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Product Details

  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442443537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442443532
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thoroughly engaging, heartbreaking, with a taste of hope." (Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, a Newbery Honor Book)

"Williams, as always, keeps her prose, this time arranged on the page as prose poems, sensitive, intelligent and completely absorbing. She slowly peels back the veils on London’s, her father’s and her mother’s psychology, eventually revealing the strong and the weak and, ultimately, how Zach died. The family she depicts are former missionaries, giving the book strong spiritual undertones that should appeal to religious as well as general audiences. Exceptional." *STARRED review (Kirkus Reviews)

"Exposing the heartbreak of a broken family, the complexities of denial, and the healing power of friendship, Lynch’s (Miles from Ordinary) writing is characteristically gritty but also inspirational as London challenges her mother’s misplaced anger and creates her own route to recovery." *STARRED review (Publishers Weekly)

"With a format and voice that will resonate with teens, Carol Lynch Williams offers a poignant story of strength and healing, all bound by the power of love and friendship. This is YA at its very best!"

—Daniel L. Darigan, Professor of Education, West Chester University.

"Exceptional.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Inspirational.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Gut-wrenching." (SLJ, starred review)

About the Author

Carol Lynch Williams is a PEN Award winning author of more than a dozen books and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program. Carol facilitates the children’s writing conferences at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at CarolLynchWilliams.com.

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It definitely kept me captivated.
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Writing a novel in verse is risky - there's a thin line between pretty writing and purple prose.
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London even started dating Taylor, Zach's best friend and fellow member of the football team.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the opening lines to the very last sentence, this book is extraordinary. The format in which it is written is incredibly unique. The characters are extremely well drawn, vivid, and convincing. It's intensely emotional, heart-breaking, and absolutely captivating. To me this book is a masterpiece. Honest, powerful and dark, it's a tale of love and loss, heartache, desperation, losing oneself in grief and healing with the power of love. It's a story of one girl's journey to find everything she lost along the way - her parents, love, meaning in life, and herself.

Zach and London were inseparable. They loved and supported each other. They were not only siblings, but best friends. Until Zach died and London's world crumbled to pieces. Nothing is the same as it used to be. Her mother hates her. She hasn't spoken a word to her daughter since Zach's death. It's almost like London died, too. Or never even existed. Her father is distant and disconnected. He's never around anymore. London is lonely, abandoned and heartbroken. And there is no one to help her through this insanely difficult time. Eventually, she finds herself drifting towards other people, boys in particular, and before she knows it, she finds herself torn between her brother's best friend and a new student, searching for affection and redemption.

Wow. Waiting was phenomenal. Carol Lynch Williams' prose evokes so many feelings. She brings both the powerful sibling love and the piercing pain of losing a family member alive within the pages of her book. She writes with remarkable tenderness and sensitivity, and her beautiful, almost lyrical prose makes your heart flutter. This is the kind of novel that invites the reader to lose themselves completely in its pages, tune out the rest of the world and just...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: I really went into this with high hopes. It had such promising reviews, and it is in verse, which I usually really enjoy. I liked Waiting enough but I didn't love it. I only thought it was ok.

We are introduced to London who is mourning the death of her brother Zach. The tragedy has torn her family apart. Her mother barely speaks to her and her father is always working. London is on her own a lot of the time. She also has a friend or ex boyfriend named Taylor. He was also her brothers best friend. I liked Taylor but I never connected with him very much. Same with her new friends Lili and Jesse. They are new to the school and befriend London pretty quick. Well mostly Lili does but Jesse is usually around too. Lili and Jesse have very different personalities than what London is used too. They are carefree and nice to be around.

Waiting basically tells the story of London and how she is coping with her brother's death. It isn't pretty. She has so many problems just with getting up in the morning.

This novel wasn't really what I was expecting. And the stuff we find out about Zach towards the end really surprised me, I just wasn't expecting it.

I liked Waiting but there was way too much of a religious tone for me. I have nothing against religion in novels, I usually even like it, but this just wasn't the right novel for me. I just had higher hopes for it than what I guess I should have.

Overall: If you've enjoyed other books by this author, maybe you'll like it more than me. I liked The Chosen One and Miles From Ordinary but this just wasn't my kind of novel. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading but it didn't hold my attention or draw me in like I was expecting it too. I did like that it was in verse, so it was a quick read.
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Format: Paperback
This book will change you. I don't remember the last time I read a book that took my breath and squeezed my heart throughout the whole story. It is real. The way a person would really experience this type of event, and I felt every moment of it. What a beautiful book.
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This book is very captivating, I love how they slowly feed you with information to what happened in her life. First it hits you with the bullet then they throw hints at you explaining why.
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What a great novel in verse about a teen, London is suffering the aftermath of her brother's suicide. Her family has disintegrated, her pastor father is remote and her mother has not spoken to her since her brother's passing. Without saying too much because this book unfolds in such a wrenching way as London tries and struggles with being ignored, feeling she has lost all her friends and her dismissal of her boyfriend, Taylor because he was her brother's best friend and it hurts too much to be with him. I love all of this author's books and I highly recommend this great read!
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In the hands of another author, this would've been terrible. Its storyline is common as muck in YA and NA nowadays, and could've been a love-triangular, manipulative mess that would've left readers eye-rolling and yelling at the characters.

But Carol Lynch Williams is an author of immense skill. Writing a novel in verse is risky - there's a thin line between pretty writing and purple prose. Luckily for us, the author avoids cliché, and instead goes for the unpleasant truths. The emotions ring true, without going overboard. It's a delicate balance, and a successful one. WAITING punches readers in the feels - it's a good thing.
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