Hope Was Here
3 journalers for this copy...
Ever since the boss promoted her from bus girl 2 1/2 yrs 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, & 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 & 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.
Not a bad book but some how for me, Hope was just too perfect of a teenager - no sulky moods, bad skin or flares of temper. But I liked her work ethic and independent spirit and her vulnerability was shown as she longed for friends and a father. Overall I thought this was kind of fun to read but just a little too "pat".
This will go to spacedog as part of the Newbery Medal bookrings
Newbery Medal Bookring
will send along as soon as i finish the other book.