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Hope Was Here

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  14,863 Ratings  ·  1,270 Reviews
When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet - in fact, he's decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.'s campaign - ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Puffin Books (first published September 11th 2000)
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Ivy In the book, it told us that "deep in the weeds" means that they are really busy.
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May 20, 2008 Lucy rated it it was ok
I feel like the big grown up bully attacking the cute, freckled face kid on the playground with this review. However, as a Newberry Medal Honor Book, the playground kind of turns more into a raquetball court and the kid has to be good to play in it. Consider me goggled, racquet in hand, and donning my wrist sweat bands for serious play.

I really don't understand how this is a Newberry Medal Honor Book. The characters were flat and one-dimensional, the plot predictable and the message was dangerou
Jan 20, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it
I first read this book in...8th grade, I think. I then went on to re-read it at least five times.
Hope Was Here is about a 16 year old girl who lives with her aunt - the two of them find work at the beginning of the book at a diner in Wisconsin owned by a man with leukemia. Addie is a cook, and Hope is a waitress - a really good one, too, and from the way Bauer describes waitressing, you can tell she's writing from a lot of personal experience.
This book is great for 13-16 year old girls who wan
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 the author. HOPE WAS HERE is worth your time, worth your money, and worth anything else that 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 t
Apr 07, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Okay, as I write this review, please note that I am a 29-year old male. I would have been approximately 26 at the time I read this book. This was a book that my wife and I picked up at a Scholastic Warehouse sale and so I eventually got around to picking it up and giving it a try.

There, that's the background about me...someone who I would not necessarily expect to love Joan Bauer books, but I do!!

This was my first book of Joan Bauer and I thought it was great.

1) The main character. I've read ple
Sarah Grace
Oct 04, 2016 Sarah Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Wowza, this book! So amazing! Definitely check it out! (and grab a box of tissues too.)
Kavita Ramesh
Dec 25, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was ok
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Kelly R
I love this book a lot. I just picked it up again when I was in a sad mood and immediately remembered how much I had loved it the first time. I adore the way it's written and I love the simple story that it tells.
I love the main character, she is not perfect, but she is entirely likable. Her imperfections make her real and wonderful.

One of the main reasons I love this book is because the Main character, Hope, is just like me. She's my age and temperament. I spend over half of my time cooking a
Jan 24, 2016 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
I miss you Pa...

Around the Year in 52 books: A book with a first name in the title - 3/52
Maddy Amy
Feb 18, 2013 Maddy Amy rated it it was amazing
First off, I just want to point out that reading this book made me really hungry. So to those of you that plan to tackle Hope Was Here, make sure you have food handy. That is all.

Anyways, onto the important stuff.

Prior to reading Hope Was Here, I read and loved all of Joan Bauer's previous books (Rules of the Road, Peeled, Thwonk, and Close to Famous). Each one of these story lines was not repetitive, had a great heroine to read about, a setting to match, and a great plot line. Hope Was Here is
Sep 30, 2009 Anniesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Was Here was such a moving book. It taught many lessons like no matter who or what you are you can always be a leader, have confidence, faith, and hope in yourself and you will succeed, live life to the fullest because you never know when your day to die has come. This book was about a girl that moves from city to city based on how long her and her aunt can keep a diner job. She moves to Wisconsin where she meets her boss G.T. Stoop who has lukemia. He is tired of all the lies the mayor in ...more
I loved this book about a 16 year old girl named Hope and her close friend Addie. Hope is a waitress at a diner, but things came to a halt at her diner when someone you'd least expect commited a horrible act against the store and the employees. Consequently, Hope and Addie take off for a small town in Wisconsin.

Through a man they meet and the circumstances of their life, they learn a great deal about growing up. Hope is a very strong character and a good role model for young girls.

I recommend t
Dec 06, 2016 Brierly rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I read this in high school and really enjoyed it. It has a simple, sweet story at its core; the typical teenage narrative is interwoven with more adult themes. The characters were engaging, as well. Four stars. Recommended to high school readers.
Linda Lipko
May 06, 2010 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
This 2001 Newbery Honor award winning book is so breathtakingly poignant that I struggle to write a review that would do it justice.

It is filled with genuinely real people, real pain and honestly portrayed real-life situations.

Sixteen year old Hope Yancey has many reasons to give up hope. Life is difficult. As a tiny baby she was abandoned by her mother. Raised by her wonderfully sensitive and kind Aunt Audie, she learns to persevere.

Aunt Audie is a restaurant cook and manager; Hope is a waitres
Nov 25, 2012 Nadia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 8th-grade
I don't know exactly why, but Joan Bauer books are just, I don't know, I don't exactly know why I love them so much, but I just do. I think how I feel about her books is you can devour an entire book of her's because it's suspenseful with new plots, fast moving plots that keep you interested, and then you don't realize until the end that it wasn't the most fantastic book ever. But, they are still extremely fun to read, and I think I'm now in the middle of a new Joan Bauer phase. She writes books ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Avery rated it it was amazing
Hope was here is a phenomenal book for teen girls, but I think most everybody would enjoy this book. In this book a young girl named hope lives with her aunt Addie, since her mom gave her to her aunt. Dealing with no father, and a not so great mother, hope has learned to be... Well, hopeful. Though her aunt is a spectacular cook, many of her restaurants go belly-up for reasons out of her control. So hope, an excellent waitress is used to moving quite a lot. However, when they move to a small ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Kelcey rated it really liked it
I read this in late middle school/early high school. I remember that it was a great story about the power of hope and resilience. It was a bit angsty (cancer is in the story - not a spoiler, it says that in the summary) but overall a really good story that I believe stands the test of time pretty well.
Jul 29, 2008 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Very good book. The style and story line was a lot like Sharon Creech. Its about a young, intelligent girl trying to discover herself.
Lesly Duran
Apr 09, 2016 Lesly Duran rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing
This is probably the first YA book I've ever awarded 5 stars. AMAZING! I mean, it's a Newberry winner, so it should be. I found it superbly inspiring--a story about a ragtag bunch of down-to-earth, genuinely good people who are trying to do the right things in life... even to the bullies who abandon and abuse them.

The plot follows Hope and her aunt-mother as they relocate from New York City to a small town in Wisconsin, attempting to build a new life in the food-service industry. I can't believe
Faith Rice-Mills
Oct 13, 2013 Faith Rice-Mills rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Hope is used to moving from town to town, finding a new job, and new set of friends. Butt , she never really seems to find a new home. When she and her aunt arrive in Wisconsin to run a diner, they find themselves in the midst of a controversial mayoral race and a lot of small-town drama. Will Hope find her place in this new town? Will she and her aunt stick around long enough for Hope to make friends? Will she ever discover where it is that she truly belongs?

This was one of my least favorite r
Hailee Gorges
Nov 15, 2013 Hailee Gorges rated it really liked it
"Hope Was Here" by Joan Bauer was such a brilliant book. The message that this book sends out is great itself. This book was definitely worth the time I put towards it to read. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Hope and her aunt Addie. Hope and her Aunt move from New York to this small town in Mulhoney, Wisconsin. Hope, at first, is not really sure what she thinks about her new town. After being taught to be an excellent waitress from her aunt and mother, hope fits right in at the ...more
Gabriela Gantt
Jan 12, 2016 Gabriela Gantt rated it it was amazing
In the book Hope Was Here, the story began with Hope leaving another place she used to call home. She left her usual phrase, "Hope Was Here", on something that was significant to her and headed to Wisconsin with her legal guardian and Aunt, Addie. Addie had found a job as a cook for a restaurant called the Welcome Stairways; Hope was allowed to work as a waitress, which happened to be her dream job. They got to meet the owner, G.T Stoop, as well as the cook, Braverman, and the other waitresses. ...more
Destiny Campbell
Oct 16, 2014 Destiny Campbell rated it it was amazing
Destiny Campbell
English 8 independent reading book review

September novel: Hope was here

“Hope was here” by Joan Bauer was and really interesting , funny and independent book. i enjoyed reading this book even though in the beginning i didn't think i would like it .The reason i like this book was because it was attention seeking and funny at times ,in my opinion it was kind of like a john green book and i love john green books. The story was about a girl named hope , and when she was younger her m
Oct 05, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery, realistic, audio
A very sweet book. It almost made me want to quit my job and take up waitressing, Hope was so convincing in describing how essential a good server can be to changing people's lives. (She makes it clear that it's hard work too, but it's the joys and triumphs that stick with me.)

I appreciated that this book did not have an unrealistically happy ending. The ending was still happy, but not in a rainbows and sunshine perfect way that would have done a disservice to the rest of the story.

I wonder how
Sep 27, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
I was very impressed with book, just as I was with another Joan Bauer book I read several years ago, Peeled. Although catering to the YA crowd, this doesn't feel like a typical YA style to me. Sure the protagonist is a teenage girl, but not one who spends all her time sulking or fretting about how she looks or how much she weighs or what the boys think of her. Sure, those concerns surely do cross her mind occasionally, but that is not what this book is about. Instead it is about teens who think ...more
May 05, 2013 Caitlin rated it liked it
thought it was an okay book. i found the idea that her lifetime wish was to be waitress a bit funny, but it was okay. i thought the plot wasn't very well written and wasn't exactly a page turner . i found the diner slang really annoying but it gave the idea of a diner feeling.

i decided to read this book because i was bored and in the library looking for a book. the cover looked interesting. the cover was different from the picture above. the cover of the same book that i picked up was a bottle
Melissa Baxter
May 12, 2010 Melissa Baxter rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! A teenage girl, Hope, has lived with her aunt for as long as she can remember because her mother thought she needed more stability than what she could provide. Hope has never known her father but still keeps in touch with her mother. The only thing it seems she has in common with her mom is that they are both waitresses. When Hope and her aunt have to move again they start work at a new restaurant. The owner, G.T. has a life-threatening disease and he wants to run for ...more
Meghan McClurg
Oct 12, 2014 Meghan McClurg rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-6, fall-2014, review
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Jill Chomowicz
This book was so good in so many ways! The writing, the characters, the 'slice-of-life'. The obvious and less obvious metaphors of serving people, loving people, accepting people for who they are. The death and re-birth of Hope's hope. A lesson on democracy and politics and family and friendship. A lesson on how we live - overcoming hurts.... choosing to love people, choosing to have hope, choosing to do the right thing, choosing peace - and being at peace. I really can't do the book justice.

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