Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waiting for You by Susan Colasanti

It's sophomore year, and Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, hopefully, her first real boyfriend. But after popular Derek asks her out, things get complicated. Not only do her parents unexpectedly separate, but Marisa has a fight with her best friend, and Derek—the love of her life—delivers a shocking disappointment. The only things keeping Marisa together are the podcasts from the anonymous DJ, who seems to totally understand Marisa. But she doesn't know who he is . . . or maybe she does.

I'm a big fan of Susan Colasanti, I think she's an excellent writer, and she really makes her novels relatable, fun and emotional all at the same time.

That said, this wasn't my favorite book of Susan's. While it did make me feel emotional (I may or may not have shed a few tears) I found it a little predictable at times. I really enjoyed the insights we had into Marisa's anxiety, but I wish there had been more of them, it would have really rounded her as a character for me.

One thing I did love about this book was how she depicted Marisa's yearning for a boyfriend. I feel like that really reflected today's society well in that it makes teen girls think they need a boyfriend to fell whole.

All together a good book that's definitely worth reading but not my favorite from the author, although better than a lot of YA books that I've read.

Plot: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Cover: 5/5

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