Review: Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Hope and Other Punchlines
4.5 out of 5 stars

Ms. Julie Buxbaum has become one of my most favorite and trusted YA authors and I’ll probably read every book she writes. Her stories are always relevant and her writing is always a blend of charming, witty, heart-wrenching, and adorkable.
Hope and Other Punch Lines is a YA contemporary about the aftermaths of 9/11 to the survivors and to the relatives of the victims of the tragic event and I really am grateful to have come across this novel because it’s a wonderful tribute to those who suffered during that time, personal legacies of loss as the author termed it in her note.

What makes this a unique story is that it is alternately told sixteen years after the tragedy by teenagers, Abbi or Baby Hope (one of the survivors of the tragedy) and Noah (son of one of the victims) as they live a life with the aftereffects of 9/11 always hovering above their heads.

This is such an insightful, funny (there’s even that Tell Me Three Things reference. I totally saw that), thought provoking, and inspiring story that at times made me sniff and choke back lumps in my throat. This is a beautiful reminder why I love YA.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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