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Waiting On You

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Angelina and Zack couldn’t be anymore different; one lives in apparent riches and the other in poverty.

They meet online and a friendship blooms, but then things in Angelina’s life take a turn for the worst and she finds herself turning to the only person she thinks loves her – Zack.

With everything against them, can Zack and Angelina cross the distance to change her lif
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published July 25th 2014 by Bug Books
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Bill Ward
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is impossible not to have sympathy for the plight of Angelina, who has a terrible home life and is being bullied at school. With seven daughters of my own, my emotions are always particularly raw when reading such stories. The author does a great job of getting in the mind and daily lives of teenagers Angelina and Zack .I am sure parts of their story will resonate with many readers both young and old. Zack proves to be a hero and sets out to help Angelina but gets into trouble with his parent ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a touching story of friendship. The subject matter is pretty heavy but the author handles it well. Zach and Angelina meet online and very quickly become friends. Angelina's life is pure hell she is tormented at school and at home. It is not long before Zach realises that all is not well in Angelina's life. Together they hatch a plan for her to escape but it all goes wrong and they end up at the police station. They are forced to stay apart but they do manage to achieve their goal of gett ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Laura Albins
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting On You is a delightful and touching story. It follows two teenagers who live at opposite ends of the country. Fourteen year old Ange, who is friendless, bullied both at school and at home, and sixteen year old Zach, who faces pressures of his own, caring for brothers and sisters due to his largely absent parents.

I really enjoyed this novel about online friendship and romance. At times it had a fairy tale feel, enhanced by Ange’s daydreams of a Prince Charming who she hopes will rescue he
Lucinda Clarke
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I admit to having a soft spot for this author, I so love her work. Yes, I know she writes for a YA audience, and she does this so well that it’s like going back in time to remember how I thought many moons ago. Some of the problems encountered by the heroine would have been solved so very differently by an adult, it’s enough to make you wince at her naive belief in case it was misplaced. I think this is the best of Joey Paul’s books I have read, I liked it was so up to date, each
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve ever been on the internet then you’ve probably met some very diverse people, people that you would have never met IRL (in real life). Waiting On You by Joey Paul is about two people wishing to escape the world around them and the harmony they find in an online chat room.

I gave this book a five star review for two reasons: it was a really amazing read and it spoke to me. It’s not often I can find myself really relating with characters but these pages captured something that was really
Shivani Rohella
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey Paul's Waiting on You is about Angelina, the protagonist is a young fourteen year old girl who doesn't have any friends in school and is brutally bullied there. Even her sisters torment her and her mother is a careless alcoholic woman. However, she manages to make a few friends on the internet. Zack is one of her friends and the two grow closer when she shares her problems with him. Because of the growing insults and abuse, Angelina takes a major decision which affects her life and relation ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just keep going, one day at a time.

This book broke my heart. I know bullying exists in our schools, we’ve all seen it on TV and YouTube. Well, in Waiting On You, author Joey Paul captures the horror first hand through the eyes of 14 year old Ange. Her treatment at the hands of her family, the kids at school, AND the teachers is, just overwhelmingly dismal.

Unfortunately for her, bullies are sneaky perpetrators, and no-one believes her and she has just given up looking for help. Then it comes fro
Katlin Musial
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I very much disliked this book. I struggled through it and it was mainly because it is for a YA and I probably would have loved this book if I was 14.

The weird coincidence is that this story almost mirrored my life at 14 - like way to closely minus the awful sisters at home. I was almost nervous that it was going to be written by my online friend that I confided in, whose name was also Zack, however I live in the USA and he did as well. That was over 15 years ago - right when chat rooms and AOL
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I just want to say, I feel a little bad giving this book only 3 stars. It was a good story, and it was well written. Unfortunately, it wasn't really a book I would normally read, but that is only because I feel like the story was written for a much younger audience. Some of the trials Angelina went through were a little exaggerated in my opinion, and it sounded somewhat unbelievable to me at times. However, I imagine that if I was a preteen or maybe even in my early teens, I would totally believ ...more
The Cobbler's Daughter
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a charming story of teenagers who meet online looking for friendship. Each are surrounded by other people but connect when they need to vent about life with people they don't know.

A wonderful friendship pursues and each find themselves attracted to the other. Angelina is a teen with a life of struggles. She's looking for an escape. Zack has his own woes with having to take care of his younger siblings since his parents are never around.

There some touching moments in their conversations as
Kirsty Turner
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very hard read for me as it bought back things from my childhood that I had tried so hard to forget. I related so much to Ange and what she went through that at times I had to step back from the book and go and do something else. I loved that Zach's part of the book was set in South London as that is my neck of the woods so I could relate to him in that aspect. Despite this book being so close to things that happened in my past, I was glad I read it and finished it. In a way it h ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angelina had a bad life, her father left after she was born her sisters and her mother blamed her for this. She was left to not only fend for herself but to cook and clean for the rest of her household, she was like a modern-day Cinderella.

After help from her aunt, she was able to meet Zack online where their friendship grew. When Angelina's life took a turn to even darker depths, could her friendship with Zack see her through?

The story of how strong young love can be or seem at the time.

This is
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Quirky Blind Date with a Book and am writing my honest review.

To escape the issues she endures, Ange turns to chat rooms. It is here she "meets" Zach. As their friendship grows, Ange finds herself turning to Zach when things get worse for her. He wants to be her hero and tries to help her.

The author managed to take an emotional topic and write about it in a sensitive manner. Despite this, I found myself struggling to stay engaged at times. This had more t
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt great despair reading this book. That a young girl could be treated in such a way that NO ONE so much as cared and chose instead to ignore what was happening right in front of them. The loneliness that this girl must have felt left me gutted at the cruelty that some relish inflicting on others. All it took was that one person to actually listen to her for her life to change radically. Every young person who is bullied and tormented need a Zack in their lives.
Jalpa Williby
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read a story like this, so it was very interesting for me. I like how the author used technology and social media in this story. Many of the interactions were in a chat room. The main character had a lot going on in her life, and the “hero” comes and tries to save her day. Unfortunately, with today’s laws/rules, things didn’t go as planned. Although I was surprised at the ending, I absolutely loved it. I think it was appropriate and well thought out. Kudos to the author! Great read!
Shannon Davison
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is extremely relevant to today. Too many people are being bullied and even more people ignoring it. I was appalled by what Angelina went through. The world definitely needs more Zach's. I think everyone should read this book. I voluntarily reviewed a copy via Quirky Blind Date with a Book. ...more
Jennifer Loiske
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That’s right. The title of this review says it all. I read a lot so bumping into a gem like this makes me completely awed.

The subject is pretty heavy but Joey Paul’s writing style brings lightness into the story, making this a fast and easy read. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing easy about bullying and I am 100% against it, but the author truly has done remarkably good job with the storyline, keeping the voice of the main character quite authentic as of a girl of age fourteen, spicing up th
Brenda Perlin
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting On You by Joey Paul takes you right into the main characters life. Angelina (Ange is what her friends would call her if she had any) is a likable character that pulls on your heartstrings. Her emotions are life-like and it is impossible not to feel for her. She lives under difficult circumstances. Her family is abusive and she is endlessly bullied by her classmates. This book tackles several difficult subject and does so with grace.

 Joey Paul manages to draw characters that you feel for.
Ellie Midwood
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Waiting on You” is a touching story of hurt, disappointment, hope that is almost lost, and finally the light at the end of the tunnel. Angelina is a young, fourteen-year-old girl who constantly gets bullied at school, and who can’t even turn to her family for protection. Her mother drowns all her sorrows in the bottle and her sisters find some twisted joy in abusing their younger sibling. Angelina’s only escape is her newly found friends from the internet group chat, and one of them, Zack, turn ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chat Room Sanctuary.

Author Joey Paul writes about teen issues in a caring, thoughtful way. Her characters seem very real; they are three-dimensional people that evoke feelings from the reader. In this book, the main character Angie lives in a home full of problems. She has horrible sisters, an absent father, and a mother who is an alcoholic! Unfortunately for Angie, her problems extend to school where she is mercilessly bullied.

Angie is only happy when she is chatting online with her virtual fri
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is written in a quirky young voice that is instantly likeable because of the great sense of humour. Angelina is a pupil and teenager, long suffering for all the responsibilities dumped upon her. She has a tough life and we sympathise with her right away, yet, this is not as depressing as it may sound. It sucks to be her, but reading about her doesn't/
We switch to point of view 2: Zac, who is also one of the 'good guys' and very helpful. The book is about their romance and how the two su
James Chalk
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and Important!
Bullying is an important and difficult subject. This author does a remarkable job enlightening the reader about the effects and impact of bullies, while still telling a romantic tale about young love. The topic is approached with great insight and sensitivity. The characters are believable and the reader quickly becomes attached to the protagonist. The story is both uplifting and heart wrenching. It is told in an intimate narration that really allows the reader to relate
Robert Jr.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This review is from: Waiting On You (Kindle Edition)
WAITING ON YOU is a touching, thoughtful, and overflowing with sadness and joy. Joey Paul has a way with words that makes you want to reach out and embrace her characters and tell them everything will be ok. Exploring a not so new plot, those with and those without, the author brings fresh insight into a love and friendship that in all practical purposes has no chance. I enjoyed the story, the flow, and especially the
Sharon Brownlie
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story that covers a multitude of emotions and scenes/issues that are so true to any young person growing up. Joey Paul has a raw innocence to her writing. She has maturity and the know how how to get her points across through the character Ange and narrates in a way that will hold the interest of any teen, on the other hand she writes as if she is sitting with a bunch of teenagers

The writing is flawless and organised to make the story a great read with a racy pace.
As a mature reader
Sarah Stuart
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Waiting On You is different from any other book I've read that tackles a serious subject, bullying. The way it's written, part "live" from Angelina's and Zack's side, and partly in a very authentic online chat room, works incredibly well.

I felt for "Ange", wanting to keep her new friends, especially Zack, from knowing about her appalling home life, and worried when he found out more about her that she'd back off. This is a very character-driven YA romance, and saying more would spoil it. Read i
Beth Hale
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes a strong writer to bring a story like this to life. Joey Paul did a wonderful job. She manages to convey a 14 year old girl's problems in a 14 year old girl's voice. She also sheds light onto a very real problem: bullying. I found the characters and situations to be very real. The writing flows smoothly. I enjoyed Waiting on You. ...more
Crystal Wilke
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Waiting on You is the first book I have read by Joey. It was an ok book for me. It was sad, not like crying sad but depressing sad. Bullying & abuse is not an easy subject but Joey put it out there and worked with it. My hearts for Ange. Thank you Quirky Blind Date with a Book for this opportunity.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Joey Paul has a way with words and I'm never unimpressed with her books.
Ange is bullied at home and at school. Her only saving grace was her new found friends in an online chat room. Zack is one of those friends. He is 1 of 6 children and is often tasked with caring for the younger children, so the online chat room is his escape as well. Things get dire for Ange. Zack helps her in the greatest way and she is forever grateful. It's a sweet story and things work out fairly well. I am left wonderi
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and heartbreaking!

How can something be sweet and heartbreaking, at the same time, you ask? When you combine young love and bullying, things can take on an unexpected turn. What I love about the story is the honest feeling of hopelessness that the characters felt, and the beauty of having somebody to be real with.
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Joey Paul is a multi-award-winning indie author, exploring young adult. She has released eighteen books so far, with another due out in 2021. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books, the "Lights Out" trilogy, the "Cramping Chronicles" series, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian bei ...more

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