Title: Waiting for the Storm
Author: Marie Landry
Genre: YA Contemporary
Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.
After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…
Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
Waiting for the Storm took me by surprise. It was powerful and very emotional. The way Marie Landry told the story of the family that was struggling and dealing with a great loss was as realistic as you can get. It made me feel like this family could just be any family I know. I felt a deep connection with the book right from the start and it captured my heart. It was very endearing and moving.
This is the first Marie Landry book I’ve read and now I’m wondering why I haven’t read any of her other books. The writing was superb and the characters, both main and minor, were all very well-developed. The characters were very realistic and I had a connection with all of them.
Charlotte was definitely one of my favorite main characters of all time. I felt every emotion she was feeling and I couldn’t help but feel what she felt while reading the book. She was dealing with her grief in losing her mother and at the same time trying to learn to live again. I loved how no matter how sad or depressed she felt, she knew she had to, in some way, find a way to move on with her life and live. She was very strong, but she knew she still needed to grow. There were times when she broke my heart in pieces, but I’ve never been so proud of a fictional character than how proud I am of Charlotte.
Another thing I loved about this book as Charlotte wasn’t the only strong character. Ezra was a funny, kind, and sweet boy next door. He was strong spirited, caring, and thoughtful. He was swoon-worthy but not too good to be true. He was the perfect in-between. He had his own problems with his family, too, and that just made him more loveable and closer to my heart.
Charlotte and Ezra’s relationship wasn’t the typical YA insta-love story. Their relationship slowly blossomed from friendship to love and I adored that about their relationship. They were so perfect for each other. If Charlotte was yin, Ezra was definitely the yang. I can truly say they complete each other.
What I loved most about this book was that it was more than just a great romance story. Oh, it was so much more than that. I was about grief and moving on. It was about feeling lost and finding your way back slowly. It was about drifting apart and becoming a family again. Most of all, it was about learning the many ways to love someone: as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a family, and as a romantic partner.
Waiting for the Storm was a beautiful book to read and I recommend it to everyone. It doesn’t matter what genre you like most, if you love reading, this is a book for you. I haven’t read anything so moving and powerful in a while.
Books and Bindings was given a review copy of Waiting for the Storm by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence or alter the thoughts and opinions of this review in any way.
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