Waiting For You

Waiting For You☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Waiting For You By Susane Colasanti ✐ – Heartforum.co.uk 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 happin At the beginning of her sopho year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, 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’ Waiting For Epub / 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?In Waiting For You, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realises that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.

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    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB 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?In Waiting For You, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realises that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Waiting For You
  • Susane Colasanti
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 9780670011308

10 thoughts on “Waiting For You

  1. Yasmine says:

    What works:

    1) I liked the description of the main character as being not-too-skinny, not-too-fat, unable to fit into some jeans, etc. I liked that she seemed like a real girl, although her people say I'm pretty but I don't think so struck me as a little coy from a first-person narrator.

    2) The relationship with her best friend, Sterling, was well-developed and interesting. Sterling is somewhat ADD, obsessed with older boys, a fantastic chef, a little demanding, but loyal as hell. She was just the kind of best friend a high school girl would have -- weird, maddening, but there when you need her.

    3) Whenever Nash got all know-it-ally or obnoxious, I ate it up. Maybe because he reminded me of my little brother, in a way (who is 16 and is sweet and funny but definitely a know-it-all), but also because I really enjoyed that he was by no means perfect, but still ended up being perfect for Marisa.

    4) It was cool to see parents who had lives separate from their children and made mistakes but were still good parents. So often in YA novels the parents are completely absent.

    What doesn't:

    1) Her dialogue, with its tags of, Sterling was all, and then I was like. It's been commented on before here, but man, did it drive me crazy. The whatevs and parental units and all that was very distracting, as well.

    2) At one point, it said something about whale on a guitar. It's wail, right? I'm not mistaken on that? I just don't see how one could whale on a guitar, and I know it sounds petty, but come on now. This is a professional book that's gone through who knows how many revisions, and that one got by all those people?

    3) The blatant PUMP UP THE VOLUME rip off. This was my main problem with Colasanti's first book. It was so clearly inspired by SAY ANYTHING, and just because the main character references SAY ANYTHING while he holds the stereo up for his love interest doesn't make it okay to be so derivative. This one had Nash as Dirty Dirk (Christian Slater as Hard Harry, anyone?), which just seemed a completely unnecessary plot device. We already have the burgeoning friendship between her and Nash, and their past relationship when they were kids, and so to have him ALSO be this super-hip radio show host just seemed like too much. And it works in PUMP UP THE VOLUME because Christian Slater's character (Mark)is really quiet and keeps to himself, so his alter-ego doesn't conflict with his real personality, because his real personality is deliberately keeping a low profile. But in Nash's case, we see him ALL the time interacting with Marisa, and it just doesn't seem like Dirty Dirk fits his profile at all. Dirty Dirk spouts advice about how boys don't want to talk about relationships, and boys either like you or they don't, but Nash is way more complex than that, so it doesn't make any sense why he'd adopt that persona. At the end, Marisa kisses him and he claims it's his last show, but why did he start the show in the first place? It seems really out-of-character.

    4) The references. God, the references! If I read one more laudatory paragraph about MY SO-CALLED LIFE, I thought I was going to puke. Yes, it was an awesome show. TEN YEARS AGO. Do teenagers still care about it that much? And I like Jodi Picoult as much as the next person, but did we need the brief message from our sponsors as the mom gives a brief synopsis of NINETEEN MINUTES as the book she's currently reading?

    5) The length. I'm biased, 'cause I'm one of those There's no need for a director's cut of LORD OF THE RINGS, because it's plenty long enough as it is kind of people, but it seemed like a lot from this book could've been cut. It starts with a page about summer camp, for example, and how it was so freaking awesome that school was starting. Why can't we just start right on the first day of school? Summer camp never comes up again. And then other things, like her relationship with Nash, develops a lot of its most important moments off the page. Suddenly she's going to his house and they're working together, but I would've liked to see more of that first awkward meeting with the interview questions. That was an interesting device, so why did Colasanti abandon it?

    6) The past about the anxiety disorder, or rather, the lack of development about that past. I'm not going to lie, when I read Colasanti's acknowledgments where she thanked a Doctor for giving her insight into what it's like to have depression/anxiety, I actually laughed. Out loud. For the first time since I'd opened the book. Maybe it's just because I had anxiety and depression all throughout high school, but it seemed like with the exception of a brief, brushed-over bout of staying home a lot and not doing her homework, Marisa handled many things surprisingly well. She has lots of friends (I had trouble keeping up with Andrea and Julia and company, and started wondering why they mattered), she flips out about her boyfriend spending time with his ex in a completely reasonable way for a high-school girl, she handles her parents' separation with as much aplomb as again we can expect from a sixteen year old girl...so where does this HORRIBLE ANXIETY DISORDER come in? Where are ALL THOSE ISSUES THAT MADE EVERYONE THINK SHE WAS CRAZY? It seemed like it was thrown in there to give her a little bit of a back story, but never developed. Yeah, she's a little neurotic. But I have a hard time seeing her as having some sort of crippling social anxiety when she seems to deal with other people and many large crises just fine.

    7) The transitions. Nearly every beginning of a chapter made me cringe. Can I just say that when you're hoping things will get better but they don't, it majorly sucks? You CAN say that, but I wish you wouldn't, as it's kind of a Captain Obvious type of thing to say. Darius is a hard-core nerd. You know the type. At least she recognizes he's a type, I guess. My Aunt Katie is the coolest person I know, There's this rivalry between orchestra and band geeks, and No matter how outrageously wrong life gets, I can always count on Sterling to make me feel better aren't bad, necessarily, but they read like the start to a five-paragraph essay. There are three ways my Aunt Katie is cool: first, she likes online dating, secondly, she's really young and borrows my clothes...

    8) Capturing the Now. Not only was the constant capitalization of the Now really cheesy, but I'm personally just a little sick of the main character expresses herself through photography, which she's surprisingly good at, but which only comes up when it has to thing. It ranks right up there with me and the klutzy heroine device. Like I said, personal preference.

    This book is what brought me out of hiding to sign up for GoodReads, so I guess I should thank it. But yeah, overall, to paraphrase Colasanti: Can I just say that when you're hoping a book you spent $17.99 on will get better, but it doesn't, that it majorly sucks?

  2. Jenn says:

    2.5 Stars

    I didn't really enjoy this one as much as the other Colasanti book that I read. And I think a lot of it had to do with the MC and her family.

    Marissa is determined to make changes in her life. After a summer away at camp, she decides that this year will be her year. And number one on that list is get a boyfriend. Enter the typical high school bro, Derek. Yeah, I didn't like him right away. For starters, he was flirting with Marissa while having a girlfriend. So yeah, no. But Marissa gets so wrapped up in him that she loses focus on every other aspect of her life, becoming that girl who can't function without a guy.

    Then there's her childhood friend, Nash. Who is constantly described as a nerd who can't dress. I'm not kidding, Marissa's narrative puts him down so much in her mind. Which is why it pisses me off how she acts towards him when she finds out his crush is not on her. Like you don't want him, but you don't want him to like anyone else but you? That just rubbed me the wrong way. And Nash was a really good guy. Pretty much the star of this show.

    There's also a side storyline about this mysterious podcast host who I bet you can guess who it is immediately, cause predictable this book is.

    One thing I did really like and I'm glad that YA books are focusing on is mental health. Marissa suffers from severe anxiety and had depression. We get to go through the motions with her as her world falls apart and she seems to be sinking back into those days. I would have liked to have delved more into it, but I think the author wanted to keep this book a little lighter. I really wanted a real talk between Marissa and her mother (who was horrible, BTW). But alas, we can't always get what we want.

  3. Nomes says:

    Waiting for you is a classic coming of age novel - spanning a good year of one teen girls life. Marisa is easy to relate to. Almost too easy, taking me back to those high school days where little things (small fights with your best bud) are the big things. Marisa has recently struggled with anxiety and depression and throughout the book sometimes slips back into that place. It's handled expertly, delving straight into the mind of a teenager with a light touch, never taking the path of melodrama.

    Likewise, family issues in the novel are tackled well, as Marisa comes to terms with the image of the family she thought she had and the reality of her parents separation - there's anger, hurt, resentment, disappointment and a yearning to make sense of it all.

    The romance. It's a complicated one. There's two boys in the picture and a mysterious third guy. There's juggling of boyfriends and best friends. There's daydreaming and hope and longing and a little bit of kissing too. There's crushing on a best friend, finally getting with the hot guy and romance in her parents, Aunt's and best friends life.

    Waiting for you concludes with a powerful message: showing the messy side of relationships and the real side of anxiety, the complications in friendships and the way you can be the difference in your own life - working out who you want to be and how to get there and learning to be happy with who you are. (note: it's done subtlely - no preaching :)

    Confession time:
    I struggled to initially engage with this novel. Once I got past the first hump (I'll say about 80 pages in) it was a surprisingly addictive and swift little read. I'm glad I settled into the read as by the end I found a lot to admire with how Colasanti handled everything.


    The dialogue tags and slang in this alienated me and thumped me out of the book. At first, they grated, then they amused (I'm pretty sure amusement was not the intention). Here's a taste:
    He goes, 'What?'
    And I'm like 'Seriously'
    'Get out!' she's like.
    etc.
    At times they jumped out at me and other times they slipped by as I was more caught up in the story. Still, I'm not really a fan...

    And now I will bombard you with quotes which can give you a feel for the heart-beat of the novel :)

    I wish it could stay like this forever, with the anticipation of everything.
    I know what it’s like when you just need to be alone for a while and block out the world.

    It’s weird how time can change something you thought would always stay the same.

    When everyone expects you to be a certain way, it’s really hard to escape that image. It’s like once everyone decides who you are, you’re locked into their version of you and that’s it.

    I love the beginning of the year. It’s all about renewal and reinventing yourself, becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.

    But we also need to realize that we all have the power to make those changes for ourselves. We all can change the way things are. Maybe not as much as we want to, but we can at least make things better.

    I probably just didn’t try hard enough to be happy. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t try harder now.

    You can’t go someplace that doesn’t exist anymore.

    Failure is not an option. If your life sucks now, it can only improve later. We all feel alone. We all feel desperate. Know that we’re all in this together. You’re not alone, no matter what. Remember that.


    Recommended: It's a bit of a rainy day comfort read that many teens will easily relate too. It's an easy book to read, with clean prose, which makes it a good choice for a reluctant reader. I would particularly suggest this title to teens who may struggle with depression/anxiety - it's an uplifting read that brings a comforting and powerful message. This book is written brilliantly for a teenage audience but I'm not sure it will have wide appeal beyond that :)


    It's also a lovely PG - no swearing, sex, drugs or violence - mature middle grade readers may be interested in checking it out.

  4. Sam! at the bookstore says:

    Rating: 4 stars

    Update: reread May 25, 2016

    A cute, short, easy read that only took me 2.5 hours to re-read. I completely forgot about some of the elements in this book, and I really enjoyed experiencing them again.

  5. Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    Marisa has had a crush on Derek for a long, long time. He's perfect: friendly, cute, popular. The only problem is that he has a girlfriend. Then there's Nash, her longtime, geeky neighbor. Sure, he's super shy, but he's also extremely sweet and smart.

    So when Derek breaks up with his girlfriend and starts paying attention to Marisa, she's ecstatic. Soon it's official - Derek and Marisa, the couple of the school. But then things change between Nash and Marisa. They start to talk more and find themselves becoming good friends. And then there's the fact that the once geeky Nash isn't so geeky anymore. In fact, he seems to have gotten...a style!

    When Marisa has Derek, the guy she's always wanted, doesn't that mean she should be happy? And when she's not happy, does this mean that maybe she and Derek aren't meant to be?

    Susane Colasanti writes a must-read for all teens. Not only does this book delve into young love, but it also deals with family life and the problems that are common today. This book is a rite of passage for all teens going through the dramas of high school: family problems, friend drama, crazy siblings, cute boys, and surprising finds.

    WAITING FOR YOU, the third teen read from Colasanti, is recommended to all. This book will bring laughs, tears, and awkward moments that will be sure to please everyone who reads it.

  6. Kristi says:

    This was my first time reading Colasanti, and I really enjoyed it! She definitely has a style to her writing, it was simplistic and enjoyable. It flowed very nicely, making it a very easy read.

    Waiting for You is an emotional, fun, sort of coming of age story all centered around a first love. Although I predicted whom our heroine would end up with ultimately, it didn't keep me from turning the pages at warp speed! I liked the serious elements that Colasanti presented too. It was definitely not something I was expecting, but I think it really added to the overall prose of the story.

    To me the characters were a little clichéd, not saying that's necessarily a bad thing, but it didn't make them stand out amongst the throngs of awesome YA characters.

    I'm going to have to pick up a copy of her other novels, probably When It Happens, I've heard great things about that one. Colasanti will be an author I'll pick up in the future.

  7. Erica (storybookend) says:

    I just finished this book, and I’m in love. The ending was so sweet, and perfect, it made me smile, and sigh inside. Waiting For You was a cute, light novel, but it took me on a meaningful journey of love, and acceptance, finding who you are, and how much the people you love really mean to you. This wasn’t an earth shattering novel, it's kind of predictable, but something in it just clicked with me.

    The characters were all so very real, especially Marisa. I loved Marisa, I loved her voice, I loved seeing through her eyes and living with her as she lived her trying teenage life, where she experiences pain, and depression, and uncertainty, and fights. But interspersed in her life was love and friendship and dawning light. The things she goes through is stuff teenagers go through all the time. Crushing on that cute guy, dating, having fun with your friend, fighting with your friend, trouble with parents, sibling quarrels, first love, first kiss. I loved how real this novel was. Colasanti really captured the thoughts and worries of teenagers so well. I really felt Marisa’s feelings and emotions.

    The depression she went through was executed well, and I could understand it. There is so much to depression that people don’t understand, that the depressed person can’t explain. Colasanti explored this delicate stage in the view of a teenager with an anxiety disorder who has problems like everyone else, but that just happen to affect her differently, perhaps more strongly or that leaves a more lasting effect than on other people. But then she gets out of it, and I loved seeing her change of mind, her realization that this is no way to live, and that there are things out there that she wants to live for, people who love her, and, who she loves back. Like her mother, who betrayed her, and had a difficult time forgiving her, but then realizing that her mother has deep feelings that she doesn‘t understand. Like Sterling, her best friend, that no matter how many fights they go through, she’s always there for Marisa in the end, and vice versa. And Nash. Nash, who she’s known since they were young, who she’s beginning to realize how much she cares for him. Nash was so sweet. I really liked him. He starts out as a shy, kind of dorky guy who’s really smart and is always correcting people and likes robots and bells, but then he transforms into a cool, swoon worthy guy, yet still retaining that sweetness.

    The romance was nice. I loved the moments with Marisa and Nash. They were so good together, he listened to her, he cared about her. He didn’t let Marisa’s rejection shatter him or make him bitter against her. He continued being her friend, which was important as Marisa started to spiral down into her depression.

    I really didn’t expect to love this book so much. But I can say I was pleasantly surprised with it. It isn’t the best written. The writing is pretty simple, but I guess it just felt right, it matched with Marisa, and the feel of the novel. It flowed nicely. I also loved how clean it was, it has a few swear words but there’s nothing sexual. Not everyone who reads this will love it like I did, but I hope you at least like it and find something meaningful in it. In any case, I’m so glad I bought this book, it was well worth it.

  8. Natshane says:

    It was exam week, I was not supposed to give in into temptations and read, but I did, and I did not regret it at all!
    Waiting for you is a story of a girl wanting to change herself, and she has been waiting all her life for a change. From the obvious title, Waiting for you, it gives readers the impression that the protagonist, Marisa is waiting for the special someone to appear, and she is! But it also involves something more deep.
    One thing about books like this, it gives you a moment of euphoria, and you still live by the effect later (it doesn't actually go away! I still find myself head over heels with Nash-the boy character in the story) but as usual, it's kind of cliche, not that I mind! I have my own theory for cliche-ness, no matter how typical or predictable a story might be, every story has it's own clicheness, you know what will happen, but the biggest question is the 'HOW', that's why I love reading these stories.
    Now, let me sort of summarize this story to you without leaking any spoilers.
    Marissa is an average girl, maybe slightly lower than average because people looked at her as if she's like a freak and she never had anyone who notices her. She has this huge crush on this hearthrob, Derek, an awesome family, a BFF Sterling (which I think it's a cool name) and a new school year with new resolution. One problem, she has anxiety disorder. Just when things were going in her way, bad things kept on happening, and she fell into depression again (not that intense but it's sad), who pulled her out of it? - Dirty Dirk (yes, I love this dude, if he's in my school, I would totally worship him. LOL)
    That's all I can write without revealing something I'm not supposed to :P
    For my review,
    1. I love that I could predict things! It made me feel like I have psychic power or something, and my prediction did come true in the book.
    -Who's Dirty Dirk? (from the very first moment!)
    -What happened to Marisa's parents (oh, this is so about the 'HOW')
    -Derek's character and what he would do (but he did something that suprises me though)
    -The turnout of events.
    Yup, that's probably the most of it, but that did not stop me from cracking over the plot and go all weepy the next second. Like I said, euphoria.
    2. My mind was lost for the last couple of days (exams do that to me) and I was feeling a bit depressed because I know I'll do bad for my Biology paper that day, and Waiting for you made me feel anew. I swear it's like fate (which reminded me of Susan's other book, Something like Fate), all of a sudden, there's Dirty Dirk, and he's like...commnunicating to me. That's when I know I'm in love, :P
    3. It made me go all weepy in the end, I just love a happy ending.
    Waiting for you, despite the 'chick-ish' title, is something worth reading. It could be your 'curl up with' book!

  9. Mili says:

    I read about 30 pages of this book and had to quit, abandon and return to the library where it'll rightfully find the hands of a 13 year old girl looking for a Hannah Montana episode on pages.

    I quote this horrendous book:

    I'm just saying, Andrea goes.
    Yeah, well I'm just saying that Dan is seriously hot, Sterling says Can you introduce me?
    Andrea scrunches her face up.
    What? Sterling goes.
    Andrea's all, Forget it
    Sterling's like, Could it be any hotter?
    I go, In hell maybe.


    I swear that's how it keeps on going till you get a migraine. Mostly all (meaning about 75% of the book) is made up of dumb, boring and long dialogue made by superficial, immature and very dumb girls.

  10. Nicole says:

    So this book is bad. Like really bad. It was an easy read. I read it in a couple hours but I couldn’t even tell you the MC name even.

    She was immature, annoying, and there was almost too much self dialogue going on. The writing was seriously terrible.

    See for yourself;

    “Nash has a new shirt. News like this would normally seem so uneventful that it wouldn’t even be classified as news. But with Nash, it’s a whole different story.”

    “How can Derek be friends with her? Didn’t she break up with him? So then why would he still want to associate with her? And why would she still want to talk to him?”

    “I brought my camera. Every time I go bowling I’m like, I have to bring my camera next time , and then I always forget. But this time, I remembered.”

    For being 15 the characters were super childish, super annoying. Like holy hell am I glad that book is over….

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