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
I found WAITING disappointing.
Underdeveloped characters with a hefty dose of melodrama. This is an unhappy family dealing with death. It's told through London's POV, and her brother's death (view spoiler)[ by suicide (hide spoiler)] has left her grieving and trying to pick up the pieces of herself and her family. The problem is that there's never an opportunity to know who Zach was and the story of what happened comes very late in the story. Too late for me to believe it or care about it. ( ...more
I felt for London as soon we she wa ...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 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 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
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
Waiting is the story of London’s life in the aftermath of her brother’s death. The novel starts with a very bleak feel and I felt so sad as we look ...more
My first Carol Lynch Williams novel. I'm pretty much hyped to start reading this but also having second thoughts since it seems to be very sad and depressing and I'm really not in the mood for some sappy sad stories at that moment, but then I see that its not that long so I decided to start it.
The cover of the book seems to tell it all for me. As I started reading this, I'm still caught off-guard because I realize that I'm still not that ...more
There is something that you should know about Waiting. It is written in that weird free verse sort of way that Crank is written in. I did not know this before reading it. And I think that pertains in part to why I did not like this book. Waiting was hard for me for a number of reasons.
Reason 1: The love triangle. SERIOUSLY! Why?! Love triangles are completely ridiculous and should be banned from ya books. Since when have girls like London become the object of gu ...more
The structure of the book and the intensity of the story make it eas ...more
London is lost, confused, and alone. She is not a happy character. She not only lost her brother but she also lost the rest of her family. She doesn't know how to make things better at home and school is even worse. Things only begin to get better when two new kids, Lili and Jesse, start at her school and become her friends. Lili and Jesse a ...more
The novel is written in a very simple style; there isn’t any frippery, just the facts and the people and the feelings. Therefore, it’s a really heart-stirring story. And I like that she wrote it like ...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
After her brother, Zach, commits suicide, London's world is ripped apart. The friends she had don't speak to her, her mother blames her for what ha ...more
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 tru ...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
I couldn't bring myself to read on, because the writing is awful and headache-inducing, and the melodrama on the first few pages alone too much for me to stomach. If you'd like an imitation:
Here's how it goes--
You try to read on. Really try. Focus.
Force your eyes to keep moving.
Will yourself not to stop. Concentrate.
Until you have to concede.
It's no use.
Yes, the entire book is written in this manner. Sad, because the blurb sounded quite intriguing, and I was actually excited.
This book was interesting for me.
I was very sympathetic to London at the beginning, because I’ve seen and heard what losing a sibling so young will do to someone, and then the parental problems on top of everything else was so incredibly sad. Working through the grief without any support and spiraling through that journey would clearly be difficult for anyone and not lead to very smart decisions, so I could stay sympathetic with London. The use of the verse rea ...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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