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Content Review: Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

By Joan Bauer                                                                                                                                                             Review by Kit  

Intended Audience: YA
Age of Main Character: 16 

When Hope and her aunt move from New York City to small-town Wisconsin to run the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. Luckily, she's used to thinking on her feet - she hasn't become a terrific waitress by accident. And when G.T., the diner's owner, decides to run for office against the corrupt mayor, Hope's drawn into G.T.'s vision of the future. Because, after all, everyone could use a little hope to get through the tough times... even Hope herself. 

Sexual Content: 





    -Men block Hope's way to pass by and start pulling her arm. She has to scream for help. 
    -Three guys beat Braverman up breaking three ribs and cutting one of his eyes. 

Other Notables:

    -Stoop dies of leukemia at home.
    - Stoop, the owner of the diner, has been diagnosed with leukemia. He goes through chemotherapy.
    -Hope tells about her mom leaving her with her aunt Addie because she didn't want the responsibility of a baby.
    -Malcolm deserts Abbie for another woman.

Was it any good? 

This is a very quick, clean read. It did get a little slow in the middle, but it picks back up after a little bit. I would definitely recommend this book for tweens/younger teens. It wasn’t the best book I’ve read, but I did enjoy it. 


6 out of 10 

Other Parent Approved Books 

· Reading level: Young Adult 

· Paperback: 186 pages 

· Publisher: Speak (June 2, 2005) 

· Language: English 

· ISBN-10: 0142404241 

· ISBN-13: 978-0142404249