Title: Waiting For You
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 14, 2009
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
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?
In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.
When I first heard about Waiting For You, I knew I definitely wanted to read it. I have been reading more and more YA lately; I can’t seem to get enough of the refreshing new novels the genre contains.
Marisa was a great character that I think most females, regardless of age group, can relate to. Almost all of us have felt like a “freak” at one point or another in our lives. We’ve all known what it is like to just want to fit in. Colasanti wrote Marisa extremely well; while she makes some bad choices here and there, she is definitely a good person. It’s also nice to see that she tries to change; it’s not one of those books where the main character makes the same irritating mistakes over and over again, never learning from them.
I have to say, I really didn’t like Derek (though I think that was the point). Any 16-year-old boy who calls his girlfriend “Sexy” (as in a nickname, not an adjective) is just irritating. Plus I hated how Marisa didn’t feel like she could be herself around him. She put him on a pedestal and thought she couldn’t confide in him or trust him, for fear of losing his interest.
At its core, Waiting For You is a novel about what you think you want versus what you have. Marisa looks around her and wishes for so much that she doesn’t have. She wishes Derek would notice her, and once he does, that he would act differently. She wishes her parents would stop acting strangely and just tell her what is going on, but when they finally do, she wishes they would reconcile. She wishes Sterling, her best friend, would stop being so needy. It’s only when she stops and looks at what she has around her that she begins to appreciate it and actually realizes that she is lucky.
Waiting For You is a great addition to the growing group of YA titles that are modern, edgy, and impossible to put down. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.