Hope and her Aunt Addie, who has raised her, have moved from place to place. One of Addie's specialties (in addition to her killer cooking) is helping run-down establishments get back on their feet. They have just moved to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, and are helping owner G.T. keep the Welcome Stairways diner running while he is being treated for Leukemia. Addie is thea cook, and Hope is a waitress. When G.T. decides to run for mayor (he has nothing to lose, right?), Hope finds herself getting more and more involved in his campaign. Now, her mission is to live up to her name.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
This is a book about hope and love. I like that it is written from the perspective of a waitress. Hope uses a lot of food and restaurant metaphors, and in those scenes when the diner is busy, you feel like you are there, running around, taking orders, and delivering food. This also makes the book feel really fast-paced.
This book is appropriate for ages 11 and up and I would recommend borrowing it from the library. It is a sweet, funny story, and even though it’s sad in some parts, the book is written in a way that makes you feel good inside after finishing it, like a delicious meal
Engaging characters, good guys & gals to cheer for, and a whole lot of foodie references will have readers immersed in this sweet, heart-warming story.
None, really. One character has leukemia and dies, so readers need to be aware that there is death in the story.
This is a fictional story about acceptance, growing up, and finding your "home."
The heart of the story is Hope and her journey to acceptance. understanding love, and "living up to her name." That said, G.W.'s run for mayor also introduces themes that can engage young readers in topical (and less sensitive) discussions.
11 and Up
11 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Borrow. The story is sweet, but probably not one you'll come back to.
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