Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach...more
”How can one person leaving change you so much?”
Just to warn you—this review is going to be a bit of a mess. My feelings for this book are all over the map. Let’s ramble! :D
Waiting is presented and packaged as something it is not. I kept going back and forth on whether to even mention this point. In the end, a flip of the coin decided. :) Religion, God, and Jesus play a big part of this story. I realize religion is a part of life, but I don't like to blend it with my YA, fiction, film, or entert...more
London and her brother Zach were really close, until he dies at the age of 16. Her mother blames her for what has happened, and never once talks to her. Her father talks to her, but they’re not connected as they used to be, and they rarely talk. Then there’s Taylor her brother’s best friend, and her former boyfriend...more
I felt for London as soon we she wa...more
I started reading WAITING knowing that I was going to be a heart-broken mess by the time it was through. I had already read GLIMPSE by Carol Lynch Williams and I knew that she has a way of taking her verse novels and packing so much emotion, power, and heart-wrenching story into them that it leaves you gasping for breath through your tears.
In WAITING London is spiraling down a hole of depression. Her mother has not said a word to her since the deat...more
by 30 pages in, I was a bit hooked, by 50 pages, I knew I was going to stay up to finish it.
At page 150 I thought there was NO good way out.
As I neared the end, and realized it was going to be over, I felt this weight settle in knowing that I was almost done.
I love Williams' writing, and I love the topics she chooses to write about and I love her stories, and I love...more
This book is written in free verse, is for girls, and is appropriate at a high school level. It follows London, who is the daughter of a minister, after her brother has committed suicide. This causes her entire family to fall apart. London feels completely broken and takes almost a year to heal at all, and her family hardly speaks to her or touches her anymore. Her mother hates her for not getting to her brother sooner (as she was the first to find out what he was doing) and won't look at...more
London and her brother Zach grew up home-schooled siblings just about a year apart, children of missionaries. Well, now London continues to grow “up,” but Zach is gone, suicide. And now those he left behind are all just, waiting. London’s father attempts to get life back on some kind of track, but her mother has run right off the rails--a ghostly, silent, absent even when in the house presence that can neither comfort not be comforted....more
This story focuses on London, a teenager whose brother, Zach, has committed suicide and whose mother now refuses to speak to her. London struggles as she misses her brother and tries to work through her pain by going for two boys at the same time--one a new boy at school and one her old boyfriend and her brother's best friend. The story takes us on a journey to London's decision to date her brothers best friend and to stand up for herself to her mother, who blamed London for Zach...more
Waiting, has earned Carol Lynch Williams back my respect. After reading her last book, Miles from Ordinary, I was eager to give Ms. Willimas another chance to bring herself back into my good graces. She has completely won me back over.
Waiting is completely brilliant. What made it fifty times better was the Acknowledgements at the beginning of the book (which, unfortunately might be easily missed). London Castle is just a messed-up high s...more
The structure of the book and the intensity of the story make it eas...more
The family falls apart grieving for the lost child. Then unravels the mystery surrounding the brother's death and how each and every member of the family is trying to cope with thier feelings. Instead of pul...more
Which I did, nervously, because you know how I feel about novels written in free verse, where
the line breaks,
chopped and divided
like a bad metaphor
are somehow meant to convey so much
so much more
emotion than simple paragraph form. ever. could.
But it worked with Waiting, probably because our fearless narrator was so shattered and emotionally all...more
London's skin is not a comfortable place to be--and yet, I didn't want to leave. I wanted to know more about her and to stay long enough to make sure she would be okay. And when the story...more
As the story s...more
I often find that the better the book, the less I have to say about it in a review. I read this in one day, and had to work at the not-crying thing. (I kind of failed; I'm turning into such a girly-girl mush-pot.)
So, this is a book that starts at a medium-low point, and steadily descends. By the end, it's started to take an upward turn, but we don't act...more
I usually don't do summaries of books...if you want to know what the book is about read the description.
I finished reading this book last night and I'm still thinking about it...I must admit is not the best book I've read but it was a good one. One of the first things that got me into it was the way it was written, since I've never read any book like that I thought it would be something different and new.
I loved how Williams was able to portray London, the main character, and her gr...more
This isn’t the typical grieving story, which is a good thing. Rather than an overdramatic focus on the dead brother, the plot centers on London, the main character. Through skillful word choice, the author tells us precisely enough for each moment, each scene. As a master at showing rather than telling, the author describes a younger Zach and London discovering all the hidden Christmas prese...more
About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more
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An accident witnessed? You're different on the inside. Maybe there's no cut someone else can see, bu there're always injuries on the inside.
Those take a long time to heal.”