Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Jun 14, 2010
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: May 14, 2009
ISBN: 978-0142415757
Pages: 336 pages
From amazon.com:

Grade 7–10—With summer camp over, Marissa and her best friend, Sterling, eagerly await the beginning of sophomore year. Reality kicks in the first day of school though, and, according to Marissa, "it majorly sucks." Sure, Derek is at least smiling at her, but her history of anxiety and depression still haunts her, even though she is determined to put it behind her. Nash, her old friend and next-door neighbor who has not spoken to her in several years, is assigned as her lab partner. She enjoys talking with him but thinks he is much too nerdy for her. As the school year progresses, Derek breaks up with his girlfriend and he and Marissa begin to date. Everything is going well until she realizes that Nash has fallen for her, her parents are splitting up because her mother has had an affair, Derek and his ex are spending a lot of time together, Sterling is about to hook up with a guy she met online who is at least six years older than she is, and her depression is returning. Marissa can become a bit tiresome and the story's pacing is uneven—parts of it seem to go on forever—but the teen and her friends are realistic as they struggle to make sense of high school, romance, and families and as they realize that not one of them has a perfect life and that they all need each other's friendship and love.
Marissa wants to re-invent herself. Last year she was quiet and people believed she was a "freak". This year she wants to shed that image and even find the perfect guy. She believes that guy is Derek and has her friends Nash and Sterling help her snag him. The entire story is basically Marissa finding out who she is.

I agree with the synopsis from amazon.com, it gets tiresome. The story is extremely predictable and it wasn't able to keep my attention. Marissa has an anxiety disorder, but I wouldn't have even known if she hadn't said it a couple times.

Susane Colasanti has written two other books before this and both were, bland. She makes believable characters, but her plots aren't anything special. Once you've read one Colasanti, you've read them all.

I recommend reading one of her books, but after that don't bother reading the others. I did appreciate the fact that in this book she didn't use the f-bomb ridiculously like one of her past books.

*I recommend Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti. I would give it 4 stars.

2.5 stars / 5 stars


  1. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like this one much. I loved this one - I love all her bookS!


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