Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review: Hope Was Here

Hey Guys!

I am currently sitting on the porch of my waterfront cabin, watching the sun set over Mt. Rainer. There's a slight breeze, the water is slapping up against the bulkhead, and I'm pretty darn content. I'm just sayin'. 

Anywhoo, I'm on vacay, which is why I sort of why disappeared from the face of the (blogging) earth there for awhile. Sorry! However, in the mean time, I've been doing some summer reading and I'm super pumped to share some of it with you guys :). I was planning on doing another book for MMGM this week, but I just finished this one today and just felt like I needed to review it while the shock, the impact if you will, of how awesome it was was still fresh in my mind. Pretty sure that sentence was grammatically incorrect on several levels. Moving on.

This book touched my heart, taught me something new, and challenged me to look at how I as a teen can change the world. It dealt with cancer, how to live life to the fullest, and how it's never too late to do the right thing. I absolutely loved it, so let's get started with Hope Was Here.

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(I've never seen so many different covers for one book! This one is the newest (:)

Summary: (From Amazon)

Joan Bauer's beloved Newbery Honor book--now with a great new look for middle grade readers!
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. 
Filled with heart, charm, and good old-fashioned fun, this is Joan Bauer at her best.

I loved it, you guys. It was so good. There were love stories(they made my stomach flip-flop. no joke.), anger, courage, frustration, politics, outrage(you will get angry), joy, humor, hope, and food. Lots and lots of food. I seriously read the last page, looked up at my mom and was like, "Mom...that book was incredible. Maybe the best I've ever read."
So please read it, and check out Joan Bauer's other books, such as Rules of the Road, which I also read recently. If you would like to see me review Rules of The Road, leave a comment below!

I am currently reading The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. Check out the cover on the sidebar to your right--it is AMAZING!

What are your summer reading goals and/or your favorite summer read??

This post was short but sweet, and that's what Hope Was Here is, too!

Happy Reading!



  1. read this one too! It was fabulous, wasn't it?! At first I didn't recognize that cover, I probably read a different version or whatever. I think the cover was the one with "Hope Was Here" in lights and a diner table thingy. Thanks so much for reminding me about this one! :-)

  2. I will totally have to check out this book! I'm sure I will love it. I have been reading The Safe Lands Trilogy by Jill Williamson. It was really good, although there was this kinda strange aspect. I also read Flipped. Didn't you read that book? I wasn't blown away by any means. I did find it very unique that it would show a scene from Bryce's perspective and then go back and repeat the scene in Juli's perspective. I had never read a book like that before.
    Glad to see you blogging again. Totally get summer being busy!