Hope and Other Punch Lines

Hope and Other Punch Lines

eBook - 2019
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"The tragic 9/11 event in NYC that changed the world, altered the life of Abbi Hope Goldstein as well as that of Noah Stern. They did not know each other back then, but they know each other now, and while Abbi is trying to move forward with her life, Noah still has unanswered questions that he believes Abbi can help answer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781524766795
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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IndyPL_WillS Sep 07, 2019

Abbi's and Noah's lives were directly affected by the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Abbi was there, carried from her daycare in one of the towers. Her rescue was captured in a famous photograph making her Baby Hope, a symbol of hope in the day's aftermath. Abbi is now 15 and just wants to put it behind her. Noah lost his dad that day. His mother never talks about him, so Noah must find another way to learn more. Noah considers it fate that puts he and Abbi working at the same summer camp. Maybe she can help him find some answers.

Those of us old enough to remember September 11 do not need reminders. But younger people should know what happened that day and understand why the aftermath will reverberate for generations. This story does a good job of bringing the horror and sadness of the day without recreating the actual events. Readers can experience the personal loss through these characters.

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RosaReads2
Aug 15, 2019

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 essence, a "9/11" story that focused on the tragedy's effect on two teens and their families. I'd recently read a couple of books with 9/11 as their backdrop, but not from the perspective of the children born on and around that date. I really enjoyed this shift in viewpoint. Noah and Abbi weren't actually there or weren't old enough to remember, but their lives were drastically altered because of it. At the same time, through their eyes, we meet a number of adults who were there and help fill the gaps in Noah and Abbi's stories. The book was emotionally stirring with a highly compelling writing style. Like this authors previous work, she has a quick wit when it comes to banter and commentary. That wit was a nice balance when paired with the heartbreaking turns to the story. Most importantly and not always found in YA lit, I felt that these were realistically written characters with authentic family relationships. I was immediately drawn in at the start and then didn't want to leave when nearing the end. A moving story by a consistently wonderful author.

SPPL_TKBTeenChoice Aug 14, 2019

From TKB Teen: Sophie: I think this topic (9/11) hasn't reached YA yet and I think it was interesting to read about and try to connect to teens who probably don't remember 9/11.

The last third of the book was pretty good just in terms of the author's writing style and pacing. I was overall disappointed in this book. I have read other books from this author and liked them a lot more than this. I felt like it was supposed to be a character-driven book given that the plot was minimal, but I did not feel attached to the characters. It seemed like there were parts of the plot that were just not relevant. Some of the conflicts were not very investing for the reader. I don't think we got enough background on the main character and her ex best friend. The romance developed extremely quickly in a way that didn't make sense and I didn't feel interested in the romance. I felt like the author wasn't truly addressing the effects of 9/11 and I wish she would have focused on the main character rather than having dual perspectives.

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DM_kcls
Jun 17, 2019

'Hope and Other Punch Lines' is a very complicated story. At the beginning I couldn't figure out why I was meant to care about these young people. They were pretty vacuous and not very compelling. The talent of the author is that she ever so slowly knits you into the story she is tenderly weaving. The characters though are but bit players to the star of the story which is the tragedy of 9/11 and the after effects on people's lives.

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