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Abandon hope all ye who study here

"Growing up is mandatory. Growing old is optional'"

Bienvenidos A Hopewell is a web comedy novel by Anthony Arrieta (AKA Anthony Tesla) that takes place at the same school as El Club de Hopewell.

Harriet Milovic is the only daughter of a broken home who faces the choice between going to study in Toronto and live with her aunt Maja (the only relative the government know is not involved in any criminal activity) or else (yeah, there was not really that much of a choice).

The story is pretty much a Slice of Life kind of story about the adventures of Harriet in her new environment and the challenges she has to face as someone who seems tough and careless on one hand but on the other, doesn't really know how to deal with social situations or to interact with kids of her own age (a result of having to move frequently from city to city).

She meets and befriends Josephine "Jo" Hoult: a cute, blonde girl from a rural part of the country with a lot of secrets of her own, and Dalia Aquino: a nerdy Filipina girl, and together they will try (kind of) to learn how to survive in one of the worst High Schools in the country.


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  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Josephine, the cute blonde, Dalia, the over-achiever student, and Harriet, the problem girl fill those roles almost perfectly.
  • Cool Big Sis: Allyson, Jake's girlfriend, is very close to Harriet, always ready to give advice, and she fills this position.
  • Cousin Oliver: You can make the argument the series started like this: Harriet originally wasn't supposed to be Jake's cousin in the early drafts, but this was done to provide a link between the original saga and this spin-off.
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  • Distaff Counterpart: Harriet may be seen as pretty much a gender-swapped version of Jake, from the original El Club de Hopewell saga.
  • Foreshadowing: You can find clues to future plots in previous episodes, if you look closely.
  • High School Is Hell: Harriet's attitude to it.
  • High School Rocks: The attitude Josephine tries to keep.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In tradition with El Club de Hopewell: lots of episodes are named after puns of famous movies, books or other media.
  • In the Blood: Harriet and Jake, cousins, have in common the rebel, trouble-making nature.
  • Freudian Trio: Let's see.
    • Harriet: Ruled by her impulses. (The McCoy)
    • Jo: Perhaps the most down-to-earth girl in the group. (The Kirk)
    • Dalia: obsessed with rules and academics. (The Spock)
  • Lighter and Softer: To some degree, compared to its parent series.
  • Lots And Lots Of Characters: Includes the three main girls, plus some of her classmates, legal guardians and parents, characters returning from El Club de Hopewell...
  • Matzo Fever: A lot of characters towards, Jeremy Liebmann, one of the most popular kids in school.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Dalia Aquino is named after former president of the Phillipines, Corazón Aquino.
    • Principal Jean Phillipe Lafontaine, named after Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine, former Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Mood Whiplash: Once again, a proud Hopewell tradition, jumping from the silly to the tragic.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Both Harriet and Jo, in different ways: while Harriet takes the chance to study in Hopewell because there was no other better option, and is too cynical for her own good, Jo studies there because it was the best option, and is too idealistic after all she's been through.
  • New Transfer Student: To some degree, Harriet and Jo, who are new in the city and are starting High School in a community where most kids of the same age know the others.
  • Not So Different: A central theme: while different in personality, the three girls have in common their poor grasp of social skills.
  • Odd Friendship: Pretty much the main cast, but also Jeremy, the older son of a Jewish family, and Fareed: the only son of a Palestinian family.
  • Running Gag: O'Brien, a classmate, being only referred by his last name.
  • Schoolgirl Series: While both male and female students attend Hopewell, the story is focused mostly on the three main female characters.
  • School Play: No Exit, of all plays possible.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Josephine, while beautiful, has an interesting and outdated sense of fashion. But with the help of Harriet, she has her time to shine once she's invited to Jeremy's party.
  • Spin-Off: From El Club de Hopewell
  • Sucky School: Hopewell High itself, just like the last book.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Juliet, who sees herself as the Victorious Childhood Friend of Jeremy.
  • Stepford Smiler: Jo, so much, once we discover her background.
  • Straight Gay
  • Teachers out of School: Prof. Kovacs is a struggling unpublished writer who took the teacher's job as a way to pay his bills and support himself, not as a career, but then again, that happens with a lot of teachers.
  • Those Two Guys: Jeremy and Fareed, who are mostly seen together-
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Harriet and Jo, although unlike other examples of this trope, it is subverted from time to time (Harriet does not have a problem with primping herself at times, and Jo can be unexpectedly tough as nails when needed).
  • True Companions: A central theme.
  • Two Decades Behind: In-universe: Jo's knowledge of popular culture is a mish-mash of modern and vintage (she claims it is because her old town is a little more backwards than the rest of Canada).
  • Wild Teen Party: In the first episodes.
  • Wham Episode: Expect them occasionally; for example, in episode 10, we finally understand why Jo acts the way she acts.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Josephine. She has learned pretty much everything about teen life from books and films, so more often than not, she has to face the hard, big wall of reality.

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