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Monday, December 6, 2010

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

Sorry about the lack of posts recently! Finals are coming up (AKA next week!!!!!) . . . Study, study, study!

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is or does she?


Waiting For You is a quick, fun read that, while it doesn't lack depth, is relatively entertaining, romantic, and thoughtful.

Character development could use some help in some areas--for one, Derek definitely doesn't have much more depth than a cardboard doll--but is perfect in others; I can honestly tell you that I know Marisa and Nash, and possibly Sterling, inside-and-out, but other characters (including Derek) were very standard and somewhat clich├ęd.

While it is an easy, general fiction read, Colasanti throws in a few serious elements, some family-related, others about being yourself, defining who you want to be, and living in the Now, as Marisa calls it. This definitely adds to the intrigue of the story, and makes it less of what would just be an empty story of a girl pining after a boy who, after all, isn't quite the right one.

The plot isn't entirely gripping, but this also is standard, general YA fiction, so you shouldn't be expecting that if you pick this book up--it won't, for example, be a Firelight (Sophie Jordan) or a Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins). And while that is 100% true (I wouldn't lie to you, would I?), this book also has a surprisingly quickly-moving story line, and spares you the boring details of a relatively normal, without-vampire, teenage life. But, with that said, the sense of time in this novel is somewhat off, like waking up on a Wednesday morning late because your alarm doesn't go off, and for the rest of the day you feel like it's Friday. There are awkward, hinted-to time skips--usually not very long, as far as I can tell--and then new sections of the book almost, titled This Month - That Month, which didn't exactly do much for the novel.

Overall, though, this book was entirely entertaining and fun to read, with slight romantic suspense, and mystery over who is the radio DJ, although the latter is somewhat obvious. It's very cute, and quick, and easy, which is, really, what a general YA fiction book should be. It took me about two hours to read it, so even those slower readers out there should be able to breeze through this enjoyable novel. A great read for those who aren't crazy for the ever-popular paranormal.

Grade: B


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