Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Wait for You

Wait for You
Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: J. Lynn
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Kat's Review

I'm new to the whole New Adult thing, so this is one of the first few books I've read in the genre.  I refuse to get in on the whole debate about it, because I'm not as interested in the genre classification as I am in the quality of the book itself.  This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Armentrout while writing under the pen name J. Lynn, but it's obvious that she's a great writer.  Her style is frank and honest, and the characters, particularly the main character, were multi-faceted.  I've seen a lot of complaints about the editing online, so I'll address that off the bat.  Yes, there were some oversights in editing that were a bit distracting at times, which is unfortunate, but it didn't ruin the whole book for me. 

The story is about a girl who moves far from home to attend college in an attempt to put a traumatic incident from her past behind her and to make some new friends.  When she meets Cam, the gorgeous guy in her astronomy class who also happens to live across the hall, things start to change.   He strikes up a friendship with her, letting her know that he's interested in more but also that he's willing to wait until she's ready to take her on a date. 

There are some great things about Cam, traits that make him different from some of the other New Adult men I've encountered.  Cam is a nice guy.  He's not a woman hating jerk who miraculously changes for Avery.  Yes, he has hook-ups, but it's made pretty clear from the start that he isn't using every girl he can get his hands on.  Also, he's not an obsessed, jealous maniac.  Yes, he lost it when his sister was hurt, but he didn't go around beating people up for the fun of it or ripping off doors in jealousy.  He gave Avery her space, and when they argued, he simply walked away if he got too upset.  The way normal, healthy people argue.  No banging down doors, no throwing items, no screaming and punching and crying.  It was quite refreshing. 

It's difficult to get too specific in this review without giving away spoilers, but Avery's trauma is a central theme.  I don't know how I feel about the way her parents' were handled, although their role served the plot and made it plausible that Avery wouldn't want to go home.  I'm always wary of using trauma as a plot device when it's not handled with sensitivity, but I felt that this one was.  It wasn't glorified, and the trauma did not completely ruin Avery's life, but it was something that affected her daily decisions.  I found that to be realistic.  I thought the way that Avery and Cam's relationship developed slowly, over time, was also realistic.  No jumping in bed at the drop of a hat for these two. 

Rating: A Good Read

This is one of the better New Adult releases I've read in a while.  There are some clich├ęs here- the damaged, virgin girl falling for the experienced, hot guy, the overly-stereotypical gay friend, but overall the issues were handled in a fresh, realistic manner.  Most of all, the relationship struck me as real, with ups and downs, trust issues, intimacy issues, and misunderstandings.  I liked this couple, and cared about what happened to them.    A good read.  It's currently only $2.99, well worth the price!


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