I received this book at no cost from the publisherHope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
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 counselor 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?
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 after day as people recognize her. Noah’s life was also broken that day but he has ulterior motives when he figures out who Abbi is when they both end up as counselors at summer camp.
Abbi doesn’t want to be “Baby Hope” and suffers from that day when her picture at her first birthday was snapped with the twin towers in the background. She now has 9/11 syndrome and more than likely will die from complications of inhaling chemicals that spread that day. Noah wants to find out who is in the background of that picture and in order to keep her identity secret, she gives into Noah’s scheming.
The story of each of these characters and what they remember about the event that changes their lives is heartbreaking and will really give you ALL THE FEELS. Although it seems like Noah is after his own goals in reaching the people in the picture, it also helps Abbi overcome some issues herself. This story is really told with a lot of sensitivity for the horrors of that day.
Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next and the forthcoming Hope and other Punchlines (out May 7, 2019.) She’s also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and more books than is reasonable. Visit Julie online at www.juliebuxbaum.com and follow @juliebux on Twitter.
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