Book Review–Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

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This is the seventeenth book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Published May 14th, 2009

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 Waiting For You, 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.

 

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After reading my first Colasanti book, Take Me There, I wasn’t too impressed. However, Waiting For You was a great surprise. I honestly bought most of the author’s books at Ollie’s discount store because they were cheap and looked good. Now that I’ve enjoyed this one, I have high hopes for the rest.

Waiting For You really reminded me of what it is like to be a teenager. Even though I am in my mid-twenties now, I was able to easily relate to the main character, Marisa. The characters and events that took place were realistic. Colasanti also has a writing style that almost makes me think an actual teenager wrote it.

The relationships in the book were just like they are in life–complicated, messy, and surprising. The only thing that truly annoyed me in this book was how predictable “Dirty Dirk’s” true identity was. I guessed it right away.

I pretty much liked all of the characters (except Sierra for obvious reasons). They each had their flaws, but that somehow made reading about them even more perfect. I can also relate to the subject of divorce and family problems because I had similar problems with my mother and step-parent as a teenager.

Nash has become one of my favorite YA guys. If I were younger, I would lock him away in a closet! …Anyway, this was a great read. It had just enough realism and just enough fluffy romance to be enjoyable. Hopefully I will enjoy the other books, too.

 

Disclaimer:  These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

 

4stars

 

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