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Hope and Other Punchlines
Hope and Other Punchlines | Julie Buxbaum
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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?
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Bkwrm7
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#bookreport a day late:
Finished Hope and Other Punchlines on CD in the car; liked it a lot, but started Dry by Shusterman to follow it up instead of Dear Evan Hansen.
Really enjoying Black Enough on audio at home; nice to have short stories since I tend to listen in small chunks at home.
Made good progress on The Gilded Wolves, just a bit left to go.
Tiny progress on Furyborn and didn't get to start I Was Their American Dream yet.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Looks like you had a good productive week of reading and listening 💕 2mo
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Bkwrm7
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After taking last week off, I'm back with this week's #WeeklyForecast - I'm still working on The Gilded Wolves and Furyborn in print with I Was Their American Dream up next. Hope and Other Punchlines is my car audio and Black Enough is my everywhere else audio. If I can catch it on the shelf at my library tomorrow, Dear Evan Hansen will be up next in the car.
@Cinfhen

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Lauren.Archer
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Still not sold on YA, but the themes that Julie Buxbaum focused on were extremely strong. Very heartfelt.

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This book is a fictional story based in the real life event of September 11; I like Abbi; she is held up as an unwilling idol, but handles it with kindness. Now enter Noah, I don‘t like Noah; he uses blackmail to get Abbi to help him under the guise of a school newspaper article. Heartfelt, heart tugging and still hopeful.

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1. This was so sweet.
2. Jecca. (Several of my younger siblings struggled with the S in Jessica.)
3. Fried mozzarella sticks. 😍
4. Going to Flagstaff for the weekend! Hence why I am answering early. 🙂
5. Four? It‘s Friday. C‘est vendredi. Es viernes. Es ist Freitag. I think all those are right? 🤔 #friyayintro

Megabooks 3 is mine, too, but I haven‘t been able to find a gf alternative yet!! 6mo
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YA is another genre I read a lot. In fact, my current audiobook can be classified as such—and I‘m enjoying it so far. #24in48

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1. Read this last week. 😍😍😍
2. Crunchy is the only acceptable answer. 🤣
3. 🌅 Sunset!
4. All new appliances!
5. Fourth grade. My teacher was the best! We learned all about Native Americans that year, and she even took us all on an overnight camping trip where we had to eat Native foods and practice weaving and stuff!

#friyayintro - tagging a few frequent participants. @CouronneDhiver @BarbaraTheBibliophage @QuietlyLaura

QuietlyLaura Thank you for the tag! These posts are a lot of fun! 😘 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the tag—I enjoy your creative questions! 6mo
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Happy Saturday! I‘m off to the post office & grocery story in my “There‘s a Million Books I Haven‘t Read, but Just You Wait” shirt and my new Deathly Hallows earrings. 🎉 (And a hat, because it‘s gonna be 105 and I‘m too lazy for sunscreen.) I‘ve got my earbuds ready and Julie Buxbaum‘s HOPE AND OTHER PUNCH LINES to keep me company. What are you up to today? #audiobook

wordslinger42 I love the shirt and earrings! I made a trip to the library & am now hiding in the air conditioning 😂 6mo
jb72 I‘ve been cleaning all day and frankly I‘m done! Cute shirt! 6mo
howjessreads Thanks @jb72 and @wordslinger42 ! It was a bday gift next year, and I wear it constantly. 😬 6mo
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THIS is why I‘m drawn to YA. Tender, thought-revoking, humorous. Abbi was celebrating her first birthday on 911. An image of her being carried out of the building as an infant with a balloon is indelible and widely known-she was dubbed “Baby Hope.” Noah,a year younger, believes that a man in the background of the photo is his father who disappeared on that day. When the two meet at summer camp as counselors, an extraordinary relationship ensues.

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#bookhaul #mughaul

Successful scouring of Marshall's for the Kate Spade thermal mug and HPB shelves for TBR. The Red Pyramid GN was $3! 🎉

The PBs are possible take and leave behinds for vacation.

stacybmartin Love the mug! 💜 7mo
AmberWB I‘ve looked everywhere for that mug!!! 7mo
BooknerdsLife I love that Kate Soade mug so much!!! 💖💖 7mo
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erinjohns
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Campy...remembering 9-11 a whole new way...first loves...bad puns...complicated family dynamics...real life fears...holding on...letting go...and moving forward. Before, during, and after life's big events shape our normal.

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⭐⭐⭐/5.
I adore Buxbaum's writing style. Her contemporary voice is unique. This book was good, but her Tell Me Three Things hit me harder. I enjoyed the references or Easter eggs to TM3T in this book. The characters are fleshed out well and relatable while the plot lulls sometimes in flow. I will give a trigger warning for the 9/11 storyline. If you're into YA contemporary , Buxbaum is a must-read author.

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GinaKButler
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If Julie Buxbaum writes it, I‘ll read it. 📚 #YA

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YA is not my go-to genre but I do enjoy a YA book that has depth and believable characters. The two Julie Buxbaum books that I‘ve read definitely had both. This post-9/11 story certainly touched my heart in a very special way. I witnessed 9/11 live on TV like so many millions of us did — it changed everyone who witnessed it on some permanent level. Great job on a devastating topic!

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Julie Buxbaum does it again with another amazing book! This book gave me all the feels and I didn't want it to end. Abbi and Noah are both dealing with the effects of 9/11 in different ways. Abbi became famous when a picture was taken of her when the towers were falling and Noah lost his dad on that awful day. When they meet they have no idea that they can help heal each other in the best possible way! I need another Julie book now!!!!

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laurenslibrary I've been having this issue all week! 9mo
MidnightBookGirl Sorry to hear that! But at least there are books! 9mo
Crazeedi Been there for a while 9mo
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Today has been the day from HELL!!! Days like today make me wonder why I teach littles. But thank goodness with it being Teacher Appreciation Week the Owner of the school got us lunch and is giving up a two hour lunch break with one of the hours being paid. This two year old teacher right here is going to take advantage of this two hours and try to destress with a good book!

JoScho Oh those days are the worst! A two hour lunch break sure helps. Hang in there friend ❤️ 9mo
Tamra Hang in there! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Sorry it‘s been so rough! Hope you can destress soon! 9mo
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Lovesbooks87 @JoScho thanks Jody. They are the worst. Spend some time with some amazing coworkers had some great laughs and read. Made everything so much better! 9mo
Lovesbooks87 @Tamra thanks! 9mo
Lovesbooks87 @LiteraryinLititz so much better now! Thanks! 9mo
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