17754041Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Audio from Library
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.  – Goodreads

Review:

Avery is not a fan of her past, while she worked on getting through it, and moved a thousand miles away from home to go to college to get away from her past. What she didn’t expect the first day of college was to run into a beautiful God that goes by Cam. Cam doesn’t know about her past, and likes her. Cam however is known as the town flirt and Avery is not here for that. Avery is not here for any romantic entanglements. She’s neurotic and just wants to survive college. I understood that part of Avery. The over planning, the triple checking. That was me, heck, that is still me.

Avery comes from a very, very privileged background. She knows this, and actually isn’t a fan of it. Because to her parents, money can buy anything and Avery doesn’t like that life.  What Avery doesn’t know, is that Cam has his own secrets of his past. He’s a junior who took a year off, and gives his friends a side eye when they bring up particular topics.

What was nice about this New Adult novel, is that their friendship grew organically. While the two of them didn’t understand each other at the beginning, they grew to be good friends, who actually talked. They were playful, they bonded, they were comfortable with each other. Until that moment that Cam asks Avery if they should go out on a date. Of course, Avery is not made for dates. Not right now and not with her past. Cam is even patient with Avery, while most would push her away, he just sits there and let’s her talk. He even lets her hide when it’s needed.

Through time, Avery started to enjoy college. She had a group of friends that she enjoyed, and she also had fun with Cam. She enjoyed turning him down, she enjoyed their playful banter. It made up for high school, and her family and her past. What isn’t helping her situation is the fact her cousin keeps emailing her, her parents are still ignoring her, and she has a mysterious caller/emailer that is freaking her out. I’m going to be honest, I really didn’t understand the point of this storyline. I felt like the trope was thrown in there for a bit of dramatics.

That dramatic trope being said, I still enjoyed the novel. I enjoyed the slow burn, I enjoyed that it seemed like an organic novel. Avery’s parents were the assholes that she thought they were, and her new found friends were as nice as we hoped that they were. Avery deserved those good, life long friends, and she had found them in college. Sometimes the family you’re born with it’s the family you’ll ultimately make.

Because Avery and Cam both have secrets from their past they are both on equal footing, even though Avery is in denial about it. She doesn’t believe that anyone could have as fucked up of a past as her and because of this she keeps her past hidden from everyone for quite some time, until she realizes that it is okay to let people in and that maybe things will be okay and not as bad as you expected. The amount of growth that happens for Avery throughout this novel was amazing. While she was still the Avery she was at the beginning of the novel, she was stronger, she was a stronger version of Avery.

I also enjoyed the narrator of Wait for You. She had the voices down for Avery and Cam, she made them come alive and made me remember why I enjoy audiobooks.