Waiting by Carol Williams

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After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this “stunningly powerful free-verse story” (VOYA).

Growing up, 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: 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.

About Carol Williams

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Carol Lynch Williams is a PEN Award winning author of more than a dozen books and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program. Carol facilitates the children’s writing conferences at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at CarolLynchWilliams.com.
Published May 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 354 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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London does find herself strongly attracted to Jesse, a new boy in school, but he’s in a relationship with London’s former best friend.

Apr 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Waiting

The New York Times

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(In 1933, anticipating one of the most famous exit lines in American drama, Williams wrote to Harriet Monroe, editor of Poetry, ''Will you do a total stranger the kindness of reading his verse?'') As a poet first and later as a short-story writer, Williams saw himself, he wrote to the publishers ...

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Publishers Weekly

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First-person stanzas convey the emotions and memories of high school student London as she grieves over the suicide of her older brother, Zach.

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Entertainment Weekly

But Howard Frank Mosher’s book ultimately is a swing-and-miss, a mishmash of olde tyme tropes that in its better moments recalls the baseball pulps of the '40s and '50s, and in its worst, a rejected screenplay for ''Field of Dreams.'' Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-...

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Teen Reads

The scenes in which London finally relates the circumstances of Zach's death are particularly harrowing in their description, and they give the reader a glimpse --- however transitory --- of London's own horror and despair.

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Deseret News

Her father, a Baptist missionary turned religious author, buries himself in work while her mother, who blames London for her brother’s death, refuses to acknowledge that London is even alive.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… Writing about genuine motives and courageous characters, Mosher delivers a healthy but occasionally lackluster American coming-of-age story."

Oct 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Waiting

Shiny Book Review

Howard Frank Mosher’s WAITING FOR TEDDY WILLIAMS is a baseball novel written by a baseball fan and coach (who also happens to be an outstanding writer).

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Tea Time with Marce

I have decided to make this an Award Free Zone, thank you for thinking of me but I prefer comments and do my best to be a good networking blogging friend also.If you are a new follower, please tell me so I can come visit also.

Nov 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Waiting

Tea Time with Marce

Ooh give The Time Traveler's Wfe a second chance :-) I rarely give 2nd chances, but it takes a lot for me to give up on a books.

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Tea Time with Marce

I love to read on my Kindle.

Mar 27 2014 | Read Full Review of Waiting

Tea Time with Marce

I do need to read it and may follow your lead in choosing it as my classic read for the year.

May 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Waiting

Tea Time with Marce

Nice of you to read this before your daughter reads it in the future :).

Dec 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Waiting

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