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Hurry Up and Wait

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  365 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In her eagerly anticipated second novel Mail on Sunday Novel Competition winner Isabel Ashdown explores the treacherous territory of adolescent friendships, and traces across the decades the repercussions of a dangerous relationship.

It's more than twenty years since Sarah Ribbons last set foot inside her old high school, a crumbling Victorian-built comprehensive on the sou
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Myriad Editions (first published May 1st 2011)
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Jul 29, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
I'd been putting off reading this book as a friend who also read & loved Glasshopper, Isabel Ashdown's first novel, told me that this wasn't as good, and I didn't want to be disappointed. I finally started it a few days ago, and I haven't been able to put it down - I absolutely love books like this!

It's a fairly simple story, of a girl returning to her old high school for a school reunion, who is obviously uneasy about going. Then the story moves back to the mid-1980s, when she was in her f
Louise Graham
Jul 17, 2011 Louise Graham rated it it was amazing
Hurry Up and Wait is the second novel by Isabel Ashdown following on the from the award-winning success of Glasshopper.

A 39 nine-year old Sarah Ribbons is preparing to attend a reunion at her old School, Selton High School for Girls. Can she bring herself to revisit the 1980's?

It's 1985 and Sarah is 15 years old living with her elderly Father with all the usual issues any 15-year-old girl has in her final year at High School. The ever-changing friendship status with Katie and Tina she embarks up
Essie Fox
Jul 31, 2011 Essie Fox rated it really liked it
Ironically, I read this while sitting on Paddington station, waiting for my train to hurry up - and I can honestly say that the five hours simply flew past...I was actually sorry when my journey finally ended. I still had a few pages to go!

Set in an English sea side town, Isabel Ashdown's novel begins with an adult Sarah gathering her courage to enter a school reunion party. From then on the main body of the story is made up of Sarah's school day memories which are superbly observed. Details fro
Apr 01, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. I was right back there in the 80s, complete with crimped hair! There were times of sadness and laughter and definitely times that were reminiscent of my youth :-) Would definitely recommend this book to all, but particularly if you grew up in the 80s...
Aug 24, 2011 Emilyjmj rated it it was ok
Underwhelmed - have read much better books recently! It didn't really grip me and I felt a certain part of the story was a cop-out.I often keep books to re-read but this is going on ebay - its okay but no better than that.
Lynda Kelly
Dec 16, 2015 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing
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I started with this one thinking I was going to prefer Summer Of '76 but in the end enjoyed this one more ! Once again it's set on the south coast in the 80s this time so totally my era and my area which does make a great difference to the reading experience. So many times I was sniggering to myself at expressions and pop-culture references I remembered and some I'd forgotten like disc cameras !! They weren't around for long and I'd forgotten they existed. I've always loved photography and kicke ...more
Vanessa Wild
Apr 17, 2013 Vanessa Wild rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this somewhat powerful and intuitive coming of age story. It begins in 2010 with 39 year old Sarah Ribbons returning to the seaside town of her childhood to attend a reunion, which brings back some painful memories of her schooldays in the 1980s.

I thought the title had an interesting metaphor. Most of us as teenagers are all too eager and in a rush to grow up. It's not until we are a little older that we realise just how fleeting youth is and that it is quite normal to make mistakes al
Catherine Alice
Jul 27, 2014 Catherine Alice rated it it was amazing
This is the first Isabel Ashdown book I read, and I was unable to put it down.

In Hurry Up and Wait, Sarah's tale is one of childhood innocence, naivety and deception. Sarah's adult interpretation of what has happened to her creates an interesting perspective.

Isabel Ashdown has such a unique method of writing, where she flawlessly becomes the character in the book. This allows a faultless understanding of the story's themes and the characters' problems, making the book so enjoyable.

The style of
Apr 16, 2014 Joodith rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Take three school friends in the 1980's and throw in the usual rivalries, bitchiness, and squabbles and this, basically, is what the book is about. Fifteen year old Sarah lives with her father, the mother she never knew having died in childbirth or soon after; she desperately wants to know about her mother but her father constantly evades the question, as though there is a Great Mystery. If there is, it is never revealed. Sarah's friends are Tina and Kate the self-obsessed bitch of the trio. The ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
Probably 3 1/2, actually; I vacillated between 3 or 4 stars. It is quite a slight story and there are some clichéd aspects. (See below - spoiler alert.) However, I found it involving and it gains a sense of fate as the hints mount up. I don't usually like things written in the present tense but I didn't find it too irritating here. The sense of time and place are vivid. I did like the main character and her dad. She is far too forgiving, especially of her friend Kate, who is a complete bitch, bu ...more
Samantha Lee
Aug 10, 2011 Samantha Lee rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not complicated or deep in any sense but it's a good page turner nonetheless.

I grew up in a seaside town in the 1980s so I could identify with a lot of this story - in fact what I loved most was the reminiscing about the fashion and the music and the posters of Morton Harket (and I really loved those posters).

The book tells the story of 39 year old Sarah Ribbons who is returning to her hometown for a school reunion. The bulk of the book centres around her fi
Aug 01, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Being a teenager of the 80's I had a lot of fun reading Hurry Up and Wait taking a trip down the proverbial Memory Lane. Not just for the fashion, the music and social references but for the re-ignited feelings of fickle teenage friendships, falling in love not to mention falling out of it, shifting relationships with parents and adults and thinking I was already grown up and knew it all!

Hurry Up and Wait, although set in the 1980's, could actually be set just as well in the 1990's or 2000's - t
EmmaMarie Hunneyball
Oct 03, 2011 EmmaMarie Hunneyball rated it it was amazing
The painful vulnerability of an isolated teenage girl in the 1980s is here brought to life in light, simple strokes which hide a deeper shadow whose consequences are seen in the "2010" chapters.

There are huge elements of fun in this story: the various nods to life in the eighties: lipstick, music, fashion and hairstyles set the period of the work brilliantly; the echoing refrain of "Sunday Girl" had me walking round the house singing for days after I had finished reading. Along with the breathle
Shaz Goodwin
May 25, 2011 Shaz Goodwin rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed Isabel Ashdown’s first book ‘Glasshopper’, I was excited to have been chosen by Isabel to win a copy of this novel based on my review for her first book.

I couldn’t put it down …………….. having started reading on Monday evening, it was the first thing I did on waking Tuesday. Throughout the day I picked it up and had finished by that evening. It enthralled me.

Even though Hurry up and Wait is set in the 1980’s, you don’t have to remember that time period to enjoy it. Everyone will ide
Alison Wassell
Jun 26, 2011 Alison Wassell rated it it was amazing
I first became aware of Isabel Ashdown's first novel, Glasshopper, around eighteen months ago when I heard her discussing it on Simon Mayo's show, back in the days when he was on Radio 5Live in the afternoons. How I miss that Thursday afternoon book slot! I liked the sound of it, ordered it, read it in a couple of sittings, and loved it. I have been waiting impatiently for her second novel ever since.

Second novels are like second albums. When you've really loved something, along with the anticip
May 06, 2012 Lesefee86 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sarah schnappt nach Luft, und ihr Bewusstsein scheint zu schwinden. Kalter Schweiß bedeckt ihren Körper. Sie presst den Turnbeutel an die Brust, taumelt durch den Korridor und drückt die Knie zusammen, um die Flut zu stoppen. Sie schluchzt jetzt; um keinen Preis möchte sie so gefunden werden, und als sie den Heizungsraum erreicht, gibt die Tür nach, und sie ist auf der rohbebauenen Holztreppe, die in die feuchte, steinerne Dunkelheit des Kellers führt."

(S. 307, 3. Absatz)

Fast ein vier
Mar 19, 2013 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Gemeinsam mit ihren beiden Freundinnen Kate und Tina beginnt für die 15jährige Sarah das letzte Schuljahr. Doch irgendwas ist anders: Jungs werden interessant, erste Liebschaften entwickeln sich, Eifersucht und Neid machen sich breit zwischen den Freundinnen. Neue Menschen treten in das Leben von Sarah, doch sie kann nicht abschätzen, wie das ihr Leben verändern wird…
Es ist ein stiller, aber dennoch tiefgründiger Roman, der mich zum Nachdenken angeregt hat. In ruhiger und flüssiger Sprache erzä
Laura Wilkinson
Jan 13, 2012 Laura Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
There's so much to love about Isabel Ashdown's second offering that it's difficult to know where to start. And much has been said already. So I'll keep it brief. The story - of a dangerous friendship that leads to tragedy - grips from the opening page to the devastating, yet ultimately uplifting, ending. All the characters, from `good girl' Sarah to manipulative, toxic Kate and her slimy father, are portrayed with a light, tender touch, and rendered so believable that I felt as if I was in the c ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am so very glad I read Hurry Up And Wait. The memories of this novel will stay with me for a very long time. I think that Hurry Up And Wait should be made into a short film. I could not put this novel by Isabel Ashdown down. Every character is so believable you are just drawn in. Isabel Ashdown is a very clever author setting the scenes from the present day back to the past. This engaging story certainly took me back to my teenage years.Isabel Ashdown's storytelling skills I highly recommend ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Katy rated it really liked it
This book certainly transported me back to the 80s and my adolescence. Some of the little details made me jump up and down squealing 'I had that' - like Cacharel Anais anais perfume and Boots no. 17 Twilight Teaser lipstick. but even if the 80s weren't your era this book is a good read as the relationships between the main characters apply to every generation, and you can probably identify yourself or people at your school with the 'type' of person portrayed - the 'third' person in a group who s ...more
Britta Jensen
Apr 09, 2014 Britta Jensen rated it it was amazing
I liked Hurry Up and Wait even more than Glasshopper (which was also extremely well written). One of my favourite exchanges of dialogue (p. 197 of the paperback version) is between John and Sarah and is just brilliant. The characters are exceedingly well crafted and you are with Sarah on her journey through adolescence and fear with her upon her return for her school reunion.

The sense of a happy uplift at the end also made the book's final pages even sweeter.
Apr 05, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I don’t use this word lightly because I think for the most part it’s used by some delicate flowers who don’t know what it means but feel a bit upset by something someone has said to them and want them to feel bad. This book triggered me. It was not the fault of the book at all which is why I’ve given it such a high score; it was well written and I could so easily see my childhood in the things that happened. I am going to forget I read this and move on.
Jun 27, 2011 daisychainbooks rated it liked it

Hurry up and Wait, the second novel from Isabel Ashdown is a pure nostalgia trip of a book, perfect for those of you who danced to Walk Like an Egyptian at the local youth club, applied Rimmel’s Heather Shimmer lipstick and thought you were the height of sophistication, and sang along to Blondie’s Sunday Girl, the song from which this book takes it’s title. If you grew up in the eighties and would like to take a trip down memory lane while also reading a hard-hitting coming of age read, the
Nov 15, 2012 Louise rated it liked it
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Sep 13, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
It will appeal to you especially if you were a teenage girl grappling with the difficulties of friends, school and puberty in the eighties, but even if you don't quite belong to that era there is still plenty to enjoy about this both tender and harsh tale. The meanings of friendship, popularity,, group dynamics and relationships are all explored as Sarah looks back twenty years later at her life as a teenage girl.
Jun 30, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
I thought this book was memorable. It had interestingly complex flawed characters that I liked and disliked.
This book met all of my " love to read about mean girls, their angst and their relationships" expectations.
It takes place in a small English village and revolves around the incredibly off and on again relationships of three English school girls...sort of innocent and from very different backgrounds. Sarah..motherless and with a much older father, Kate, the real wild child and true mean gir
Shonaigh Mudie
Jan 08, 2013 Shonaigh Mudie rated it really liked it
Shelves: recently-read
Though I am very much a nineties child, the book had many good observations and like those points of recognition. These observations not just restricted to moments but also feelings too. Descriptions and details give you a real sense of the time. The central character was easily to relate to, Ashdown encapsulating all the uncertainties in that difficult teenage time. The novel itself is about how the past shapes our present. Sarah Ribbon's is on the brink of attending her high school reunion wit ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
An easy page turner, nothing particularly wrong with the story but it's not exactly exciting. I could relate to the dynamics of the school friends and the bitching that happens. Would probably read the author again but if it is more of the same I can see that being a downside for me.
Gloria Finocchi
Nov 20, 2015 Gloria Finocchi rated it it was ok
Probabilmente può andare bene per qualche young adult, con molta enfasi sul young e poco sull'adult. Purtroppo si capisce subito dove l'autrice va a parare. Rimane irrisolto un unico enigma alla fine del libro. E trovo piuttosto sgradevole che non si tenti nemmeno un poco di educare le ragazzine a difendersi dalle 'lusinghe' dei maiali adulti. Un libro irritante.
Catherine MacLeod
Jan 14, 2012 Catherine MacLeod rated it it was amazing
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I read this book several months ago, while on holiday in a hot country, yet the sense of place and time captured within the pages of this bitter-sweet coming-of-age story was so vivid that I was transported back to the salty sea-spray of a 1980s English seaside town; I became nostalgic for my duffle coat and scarf. Authentic in the tiniest detail, this is a captivating story of a woman who goes back to her home town, and in doing so finally comes to terms with the events that shaped her in her y ...more
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Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the south coast of England. She is the author of four novels including the Mail on Sunday award-winning Glasshopper, iTunes bestseller Hurry Up and Wait, and Amazon bestseller Summer of '76. In 2014 Isabel was Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton, where she has also taught on their Creative Writing MA. She is currently working on her fi ...more
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