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?
After a lot of really heavy reading in August, I really needed something a little lighter and something quite gentle on my heart. And I found what I needed with Susane Colasanti's Waiting For You. I think gentle is the right word for the two Colasanti books I've read so far... the characters and relationships are very ordinary and realistic. Everything is a little toned down from the melodramatics of a lot of paranormal romances out there and it is refreshing to read about! It was just what I needed.
I really loved Marisa's character. She's a little unsure of herself going into her sophomore year of high school, especially as she's had issues with anxiety and depression in the past that she'd like to forget about and move on from. And then Derek, the guy she has her eye on asks her out! But things aren't as smooth as they appear... problems at home, with her best friend Sterling, with her best guy-pal Nash. Only Dirty Dirk, the anonymous DJ seems to really get her. But who is he?
There was so much of the story that I could relate to. An anxiety disorder? Tick. Depression? Tick. Parents splitting up? Tick. I found myself smiling a lot at Sterling's foray into online dating as well. I have much experience there! Sadly, they did not have the hilarious results as Sterling and her adventures.
Honestly, this whole book made me feel relaxed and content. It's pretty straightforward and it isn't a a big surprise as to who ends up with who and who the mysterious DJ is. Predictable? Maybe. But I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Despite the reader knowing who should end up with who, the characters take more time to make up their own minds and try out different relationships. Perfectly healthy and normal. None of this passionate and all-consuming love right from the beginning. Thankfully.
So two thumbs-up for Susane Colasanti! Will definitely looking out for more of her books!