Waiting For You

Paperback | April 6, 2010

bySusane Colasanti

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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.

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Read Susane Colasanti's posts on the Penguin Blog.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—d...

Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142415758

ISBN - 13:9780142415757

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and Cute This is my first Colananti book and i am really glad i checked her out. Waiting for you is simple and entertaining and cute and sweet and just a feel good, light book. The characters are different and the story is fun. Yeah, it's predictable but it works and it wouldn't be the same. It's still enjoyable and cute and fun. You're hooked from the first page and the short chapters are good, and Colasanti seems to write scenes and chapters and events and just describe them enough for readers to be intrigued and like them. She doesn't endlessly drag on and on but her scenes never feel short or incomplete. I'd like to compare her to Deb Caletti or Sarah Dessen because this book is along the lines of theirs, but i can't. While Caletti writes kind of slowly and more deeply and Dessen has long backstories, Colasanti seems to balence out her book. Yes, there are times that i want more info about, say, Marisa's relationship with Derek, but Colasanti seems to be in check in the respect that Waiting For You flows. And Nash. Oh, Nash. I love him. He's sweet and weird and awesome. The only bad thing is the (slight) appearance change. I think the book would've worked better without it. Marisa is... Marisa. She's your typical teenage girl and she worries which means readers can connect and relate more. But at the same time it's so annoying. She's just your average girl - which is what makes this book so good - but she worries and cares about shallow stuff too much. This may be bad, but i feel like since she (seriously, like medically) struggles with depression and anxiety i feel like it's okay. Like those annoying parts of her aren't annoying any more. It may be bad but it really changed my opinion of her. This book is really good. It's predictable in that fun way but, compared to other 'cute, entertaining and sweet' books it's different. Like the things that happen stand out from other books. Within the book, it is so very predictable but related to others i was all 'i didn't think this would happen', you know? Waiting For You is light and pretty and cute and explores simple, everyday topics that many books don't include. The family issues and friend problems are so simple and common but overlooked in many teen books. So many authors skip to the really deep, hardcore issues and don't spend time on the more on-the-surface ones. It's not a bad thing, but it's refreshing to read a teen novel that has those problems that so many people can relate to. Waiting For You had good, strong characters and a nice romance. Nash and Marisa's relationship changes so much and goes through a lot of different stages but i love how comfortable they are around each other. Again, it's refreshing to have that element because so many authors overlook it. The deeper elements, like the life messages and stuff you can learn from are great and evedent. This book isn't all fluff. And those life learning things? They're pretty small and simple but so many real people are focused on them and that's their problems. Those messages may be simple and basic but they are relevent in life. Waiting For You is sweet and an easy read that you'll get through so fast. I love it. But it doesn't get five stars from me just because some of the small details of some small situations could've played out differently (like the thing with her dad... i want more of a solid conclusion) but this book is still a great one. I'm impessed. It's not as light as i thought it would be. It is light but, you know, it has a bigger meaning. Colasanti gets into the mind of a teen and hef characters have realalistic conversations, too, other then the overuse of 'dude' and the any use of 'far out.' (Who says that anymore?!) But Waiting For You is great if you want a light, fast read that's a feel-good book and just a nice, fun, entertaining read. Nothing bad jumps out at me yet nothing AMAZING does, either, and that's okay because this book is still really, very great.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teenagers I really enjoyed this book. It had good elements of how friendship can really develop into love. Colasanti writing was precise on describing how two teenagers can fall in love. The whole story develops around Marisa. You can relate to Marisa as a teenager. I felt it during my whole teenage years. I wish I was 17 again and want to re-do high school. High school has its ups and downs but, there is always a boy to save the day. Even if he is nerdy and sort of cute just like Nash. Nash is a funny character, whom I liked. But any of Colasanti's male leads are all unique, and they always get the girl! I was rooting for Nash from day one. Even with her relationship with Derek which I thought she was too clingy. She was feeling something for the live podcast guy on the radio, discussing about problems and gossip at school. Overall, a good read, I look forward to many more books by this author, this is my third, so it has to mean that I like her writing! If you like any of her other books, I recommend you read this one
Date published: 2011-08-29

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