Review – Wait For You
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  • July 20, 2015

Wait for You

Wait for Me is the first in a New Adult series by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout). It details the accounts of Avery Morgansten embarking on a new chapter of her life. I bought this book forever ago and only now got back in the mood for New Adult. I took it on vacation with me last week and read it in a day. It was the perfect book to have with me at the time.

19-year-old Avery has traveled from Texas to Virginia for school, much to the annoyance of her parents. She rents an apartment and pays for it out of a trust fund which she refers to as “blood money”. She has a strained relationship with her family and a hard time getting on with others around her, but that doesn’t dissuade Cameron Hamilton, the most eligible man on campus, from pursuing her.

Avery keeps him at arm’s length like she does with everyone, including her new friends Jacob and Brit. Unbeknownst to everyone, Avery’s reticence stems from a trauma she experienced five years earlier; a trauma that she has never gotten over. Haunted by memories that influence her every decision, she spends the first several months of school rigidly refusing Cam’s requests for a date…but there is only so long that Avery can resist a man of Cam’s many charms.

I liked this story, but I didn’t love either of the main characters, so my enjoyment dropped a notch on that account. At the beginning of the book Avery is abrasive and hard to tolerate. She comes from money and it’s obvious in her descriptions of her apartment, her mannerisms, the fact that she blares the air-conditioning unnecessarily and purchases whatever she wants…these tells really made it hard for me to warm up to her. She’s hard and unsympathetic. This isn’t helped by the fact that we, as the audience, only get subtle clues throughout the book as to what happened to her. It’s obvious that she has survived a sexual assault and J. Lynn has written the nuances of her personal terror very well, but when the explanation comes it’s a little too late for me to have gotten to know her. She’s cold and riddled with PTSD, which makes sense, but it takes far too long for us, as a reader, to discover why this is.

Cam is also a bit much even by New Adult standards. He’s a sporty guy with a tremendous body. He bakes, he’s comical, he pursues her to a degree of intensity that eventually sways her…but he’s not my leading man. I appreciated his humor and his moments of tenderness towards her, and I deeply loved how delicately he handled her (obvious) hesitance, but I never fell for Cam as a reader. There’s something about me that couldn’t suspend the disbelief that I would never find a man like this appealing in real life. I can’t quite put my finger on what I didn’t love about him but there it is. He’s a little too frat-boy for my tastes.

That said, I read the book in one day, so that says something. I couldn’t put it down. J. Lynn has done something wonderful in painting a picture of recovery and rape, a picture that all too frequently happens in our culture. For that I must give her the credit due. I did really feel Avery’s fear, her reluctance and her obsessive tendencies. She tries so very hard to exert control over everything and this portion of a survivor’s life is portrayed very well. I just wish that I had liked her better, personally.

4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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Lily (chapterspageswords.blogspot.com)

2015-07-20 15:31:44 Reply

I loved this book (same with anything else JLA writes) but I can see what you mean about the characters and how they can come off but by the end of the book I was really into them and I’d become invested in them so that kind of upped it for me.