Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
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 shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? (Goodreads)
Marisa is waiting for love, for her first real boyfriend. She has her eye on Derek, that cute, popular guy who’s always flirting with her. He has a girlfriend, but he’s still super-dreamy (because guys who flirt regardless of their girlfriends are sooooo hot). She’s also just rekindled her friendship with her childhood buddy, Nash. He’d be cute if her weren’t so geeky. Marisa wonders when love will find her, but soon she begins to ask herself if it’s been there all along.
I think that’s how life can be sometimes. That’s how love was for me, so this premise intrigued me as a cute, girly summer read.
I like Marisa. She’s a nice girl who hopes for love, but isn’t an idiot about it. She crushes on Derek, which is understandable to a certain degree (hey, he’s cute, he’s popular and he’s flirting with her. In high school, this does big things for your ego), but like I mentioned, Senor Derek has a girlfriend. And then there’s Nash. He clearly likes Marisa and she’s not feeling it. But whoa, when he gets a girlfriend, that little green monster creeps up on her a bit. She doesn’t make it obvious to Nash, but she begins to wonder why she feels that way (and Marisa, I’m so with you. I felt that way about a guy in high school and I married him. Just sayin).
While Marisa’s romantic life seems to bloom and her friendships are solid, her home life is a bit of a mess and understandably, this brings Marisa a great deal of anxiety. What I found odd was that Colasanti alludes to Marisa having previous issues with anxiety and depression, but then she barely glosses over this element of the story. In my experience, there have been other books that have been able to take on serious issues such as these without making them the central theme of the story and yet without breezing over them (any novel by Sarah Dessen comes to mind). In this book, I felt that the subject was raised, but never truly addressed and then suddenly it was brushed under the carpet and all was well again.
Crush Intensity: 3.0/5 Overall, I liked the basic story, but I never felt any true attachment to the characters. I’ve recently seen Colasanti’s books compared to the aforementioned Sarah Dessen and I must respectfully disagree. While the two books I’ve read by her have been entertaining, they’ve never reached the heights of humor, nor the depths of emotion. And don’t even get me started on the swoon. These books are more of a YA Chick Lit. And I don’t feel that’s a bad thing at all.