Hope and Other Punchlines

Hope and Other Punchlines Review

Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future.

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope.

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?

Title:Hope and Other Punchlines
Edition Language:English

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    Hope and Other Punchlines Reviews

  • Julie

    Is it tacky to review your own novel? Probably! But alas I wrote this book, and it's the one that almost killed me, and took a whole year longer than it was supposed to, and I'm super ridiculously pro...

  • Larry H

    "I know better than anyone that you can't always draw a straight line from the who you once were to the who you are now."Abbi Hope Goldstein celebrated her first birthday on September 11, 2001. While ...

  • Lola

    This is my third book from Julie Buxbaum and frankly I don’t know if I should continue with her stories. The first book I read from her, Tell Me Three Things, I couldn’t finish. The second book, W...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    3.5 sad, gloomy, tear jerker but at the end hopeful, bright, surviving stars as like how the life goes rounded up 4 stars!To find yourself completely you need to learn losing yourself at first! Baby H...

  • may ?

    book #5 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "sunrise colors on the cover" ✓this aint it chief 😞...

  • ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    I have a good time reading this book but I think first half of the story is a bit boring. By the way, I love the way Julie Buxbaum puts ‘tell me three things’ game in this book. It reminds me of h...

  • Arlene

    #iamemotionalThere are events in my life I’ll never forget... where I was, who I was with, what I felt. September 11, 2001 is one of those moments that has stayed with me... forever. This novel take...

  • ?Rachel?

    So good! ...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Like all Buxbaum books I loved this and the fact that it wasn't just a fluff read (not that there is anything wrong with fluff!). I love the depth and emotions all her books have and all the feels tha...

  • Laura

    “We need the serious to recognize the funny, and the funny to give us even a shot in hell at surviving the serious.”September 11, 2001 changed lives. Holes were created in communities, families, a...