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Here's a book that's as warm and melty as a grilled Swiss on seven-grain bread, and just as wholesome and substantial. Ever since the boss promoted her from bus girl two and a half years ago when she was 14, Hope has been a waitress--and a darn good one, too. She takes pride in making people happy with good food, as does her aunt Addie, a diner cook extraordinaire. The two of them have been a pair ever since Hope's waitress mother abandoned her as a baby, and now they have come to rural Wisconsin to run the Welcome Stairways café for G.T. Stoop, who is dying of leukemia. But he's not dead yet, as the kindly and greathearted restaurant owner demonstrates when he decides to run for mayor against the wicked and corrupt Eli Millstone.
As old-fashioned goodness lines up against the bad guys, the campaign leads Hope in exciting new directions: a boyfriend who is a great grill man, a new sense of herself and her mission as a waitress, and--when Addie and G.T. finally realize that they are meant for each other--the father she has always wanted. And all of it backed up with stuffed pork tenderloin, butterscotch cream pie, and the rhythm of the short-order dance.
Joan Bauer, who won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road, has served up a delicious novel in Hope Was Here, full of delectable characters, tasty wit, and deep-dish truth. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Bauer (Rules of the Road; Squashed) serves up agreeable fare in this tale of a teenage waitress's search for a sense of belonging. Sixteen-year-old Hope has grown used to the nomadic life she has built with her aunt Addie, a talented diner cook. She doesn't mind the hard work it takes to make a diner hum; she seems to have inherited a knack for waiting tables from the free-spirit mom (Addie's younger sister) who abandoned her years ago. But Hope would gladly give up always having to say good-bye to friends and places she loves. When Addie accepts a new job that takes the pair from Brooklyn to the Welcome Stairways diner in Mulhoney, Wis., Hope never could have imagined the big changes ahead of her. She and Addie shine in the small-town milieu and gladly offer to help diner owner G.T. Stoop, who is battling leukemia, run for mayor. Along the way, Addie and Hope both find love, and Hope discovers the father figure she has so desperately wanted. Readers will recognize many of Bauer's hallmarks hereAa strong female protagonist on the road to self-discovery, quirky characters, dysfunctional families, a swiftly moving story, moments of bright humor. Her vivid prose, often rich in metaphor (e.g., Hope's description of the Brooklyn diner: "The big, oval counter... sat in the middle of the place like the center ring in a circus"), brings Hope's surroundings and her emotions to life. The author resolves a few of her plot points a bit too tidily, but her fans won't mind. They're likely to gobble this up like so much comfort food. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I love this book it is one of my all time favorites... its one of those books that just hooks u and u dont know why this book is so inspiring i wish i had a billion copies that i... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Christina
I really liked this book. It was awesome. Totally gr8. It wrapped u up! Buy and read it!Published on May 7 2004 by Muslima
Hope was Here by Joan Beuer is an intreging book for meny ages.It's about a girl named Hope who faces many changes. She has just moved to Wisconsin and is working at a restaurant. Read morePublished on March 31 2004
Hope Was Here is about a girl who since she was born had to deal with many troubles and challenges. Her life changed since she moved to a small town in Wisconsin, with her... Read morePublished on March 25 2004
I dunno folks. I don't demand much from my young adult novels. Some interesting characters, a worthwhile plot, and a little depth and I'm content. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by E. R. Bird
Hope is a sixteen year old girl who has just moved to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, with her Aunt Addie. When Hope was born her mother did not want to take responsibility for her, and so... Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Debbie Kolacki
Hope Yancey moves everywere with her aunt Addie to own or co-own restaurants at which Hope is a great waitress and Addie is the best cook. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Jess Ebersol
In our English class we had to read a book and write a letter to the author. The book I chose to read was Hope Was Here written by Joan Bauer. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004