Things Hoped For

Things Hoped For

by Andrew Clements

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Gwen is preparing to audition for New York City’s top music schools when her grandfather mysteriously disappears, leaving Gwen only a phone message telling her not to worry. But there’s nothing more stressful than practicing for her auditions, not knowing where her grandfather is, and being forced to lie about his whereabouts when her insistent great-uncle demands an audience with him. Then Gwen meets Robert, also in town for music auditions, and the two pair up to brave the city without supervision. As auditions approach and her great-uncle becomes more aggressive, Gwen and Robert make a startling discovery. Suddenly Gwen’s hopes are turned upside down, and she and Robert are united in ways neither of them could have foretold. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142410738
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/17/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 202,329
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Andrew Clements lives in Massachusetts.

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Things Hoped For 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
sweetpea217913 More than 1 year ago
This book is about this 17 year old girl Gwen.Gwen is geting ready for her audition for New York city's best music school. she comes to find that her grandfather has left her a message on the phone that tells her that he is gone and she should not worry about him. Then Gwen meets Robert. As the auditions are geting closer and closer Robert and Gwen try to solve the problem of her missing grandfather.
Hannah Geelhart More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i read it over and over!!!! it was awesome and id recommend it to anyone!!!
ChelsCS More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements. Title of review: Number of stars (1 to 5): 3 Introduction The overview of this book is about a girl who has trouble dealing with her grandpa going away, and has worries about her upcoming music auditions. I think the people who would like to possibly read this book are some teenagers who don't really like action and thriller books. It can also be for senior citizens who like a calm, more mature book. I evaluated this book the way I did because it wasn't that interesting. It was actually kind of boring in some parts. On the other hand I did like it because it made me wonder what was going to happen next. Description and summary of main points The summary of this book is about a seventeen year old girl who is in love with music. She plays the violin. Gwen is originally from West Virginia, but she gets invited to come live with her grandpa in Manhattan. She tries out for three schools Julliard, Manhattan, and The New England Conservatory in Boston. Gwen is hoping to get accepted from one of these schools. First she has to try out, and the pressure is really on. She has no problems until she comes home to her grandpa's house one day, and there's a message on the answering machine. He tells her he's going away for awhile, and doesn't know how long he'll be gone, only that he's going. Now she has to live with no one but herself, worry about him and the upcoming auditions, and make new friends. Evaluation The plot of this book is that Gwen has to handle pressure of getting into one of the three schools she has auditioned for, and deal with her grandpa's absence as well. The characters of the book are Gwen, Grandpa, Uncle Hank, Marcy, and Robert. These are good characters and it helped me understand the character's emotions and their personality. The theme of the book is to teach readers how to deal with school and family issues, and it shows how to handle the pressure that is put on you. The style of this book is kind of laid back. It is calm and it is kind of boring but I think the author did a good job on describing all of the book's aspects. The style is helpful because it is very detailed and skilled. The setting of this story takes place in Manhattan and New York. The story takes place I think in the fall or spring time, almost. I think the purpose and the goals of this book were achieved. The comparison of this book to other books would be the same to me, especially if they're in the same genre. Conclusion My thesis is that the book was skilled and detailed but in some points it was kind of boring. I only liked a few parts of it. The brief summary of the book would be when Gwen auditions for the schools, and has to deal with the struggle on her own, and how her grandpa goes away for a while. My evaluation of the book is that it was pretty interesting. I kept saying to myself, "what was going to happen next". It was a little boring though. I think it was a little more mature and grown up then I'd liked it to be. Your final review (none)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before you read this one you need to read the first 1 Things Noy Seen, and then after you read this 1 you have 2 read Things that are. They make more sence in order!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you andrew clements you rock
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Things Hoped For, seemed dull and slightly bad compared to its predecessor, Things Not Seen. Things Not Seens' plot was based mostly around the theme of invisibility, however, Things Hoped For's plot was based mostly on a mystery much the mystery in Things Hoped For. The ideas seemed unreal towards the end and Gwens reactions seemed as if they were written by an average fifth grader writing a short stoy for an assigment. Her reactions were VERY unrealistic to some very strange and odd-occuring events that took place. However, the beginning of this book had a great theme, plot and mystery. When the book got to about page 100 all this changed. In conclusion, I reccomend this book. Only because it was very entertaining and the beginning was very well written. The series will not seem complete if you didnt read the middle volume as well. Read the book, it's quick and worth your time but youu will be disapointed if you were expecting a follow up as well written as Things Not Seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that without a doubt, the prequel to this book, Things Not Seen, is my favorite book of all time. It's so relatable, even if the main character is invisible. I was happy when I saw a sequel, but let me tell you, it's not as good. The sequel was pretty good. I didn't like the fact that the POV was different this time. And I didn't like the fact that invisibility becomes a sub-plot in this book. In other words, the plot isn't all about invisibility. I just found out that there will be another sequel, Things that Are, and will gladly read it. Hopefully, it will recapture the same magic Things Not Seen did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Things Hoped For is a mystery book by Andrew Clements. 'Grandfather Grandfather I'm home,' Gwen says. She searches the house but can't find Grandfather anywhere. This book is about the disappearance of Gwen's grandfather. The problem is her violin tryouts and she is alone in New York City. Gwen met Robert and told him about her Grandfather. The message is practice makes perfect. The reason is Gwen always practiced her violin for at least an hour every night. She knew if she did not practice she would not make it into the institute. She was a very dedicated violin student. Things Hoped For is one of my favorite stories. I partly like it because it is Andrew Clements and partly because it is a mystery. If you like mystery books you will love this book. To find ouut what happens to Gwen and her grandfather you will have to read Things Hoped For.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book things hoped for is an outstanding book. Clements put alot of emotion into this book and it really shows. Things Hoped For is a book that takes you through good times and bad. I think that this book shows some of the important things in life. This is one of the best books that I have read!!
Lizzybeth23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the series behind Things Not Seen. Very good, just as humorous, and quite mysterious.
FHFroggy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So great. But that's considering I read it a long time ago. I liked it more than the first in the series, but that might be because it involved more music. xD
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gwen, an aspiring violinist, lives with her Grandfather in New York, so she can attend a prestigious music school, and practice. One day, when she returns home from school, there is a strange message from her grandfather on their answering machine explaining that he has to go away for a while, and that she should not tell anyone, and especially not her Uncle Hank. The uncle is pressuring her grandfather to sell the house so he can make money. Gwen has music auditions coming up and it is important that she concentrate. It's a bit tough with her grandfather missing. Later, she meets a character from a previous Clements books, Things Not Seen, and he eventually tells her a bit about his past. They accidentally discover the whereabouts of Gwen's grandfather, and she manages to deal with all of it, as well as pull off a great audition. It is possible that there will be a third book but not likely.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan says: I have always known Andrew Clements as the author of light books with a message, mostly about school. But this book was incredibly creepy and seemed to wrap up too soon. Gwen lives in New York with her grandfather and is finishing her senior year of high school. She is a talented musician and is getting ready for auditions for Juillard and other music conservatories. Then she meets Robert, who was the focus of Clements' Things Not Seen (where he is invisible for about a month). He is also a talented musician and is in town for his auditions as well. There is a mystery involving Gwen's grandfather, who disappears right before the auditions and turns up dead in their freezer. There is also a mystery involving an invisible man who is very creepy as well. This seems like too much for such a short book, but it is a good book, and the suspense keeps it going. Might be a good book for book club?
MssJos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've been following my reviews, you know that I mistakenly read this series out of order. Having done that, I was prepared to dislike Gwen, the narrator of this book. However, I was unprepared for how very likable, relatable, and impressively strong and talented Gwen was going to be.Gwen is originally from a small town in West Viriginia but now lives in New York City with her Grandfather where she attending music school. Gwen plays the violin with amazing devotion and is trying desperately to focus on her music to prepare for her college auditions at the top music school in New York (one being Juilliard), but some major interruptions prevent her from being able to do this.For instance, she runs into Robert (yes, Bobby from Things Not Seen) who is in NYC preparing for his own music school auditions. Gwen has typically been so busy with her music that she hasn't made any time for friends, boyfriends, or even casual acquaintances. After just one trip to a jazz concert, Robert and Gwen's lives are linked to each other in ways neither of them had prepared for.Gwen's grandfather has disappeared, leaving her alone to face her angry great uncle Hank who has been harassing her grandfather a lot lately. Not to mention the strange man she and Robert encounter while shopping one day who is unpredictable and somewhat terrifying. This would be too much to handle for some 17-year-old girls, but Gwen is "The Brave One," the one who left West Virginia to pursue her music career in the most exciting city in America. Through the ups and downs of the novel, Gwen remains extremely level-headed and practical, pretty impressive considering the stress she is under. With Robert, Gwen learns about the true meaning of friendship, family, and her own inner strength. Clements gives Gwen some impressive qualities, such as her Christianity that shines through, and some quotable quotes such as:"I have my own story, and I love my story, but I know I can't tell it alone, notnow. Because stories have centers, but they don't have edges. No boundaries. AndI needed to learn that."Overall, I enjoyed Things Hoped For much more than I thought I would. There were a few things that were a little too neat and tidy, and Clements' teenagers are some of the most responsible, well-behaved, non-hormonal teenagers I have ever read about, but I think that's why I like them.I may not be able to use this series as classroom novels, but I would definitely recommend all 3 of the books to my students. Reading all three of the novels would be a great way to teach students about perspective and point of view.
emmaaa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl named Gwen lives with her grandfather in New York while focusing on becoming a wonderful violinist when one day she comes home and her grandfather is gone but has left a message for her. She is to keep the house running while he is gone and not to worry; everything will be okay. She is not to tell ANYONE that he is gone. This all happened a week before her big college auditions. Gwen is fine taking care of herself because she has done if for awhile now but there is one problem, her uncle Hank. He wants her grandfather to sell the house that he lives in because they share ownership. He keeps coming around and Gwen has to lie saying her grandfather is not there. Along the way, Gwen meets Robert. Robert stays with Gwen for awhile to help her practice and because it is scary living alone. After about a week, they astonishly find her grandfather dead in their large freezer downstairs. He knew he was dying but wanted Gwen to get through her auditions so she could get a college scholarship and not be distracted by her grandfathers death. He loved her so much and knew that she was a talented girl and left money for her to make it through college. She stayed strong but missed her grandfather. She finished her auditions even though her grandfather dies just a couple of days before. I would recommend this book to teens who might like music and mysteries. This book was full of surprises, especially the finding of grandfather. There are 167 pages.
jnogal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What? Grandpa's dead in the freezer? What? He KNEW he'd soon be dead and he wanted to not be a bother to others, Gwen??? Didn't he think finding him dead in the freezer would be kind of disturbing? Also - what? A girl living basically alone in NYC invites a basic stranger to stay with her alone? What's that??? All the descriptions of the music - the rise and fall, etc.... I'm musical and understood it, but I would only care to read about it in much shorter pieces and fewer times. It felt like filler. I can't believe Grandpa knew he was going to die and put himself in the freezer. The addition of William seemed unnecessary and like filler too. I LOVE Andrew Clements books and have read: Frindle, The Landry News, Lunch Money, School Story, A Week In the Woods, Things Not Seen, and this one. The others are great, but this one's not. I'll try No Talking next and hope for better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply wonderful and it tells a good but kind of sad story. I love all of Andrew Clements' book and would reccommend it to those ages 10 and up. Thing Not Seen and Things That Are are also good books to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny sad and creepy at some point or another but it is just the thing i was looking for. Read Things Hoped For and the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He name is Gwen. Not "Gweni". Duh.
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Love it