Hope and Other Punchlines

Hope and Other Punchlines

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 Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future. Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a...

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Title:Hope and Other Punchlines
Author:Julie Buxbaum
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:052564444X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Hope and Other Punchlines Reviews

  • Kathleen Glasgow
    Dec 23, 2018
    This book is an exquisitely crafted look at public and private grief and what it means to grow up in the shadow of tragedy. Julie Buxbaum knows how to mix the sad with the funny in a brilliant, heart-melting way. Loved this so much. ...
  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    Jul 28, 2019
    4.5 STARS Sixteen-year-old Abbi has lived her life in the shadow of 9/11 ? not only as a survivor but as the subject of a famed photograph from that day. She longs to escape the notoriety even as she is dealing with health issues that stem from her exposure to the fall-out on that...
  • Julie
    Nov 14, 2018
    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 proud of it, so I'm giving myself FIVE STARS. I truly hope you like it too. ...
  • Mary
    May 13, 2019
    I think everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. It is one of those dates that you will never forget as long as you live. For Abbi, it is more than that since she became an internet meme that day as "Baby Hope" and wishes that she didn't have to relive that day af...
  • Lauren
    Mar 27, 2019
    Another fantastic contemporary from Julie Buxbaum. This book manages to be light and sweet (and features an adorable romance), while also tackling some heavy subjects - grief, loss, illness, breaking up with friends - set 15 years beyond 9/11, in a town and with characters that still f...
  • Arlene
    Feb 03, 2019
    #iamemotional There 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 takes me back to that time and adds a whole new layer to the story. Every characte...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    May 11, 2019
    Fantastic and life-affirming Another fantastic YA read from Julie Buxbaum. She weaves a classic love story into the raw emotions of loss and life after 9/11. The subject is treated with sensitivity and - yes - humour. Because love and laughter is how we heal. I laughed and cried and...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    Jun 12, 2019
    Good news friends...My recent reading slump has ended with this touching, thought provoking story that evoked so many emotions! At times it?s quite sad, but I also found myself laughing while being pulled into the lives of Abby, Noah and Jack. ?? ~~ I often tell myself I don?...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Aug 19, 2019
    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 that they bring out in me. Most of all, I love that they are relate-able and how they alw...
  • Laura
    Feb 20, 2019
    ?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, and hearts. But love, courage, and compassion can be found in times of great loss...
  • Kara Gemian
    Jan 23, 2019
    This was a fantastic read. As someone who has lived in Northern New Jersey all her life and remembers seeing papers floating in the sky on 9/11 after my Elementary school was evacuated to the field for a bomb threat, this book really meant a lot. I am lucky that I didn't know anyon...
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    May 14, 2019
    I dunno guys. I really wanted to like this book. I didn't care much about the characters. I would find myself not even registering what I was reading at times because I was bored. Some portions of dialogs made me cringe. Making jokes about 9/11 didn't sit well with me. I still reme...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Jun 17, 2019
    So good! ...
  • Larry H
    Jun 01, 2019
    "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 that doesn't make her completely unique, one fact does: on that fateful day, a pho...
  • Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
    Jun 03, 2019
    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Short and Simple Review It took me a little bit to get into this book. It's from dual POV and at first, the chapters were so brief, especially Noah's, that it was hard to get the emotional connection. I ended up really li...
  • Lola
    May 26, 2019
    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, What to Say Next, I enjoyed but I remember disliking the love interest or not feeling p...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Jul 09, 2019
    DNF/set aside @ 30% Meh. I might pick this back up and try it again soon. I mean, I probably will? It's just... *sigh* I really, really, really hate this love interest. I think he's toxic and gross and he's blackmailing Hope, and it's all icky and low-key ruining the vibe of the ent...
  • The Clever Reader
    May 31, 2019
    wonder if everyone, if everything, dies twice. If that?s how grief is: cyclical, never finished. The Towers are still falling. And falling again.? This book was so beautiful! I loved What to Say Next but this one is my new favorite. Abbi Hope Goldstein, or to the rest of the wo...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    May 13, 2019
    Wow! I forgot how amazing it is to read a Julie Buxbaum book. Once again, she gifted me with a story that touched my heart, and its mere mention brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. I keep saying this, but 9/11 books are tough for me. That day left an indelible mark on me...
  • Andrea
    May 14, 2019
    4.5 Stars! I?ve lived in California for over 20 years, but my New York roots run deep. I was born, raised and went to college in New York. On September 11, 2001, I experienced the horror from 3,000 miles away, but also intimately in the way you feel your past and community calling...
  • Jeannine Allison
    Aug 29, 2019
    4.5 stars! ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    May 06, 2019
    IT's a myth, this concept of a before and an after. Every time I see a perfect blue sky, want to know what I really think? I think there are only afters and after thats." This story kinda snuck up on me. There was good character moments and surprisingly a lot of humorous dialogue, b...
  • Obsidian
    Jun 10, 2019
    I really wish I had liked this one more. Too bad that it was just full of cliches and one main character (Noah) I disliked from beginning to end. I thought Abbi was fine, but she honestly needed a life since she seemed wholly dependent on her ex-best friend Cat to give her a social lif...
  • Amber
    Sep 03, 2019
    Reading Tell Me Three Things by this author gave me a love for YA. It?s one of my favorite books and will make me read anything Julie Buxbaum writes. I love how her YA books feel authentic. From the main characters with their realistic family dynamics to the dialogue and awkward soci...
  • T. Rosado
    Aug 13, 2019
    5 Stars This is the 3rd book I've read by this author, which for me is the magic number that determines whether or not they become a favorite. Julie Buxbaum is now officially a favorite YA author of mine. (I still need to read her adult lit.) Hope and Other Punchlines was in e...
  • Belle Ellrich
    May 06, 2019
    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL COPY FOR THE PURPOSES OF A BLOG TOUR. THIS HAS NOT AFFECTED MY OPINION* I'm just going to say right now that I was entirely let down and a little bit disgusted by this book. When I was offered a position on a blog tour forHope & Other Punchlines, ...
  • may ❀
    Jun 26, 2019
    book #5 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "sunrise colors on the cover" ? this aint it chief ? ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jun 14, 2019
    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 Hope was in danger, lonely at her birthday, September 11, 2001 ! She was saved ...
  • kazually
    May 31, 2019
    i really liked all the characters, relationships, and the plot about 9/11 but this book kind of felt really stretched out. i really liked it until maybe page 150 which was when i started getting bored. also like every maybe 75 pages Noah and Abbi actually met and interviewed one of the...
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    Jul 08, 2019
    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 her ?Tell me three things? book very much! ...