Hope Was Here

by Joan Bauer | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0142404241 Global Overview for this book
Registered by dancing-dog of Cordova, Tennessee USA on 8/21/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, August 21, 2008
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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".

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Journal Entry 2 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, September 06, 2008
got today. in the middle of a long book, but planning on getting to this in the next couple of weeks. thanks!

Journal Entry 3 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, October 04, 2008
agree w/ dancing-dog on this one. this story, about a girl who moves to a small town that is in the midst of a mayoral election, doesn't have many surprises and suffers from black-and-white conflicts and shallow characterization. but the main character has a winning personality and the subplot involving her mother, who abandoned her when she was an infant, is for the most part handled well. the cover is definitely misleading, though, as the main character's love interest is not at all goofy or moony as depicted in the illustration.

will send along as soon as i finish the other book.

Journal Entry 4 by yokaye on Friday, November 07, 2008
Arrived safely; I've already started this one. Thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by spacedog from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, March 02, 2009
yokaye has gone AWOL. the replacement copy is here.

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