Teen Book Review by Linda

We’re pleased to provide you with another teen book review by the Teen Advisory Group’s Linda.

Hope Was Here By Joan Bauer

      Life has never been easy for Hope, even as a baby. Weighing two pounds at birth, getting abandoned by her mother, having a angry childhood, and constantly moving homes is what Hope has gone through so far. But every time, she takes on the challenge, just like her aunt Addie does. These two ladies both share an inner strength that helps them move past all their misfortunes. They know life has its ups and downs, so they keep their hopes up when they move to Mulhoney, Wisconsin. New lives for Hope and her aunt start here, such as participating in political affairs, falling in love, and working harder than ever at their new restaurant. Hope’s ideal father finally appears in her life when G.T. marries Aunt Addie, but leukemia takes him away too soon. However, Hope remains strong and starts a new journey as she heads to college.

      Just like in Hope’s life, we all have our ups and downs, so we can get some emotional encouragement from Hope Was Here no matter whether you’re on cloud nine, or in the depths of despair. The author uses “teen speak” in this book, and she is very good at language usage. I would recommend it to teenagers because we are familiar with that type of writing.

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