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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Book Summary

Hope moves around a lot, but she's always the most talented waitress, wherever she goes. In the small town where she lands at the beginning of this book, she becomes involved with a political campaign. A big company is in charge of everything, it seems. Can an honest individual ever challenge the entrenched power? What is Hope's responsibility to this town?
Hope Was Here book cover
Hope Was Here

Book Review

Strong writing, with plenty of distinctive characters. Although this is another book about someone dealing with an absent parent and connecting to small town community members, the story's political intrigue and some genuine moments in relationships make it stand out from the crowd.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Waitresses; Small-Town Diners
  • Building Families
  • Politics of Business; Corruption
  • Community Relationships
  • Personal Responsibility

Discussion Questions for this book:

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