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Waiting for You Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Colasanti, Susane
ISBN: 0142415758     ISBN-13: 9780142415757
Publisher: Speak
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2010
Annotation: Excited about starting her sophomore year on a fresh note, Marisa's aspirations are shaken to the core when her parents separate and issues arise with her boyfriend Derek, but when a classmate lends an empathic ear and gives her the support she needs, Marissa's faith is slowly restored. 150,000 first print. Reprint.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Anxiety disorders; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010008378
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 322 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 130105
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q55262
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. 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, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
"There's only so much waiting a person can endure until they start thinking that maybe nothing exciting will ever happen to them. Like, ever." Marisa hopes sophomore year will spice up her life. It does--in the form of hottie Derek. Complications ensue when geeky "old soul" Nash shows interest. Though the story's setup is unimaginative, readers may relate to Marisa's plight. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 May #4)

Though Marisa struggles with an anxiety disorder and depression, she starts the school year wanting "everyone at school to know I am not a freak anymore." Her life becomes more exciting when Derek, the popular boy she has a crush on, asks her out. But when Marisa begins suspecting Derek's relationship with his ex, her obsessive negative thinking returns. Colasanti (Take Me There) expertly handles the plot, keeping it ambiguous whether Derek is cheating on Marisa, or if he is being honest when he tells her, "You're accusing me of something I didn't do." The author also nicely contrasts Marisa's exciting but shallow relationship with Derek with her much deeper connection to nerdy Nash, to whom she opens up about her problems. There is no doubt who Marisa will eventually be with (and readers will easily ID the mysterious Dirty Dirk, a DJ who provides advice and hope to students via podcasts). Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love. Ages 12–up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 August)

Gr 7–10—With summer camp over, Marissa and her best friend, Sterling, eagerly await the beginning of sophomore year. Reality kicks in the first day of school though, and, according to Marissa, "it majorly sucks." Sure, Derek is at least smiling at her, but her history of anxiety and depression still haunts her, even though she is determined to put it behind her. Nash, her old friend and next-door neighbor who has not spoken to her in several years, is assigned as her lab partner. She enjoys talking with him but thinks he is much too nerdy for her. As the school year progresses, Derek breaks up with his girlfriend and he and Marissa begin to date. Everything is going well until she realizes that Nash has fallen for her, her parents are splitting up because her mother has had an affair, Derek and his ex are spending a lot of time together, Sterling is about to hook up with a guy she met online who is at least six years older than she is, and her depression is returning. Marissa can become a bit tiresome and the story's pacing is uneven—parts of it seem to go on forever—but the teen and her friends are realistic as they struggle to make sense of high school, romance, and families and as they realize that not one of them has a perfect life and that they all need each other's friendship and love.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton

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