Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

Friday, March 5, 2010

Review: Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

So what are the chances that my daughter and I would both be reading about a girl that had to move from NYC to Hog's Hollow at the same time?  (Mine was The Cupcake Queen)  Maybe it's a sign?  Here's her review of Hope Was Here.

Hope Was Here
Hope is a sixteen year old New Yorker who has to move to the middle-of-nowhere, Hog's Hollow. She's living with her aunt who is the best diner cook in the USA. After she gives it a chance, she realizes that the town has a charm that she never found in NYC. Hope ends up trying to help the diner owner, who has Leukemia, to get elected as mayor. He is trying to save the town from Mayor Eli Millstone, who has pretty much let the town go. There are pot-holes all over the street, a run-down community center, and the cheese factory (his sponsor) which hasn't payed taxes for 5 years. But no one wants to vote for a mayor who's time is so limited.

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. It wasn't my favorite book, but I did enjoy it, and finished it quickly. I would definitely recommend Hope to tweens/young teens.


Parents need to know that this book was very clean. There was a small amount of kissing (nothing detailed), and a couple of religious exclamations. For the full content review, go to Parental Book Reviews.


  1. So when you say good for 9 almost 10 too young for it? My daughter is an avid reader and loves loves new books..would this be a good one for her?

  2. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great Friday :)


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