The Waiting Sky by Lara ZielinThe Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

The Waiting Sky

byLara Zielin

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.
Lara Zielin, the acclaimed author of The Implosion of Aggie Winchester and Donut Days, lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Title:The Waiting SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.51 × 5.77 × 0.95 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Putnam JuvenileLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399256865

ISBN - 13:9780399256868


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing character-driven contemporary Read my full 4.5 star review here:
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! For a full review, visit my blog at Thank you to Jenni for providing me a copy of the book! From start to finish, I loved this book. I loved every single little thing about it, which is pretty amazing because I entered it with extremely high hopes. Since the only thing that entered my brain when I read the synopsis was “One summer chasing tornadoes …,” I was surprised to see that the book was so much deeper than just tornado chasing. First of all, let me talk about the characters. Jane was such an amazing character and so unbelievably real. She has issues with her mom, who’s an alcoholic, but always seems to write off anything bad her mom does. She’s one of those people who thinks that the only way to help her mom is to constantly be there for her and help her live each day, rather than realizing that the thing she needs to do is step back. I loved that the book revolved around Jane chasing tornadoes with her brother, rather than just some random group — the family dynamic that added was huge. There was definite romance in the book, but it wasn’t overdone. For the most part, I think that the book was about Jane coming to terms with her mother and learning to put herself front and foremost. The romance was a nice addition, but I love that it didn’t overshadow the main issues in the book. I also loved that Jane wasn’t alone in the book — her brother, who was so different from her, only wants to help her and it’s the bond between these two people that really stole the show. Of course, they didn’t completely steal the show because there were TORNADOES! This made the book a complete page-turner because you have the tornadoes mixed with the delicate creature that is Jane, her brother, an opposing tornado chasing team, a romantic interest, and the arrogant fools (i.e. the bad guys) who always seem to be present. The whole mix of these made the book thrilling and unputdownable. One of the best parts about this book (aside from all the things mentioned above) is the writing. Zielin’s writing is so fluid and accessible — there was some awesome imagery in the book as Zielin described the dark skies and impending tornadoes, but then there was also the way she compared the destruction of tornadoes with the destruction taking place in Jane’s life. I’d love to share some of these killer lines, but you really should just pick up the book and read them for yourself.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it! I have never been much into tornados. Actually, I'm pretty afraid of them and thanks lord where I live we have none of them. However, chasing tornadoes in The Waiting Sky was quiet exciting and terrifying at the same time. Zielin definitely uses this element wonderfully to deliver an emotional read as intense and powerful as the tornado itself. I really enjoyed this book. I think that Zielin did a great job creating a well-thought-out story with warm and authentic characters. Jane is in fact one of those characters I grew to love during the course of the story even though at times, I couldn't understand why she was enduring all of her mother's alcoholic problems. Many times, I just wanted to grab her and shake her until some sense came into her. Jane is extremely understanding with her mother, or maybe she just didn't want to accept how serious her mom's drinking problem was. Jane kept finding excuses to justify her mother's drinking problem to the point she would even cover for her or pay for her mistakes. As a reader, I was able to sympathize with Jane and understand her problems regardless all the reasons I had not to. Jane is just so lovable and her love for her mother is extremely admirable, and that's the reason why I was able to understand her. Jane also has a best friend, Cat, who does realize how serious Jane's mom drinking problem is, and who tells her to wake up and accept how wrong her mom is doing. Thanks to her, Jane decides to go spend the summer with her brother Ethan, who along with his team, chase tornados in Oklahoma. The Waiting Sky explores the love between brother and sister I absolutely loved this about this novel. Also, there is some romance in the story as well. Max, a boy who also chases tornadoes (but from another team) brings a perfect amount of swooning to Jane's life. Finally, there is also the chasing tornado element that I absolutely loved! This actually gives an exciting twist to this contemporary novel and it felt highly refreshing as well. Needless to say that the aggressive weather doubled the intensity of this emotional story wonderfully. The Waiting Sky is a emotional and intense read that delivers much more than just a dysfunctional family and teenage issues. Lara Zielin's wonderful writing, solid and lovable characters, and meaningful story guarantees a great read! very recommended!
Date published: 2012-07-30