Hope Was Here Paperback – Jun 2 2005
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Hope is a sixteen-year-old waitress who has lived all across America with her Aunt Addie. Hope's mother (who, upon seeing her tiny baby for the first time, named her Marigold, of all things. Addie's twelfth birthday present to her niece was a name change.) has long been out of the picture, visiting only occasionally with tidbits of advice.
Waitressing at the diner in Brooklyn was great for Hope, but, like all good things, it comes to an end. The owner stole all of the money and ran off, leaving Addie and Hope with nothing. The two of them boarded up the windows, and, just before driving off, Hope left her mark: Hope Was Here, in blue ballpoint pen at the edge of one of the boards.
Addie and Hope are off to a small town in Wisconsin. When they get there, they meet G.T., the owner of the local diner where Addie will be cooking and Hope will be waitressing. G.T is a man the town loves, and he's going to run for mayor and change things. The current mayor, a scheming, dishonest typical politician, isn't standing for that, though. He's got to bring up how G.T. has leukemia, and is dying. How, he says, can a man who is dying take care of an entire town? He might not be alive in a few months.
G.T. isn't alone, though. Hope, Addie, and countless others are trying to get him elected, so that he can do some good for the town. Even though things are hard, they've still got to have hope.
This novel is amazing.Read more ›
When I encountered "Hope Was Here," the first thing I noticed was that it was a Newbery Honor Book. This led me to believe that Joan Bauer had written a book on par with the very best of YA fiction; unfortunately, what I instead discovered is that a wonderfully told story is no longer the standard by which these books are judged. Instead, awards are given to books that are thought to teach some valuable moral lesson; moreover, that lesson must be within the earnest guidelines of current (for it is ever-changing) political correctness. Characters and plot can fall to the wayside. The message is all that matters.
And indeed, plot and character fall to the wayside very quickly. Part of what helps to define a character is motivations, and we are never given to understand what exactly motivates Hope, a newcomer to the town, to jump instantly and with profound devotion onto G.T.'s political bandwagon. She has not been living in the town: she has only just met him, and the issues he addresses in his speech have no personal resonance for her as a newcomer. Yet this does not faze her for one moment.Read more ›
I'm a 15 year old girl who waitresses for my family business and I know how it feels to be in the food service business. Joan Bauer describes it perfectly and in an exciting way that I've never thought about before. This story is so heartbreakingly real it will make you smile and laugh, frown and cry.
I read another review about how it was about an abnormal family. Except this reader thought it was a bad thing. But that's what makes this book truly beautiful. If you think about it... "average families" are dwindling. But that doesn't mean that real love is too. A family is not a clear definition. Things go wrong. And this is what Joan Bauer's book is about. Things going wrong but hoping for the best to come your way, regardless. This is an uplifting read that I strongly recommend for teenagers and adults alike. You can learn a lot from it... as well as some great waitressing tips.
There are two protagonists in this story; Hope and G.T. They are both nice and caring. Hope does lots of nice little things. She helped Braverman when he got beat up, and she also helps out at the diner. Hope always tries her best. G.T.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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