Page Count: 352
Published on: May 1, 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Poetry
Source: Print: Paperback
Source: Print: Paperback
Age Rating: PG-14
Where To Find It: Goodreads// Amazon
My Rating: 3 stars
After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.
Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?
Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.
My best friend Courtney recommended this book to me a couple weeks ago when I asked her which Rosie Book I should read. She recommended Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams. She told me that it would make me cry and make me feel all of the feels. I really wanted a depressing and sad romance book that would make me cry. This is a really novel to read because it's written in verse. I usually don't like novels written in verse because the poetry is too flighty and sometimes the authors didn't include enough details to make it an actual story which drove me nuts!
This book is about London who's brother tragically passed away. London is struggling to find self redemption and struggles to cope with her brother's death. London is struggling to find herself in her grief and she's struggling with her family too. Her father has thrown himself in his work and her mother blames her for her brother's death.
I found this to be just the right amount of depressing for what I was in the mood for, but I couldn't get attached to the characters or the story. The only thing that could keep me going was my curiosity to find out how Zach died. This whole story was interesting, but I didn't like the romantic aspect at all. I feel like London needs to focus on herself before she pursues a guy. I didn't really like that Jesse guy at all, and the realization that London has to why she's attracted to Jesse. I would really only like London with Taylor, because he understood what she was going through, and actually knew her brother. I didn't like the romance much at all...The kissing scenes were kinda creepy and awkward and kind of off. I found the romance to be kind of "ehh".
I really like the religious parts of this book, and I like her realization about her faith. I didn't like how her parents dealt with her doubt in her faith, and they didn't really try to help her when she went to them for help...I just really didn't like her parents much at all.
I really did love the poetry format. It wasn't hard to understand and you knew what was happening in the story. I overall enjoyed it, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would...and I didn't cry which also was a bit of a disappointment.
Anyway! Enjoy guys!