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Waiting for You

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,816 Ratings  ·  767 Reviews
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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 a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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May 25, 2009 Yasmine rated it did not like it
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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
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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
Sam :)
May 25, 2016 Sam :) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
ijul (yuliyono)
Ada Apa Dengan John Mayer, wahai para wanita?

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
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
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
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
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.
Addyson Flowers
Apr 28, 2015 Addyson Flowers rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this book was amazing and it showed that not everyone is perfect and that don't go randomly falling in love with people who aren't good for, because they don't deserve you when they're a complete jerk to you. Marisa the main character, who falls in love with a guy named Derek. In art class Marisa finds Derek flirting with her, and there are rumors that Derek had recently broken up with his ex-girlfriend, Sierra. Marisa eventually starts to date Derek, but one of her best friends Ster ...more
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!
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
Kristine Lopez
Sep 04, 2011 Kristine Lopez rated it it was amazing

And I also like to leave a review about this but unfortunately, things came up. And sooooo.... LATER ;)
Cydney Thompson
Feb 23, 2015 Cydney Thompson rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this book was amazing and it showed that not everyone is perfect and that don't go randomly falling in love with people who aren't good for, because they don't deserve you when they're a complete jerk to you. Marisa the main character, who falls in love with a guy named Derek. In art class Marisa finds Derek flirting with her, and there are rumors that Derek had recently broken up with his ex-girlfriend, Sierra. Marisa eventually starts to date Derek, but one of her best friends Ster ...more
Jessica Herrera
May 12, 2014 Jessica Herrera rated it it was amazing
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
Sarie Rahmawati
Oct 20, 2015 Sarie Rahmawati rated it liked it
Shelves: buku-pinjeman
Mungkin ada banyak Marisa lain di luar sana, buku ini cukup menginspirasi untuk remaja seusia Marisa.. bisa dijadikan pembelajaran gak hanya utk remaja tapi juga orang tua yang berpisah dengan dampaknya bagi anak2 yang masih ga ngerti kenapa orang dewasa harus seegois itu mementingkan perasaan mereka sendiri dan menghancurkan apa yg sudah mereka bangun sejak lama yang selama ini mereka sebut keluarga. Tapi terlalu banyak narasinya, sehingga dialognya cuma sedikit. Oya, dari awal udah ketebak kal ...more
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
Aug 31, 2011 Diana rated it liked it
Shelves: 12th-advisory
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
Nov 01, 2012 Lesleigh rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 09, 2013 Shalin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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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, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. 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 teache ...more
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