Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wait For You by J. Lynn

Wait For You by J. Lynn

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’s 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…

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With all the success and love Jennifer L. Armentrout has these days, I figured it was about time I checked out what she had to offer. It also helped that this book was on sale for $0.99 - a bargain thrifty me couldn't pass up. So I bought it, though I was quite convinced it was going to be yet another flop, as most NA books are for me. Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess, and this is definitely a first for me: I enjoyed a New Adult book.

Okay, here's the thing. In all the ways Easy fell flat for me, this book excelled. Now, I don't think there's any "right" way to act once you've been through or experienced an assault or rape, but I know enough to guess that it, well, affects you. It makes you more cautious, more aware, slightly paranoid, and it definitely leaves you less likely to trust people as easily as you did before. In Easy, the MC wastes no time taking up a relationship with a boy she pretty much knows nothing about. In Wait For You, however, I liked that J. Lynn really emphasized how Avery's character changed after she went through what she did, and how effortless tasks such as talking to people, or entering a full classroom, have her completely panicking and ready to bolt.

The love interest in here was quite refreshing too. Sure, he's a total fictional boy - hot, funny, sweet, and has girls drooling over him everywhere he goes - but he was nice, and not some dumb jerk, unlike the males that occupy every other NA book. He was a great guy that actually liked Avery, and took the time to get to know her and develop a relationship as friends first.

The only redeeming factor Easy held for me, was that it made a point to say that all girls should stand up for themselves and speak out in case any situation such as this were to happen to them. In Wait For You, it's clear many times that Avery wishes she could do things differently, but nothing she regrets more than what she didn't do to stick up for herself and prevent others from going through what she did. The message was delivered just as clearly, if not more so in this way, and I think it's great for readers to see and experience how much more harmful keeping silent can be and the repercussions that come with it, through Avery's actions.

Overall, this was a definite winner and a nice reassurance for me that there are GOOD new adult titles out there, even if they are hard to find.




PS And yes, I will totally be picking up Jennifer's other books soon.

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