Flashback Friday: WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams
July 25th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


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WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

Pages: 352

Buy this book here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

More about the author: Website | Goodreads

From Goodreads:

After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.

Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.


My Review: Posted June, 2012

TRUTH I decided to read Waiting because I had read many positive reviews on this site by people I respect. Thank you. 

And here I am wide awake at 1:40 am writing my own review. Because this begs to be done NOW!

Waiting left me speechless. Yes, I knew before I started reading that it was about a beloved brother who had died and how his death impacted his entire family – his mother, father, and sister. But wow. This novel will break your heart because you feel the heartbreak of London, Zach’s sister and the narrator, who feels so much guilt that it jumps off the page. The story is told in verse, sometimes quite detailed, sometimes sparse, but always packing a load of emotion and depth and drama that keeps the story moving forward quickly.
I was deeply touched by the wonderful friends who came to London’s rescue, making sure she knows she’s loved and cherished and alive. I appreciated each one of them, got a sense of their personalities and flaws. In many ways, they were much wiser than some of the adults, particularly London’s mother who is so damaged, so vicious in her pain, that she has not an ounce of kindness or love to give to London. London’s father also is broken, but less so, since he relies on faith to get him through every difficult waking minute.

My only suggestion would be to read this during the day, because here I am, exhausted, unable to sleep because I can’t stop thinking about these characters. 

I highly recommend this novel for all, but especially to librarians and teachers and those who might feel a loved one is at risk with depression. It will definitely appeal to Ellen Hopkins fans who have read Impulse.
This is an important novel. Don’t miss it.


One Response  
Jenny @ Supernatural Snark writes:
July 28th, 2014 at 9:38 am

How have I never heard of this one Liza? I’m adding it to my list immediately – any book that forced you to stay up until nearly 2am (a couple years ago) just to get your thoughts on it down is one I simply must read. Love this flashback feature, I find all sorts of new and amazing things to want!

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