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304 pages, Paperback
First published May 7, 2019
I’m so, so tired of always worrying about our world splitting into a before and an after again.Julie Buxbaum delivered once again. Hope and Other Punch Lines was a book that made me laugh, made me cry, and hit me right in the feels. I love this authors writing and her characters.
IT's a myth, this concept of a before and an after. Every time I see a perfect blue sky, want to know what I really think? I think there are only afters and after thats."This story kinda snuck up on me. There was good character moments and surprisingly a lot of humorous dialogue, but I didn't really connect with it for a large part of the story. But the last 50 pages really elevated the story. I felt the emotional weight and really connected with the characters. There was a lot of happy resolutions (a few sad ones too), but if anyone deserved a bit of happy in their lives it's Abbi Goldstein who feels the weight of a legacy forced upon her on her sholders everyday. I LOVED al lthe family dynamics - with Abbi's family and with Noah's. Noah and Jack's friendship was truly amazing, and I thought the romance was cute. This story really has so much going for it - it's a wonderful exploration of grief, guilt, and survival all wrapped up in a single, inspiring picture.
“You really believe that? Everything happens for a reason?" I ask, because I can think of no good reason for those towers to fall, or for a kid to shoot up a middle school. Any conception of God I have doesn't allow for that sort of unimaginable horror.
"I know better than anyone that you can't always draw a straight line from the who you once were to the who you are now."
“We need the serious to recognize the funny, and the funny to give us even a shot in hell at surviving the serious.”
Buddy read w/: Amanda (Classy x Book Reviews)
"I’m so, so tired of always worrying about our world splitting into a before and an after again."