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Hope Was Here

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  20,319 ratings  ·  1,758 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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Apr 25, 2008 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
Rebecca Maye Holiday
Hope Was Here is a book about a lot of different things, some of them wonderful, others unpleasant. It reminded me of My Girl with its quirky, unconventional characters and the nomadic plot, well sometimes weighed down by meandering left/right American politics, is a lot of fun. Joan Bauer originally wrote this over twenty years ago, but it's still a relevant book in a lot of ways (I know that the cover art on the edition that I have is rather... unpleasant to look at... but anyway), the themes ...more
Jan 20, 2008 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
m a r y l i z
Jun 13, 2017 rated it 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. Like...wow. 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 famili
Abigayle Claire
Nov 06, 2016 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 worthwhi ...more
Apr 07, 2011 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
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
Sarah Grace Grzy
Wowza, this book! So amazing! Definitely check it out! (and grab a box of tissues too.)
Faith Rice-Mills
Sep 22, 2013 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
Bailey Turner
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good A girl name tulip or so that was her name until she wanted to change it even though it was such a big name and maybe people would expect a lot from her but she was ready for that name. And also she moves from place to place and had problems of being too small when she was little so her mom made her sister take care of her and her dad left before she was even born and she and her sister move to a new destination and that causes life-changing events.
Juliana Cortale
Jan 24, 2017 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
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-and-sour
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
Katrina Michelle
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars!

Wow, this was a GOOD book. It left me feeling strong and hopeful.

At first it was just interesting. Then it became super cute. Then it got emotional. Despite its very fast (almost rushed?) pace and the writing style that wasn't my favorite (though still good), I have to say that I really love beautiful Hope and the whole supporting cast. Their story is one I'm very glad I read. <3
Oct 18, 2014 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
May 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming comfort food story. Now I have to go whip up all the delicacies mentioned. I recommend for readers 17 and up. Someone younger could enjoy it, though I'd prefer my own children to be old/mature enough not to be swept away by the tiny bit of romance. ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
This kind of read like a cheesy family TV movie - and with that, I can't tell if that's how I'm supposed to take it, or if that's just how the story ended up.

The book read really young, and I couldn't exactly pinpoint the target audience. It was nominated for the Newbery Medal, which would put it towards juvenile fiction, and the characters were pretty black-and-white. On the other hand, the story ran through the protagonist's time in high school and openly tackled more serious issues. It was ve
Ana Ovejero
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hope is a teenager that lives with her aunt Addie as her mother has left her to continue her waitressing career. When we find Hope at the beginning of the novel, she is leaving Brooklyn as her aunt, who is a cook, has to find a new job. Her partner stole their money and went away with one of the waitress.

As they move on the road, Hope thinks about the times she has to leave her friends and change school. When they get to their new destination, they meet G.T. Stoop, the owner of Staiways Diner. A
Sep 30, 2009 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
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I have read other books by this same author and they were really good books. In this story, a girl named Hope, ( changed her name from Tulip to Hope) was adopted by her aunt Addie, because her mom could not take care of her. Hope and her aunt then move to Wisconsin because Addie and Hope both have jobs at a cafe as waitresses. At the cafe, the owner, G.T, is planning to run for the mayor of Wisconsin. Later, they find out that G.T is sick and is going through leukemia. ...more
Linda Lipko
May 06, 2010 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
Sara floerke
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
I like to read YA books because I love some of the basic emotion, simplicity in the writing. This is not one I'd suggest.

There is a real trick to writing YA books. You can't deal with "adult issues," but at the same time you've got to have the writing skill to make the story realistic. This writer was trying to bring about tragedy by making mountains out of molehills. Yawn!

Probably interesting to a 13 year old, but not to a 40 year old.
Ariana Fitz
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Libby May
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Joan Bauer has done it again. I've got to say, I really enjoy her homy, yet thought provoking stories. It's amazing how much comfort she can put into one book.

Hope/Tulip. I love her waitressing. She's so cool and awesome and she deserves the biggest tip ever.
Braverman. Man this guy. He's so bulky, and yet he's got so little to say. I almost feel like he's one of those deep people you know have so much inside them, but since this is a book we never actually got to learn everything ab
Oct 14, 2012 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 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
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. There was a lot of suspense leading up to the election of the mayor. There was romance between the protagonist, Hope, and the cook of the diner, Braverman. The main character, Hope, goes through tough times before moving to Wisconsin. She moves with her aunt who took her in after Hope's mom leaves her in the hospital after she was born. Hope is on a journey to find herself a place to call home, and a dad. Hope never met her dad, since he left before she was born. Hope g ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
May 11, 2010 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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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