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 counsellor 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kathleen Glasgow

    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-...

  • Kara Gemian

    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 fo...

  • 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...

  • Azrah

    14 Nov, 2018COVER REVEAL 1 Oct, 2018YAASSS! This sounds great!...

  • Rachel

    I loved this book! Sad, funny, happy, and hopeful...so good! I wish it were out now so I could give it to everyone I know who will love it!...

  • Sarah

    Several novels have been written about September Eleventh. This is one of the better ones. Hope and Other Punchlines tells the story of a teenage girl whose image was captured in an iconic photograph ...

  • Maureen

    Julie Buxbaum has written a beautiful novel about life and death, happiness and sadness, and about loving and letting go. The characters of Abbi, her parents and grandmother, as well as Noah and Jack ...

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    Someone tell me, why the release date on (german) amazon is 14.5.2019. SOMEONE TELL ME....