This Beautiful Struggle + [waiting for you]

Review: Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 14th, 2009)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
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Rating 4 of 5 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?

Review: I've had a few of Susane Colasanti's books on my list for a while but this was the first one I picked up. The main character Marisa has a lot of the typical high school issues to deal with. She is crushing on the"perfect guy" Derek, but then her old friend Nash comes along and makes her change her outlook on guys. She is dealing with old anxiety issues, and her life being turned upside down from her parents separation. She learns that maybe things don't turn out as expected, and maybe that is for the best.
This book could be very easy for a teenager to relate too. The issues are not far from reality and it shows how a young girl finds out more about herself. This makes it more than just a love story. I truly enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little slow at first but the middle and ending was great! It didn't take me long to get through this book because I wanted to see how everything turned out for Marisa.
Characters: Marisa is young and still finding out who she really is. She is dealing with a lot of stress during a difficult time in her own development. It takes her a while to see what has been right in front of her all along. It's easy to see this character change throughout the book. She shows a lot of growth and maturation. Nash is adorable! He's smart and geeky and who doesn't love that? He also has a mysterious side hiding away. I really loved his character.
Cover: Very cute cover and it is highly relevant to the story. That is exactly how I pictured Nash and Marisa throughout the book.
This is a terrific summer read. I plan on reading more Susane Calasanti books in the future.

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