Title: Waiting for You (Goodreads)
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What first drew me to this story was that it was a road trip book. I love a good road trip and its been far too long since I’ve been on one so I love being able to experience a road trip through books. Oh, its definitely not the same and usually only makes me long for more vacation time to do a road trip up right but its better than nothing. In Waiting for You by Shey Stahl good girl Bailey decides to leave town for points unknown on the day of her high school graduation with local bad boy Dylan. Bailey and Dylan used to be friends but parental pressures drove them apart over the years so part of this road trip is escape and part of it is about reconnecting.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Dylan and Bailey. It felt real and genuine and it came together at a believable rate. There was no insta-love or obsession. Just a quiet attraction that lead to more. What I didn’t buy was Bailey’s relationship with her ex and what little happened there. It just never seemed real and I often rolled my eyes when Bailey reflected back upon it. But as I said I did like Dylan and Bailey. If it weren’t for some minor quibbles here and there with the story they could have been a real heart-achy romance for me. As it was there were things that would take me out of the story and so I never fell totally into it.
One of those things was the fact that this book probably could have benefited from another round of editing. There were spelling and grammar errors throughout. Now, I’ve read enough ARCs to be able to skim over most things but these where big enough that it would jolt me out of the story and in some cases I’d have to re-read a sentence or two in order to get back into the swing of the story.
I also wasn’t a fan of how little Dylan’s voice was used. At the start of this book you know that more than one perspective is going to be included as each chapter has a title and is then followed by a name, 95% of which was Bailey. So much so that I often wondered why Stahl included any moments from Dylan at all. The ones that were included were so short and so randomly placed that they often took me out of the story. As much as I love multiple POV stories Waiting for You would probably have been better if it was told entirely from Bailey’s POV.
Another thing that I liked about this story is that it contained consequences for choices made. Not that I always agreed with how a particular character acted but there was never any sweeping of things under the carpet. I liked that because it was real. In real life not everything is filled with sunshine and roses…torns that must be dealt with. There is always a price to pay when secrets are kept. No matter the reason behind the omission. Stahl deals with this issue well and I liked what she did with the story. Even if I think the characters may have acted a little differently.
Overall, I liked this story and the characters and the pace of the story. There was some unrealistic moments to certain events but not enough that I couldn’t continue reading. Waiting for You
was a quick read and I loved traveling across country with Bailey and Dylan. Waiting for You makes me long to go on a road trip or even to just read more road trip books. There are detailed sex scenes and some swearing and drinking mentioned in the book so if those things offend you then you will probably want to avoid this one. But if not, then its worth the price and the time it would take to read it.I know that I enjoyed it and will also be on the look out for more contemporary YA/New Adult stories by Stahl and may also try to check out her other adult reads as well.