Ever since I came to know about review blogs and I made the decision to start one with the help of numerous people,I knew that the first book I wanted to review would be Susane Colasanti’s Waiting for You.
Today my wish has come true.
From the back cover (Barnes & Noble):
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—including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—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?
Here’s the inside jacket cover:
Friendly and popular
Style: Cali surfer boy
Awesome at flirting
Future career: landscape architect
Boyfriend potential: high
Shy but sweet
Style: totally geeked out
Only talks to girls when absolutely necessary
Future career: robotics engineer
Boyfriend potential: none
Derek is clearly the boy Marisa's been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash is wrong for Marisa, but he wants to take care of her. As if life wasn't complicated enough, Marisa's also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school's ear with his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa's going through. But she has no idea who he is - or does she?
To me as a reader- and I have said this countless number of times, and may I add in the presence of authors, known to us all- what is most important is the fact that the author’s personality should reflect in their writing. Now I know that all of us might not have the bon chance to have met them in person, but the bios on their websites provide the most accurate information.
I however have had the chance to meet Ms. Colasanti, not once, but twice. And let me tell you I was blown away. She is just as awesome in person as she seems in videos, or even when the average reader reads her blog posts. She is vivacious, very kind, humble, and extremely amazing. And you can see reflections of her in various nooks and corners of the books. Especially the music. Definitely the music.
Waiting for ‘Waiting for You’ almost killed me, but it was worth the wait. When I finally managed to get my hands on it, I barred everything from my mind and was engrossed in the book. It was everything I expected it to be and beyond that. I have to confess, and I’m sure every single one of you females will agree that we’ve had our share of “crushes” on the most popular boy in school. He was inevitably the object of our affection, coveted secretly, but unattainable. Yet we would do anything for him to look our way and give us a smile if not his undivided attention. Reading this book was like being taken back into time – back to high school, which was fortunately filled with happy memories.Mostly. Since Ms. Colasanti has been a high school science teacher for over a decade, I’m sure she has been privy to all the going ons. From the mood swings to the keg parties and she manages to bring all that and more into her book.
Her characters mirror what your average teenager would feel at this age. The angst of finding someone to belong to, someone who understands you, someone who likes you the way you like them. Someone to love, and be somebody’s beloved.
Without giving away much, all I want to say is that Nash, Marisa (which just happens to be my favorite name), and Derek (which just makes me think of Patrick Dempsey) could be you and your friends. I’m sure there is one of each amongst us. We might even be one of them. But the point here is that she manages to put that into words, yes words- the most important thing. To put emotions into words is really difficult, I should know, I’ve tired and failed miserably many times. Just goes to show how incredible she is and that she had me hanging on to every word of every page making me relive every emotion, every feeling that I’ve felt in the past 5 ish years.
Going into the book, I expected it to be good, as I knew she wouldn’t be capable of producing something that wasn’t. But the outcome- when I was done with the 322 pages of it- I didn’t expect tears. Nor did I expect to have this sense of calm come over me. A peace I’ve never felt before. Like something inside of me understood that it was ok to wait. It was ok to not have someone, there was always tomorrow. I had heard ‘Love blossoms from friendships’. Yesterday I was a dreamer. Today I am a believer.
Kudos to Ms. Colasanti for making this book one of my favorites in one whopping sweep!
You rock Susane! :-)
And I love the cover!
Edition: First Edition (Hardback)
P.S. I would also like to thank her for giving me a galley of Gayle Forman's If I Stay!
To take a leaf out of Korianne's proverbial book ,I was listening to Kryptonite by 3 doors Down while writing this post!