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Wait for Me

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  940 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Caught in the threads of secrets and lies, struggling for love and discovering a voice of her own, Mina finds herself torn between living her mother's dreams and living a life that's true in this tale from a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Putnam Juvenile
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Jun 20, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it
A lot of books possess characters who are authentic enough that you can understand what they experiencing. Wait for Me took it a step further and allowed me to empathize with the characters' emotions and greatly sympathize with their sorrow.

Mina's senior year is cut out for her - she resides as president of the Honor society, maintains straight A's, and is a member of many other clubs. No one knows that her entire life is a smoothly orchestrated lie, composed by the expectations placed by her mo
Aug 14, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Wait For Me is a brief (less than two hundred pages) book about a girl named Mina and her complicated relationship with... everything, but I think primarily truth, and love.

The book begins with Mina, a straight-A student, president of the Honors Society, and explicitly Harvard-bound, studying for SATs, trying desperately to please her mother while at the same time despising her, working at the family dry cleaners and looking after her sister Suna, our second narrator. Their family seems to exis
Jul 28, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it
I'm thirty-six pages in and I'm not enjoying the story at all. I don't really feel engaged with the characters or even care what is going to happen next.

Part of it is I feel like I missed out on too much. I have to keep being filled in on what happened piece by piece, and that only makes me feel even more disconnected from what is going on, as I don't fully understand why Mina acts the way she does.

The only character that seems remotely interesting is Suna, but even in the chapters that are focu
Ashley O
Oct 02, 2014 Ashley O rated it really liked it
Wait For Me by An Na is a novel that revolves around the protagonist, Mina, who seems like the perfect daughter but it's really all one big lie. This book creates a great story on the hardships some families endure and what it's like to live in one big lie. Na uses characters and emotions to draw the readers in and really grab their attention. She does a great job at bringing you into the characters head and making you feel exactly how they feel. Na ties you into the story using the different ch ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Miestory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes she wishes she had a manual that explains why people act the way they do. The chapter on love would be a million pages long. A million pages plus one page at the very end. Like a "p.s" at the end of a letter.

Love is unexplainable."

Apr 02, 2007 Jan rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenbooks
I was disappointed by this one. An Na is a very talented writer, but this story was just kind of blah. The tension between Mina and her mother was well done, however. The best part of the novel is that depiction of family tension, otherwise it was a very ordinary story.
Jan 13, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I really disliked this book. Mina is basically a nightmare teenager who lies to everybody constantly and fakes everything. I know there are lots of books like this, but most have a remotely satisfying ending. This one does not.
Anna Yoon
Feb 26, 2016 Anna Yoon rated it really liked it
She was my star author since I could share my feelings with her a lot. This book was interesting enough for me to choose and read. I liked the plot and it was not an ordinary one. Very unique, but she has her own style of writing, which is very descriptive and is loved by many people. Her writings make me say 'whoa'. Writing so detailed that I can illustrate the exact scene that is going on. The ending, however, went kind of fast for me, meaning that I wanted more that she left in the book. Stil ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Rei rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. It had the promise of a relatable (but not necessarily likable) teenage protagonist with very real Asian-American issues and representation for people with hearing impairment, but it ended up being cliche and uninteresting. Mina and Ysrael's relationship developed too rapidly, Suna was portrayed to be weak and selfish with no character development at all, and Jonathon was a typical jerk who blackmails girls into getting into bed with him. The characters were on ...more
Jul 11, 2007 Hillary rated it did not like it
hated it.

sloppy writing, i thought, even by YA standards.
Read by Kim Mai Guest
Mina is trapped in a life of her mother's high expectations, caring for her deaf sister, and coping with her own confusion and lies about what it is she wants in her life. While outwardly she appears to be the good daughter, she has secretly been skimming money from the family business and with the help of a classmate, doctoring her grades. When her parents hire Ysrael to work at the dry cleaners, his simple honesty and openness forces Mina to face the lies in her life just
Jan 26, 2015 Poopstalker2k14 rated it did not like it
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Sep 19, 2010 Amber rated it it was ok
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Nov 05, 2008 Hangg rated it liked it
The book I’m writing today is Wait For Me written by Anna. It’s a fiction story. The main theme in Wait for Me is a lesson for someone, who lies his/her parents about study, and how to face the truths by a true love coming.
Wait For Me talks about a seventeen girl names Mina, who is Korean-American and perfect daughter to her parents, Uhmma and Apa. As Mina’s senior year in high School comes, she lies everyone on her study. Jonathon, who is Uhmma’s friend’s son studies with Mina and also likes h
Nov 20, 2013 Kourtney rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, heart rending book about becoming yourself. It’s about how hard it is to break out of the confines of who you are expected to be.

The story is told through chapters alternating the POV between Mina, the older sister, and Suna, the younger sister.

Mina and Suna are the daughters of hard working Korean immigrants. Their mother expects great things from Mina. But because of Suna’s hearing impairment, she is always left in Mina’s shadow.

This is not a story of an overachi
Feb 23, 2011 Miyuki-isb rated it it was ok
I chose the novel Wait for Me by An Na because I read the short review at the back and I saw many great comments there so I was very interested to read the story. I think this novel has a really good ideas and concepts for teenagers to read about. The main character Mina, she wants to impress her mother so she kept lying about her grade and tells her that she has really good grades and she is the president of the school. She lies on the outside but inside she knows who she really is and it makes ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Karissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This book was an alright read. It follows the story of Mina, a Korean-American girl who has been lying to her mother for at least a year about everything. Her grades, the clubs she is in at school, going to Harvard, and even stealing money from the laundromat her parents run. After all, it is summer vacation and freaking hot outside and they aren't paying her or her sister for their help. Why not take a little on the side?

But when her father pulls her back out, her parents are forced to hire Ys
Ian Wood
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I rated this novel worthy - just!

(mild spoilers)

This audio novel is read by Kim Mai Guest.

How could I not read (or rather listen) to a novel written by someone with a perfect anagram name?! An Na's name, I have to admit, attracted my attention; then I read the blurb and thought I'd give it a try. It
Ilene Lobo
Wait for Me by An Na, a family and romance fiction, explains the life of Mina Kang who becomes entangled with her web of lies, struggles with her love and finding a voice of her own. An Na writes about the hard life of Mina Kang and how she deals with the challenges of family and her love life. Throughout the book, the point of view changes between Mina and her hearing-impaired younger sister, Suna. The novel is about Mina, but Suna’s emotions and feelings explain the reasons of Mina’s actions.

May 04, 2007 Erin rated it liked it
Mina is the image of a perfect daughter - as far as her demanding mother knows, she gets good grades, is studying hard for the SATs, and is the president of the Honors Society at school.

Unfortunately, the truth is far different. Mina is an average student, skips out on her SAT classes at the library, and lied to her mother about being the leader of the group. Working as often as possible at her parents' dry cleaning business, Mina has taken it upon herself to alter receipts in order to give hers
Kelvin Reed
Dec 27, 2014 Kelvin Reed rated it it was ok
At least the story line for Wait for Me by An Na was compelling: Mina, a Korean high school female about to enter her senior year, faces intense pressure by her mother to get into Harvard. At the same time the conflicted seventeen-year-old becomes secretly involved with a Latino musician who works at her family-owned dry cleaners. Interesting plot; however, Mina, who lies, steals and uses people, was so unlikable I couldn't feel much compassion for her. Not recommended.
Sep 29, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
An Na's story is actually one of two sisters. In fact, the only relationship that ultimately mattered was theirs. I know that many will say is was Mina and Y'srael's story, especially if I am supposed to be looking at the title: Wait for me--but Sana is the one waiting for Sana to grow up. I won't say more, but really think about who is doing the most important waiting.
Jan 21, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
I have read Na's other book, A Step from Heaven,, and I really enjoyed it. This book was not as interesting. I was not as invested in the characters, and the plot was thin. Both books feature abusive parents, but in this novel, it is the mother who is verbally abusive while in the other, the father, Apa, was physically and verbally abusive to his entire family. I was frustrated with Mina, the protagonist, for much of the book, because I wanted her to speak up. Overall, this is not as effective a ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Sylver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vcfa-4-2
Wow. This book is perfection. I'm still in awe that I was fortunate enough to work with this amazing author for 6 months last semester. Her writing is the kind that makes me want to strive to be my best and at the same time give up because I'll never be this good. Such real, authentic characters. Such powerful voice. Such flawless, clean writing. Brilliant.
Oct 26, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers interested in the Korean American experience or in mother-daughter-sister relationships
Shelves: realistic
High school junior Mina is the daughter of Korean-American immigrants who own a dry-cleaning business. She's been pushed to get good grades all of her life, with the goal of getting into Harvard. But she's started lying about her grades, saying they're better than they are, while stealing money from the cash register to save up to move out on her own after graduation. She does not want to go to college, let alone Harvard, but she can't get up the courage to tell her strict mother. Meanwhile her ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Mostly I really liked this book. An Na's style is beautifully understated and her story is well-crafted. Although some elements are very familiar - the striving immigrant parents, the expectation that their first-generation daughter get into Harvard - An Na puts a new spin on things by making the main character, Mina, a liar and an underachiever. In spite of Mina's flaws, I found her character sympathetic, and was moved by her relationship with her hearing impaired sister, Suna.

There were a few
Oct 07, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-ya
I really liked this story. It takes place in Southern California. It's about a Korean girl and a Hispanic boy who fall in love. It's about immigrants and their children and what life is like for them. It's a novel about disappointing your parents, defying expectations, and making mistakes. It isn't perfect, but there were times when I felt like I was there in the story. It was also interesting to read because many of my high school friends were immigrants (Chinese, Hispanic, German) and I rememb ...more
Robin Le duc
Aug 14, 2014 Robin Le duc rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I had trouble getting I to this book in the beginning. The prologue was a confusing way to start. The chapters are either Mina or Suna's story, which is an interesting style point. I did like the story (once it got going)...but I didn't love it. Mina is a high schooler who gets in over her head with all the lies she has been telling and meets a boy that helps her right her ways. Just an OK story.
Jan 01, 2010 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Mina and Suna are two sisters who work long hard hours at their parents dry cleaners. Mina is the oldest sister who lives a lie, she steals money from her parents' business, lies to her mother about her place in school and where she will go to college. Suna is the youngest sister who has a hearing aid and talks to their car as if it was human. Mina and Suna are very close. Their mother is nasty keeping secrets of her own. She runs Mina's life, is nasty to Suna and her husband. Enter a new worker ...more
May 15, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This book is about Mina may look like a perfect girl but she is not. Mina is a straight A student and a Honor Society president in her school. She works in her family's dry cleaners and cares for her little sister, Suna. On the outside She does everything right but on the inside she knows the truth. She tells her parents that Harvard accepted her but it was a lie. She wants her parents to be proud of her. Only one person she cannot lie to is Vsrael. Vsrael is a migrant worker who wants to be a m ...more
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An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. A former middle school English and history teacher, she is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Vermont.

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