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Hope Was Here

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  15,519 Ratings  ·  1,330 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 - particula ...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.
Ivy Well, I would probably put something about the situation they are in. Don't want to spoil anything!!!

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Apr 25, 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
Abigayle Claire
Nov 06, 2016 Abigayle Claire rated it it was amazing
Oh my word <3 This book had been recommended to me by several friends so I purchased it through Thriftbooks and I am so glad that I own a copy! The themes of hope and inner strength under pressure and in new circumstances were inspring and laced well. I loved the entire thread of Hope trying to pinpoint her own identity and find out the true meaning of family. The setting of a new town, local diner, and small town politics were cute and realistic. It's an easy read, very refreshing, and worth ...more
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
Jun 13, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reads
W O W.

This book was good.

Don't get me wrong, it had its flaws--it's not an instant favorite of mine. But it was so full of meaning and hope that I can't help liking it.

Lovely Things:

- The heart. This book had SO much heart to it. Who would have thought that waitressing/cooking could be so rich in meaning? (P.S. I did cry in the last chapter or two. And here I was thinking I could make it without getting punched in the feels. #soclose)

- The setting. ACK YES. It had such a familiar
Sarah Grace
Wowza, this book! So amazing! Definitely check it out! (and grab a box of tissues too.)
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
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
Oct 18, 2014 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
Ariana Fitz
Jan 09, 2017 Ariana Fitz rated it really liked it
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Juliana Cortale
Jan 24, 2017 Juliana Cortale rated it it was ok
Have you ever had to adapt to a new place in life unexpectedly? In the novel “Hope Was Here” by Joan Bauer, the main character, Hope, has faced this challenge many times in her life, as she is constantly moving around. The main lesson of this book is no matter what challenges come in your way, you can always push through them and succeed.
Hope is a normal teenage girl, but she doesn’t have a very normal life. Her father left her when she was born, and her mother leaves her as a toddler. She liv
Faith Rice-Mills
Sep 22, 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
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
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
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
Jan 19, 2017 Karyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I love how this book left me feeling when I finished it. And I'm not talking about warm and fuzzy. Somehow, the story seemed real, in a way. It felt like I was there, sure that the adrenaline rushes were mine, the losses were mine, the victories were mine. Part of me wishes that I didn't read the book so that I could experience everything again. Experience everything in the exact same way I did this first time. But, of course, you probably won't know what I'm talking about until you've read it y ...more
Oct 14, 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
Nov 11, 2014 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 Wis ...more
May 11, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. WOW! What a terrific writer! She weaves together wonderful words and prismatic people into something really special.

Lovely lovely lovely and exactly the kind of message I needed today. Positive yet not Pollyanna. Beautiful, not ugly, or crude, real. Deep and satisfying.

Going right on the "books to buy list, kids must read list, tell people about/ share this book list."

Very clean, age range perhaps 10+? That age won't appreciate it all, and there are some difficult issues, but it's so
Emily Colby
Jul 26, 2014 Emily Colby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: most people.
Hope Was Here is a treat.

It will engage you quickly, wrapping you in its pages and Mulhoney, Wisconsin.

You will turn its pages, fascinated by this story that is so simple, and yet so enthralling.

186 pages and two or three hours later, you'll close the book. Satisfied. And wondering how such a lean book could be so gratifying.
May 06, 2015 Melanie rated it it was ok
I'm pretty flabbergasted that this was a Newbery Honor book. It reads like it was written for ninth graders by a ninth grader. The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one is because the story took a sweet twist at the end. The characters were undeveloped and a bit caricatured and the writing was simplistic.
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.
Michael Fitzgerald
I don't buy the basic premise. A diner cook (with an adopted kid in tow) travels back and forth across the country to take fairly menial jobs that last only a short time? Your last job ended, OK, fine. So there are no other restaurants hiring in your city? In your state? In your time zone? Please.

A lot of the writing is awkward. The sentence fragments abound, as do the single sentence "paragraphs." Why do authors think this is acceptable? Is it supposed to be "stream of consciousness"? Any junio
Apr 04, 2017 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this book yet, then it's the time to read it.
I did like the first few chapters but not that much. I thought, 'hey, I guess this is my least favorite Joan Bauer book. I don't really like the story, politics and all.' But this book proved me wrong. I realized that this book is just like another Joan Bauer book, it has a beautiful story, filled with so many lessons in life. I like the message this book is trying to convey to its readers. I like the characters. And I like the t
Karol Davila
May 23, 2017 Karol Davila rated it it was amazing
Hope was Here by Joan Bauer is a very good book! I loved it! It is very relatable since many people move to different places and they need to adapt to change. Hope is a real hard worker and cares about others. She connects to people and makes them feel happy even if they are really angry or sad. I also really like that Joan talks about school and friends in the beginning of the story so that we can have a backstory on Hope. Please read this book itś awesome!
Lesly Duran
Apr 04, 2016 Lesly Duran rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2017 HazelNut rated it it was amazing
Oh my word, this was amazing. The last two chapters I nearly cried. Quick read too, I finished it in less than a day. 11/10 would recommend. :)
Mar 12, 2017 Neria_Luce rated it it was amazing
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July 12, 1951 - I was born at eleven A.M., a most reasonable time, my mother often said, and when the nurse put me in my mother's arms for the first time I had both a nasty case of the hiccups and no discernible forehead (it's since grown in). I've always believed in comic entrances.

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