Thursday, February 16, 2012
HOPE . . . . IS HERE
Maybe I am picky but the voice on an audio book must be just right for me to listen. If it's not I go back to the hard copy. But the voice on this audio book Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer is just right!
Sixteen year old Hope has moved plenty from restaurant to restaurant with her Aunt Addie. She learns what makes a good waitress serving up comfort food cooked by her aunt. Just like Hope I was once a waitress and yes you do learn a lot about people while serving them food. It is from this viewpoint you learn about Hope who, by the way, chose her own name and had it changed legally. Well you can not blame her after you read what name her mother gave her! She has seen her mother exactly three times since she was born. And each time she gave Hope tips on how to be a good waitress. Every time they move it is difficult but before she leaves she writes somewhere in the café "Hope was here". And hope is a constant theme in this story. Told with humor and warmth this story is a winner.
This audio is recommended for ages 10 and up, so take it on your next vacation listen or read - your choice.