Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti was like ‘okay, whatev’.

After my depressingly sad read of By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, I was looking for something a little more uplifting. From my ‘TO READ’ pile, I chose Waiting For You after reading the excerpt. I knew it would be about teen relationships, but I was not expecting the multi layers of family drama and anxiety disorders/depression to be thrown in too.

Book Description: 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 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?

Sad face 😦

-I understand that Colansanti was trying to use ‘teen’ language, but there was waaaay to much use of ‘like, whatever’ vocabulary throughout the book. I find it almost insulting to teen’s intellect.

-Again with the female character having depression/suicidal thoughts. Marisa also described possible options to end her life. However, her bout with depression could have been more thoroughly described. I felt like it was just thrown in and not fully executed properly.

-Took a while to get into the book. I didn’t even know the female characters name for the longest time. Also, Colansanti’s lacked at physically describing her characters. I like to visualize what the characters look like in my head and I hated not being able to.

-Predictable. The “mystery” DJ isn’t very much of a mystery.

Happy face 🙂

-Pop culture references.  This book is clearly here in the now. Includes references of:Grey’s Anatomy, Ipod, Arcade Fire, Wii and many others! Like Marisa, I too believe that John Mayer songs can solve all of our life’s problems. 

-Short chapters. In a long 320 page book, short chapters (and there are 55 of them!) persuade the reader into thinking they accomplished much reading. I would find myself continually reading more than usual because I’d think to myself ‘oh, one more chapter’ since every chapter is 3-5 pages.  Well one chapter easily turned into 10 more.

-Relatable for teens going through the dramas of high school: family problems, friend drama, crazy siblings, and boys.  There are lots of sub-plots to keep you interested.

-Shallow. ** SPOILER** Although the author tries to convey the message that being shallow and choosing the ‘perfect’ guy based solely on looks is wrong, she ultimately fails in the end when Marisa chooses Nash the dork when he begins to change his style, wear product in his hair, and other girls notice him. 

Overall, I would rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5. An okay read, but nothing extra-ordinary.

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