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Author: Julie Buxbaum Narrator: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond, Julie Buxbaum Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780525595557
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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.

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? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
      
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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

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About the Author

Julie Buxbaum is the author of the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Tell Me Three Things is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.

About the Narrators

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her several Earphones Awards. She has performed in hundreds of commercials and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.