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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, she's Honor Society president and a straight-A student, even as she works at her family's dry-cleaning store and helps care for her hearingimpaired little sister. On the outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her life is a lie. Then, the summer before her senior year, Mina meets someone to ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Rashika (is tired)
Wait for Me was a new-to-me title when it showed up on my (metaphorical) doorstep. I hadn't heard much about it but upon some research found out it was being republished with a pretty new cover and all. I dove into the book not entirely sure what to expect but ready to meet new characters and enjoy a new story.

This review is a hard one to write because upon finishing, I am not entirely sure how I feel about Wait for Me. I am divided on it because there are parts of it I enjoyed and other parts t
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Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of books possess characters who are authentic enough that you can understand what they experiencing. Wait for Me took it a step further and allowed me to empathize with the characters' emotions and greatly sympathize with their sorrow.

Mina's senior year is cut out for her - she resides as president of the Honor society, maintains straight A's, and is a member of many other clubs. No one knows that her entire life is a smoothly orchestrated lie, composed by the expectations placed by her mo
cynthia ✨
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wait For Me is absolutely breathtaking.
No, that's a huge understatement.

When I was reading this book, I felt like *I* was Mina. I could feel her pain and sorrow in every scene. The words in this book are so descriptive, it's unbelievable.

If you're looking for a wholesome, sappy romance book with loads of depressing scenes in it, read this book. You won't regret it.

Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and simple, in the best way. I found myself relating to Mina's story, not because I lied to my family in order to live up to their expectations, but because I too have had to make the painful and paralyzing choice between pleasing my parents and living my own life according to what I wanted. It's a choice that often has to be made more than once.

The writing was good, and there was lots of beautiful imagery. I'm not sure, however, that we needed to hear parts of the narrative from Suna's pe
Brendan Trohon
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was decent I did not love it but I did not not enjoy it so I gave it a 4 stars because I also do not like to read about romance,its not my favorite but if you like romance and struggling through strict rules to be with your partner then I strongly encourage you to read this book. I did though think it had a pretty decent ending aswell.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, heart rending book about becoming yourself. It’s about how hard it is to break out of the confines of who you are expected to be.

The story is told through chapters alternating the POV between Mina, the older sister, and Suna, the younger sister.

Mina and Suna are the daughters of hard working Korean immigrants. Their mother expects great things from Mina. But because of Suna’s hearing impairment, she is always left in Mina’s shadow.

This is not a story of an overachi
Oct 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was an alright read. It follows the story of Mina, a Korean-American girl who has been lying to her mother for at least a year about everything. Her grades, the clubs she is in at school, going to Harvard, and even stealing money from the laundromat her parents run. After all, it is summer vacation and freaking hot outside and they aren't paying her or her sister for their help. Why not take a little on the side?

But when her father pulls her back out, her parents are forced to hire Ys
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I chose the novel Wait for Me by An Na because I read the short review at the back and I saw many great comments there so I was very interested to read the story. I think this novel has a really good ideas and concepts for teenagers to read about. The main character Mina, she wants to impress her mother so she kept lying about her grade and tells her that she has really good grades and she is the president of the school. She lies on the outside but inside she knows who she really is and it makes ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wait For Me is a brief (less than two hundred pages) book about a girl named Mina and her complicated relationship with... everything, but I think primarily truth, and love.

The book begins with Mina, a straight-A student, president of the Honors Society, and explicitly Harvard-bound, studying for SATs, trying desperately to please her mother while at the same time despising her, working at the family dry cleaners and looking after her sister Suna, our second narrator. Their family seems to exis
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm thirty-six pages in and I'm not enjoying the story at all. I don't really feel engaged with the characters or even care what is going to happen next.

Part of it is I feel like I missed out on too much. I have to keep being filled in on what happened piece by piece, and that only makes me feel even more disconnected from what is going on, as I don't fully understand why Mina acts the way she does.

The only character that seems remotely interesting is Suna, but even in the chapters that are focu
May 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Mina is the image of a perfect daughter - as far as her demanding mother knows, she gets good grades, is studying hard for the SATs, and is the president of the Honors Society at school.

Unfortunately, the truth is far different. Mina is an average student, skips out on her SAT classes at the library, and lied to her mother about being the leader of the group. Working as often as possible at her parents' dry cleaning business, Mina has taken it upon herself to alter receipts in order to give hers
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-ya
I really liked this story. It takes place in Southern California. It's about a Korean girl and a Hispanic boy who fall in love. It's about immigrants and their children and what life is like for them. It's a novel about disappointing your parents, defying expectations, and making mistakes. It isn't perfect, but there were times when I felt like I was there in the story. It was also interesting to read because many of my high school friends were immigrants (Chinese, Hispanic, German) and I rememb ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mostly I really liked this book. An Na's style is beautifully understated and her story is well-crafted. Although some elements are very familiar - the striving immigrant parents, the expectation that their first-generation daughter get into Harvard - An Na puts a new spin on things by making the main character, Mina, a liar and an underachiever. In spite of Mina's flaws, I found her character sympathetic, and was moved by her relationship with her hearing impaired sister, Suna.

There were a few
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers interested in the Korean American experience or in mother-daughter-sister relationships
Shelves: realistic
High school junior Mina is the daughter of Korean-American immigrants who own a dry-cleaning business. She's been pushed to get good grades all of her life, with the goal of getting into Harvard. But she's started lying about her grades, saying they're better than they are, while stealing money from the cash register to save up to move out on her own after graduation. She does not want to go to college, let alone Harvard, but she can't get up the courage to tell her strict mother. Meanwhile her ...more
April Helms
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults (11+) and adults
Mina seems to be the perfect girl. Straight-A student. President of the honor society. Potential Harvard student. The trouble is, Mina's perfect life is a lie, and the summer of her senior year, she has to work harder and harder to protect the illusion, not just to live up to her mother's high expectations, but to protect her younger sister Suna. Suna is battling her own private demons as she learns to make her voice heard. Then, along comes Ysreal, a migrant worker with dreams of his own -- and ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Mina may look like a perfect girl but she is not. Mina is a straight A student and a Honor Society president in her school. She works in her family's dry cleaners and cares for her little sister, Suna. On the outside She does everything right but on the inside she knows the truth. She tells her parents that Harvard accepted her but it was a lie. She wants her parents to be proud of her. Only one person she cannot lie to is Vsrael. Vsrael is a migrant worker who wants to be a m ...more
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a slightly different take on a different immigrant Korean family from that of “A Step From Heaven”. There are two sisters in this story and ultimately this book is about the bond between them. An Na crashes through the stereotypes people have of Asian kids and give a side that many may not think about. Since this family lives in southern California, there is also the aspect of how people deal with immigrant workers from Mexico.

An Na shows two sides of a bittersweet story, from the older
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mina and Suna are two sisters who work long hard hours at their parents dry cleaners. Mina is the oldest sister who lives a lie, she steals money from her parents' business, lies to her mother about her place in school and where she will go to college. Suna is the youngest sister who has a hearing aid and talks to their car as if it was human. Mina and Suna are very close. Their mother is nasty keeping secrets of her own. She runs Mina's life, is nasty to Suna and her husband. Enter a new worker ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Thoughtful tale of adolescence and what happens when you start making your own decisions.

Mina is a Korean-American high school junior who has successfully tricked her overbearing, strict mom into thinking she's doing well in school. Mina's secret is held by Jonothan, an old family friend whom Mina wants to avoid at all costs.

Mina's chapters alternate with her younger sister Suma, who is hearing-impaired and mostly ignored by her parents.

Tough love, immigrant experiences, choosing your own path a
Anna Yoon
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
She was my star author since I could share my feelings with her a lot. This book was interesting enough for me to choose and read. I liked the plot and it was not an ordinary one. Very unique, but she has her own style of writing, which is very descriptive and is loved by many people. Her writings make me say 'whoa'. Writing so detailed that I can illustrate the exact scene that is going on. The ending, however, went kind of fast for me, meaning that I wanted more that she left in the book. Stil ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. It had the promise of a relatable (but not necessarily likable) teenage protagonist with very real Asian-American issues and representation for people with hearing impairment, but it ended up being cliche and uninteresting. Mina and Ysrael's relationship developed too rapidly, Suna was portrayed to be weak and selfish with no character development at all, and Jonathon was a typical jerk who blackmails girls into getting into bed with him. The characters were on ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for my literature for adolescence class and i can see why this book would be a great read for teenagers. Teenagers can really relate to the main character because of all the pressures and expectation placed on her by her parents. Like many teens, she has to choose between living the life set up for her by her parents, or living the way she wants to. the story is crafted beautifully and the characters are very interesting. There is a love and hate relationship between the two sis ...more
The biggest struggle I had with the book was the changes in the tense between the sisters. One was written in third person present tense and the other was first person past tense. It annoyed me and I found it taking me away from the book.
The characterization of some seemed one-dimensional or shallow, and the book ended so abruptly.

However, I did like the premise of the book, the focus on the pressure from the parents, and the character with a hearing aid (although this is not talked about too
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Wait For Me began really strongly. The tale of a young high school senior forced to choose between living the life her mother has determined or willing herself to live for herself. It's an old storyline that many young adults could relate to, but I felt An Na did a great job of really narrating. I found myself sighing heavily to many of the epiphanies, feelings the main character Mina experiences-a clear indication that these are universal themes that transcend age groups. Sadly the ending felt ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read Na's other book, A Step from Heaven,, and I really enjoyed it. This book was not as interesting. I was not as invested in the characters, and the plot was thin. Both books feature abusive parents, but in this novel, it is the mother who is verbally abusive while in the other, the father, Apa, was physically and verbally abusive to his entire family. I was frustrated with Mina, the protagonist, for much of the book, because I wanted her to speak up. Overall, this is not as effective a ...more
Miriam Hernandez
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Wait for Me was a disappointment for me, but it tells a good story with some rare elements in YA; interracial dating between POC, and the handling of a disability. The characters were mostly underdeveloped, perhaps the novel was too short for the reader to really connect to the characters. I felt detached to all that was occurring throughout the book except for the romance between Ysrael and Mina. Their romance developed slowly and it felt authentic. The ending was surprise because it seemed far ...more
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Mina is trapped in a life of her mother's high expectations, caring for her deaf sister, and coping with her own confusion and lies about what it is she wants in her life. While outwardly she appears to be the good daughter, she has secretly been skimming money from the family business and with the help of a classmate, doctoring her grades. When her parents hire Ysrael to work at the dry cleaners, his simple honesty and openness forces Mina to face the lies in her life just
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An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. A former middle school English and history teacher, she is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Vermont.

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