London has grown up ALL OVER THE WORLD, but now she lives in Florida after her missionary parents decided to settle down. When her brother Zach dies, the family implodes. Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams focuses on the impact the death of a child/sibling can have on a family.
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams is a contemporary young adult book told in verse. I liked the style/form the story took because there’s just something heavy about a page where you know words are painstakingly chosen. The words actually have an effect, and it seems in this case that less is more.
I should mention that Waiting is not an easy book. It’s a heavy and dark story with a heck of a train wreck. What happens to London’s family and how each member deals with it is gut-wrenching. At multiple points I wanted to shake different characters because they were making BAD LIFE CHOICES and it’s uncomfortable to see.
Also, the theme of sexuality is explored as London engages in a love triangle with Zach’s best friend AND the new boy as a means of attention seeking and finding comfort. I wasn’t too sure what to think of London’s actions at first. I was like GET IT GIRL, but then was all you are doing this for the WRONG reasons. It’s quite the reader’s dilemma, how to silently judge a character.
Finally, I will come out and say that I thought the ending of Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams was whack. I mean, I like how it wasn’t tied in a neat and perfect bow, some of the parts. BUT, there is an event that happened where I was totally shaking my head going – what is this? I was not down for the end, but I know we all have different points where we are willing to suspend our disbelief. Maybe you are more willing to suspend it than I am and will thus love Waiting, but I found it to merely be an okay book.
Disclosure: Received for review.