Can’t Wait Wednesday – HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum.  I read my first book by Julie Buxbaum last year, Tell Me Three Things, and really enjoyed it.  As soon as I read the synopsis for her latest, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.  I’ve read a few other novels that have dealt with 9/11 but this sounds like a perspective that I haven’t seen covered yet so I’m looking forward to seeing what the author does with it.



Publication Date:  May 7, 2019


From Goodreads:

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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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

28 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    The first time I saw this, I was really impressed with the way the author took on 9/11. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of this.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I really like that she’s coming at it from a different POV than what I’ve come across so far in similar books.

  2. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    This one is on my list!!! And maybe as an audiobook as the narrator is one from Sea to the Salt that I really enjoyed!

  3. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I haven’t actually heard of this author before Suzanne, I love Wednesday posts for this very reason, I can discover so many new releases and authors I might not normally come across. I’ve only read one other YA book that really mentions the 9/11 attacks which is odd considering. This sounds so incredibly emotional and looking forward to reading this one now myself. Thank you so much for putting it on my radar darling!

  4. Greg
    Greg says:

    I remember seeing Tell Me Three Things around and thinking it looked like a great read. And it wasn’t just the waffles on the cover, although seeing it did make me hungry a few times I think. 🙂

  5. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    Wow, this is a new one to me and it sounds fascinating! This sounds like a neat concept, I’ll definitely have to look into. Thanks for sharing and I hope you like it!

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