Hope Was Here

June 16, 2016

Author: Joan Bauer.


When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope’s not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn’t quite ready to give up yet – in fact, he’s decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.’s campaign – particularly his visions for the future. After all, as G.T. points out, everyone can use a little hope to help get through the tough times… even Hope herself. (Goodreads summary.)

My Thoughts:

This was a fun, refreshing read. I’ve never read a book before where a character was proud of being a waitress, but it was cool having her professional. Hope Was Here is a straight-forward read about an adolescent girl struggling to hold onto hope through difficult circumstances, and teenagers pulling together to help the community.

Content Review:

Sexual content: MC’s mother says she doesn’t know who the father was. One kiss.

Language: 2 exclamations of ‘God’

Violence: Off-screen, a man is jumped and beaten up – a couple of ribs broken.


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