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Waiting for You

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Waiting for You

Marisa and her best friend Sterling have a ritual. “We get together before school starts, when all of the electric energy of possibility is zinging around, and make a pact on how we want our lives to change…. There’s only so much waiting a person can endure until they start thinking that maybe nothing exciting will ever happen to them. Like, ever.”

For Marisa, she would like nothing more than to start fresh. In her first year of high school, she was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and did some bizarre things as a freshman. She hopes that the summer and a new start will be like hitting reset in her classmates’ minds. She doesn’t want to be seen as weird. Now she has her anxiety under control and is trying to take charge of the rest of her life as well.

But what happens when things beyond your control happen? Marisa is shocked when her perfect family life is rattled by talk of her parents divorcing. Her little sister is more than obnoxious with her strong political and health beliefs. Not to mention Sterling keeps falling for older guys…on the Internet. And then there are the boy situations. Derek is cute and seems to be flirting with Marisa in art class. But he has a girlfriend. Then there’s Nash, the boy next door --- literally --- who is beyond geeky. Marisa only wants to be friends with Nash. Instead, Derek intrigues her, and so does a mystery DJ who has the school enthralled with his nightly online broadcasts and his interesting commentary. (Think Christian Slater in the popular ’80s filmPump Up the Volume.)

As Marisa tries to sort out all the craziness in her life while still keeping her head on straight, she begins to realize that perhaps she was waiting for the wrong things. Maybe she needed to open her eyes to appreciate what she had all along.

WAITING FOR YOU is Susane Colasanti’s third young adult novel. As in her previous books, WHEN IT HAPPENS and TAKE ME THERE, Colasanti does a great job of creating realistic teen characters. The dialogue and language make her protagonists fresh and current. Her take on romance is sweet and optimistic, and slightly reminiscent of a teen movie. Not only does WAITING FOR YOU pay homage to Pump Up the Volume, it also mentions the seminal teen television show “My So-Called Life.” Colasanti clearly knows how to write in an engaging, light manner that teenagers will enjoy.

Reviewed by Kristi Olson on May 14, 2009

Waiting for You
by Susane Colasanti

  • Publication Date: April 6, 2010
  • Genres: Romance
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Speak
  • ISBN-10: 0142415758
  • ISBN-13: 9780142415757