Hope is a sixteen-year-old waitress who has lived all across America with her aunt Addie. Hope's mother (who, upon seeing her tiny baby for the first time, named her Marigold, of all things. Addie's twelfth birthday present to her niece was a name change.) has long been out of the picture, visiting only occasionally with tidbits of advice.

Waitressing at the diner in Brooklyn was great for Hope, but, like all good things, it comes to an end. The owner stole all the money and ran off, leaving Addie and Hope with nothing. The two of them boarded up the windows, and, just before driving off, Hope left her mark: Hope Was Here, in blue ballpoint pen at the edge of one of the boards.

Addie and Hope are off to a small town in Wisconsin. When they get there, they meet G.T., the owner of the local diner where Addie will be cooking and Hope will be waitressing. G.T is a man the town loves, and he's going to run for mayor and change things. The current mayor, a scheming, dishonest typical politician, isn't standing for that, though. He's got to bring up how G.T. has leukemia, and is dying. How, he says, can a man who is dying take care of an entire town? He might not be alive in a few months.

G.T. isn't alone, though. Hope, Addie, and countless others are trying to get him elected, so that he can do some good for the town. Even though things are hard, they've still got to have hope.

This novel is amazing. Hope Was Here is a book that you will not only read once, but over and over. It sticks with you. Part of this is due to the well thought-out characters, especially Hope. She is a strong character, but also a strong person. She's been through a lot, and she's still around, serving up food to hungry customers.

Her waitressing jobs have a lot to do with who Hope is. Maybe to some people (you know the type--not good enough unless you've got a diploma from Harvard), waitressing seems like a dead-end job, but this book shows different sides of it.

Hope Was Here is a page turner that will keep you riveted from the first word (which happens to be "somehow"), to the last ("had"), and when it's over, you'll want more. Luckily for us, Joan Bauer has written several other books for young adults, including Backwater, Rules Of The Road, and Squashed. They're just as good as Hope Was Here, and that's saying something!
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Reader reviewed by Alexandra

Sixteen-year-old Hope, the best waitress her age you'll ever meet, and her Aunt Addie, diner cook whiz, move from Brooklyn, New York to Mulhoney, Wisconsin. There they take up residence at the Welcome Stairways, a diner run by G.T. Stoop. When they meet G.T. they find out that he is one of the greatest men ever, and that he has leukemia. Then he announces that he's going to run for mayor, against the scamming incumbent, Eli Millstone. Hope and Addie, as well as the rest of the staff at Welcome Stairways, put all their time, when they aren't working, into making sure that G.T. wins, despite the bumpy ride.
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hope was not here
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Reader reviewed by artemis

This book was very bizarre. I didn't understand it at all. Not amusing and very unfunny. It is one of the reasons I nearly gave up on teen literature. This book was unappealing and so not funny. It's horrible.
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hope stays with you
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Reader reviewed by Ashley

in the beginning, she's just some girl that the whole story is about. but as you go along in the story, you learn of her troubling past and her bright futer. you learn of her constant search for a father and he one goal: to be the best waitress. Its an eye catching, imagination stirring, page tturner. with every chapter comes a new update in the life of hope. when you finish the book, it stays with you. hope stays with you.
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I Luv this book
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Reader reviewed by Brandi

This book will suck you in and you wont even know it untill you look at the time. it's about Hope moving from her favorite of many places to live: new york to a place where doesnt even want to move. her aunt raised her from a baby and with a estranged mom it was the best time with only her waitreee skilles from her mom her aunt (a cook) an her are a duo and when moving here get caught up in a mayor running. that gets everyone into it
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Inspiring; Made for Anyone with a little hope in their life
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Reader reviewed by Elissa

"Hope Was Here" is the perfect book for anyong with any hope in their lives. It talks about how a young 16 year old named Hope learning to deal with the bumps and curves in life. The road of life drops her into the small town of Mulhoney Wisconsin where she works at the Welcome Stairways diner with her Aunt Addie. Then everything flips when she is pulled into the political world and her Aunt starts to date the owner with cancer. This is an inspiring Story that while leave you with a lesson about life.
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what a terrific book.
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Reader reviewed by amber!

well at first the book starts off kind of slow but then towards the thirs chapter it gets totally interesting to the point you hate to put the book down. i liked gt stoops and how he ran for mayor and then ended up marrying the girls aunt and adopting her i thought that was really sweet but when i found out that he had cancer and then he ended up dying i cried. i recomend this book to anyone i hope they make a sequal to it. this bok was fantastic!
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Wonderfully Witty
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Reader reviewed by Little Blind Chicken

This is an absolutely wonderful book with a story to tell and an excellent way of saying it. Hope Yancey knows all about change and overcoming obstacles. She has lived around the country with her aunt, becoming an excellent waitress in the process, overcome living the first twelve years of her life with the name Tulip, and dealt with having a "pen parent". Now, she moves from New York to a small Wisconsin town where she gets involved in the heated political scandals of a close mayoral race. Scandals and corruption abound in this tale of a girl who must find her place in life as well as live up to her chosen name.
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