Hope and Other Punch Lines (Hardcover)

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At nearly sixteen, Abbi Hope Goldstein is eager for her summer as an anonymous camp counselor. For most of her life, Abbi has carried the weight of being “Baby Hope,” the one-year old baby photographed on 9/11 being carried to safety as the first tower falls. Though her younger self is a symbol of hope for many, Abbi plans to fly under the radar and enjoy a carefree summer before telling her parents about her increasingly worrying cough, which she fears might be 9/11 Syndrome. Immediately recognized by fellow counselor Noah Stern and subsequently blackmailed into helping him interview other survivors captured in the Baby Hope photograph for a school newspaper story, Abbi and Noah grow increasingly close as they talk to survivors whose lives were deeply changed by the events of 9/11. Abbi, of course, is unaware that Noah has a hidden motivation for locating the photographed survivors.

Buxbaum handles the traumatic subject of 9/11 with care, sensitively depicting the personal devastation and poignantly illustrating how definitively one day can split a world – and countless lives - into before and after. Buxbaum’s novel continues her tradition of emotionally resonant and wryly humorous portrayals of young adults navigating trauma, acceptance, and connection.

— From Sara


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.

"A luminous, lovely story about a girl who builds a future from the ashes of her past." --KATHLEEN GLASGOW, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

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?

About the Author

JULIE BUXBAUM is the author of the What to Say Next, as well as the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Three Things, her debut young adult novel. She also wrote the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two young children.

Praise For…


"Delivers its fair share of gut punches and cathartic moments . . . .A valuable addition to the growing body of 9/11-related teen literature--one that will be especially appealing to teens today." --Kirkus Reviews

"An emotionally resonant, wryly humorous portrayal of two young adults navigating trauma and acceptance years after 9/11. . . .distinctive points of view with which teen readers, for whom 9/11 is history, will identify." --Publishers Weekly

"A strong plot with vivid characterizations and heartfelt emotion. An illuminating and gut-wrenching tale. --Booklist

"Snappy dialogue, humor, and realistic relationships will satisfy readers. -- School Library Journal  

Praise for Julie Buxbaum's WHAT TO SAY NEXT

"An ode to the unexpected relationships that can change our lives." --Bustle

"Charming, funny, and deeply affecting all at the same time." --Nicola Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star

"Teens who enjoy sweet, character-driven relationship stories will find their tribe with Kit and David." --VOYA

Praise for Julie Buxbaum's TELL ME THREE THINGS

"Fans of Rainbow Rowell are sure to adore." --PopSugar.com

"Here are three things about this book: (1) It's sweet and funny and romantic; (2) the mystery at the heart of the story will keep you turning the pages; (3) I have a feeling you'll be very happy you read it." --Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Windfall

"A heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change." --Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524766771
ISBN-10: 1524766771
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 320

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