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At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Yasmine
May 25, 2009 Yasmine rated it did not like it
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Nomes
Nov 19, 2010 Nomes rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Waiting for you is a classic coming of age novel - spanning a good year of one teen girls life. Marisa is easy to relate to. Almost too easy, taking me back to those high school days where little things (small fights with your best bud) are the big things. Marisa has recently struggled with anxiety and depression and throughout the book sometimes slips back into that place. It's handled expertly, delving straight into the mind of a teenager with a light touch, never taking the path of melodrama. ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

Marisa has had a crush on Derek for a long, long time. He's perfect: friendly, cute, popular. The only problem is that he has a girlfriend. Then there's Nash, her longtime, geeky neighbor. Sure, he's super shy, but he's also extremely sweet and smart.

So when Derek breaks up with his girlfriend and starts paying attention to Marisa, she's ecstatic. Soon it's official - Derek and Marisa, the couple of the school. But then things change between Nash and Marisa
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Sam :)
Sep 04, 2016 Sam :) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Rating: 4 stars

Update: reread May 25, 2016

A cute, short, easy read that only took me 2.5 hours to re-read. I completely forgot about some of the elements in this book, and I really enjoyed experiencing them again.
Natshane
Aug 10, 2011 Natshane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good curl-up-with book
It was exam week, I was not supposed to give in into temptations and read, but I did, and I did not regret it at all!
Waiting for you is a story of a girl wanting to change herself, and she has been waiting all her life for a change. From the obvious title, Waiting for you, it gives readers the impression that the protagonist, Marisa is waiting for the special someone to appear, and she is! But it also involves something more deep.
One thing about books like this, it gives you a moment of euphori
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Kristi
May 29, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
This was my first time reading Colasanti, and I really enjoyed it! She definitely has a style to her writing, it was simplistic and enjoyable. It flowed very nicely, making it a very easy read.

Waiting for You is an emotional, fun, sort of coming of age story all centered around a first love. Although I predicted whom our heroine would end up with ultimately, it didn't keep me from turning the pages at warp speed! I liked the serious elements that Colasanti presented too. It was definitely not s
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Mili
Dec 22, 2009 Mili rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, 2009
I read about 30 pages of this book and had to quit, abandon and return to the library where it'll rightfully find the hands of a 13 year old girl looking for a Hannah Montana episode on pages.

I quote this horrendous book:

"I'm just saying," Andrea goes.
"Yeah, well I'm just saying that Dan is seriously hot," Sterling says "Can you introduce me?"
Andrea scrunches her face up.
"What?" Sterling goes.
Andrea's all, "Forget it"
Sterling's like, "Could it be any hotter?"
I go, "In hell maybe".


I swear that's
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Erica (daydreamer)
I just finished this book, and I’m in love. The ending was so sweet, and perfect, it made me smile, and sigh inside. Waiting For You was a cute, light novel, but it took me on a meaningful journey of love, and acceptance, finding who you are, and how much the people you love really mean to you. This wasn’t an earth shattering novel, it's kind of predictable, but something in it just clicked with me.

The characters were all so very real, especially Marisa. I loved Marisa, I loved her voice, I lov
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46milestogo
May 13, 2009 46milestogo rated it did not like it
Girl likes "cool" boy. "Nerdy" boy likes girl. Girl has family problems/issues. Girl, to her shock, ends up dating the "cool" boy.

Guess whose problems/issues are resolved by the end of the book? Guess which boy the girl ends up with?

Waiting For You is utterly obvious from the first chapter and Colasanti's writing isn't strong enough to sustain interest. You know exactly what's going to happen about ten chapters before it happens, and the character are caricatures. So much so that I can't actua
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Obsidian
Nov 16, 2015 Obsidian rated it liked it
So apparently I went two for two on young adult reads this weekend.

Told in the first person, we have Marisa ready to start her sophomore year in high school. Marisa had a bad year as a freshman when she suffered from depression and anxiety. Now she is happy to start a new year where she can wipe the slate clean and finally find a boyfriend to fall in love with.

I thought that honestly way too many serious things that were going on were just ignored so we could focus on Marisa being obsessed with
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Nicole
Dec 13, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it
No Susane, I was waiting for YOU to actually get me interested in the story.
ijul (yuliyono)
Ada Apa Dengan John Mayer, wahai para wanita?

Summary
Aku, Marisa, bersedia menunggu sampai datang cowok impian yang akan membuatku bahagia. Selama apa pun itu. Tapi, dalam masa penantian itu, aku tak akan menyia-nyiakan hidupku. Ada keluarga yang selalu mencintaiku, Mom, Dad, dan si bossy Sandra, adikku. Lalu ada pula dua sobat terbaikku, Nash dan Sterling. Pada saat tertentu, aku merasa Derek, cowok paling oke di sekolahan, adalah cowok impian yang kutunggu-tunggu itu. Betapa tidak, dia adalah g
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Sophomore Year.

This should be a fresh start according to Marissa. After a series of anxiety attacks, she is ready to take on a new start on things at school and more importantly ready to take it to the next level and have a boyfriend.

Derek is one of the handomest guy at Marissa's school. Ever girl loves him and Emma fails to escape that charisma of him. She has been in love with him for a long time now and the only thing that is stopping her from telling him is the fact that he has a grilfrien
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Caitlin Stamm
Dec 20, 2015 Caitlin Stamm rated it did not like it
This book was worse than I expected, and that is saying something.
Arlene
I almost gave up on this book for several reasons, which I'll get to in a sec, but overall I’m glad I stuck with it. It turned out to be a good story about two friends that have been waiting for something special when it was there in front of them all along.

I really liked the main characters of this story, especially Dirty Dirk. What a great and clever addition to the story line. His advice and disguise was classic to say the least. However, I must say, I did have my suspicions of him all along
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Lo
Aug 20, 2013 Lo rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, annoying
This book was a major disappointment.

If you're interested in books about stereotypical teenagers who whine about not having a boyfriend, then this is the perfect book for you. I'm not one of those people.

Marisa (who's name I didn't learn until chapter 12--I counted) just striked me as a very annoying teenage girl. She's supposed to have anxiety (that somehow never appears), and when it did, it felt like the author only put it in because she felt bad for not doing it earlier.

She also says that Ma
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Holly
Jan 13, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I knew was going to have a happy ending, but I didn't know exactly how it was going to happen (or with whom).

Marisa is a bit hard to like in the beginning because she has this anxiety disorder thing that makes her depressed and a worry-wart. She dwells on everything to the point of insanity (and that's coming from the girl who does the exact same thing!).

It's also a story with a serious message and I liked how everything unfolded. You really do start to like her and yo
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Mafe
Nov 04, 2012 Mafe rated it it was amazing
Really good book! I think it's written in a way in which I got to connect with the main character and the author managed to convey the feelings in a way that I didn't want to leave the book staying up until 4am reading it!
Shxrxn
Oct 08, 2010 Shxrxn rated it really liked it
I love the beginning of the year. It’s all about renewal and reinventing yourself, becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.
- Marisa
I have a theory that the answers to all of life’s major questions can be found in a John Mayer song.
- Marisa
The problem with the last few days of summer? Is that you can’t hold on to them. They zoom by way too fast. You live through them in a dream until they’re over. And then everything slows down to a glacial pace again.
- Marisa
Control your thoughts to contr
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Makayla T
Jan 17, 2013 Makayla T rated it it was amazing
I recently read the novel Waiting for You, by Susane Colasanti. I really enjoyed reading the story because I didn't expect the ending. I thought that because of how much Marisa liked Derek so would try to get over the fact that Derek and Sierra are still friends. It made me think that maybe Marisa didn't like him as much as she did when he was just Derek to her. This story taught me that even though you might find a guy that has a “perfect, California surfer boy look” (9) he might not be as ...more
Laura Martinelli
I picked this up after flipping through So Much Closer at work and generally liking what I read. I liked it well enough to go and grab one of Colasanti’s earlier books. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much pep and funny to grab me with Waiting for You.

A huge problem with the book is the pacing, especially with the first third of the book. The chapters were extremely erratic, switching between what was going on in the plot and having Marisa pontificate on her interests and feelings. It felt jarrin
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Micaela Ramos
Jan 20, 2016 Micaela Ramos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-ones-i-own
Esse livro foi a minha única aquisição da Bienal de Fortaleza de 2014 e eu só o comprei porque... #1: eu não queria sair da Bienal de mãos abanando; #2: eu li “Bem mais perto”, da mesma autora e gostei; #3: o livro estava por R$15. Apesar de achar que se trataria de um livro meio fútil, para mim, resolvi apostar e acabei gostando da leitura.

Doce. Leve. Simples.

Marisa é uma garota prestes a cursar o segundo ano do ensino médio, o que ela quer? Amigos, ser mais popular e menos conhecida como “a e
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Melody
Jan 04, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
Fifteen-year-old Marisa lives in a small town in Connecticut with her parents; other than having anxiety disorder her life is pretty simple and peaceful. She often tells herself she is fortunate to have a happy and a secure family, and a best friend whom she could share all her problems and secrets with, and be there for her whenever she needs her.

She has a crush on a guy named Derek for a while, but just never muster up the courage to approach him. And then, there is another boy Nash whom she k
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Katie
Mar 09, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Marisa's story is a classic dilemma. Nerdy boy likes girl, girl likes popular boy, will things ever work out for the two?

Marisa and Nash have always been neighbors but have grown apart over the years. Nash is the nerdy boy who is obsessed with robots and science and Marisa is the girl who would love to be popular but can never quite fit in. Marisa's problem is that she has an anxiety disorder that made most people think that she was crazy.

This year, though, Marisa and her best friend Sterling m
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Katrina Burchett
May 25, 2010 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
Marisa has never had a boyfriend and she wants one. She has never been kissed and she wants to be. It’s her sophomore year and she’s intent on resolving these issues. Her heart is set on Derek, but he already has a girlfriend. Nash, a guy she’s known since grade school and who lives three doors down from her, could be the one since he has feelings for her, but Marisa is so sure he is not her type. Will she have to go through another year of high school spending every Saturday night with her best ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
3.5 stars - 3.5 stars. This was the first book I've read by Susane Colasanti and while it was a nice... it just didn't wow me. The story and the characters were enjoyable enough to keep my interest, making this an easy and quick read that I would have been able to finish in one sitting if I had more time when I first picked up the book.

The story between our main characters was often predictable. Marisa is the girl who wants to reinvent herself and try to figure out not only who she is, but what
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Rachel Hernandez
Dec 17, 2013 Rachel Hernandez rated it liked it
Susane Colasanti is an American author born and raised in New Jersey. She has written many books perfect for teenagers; especially girls. I would highly reccomend Waiting for You to anyone who is looking for a suspenseful, realistic, heart-pounding novel. In this one book a reader can expect love, devastation, and mystery. This novel is a perfect choice for teenage girls because its extremely relatable, and it makes the reader think.
For example, the main character, Marisa, is a high school girl
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Danylle DuPris
Jan 04, 2013 Danylle DuPris rated it it was amazing
Waiting For You is such a great book. Marisa is starting her sophomore year, and she can't wait to finally get a boyfriend. Her best friend, Sterling, is always getting boyfriends so she thinks it's her turn. As the year moves on things at home start getting weird. She finds her mom and dad's closet to be more empty than usual. Knowing this starts to worry her, so she goes to her former friend, Nash, who she just started talking to again. Talking to Nash really helps Marisa because she can tell ...more
Lauren
May 30, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
To start off, I simply adored Susane's first book, When It Happens, and have had her second, Take Me There, in my TBR pill for a month or two. So, when I got Waiting For You as a present, I was ecstatic! Since, it had been getting great reviews, the cover was cute, and it seemed like the perfect book to start summer of with. Though it had a bit of predictably, it was still all that and plenty more.

In Waiting For You, Susane created a wonderful cast made up of the sweet Nash and Marissa a girl t
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Haydee R
Oct 17, 2011 Haydee R rated it it was amazing
“Waiting for you” is by Susane Colasanti. The title was the main thing that caught my attraction to the book. Teens are always waiting for something or someone to come in their lives. Whether it will be a friend or a boyfriend/girlfriend. We tend not to be patient and want things right away. I wanted to read and see how someones life turns out when your patient and wait for the thing you want.

The book is about Marisa wanting to start out different for the new school year. Derek is the boy marisa
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