Hope Was Here

Hope Was Here

Book - 2000
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When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c2000
ISBN: 9780399231421
0399231420
9780142404249
0142404241
Branch Call Number: TEEN F BAU
Characteristics: 186 p. ; 22 cm

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Rayana8899
Feb 10, 2017

Joan Bauer, is probably one of my favourite authors. Her writing, is soulful, she knows how to make a reader feel an emotion. Brilliant book, if you liked this, I would recommend "Close To Famous" By Joan Bauer, and also "Almost Home" By Joan Bauer. When I read Joan Bauer, I read it fully, because its a real page turner.

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tamhum
May 04, 2016

Engaging YAL. Not especially well-written and at times too much crammed in to ratchet up the stress but overall a good read with endearing characters.

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YewandeO
Jun 27, 2015

This is probably my most favourite book in the universe! You absolutely have to read this book!
I read it three times then made my friends read it! :) They loved it!
Whenever I talk about democracy or something, I always bring up this book.

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olgagrigor
Jun 01, 2015

Joan Bauer is a awesome author and I love the way Hope is such a great waitress!!

Your awesome Joan!!!

black_panda_2123 Aug 11, 2014

I think that this book is awesome. I feel like I personally know the characters and the story itself is a great one. I've read it about 7 times by now and i still love it. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

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missknowitall1505
Jun 26, 2014

I am really looking forward to this book! :) I loved Almost Home, and Close To Famous! Hopefully this one is more astonishing as the last two I read :)

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meag20
May 12, 2014

I loved this book overall - a bit cliché but good nonetheless. Not a deep book if that's what you're looking for, but I found I got very attached to the characters which some authors cannot accomplish. I recommend this book!

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dgl4024
Mar 21, 2014

One of the most moving, poignant, funny, sad, hopeful, profound and inspiring stories I have read in a long time. I read this about the same time that The Secret Life of Bees came out and everyone was racing to read that. The story of this book has some similarities to the Secret Life of Bees but there are more differences making this story much better. I read this first then the "Bees" book second. While I enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees I really don't see what everyone was raving about and also see that "Hope Was Here" is much, much better. "Hope Was Here" covers the gamut of emotions and does so in a very well written story.

This, along with a handful of other books I have read, I believe is one of the best books ever written.

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I_heart_Po_my_dog
Dec 13, 2013

Very good read love the setting and discription the author gives. love it

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155namron
Oct 19, 2013

I love Joan Bauer's book's,their so exciting!

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YewandeO
Jun 27, 2015

YewandeO thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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meag20
May 12, 2014

meag20 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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I_heart_Po_my_dog
Jun 20, 2013

I_heart_Po_my_dog thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jan 29, 2011

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YewandeO
Jun 27, 2015

Other: Sad parts and a bit of violence (but no details about it).

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merlin4ever
Aug 25, 2013

Other: A bit sad because a main character deals with Cancer

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YewandeO
Jun 27, 2015

Hope is a girl with a life that you could say is unstable. Her mom left her at birth with the name Tulip, and the small girl struggled for survival. Once Hope makes it through her struggle, she goes to live with her aunt - a sort of travelling cook. They travel all over the U.S., and Hope never sees her old friends a second time. Hope and her Aunt, Addie, finally settle down in Wisconsin and work in Welcome Stairways, a diner run by G.T. Stoop. Hope works as a waitress and Addie as a cook. During their stay, Hope dates the cook (a waitress no-no), helps G.T. run for mayor, and pushes for the resignation of the town's no-good mayor. Now (spoiler alert): G.T. Stoop adopts Hope and marries Addie. G.T. eventually dies of leukemia (poor fella).

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YewandeO
Jun 27, 2015

Addie never promised that life would be easy, but she did promise that if I hung with her the food would be good.

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