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Waiting

Waiting
By Carol Lynch Williams
Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.


Man, almost every tough issue that exists is in this book. It was horribly tragic. Normally, I don't read tragic books, so this one wasn't my favorite. It was very well done, but not my style.

At first, you don't know what tragedy happened to this family. That's when I read the fastest. I had ideas about what happened to Zach, but I wasn't sure. Once I found out what happened to him, I knew where it was going and saw the ending coming. 

What really made me saddest was the way London's mom treated her. I hope the family gets counseling. They should have had it from the beginning.

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