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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Viking Juvenile
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Nomes
Nov 19, 2010 Nomes rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
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...more
Natshane
Aug 10, 2011 Natshane rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
46milestogo
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...more
Mily
Dec 22, 2009 Mily rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, teen
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Karla (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...more
Lo
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...more
Holly
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...more
Jessica Herrera
Waiting for you was an amazing book. It can relate to any teenage girl out there. Finding your "true" love can be very harsh and you shouldn't want it intensely when you are only in High School because there are many years ahead of you. The main character named Marisa is looking for her "true" love and when she finds it, she has great times with him, but she realizes that he isn't the one for her because he still has feelings for his ex. There is this weird show called "Dirty Dirk" and everyone...more
Mafe
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!
Kristine Lopez
I LOVE THIS :)))


And I also like to leave a review about this but unfortunately, things came up. And sooooo.... LATER ;)
Katie
Mar 09, 2009 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Stella
This book could've been done wonderfully, but just ended up annoying. Lead girl, Marrisa I think, comes off to me as a bit prissy and shallow, and the excessive 'whatev's sort of added to that. I tend to judge people on their overuse of abreviations, even fictional ones. Her anxiaty thing seemed kind of thrown in, just to make the character pityable, and she just pissed me off.
You'd think her best friend would get a role in this book, but she wasn't really there. The only likable character, forg...more
Diana
Waiting For You
By Susane Colasanti
Viking Juvenile 2009
320 pgs
ISBN 0670011304

As Marisa starts her sophomore year in school, she awaits for what any 15 year old teenage girl would want. She wants someone who would treat her as if she was his only, and who she wants is a boyfriend. Just as she was hoping, Mr. Popular, Derek, asks her out. Although she gets a boyfriend, not everything goes her way. Family issues and problematic issues with her best friend begins, which then causes her to question h...more
Lesleigh
It's the beginning of Sophomore year and Marisa has just got back from two months of summer camp. She and her best friend Sterling have decided they are going to reinvent themselves, especially after Marisa's breakdown the previous year due to her anxiety disorder. Her first goal is to find a boyfriend and she is totally head over heals for Derek who unfortunately is head over heals for Sierra...or is he? Marisa first notices Derek smiling at her whenever she steals a glance at him in school. Th...more
Lauren
May 30, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Shalin
I like this book because it's easy to read, to follow through and it's real - I can relate to it.

Actually, I'm not really a fan of Marisa, no offence. I think she's a little too... Prissy? Then again, it might be because of her anxiety disorder. Then, throughout her dating with Derek, I thought it was more of a one-sided love. Other than hanging out together, I didn't really see Derek falling for her. This totally covered Sterling's point that her boyfriend doesn't really care about her.

What I l...more
Melody
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...more
Katrina Burchett
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
Michelle. D.
One thing I wanna say is that...
~It is so OBVIOUS who Marisa is going to end up with.
~It is so OBVIOUS who Dirty Dirk is.
~It is so OBVIOUS who likes who(really).
~It is so OBVIOUS who cheated on who.
~It is so OBVIOUS who dislikes who.
~Etc, etc, etc and more obvious stuff.......

The story is kinda one of those normal love stories where thinds happen that changes the main character in some major way.

I dunno why, but I really hate Sierra. Not because she is still likes him, but it's like, natural hat...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
Derek is clearly the boy Marisa has been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash, Marisa's neighbor and childhood friend, is totally geeked out, with zero boyfriend potential. So of course Nash wants to take his friendship with Marisa to the next level.

Beyond her boy drama, Marisa is also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who ha...more
kari
May 04, 2010 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
This book was sort of hard for me to get through, not sure why exactly. Maybe I felt that Waiting For You was kind of waiting for the story to take off.
Marisa was a nice character and I felt such sympathy for her, dealing with anxiety and depression. I did like that the plot was more complicated than she is just sad because of a boy. The sub-plot with the break-up of her parent's what she always thought of as happy marriage added a nice element.
Have to add, though, that I didn't care for the c...more
Haydee R
“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...more
Danylle DuPris
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
Makayla T
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 “per...more
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Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, and All I Need. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York C...more
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