Review: Waiting for You

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?

In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.–From Amazon

Waiting for You was the only one of Susane Colasanti’s books I had left to read. I kept meaning to get it done so that I could feel like I had completed something, but these days I have a hard time reading older books when there are so many new ones to keep up with. The other day, though, I really wanted to read something that I knew would be a light, easy, and enjoyable read, so I finally picked this up. I’m glad I waited a while in between Colasanti’s other books and this one. I love Colasanti’s voice and story lines, but her books are all fairly similar, so they are not necessarily the best for back to back reading.

Once again, Colasanti’s female lead, Marisa, is a smart and well-rounded girl with some New Agey beliefs about reinventing yourself and finding joy in the Now. Her voice is much like all of Colasanti’s other characters, as is her desire to finally find the perfect boyfriend, her soulmate. Marisa is interested in popular Derek, while her geeky childhood friend Nash is interested in her. At the same time, her parents are going through a rough separation, and Marisa finds solace in the late night chatter of an anonymous DJ. As with Colasanti’s other books, this story goes down a predictable path that is unsurprising and yet still happy and fulfilling.

Sometimes I want to read something edgy and original, and sometimes I just want to read a book that feels more like comfort food. Colasanti is a safe bet when I’m looking for a comfort food read. Her books may not be all that different from one to another, but I know they will leave me feeling happy and satisfied every time.

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