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Hope Was Here

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Hope is a 16-year-old girl, living a nomadic lifestyle with her aunt Addie. Addie is a chef and restaurant manager, and Hope works as a waitress. They're always moving from place to place, and the story opens with them up-rooting from Brooklyn, New York. Before she leaves, Hope scribbles 'Hope Was Here' onto the menu board - it's become her motto, a ritual she carries out...more
Published January 1st 2004 by Corgi Childrens (first published September 11th 2000)
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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...more
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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
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...more
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
Maddy Amy
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...more
Very good book. The style and story line was a lot like Sharon Creech. Its about a young, intelligent girl trying to discover herself.
Lauren Brophy
This was a heartwarming story for all ages. Its also very real, if you know what I mean. When Hope moves from the big city to the small Wisconsin hills, shes in for the time of her life. Hope and her Aunt Addie are introduced G.T, the man who owns the diner that Hope will work at for a while. When election time rolls around, running for mayor sounds like a plan for G.T. Right when he feels the heat of the election, disaster hits. G.T keeps pushing through, even when times got rough for him. He t...more
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.

Ann Carpenter
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...more
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Hailee Gorges
"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
Melissa Baxter
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
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...more

Hope Pulvey is an intelligent sixteen-year old American teenager. She was raised by her ambitious Aunt, Addie, after her mother abandoned her at a young age. She devotes her life to becoming the best possible waitress she can be. Hope is passionate about what she does, but perplexed on the idea of life. When her elderly and ill boss, G.T. Stoop, runs for town mayer, she realizes how valuable her role in the world is. She begins to promote G.T. and question the opposing candidate.

I think Hope Was...more

This is a novel about Hope, who is a teen, who has a dysfunctional family and is learning to adjust to living in a new town. Her aunt, who is a short order cook, raises Hope. Together, they make their way to a small town in Wisconsin to run a restaurant for G.T. He is a cancer patient that has grown week and is supposed to relax a little more. However, he decides to run for mayor. Soon, Hope is caught up in his mayoral run and is happily campaigning for him. In comes the incumbent mayor, who is...more
Hope hasn’t had an easy life. She was abandoned by her mother when she was a baby, and has lived with her Aunt Addie, a cook, since then moving from place to place in search of work. In her latest move, she and Addie left a great diner in Brooklyn to go to a small town in Wisconsin, when Addie’s business partner emptied the bank account forcing the diner to close. But in spite of hardships, Hope didn’t choose her name for nothing, and in Wisconsin she finds hope in a waitressing job at the Welco...more
Maybe even 4.5 stars. This was my second Newbery Honor book--and second tear jerker--in a row. The story is thoroughly readable and deceptively simple. The characters are funny, lovable (or hatable, in a classic good v. evil way), and thoroughly flawed, which makes them easy to relate to. Hope is a strong and independent female protagonist who, at 16, is wiser than her years. It's a wisdom gleaned from dealing with some pretty major issues during her sixteen short years: abandonment, loss, rootl...more
I was excited to read this book because it's about a young waitress finding redeeming things about a small town and I am a young waitress living in a somewhat small town. :P However it was a bald and boring book. It read fast and easy and I didn't feel at all friendly or intimate with the characters. The letter Hope wrote to Gleason was a huge let down, and while G.T. was a sweet old man he was also...too good and all the characters were annoyingly black or white. There were no shades of gray an...more
For some reason this book had a really old-time-y feel to it, maybe because the focal point was a small town diner? I guess diner-waitress doesn't register as the ultimate aspiration of a modern day YA heroine so I kept slipping it back in time in my mind to an era where that (in my brain) makes more sense. So I was reading merrily along placing this anywhere from the 50s to the 80s when there'd be a reference to it being the 21st century and I'd get all mind-jostled. Which isn't really praise o...more
Aug 24, 2014 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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...more
This book has touched on my greatest fear. Naturally, I won’t reveal it as doing so would give away an essential part of the story. However, I will say this: Hope Was Here can definitely turn on the waterworks.

It begins with an integral moment in Hope Yancey’s life. After the salutations and formalities have been dealt with, Joan Bauer then urges us to sit down and have dinner with the characters of the story. She has created them in a such a way that makes us feel connected to them somehow and...more
In the heart grabbing and inspiring novel Hope Was Here, Joan Bauer writes about the lives of a single woman raising her 16 year old niece on her own. Hope is the main character; a strong, independent, caring, and funny teenage girl. She and her aunt Addie have jumped from city to city warming people's hearts and stomachs with delicious food. Addie a fantastic chef and Hope a happy, peppy, talented waitress. After their restaurant in New York closed down after being robbed, these honorable women...more
Uma Barbee
This was a good book that provides information to moving on in life and excepting it as a good thing. Hope was a strong character that never lost hope for where ever she was going to next. Braverman was the man for hope for he helped her get used to the new diner and people in the town. When GT starts running for mayor, hope helps out and really gets a kick out of it since it helped understand the political sides of things. When GT almost did not get in it was good Hope ran into one of the peopl...more
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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.

As I grew up in River Forest, Illinois, in the 1950's, I seem to remember a...more
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