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.
HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
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. 🙂
I like her books and am excited for this one!
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…Authors I Want to Read in 2019
I really loved the one I’ve read and can’t wait to read more from her.
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.
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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.
Anything 9/11-related tugs at my heartstrings!
Ooh what a great premise. I hadn’t heard of this one, but definitely a different perspective on 9/11. I need to read!
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Hopefully we’ll both love it!
I’ve never read her books before, but I love the sound of this. Its definitely a unique take on 9/11, also it sounds like there’s a bit of a mystery to solve!
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Yeah, I think it’s one of those books that has a lot of layers to it. Hope it’s as good as it sounds!
I have not read this author but this book looks so cute.
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I love the cover. So pretty!
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!
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I’d be curious to see how it is as an audiobook.
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!
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You’re welcome! I love the Wednesday posts too. My TBR always grows that day because of all of the great recs.
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. 🙂
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LOL! The waffles were what first drew me to that book as well.
Every Buxbaum book is a YES for me. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
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I really need to read more of her books!
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!
Thanks, I hope so too!
This is new to me, but it definitely sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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Thanks, I hope so too!
I almost requested the audiobook for Tell Me Three Things from my library, but changed my mind. I’m wondering if I should still give it a listen! I really like the cover for this one.
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I love the cover for this one too. It’s so pretty!
I’ve always wanted to try her books, and I have at least one here on Kindle. Now I want to read THIS one. I hope you enjoy it, Suzanne!
She’s one of my favorite contemporary authors. If you try her books, I hope you enjoy them. 🙂