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Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
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Oct 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in October, 2012

(This one is a bit more of a 3.5 rounding up than a proper 4)

London and her brother Zach grew up home-schooled siblings just about a year apart, children of missionaries. Well, now London continues to grow “up,” but Zach is gone, suicide. And now those he left behind are all just, waiting. London’s father attempts to get life back on some kind of track, but her mother has run right off the rails--a ghostly, silent, absent even when in the house presence that can neither comfort not be comforted.

Now London comes up from that underwater place of absolute grief and begins to try to drag herself to shore. She sees a boy and meets a new girl. They turn out to be brother and sister, warm and unbiased, welcoming. Now that she is breathing the same air, she sees that not only are people like Lili and Jesse around, but Taylor, her brother’s best friend and her former boyfriend, has been waiting for her to emerge and reach out to him.

Kissing boys seems like a whole new invention when she’s been hibernating so long. As London starts to be of the world again, she has to face the demons of Zach’s suicide and the pain and guilt of her own role in the tragedy. Does she have choices again, like between Jesse and Taylor? Can she reach her mom through food, through love, through shock? What happens next for London when life really does have to go on?

I suppose this is a novel in verse, but it seems more prose with lots of white space and the occasional lines of what seem like poetry. Nice choice for fans of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE and maybe IF I STAY or HOLD STILL. A little melodramatic at times, but a quick easy read.

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