All We Can Do Is Wait
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart...right when they need each other most. Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theatre group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.And then there's Skyler, whose sister Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler's everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she's at her weakest.

All We Can Do Is Wait Details

TitleAll We Can Do Is Wait
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherRazorbill
ISBN-139780448494111
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction

All We Can Do Is Wait Review

  • Vivian Stevenson
    January 1, 1970
    It's actually a 3.5/5.
  • Fantaghiro23
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just wow.
  • Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is told from multiple POVs which I like from time to time, as it gives you an insight to more emotions and stories that hopefully weave together a bit in the end. And while the stories do start to make sense in this book, I found the narratives of each to be a little dry. There were definitely bits of each chapter that I was interested in, but the majority of this book is in a telling vs showing narrative that didn't keep my attention much. I understand (and appreciate) when a characte This book is told from multiple POVs which I like from time to time, as it gives you an insight to more emotions and stories that hopefully weave together a bit in the end. And while the stories do start to make sense in this book, I found the narratives of each to be a little dry. There were definitely bits of each chapter that I was interested in, but the majority of this book is in a telling vs showing narrative that didn't keep my attention much. I understand (and appreciate) when a character has an inner monologue after an event, but when entire bits of stories or chapters are told in these long, non-dialogue paragraphs, I really have a hard time keeping myself interested. I reread many paragraphs in this book because I found myself glazing over words and sentences in the big blocks of text.Really nice cover, decent storyline, just not my type of writing style at all. I only felt invested in one of the five main characters which just isn't enough for me. There is one storyline in the book that I think the whole thing could have been dedicated to actually, with more dialogues and flashbacks to help build up those relationships and moments, but since it was only part of the story it wasn't quite as fleshed out as I would have liked.
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  • Laura Mauro
    January 1, 1970
    This book blew me away. I adore stories about strangers meeting and and a story based around that. I thought this book not only had a cool concept but also such a cool narrative and way of telling the story. I loved how past and present was used to to tell these five characters stories. I was equally invested in all the various POV and raced through it. It was a more emotional read and def tugged on my heart strings. I really enjoyed it and would rec. you get this book when it comes out in Feb. This book blew me away. I adore stories about strangers meeting and and a story based around that. I thought this book not only had a cool concept but also such a cool narrative and way of telling the story. I loved how past and present was used to to tell these five characters stories. I was equally invested in all the various POV and raced through it. It was a more emotional read and def tugged on my heart strings. I really enjoyed it and would rec. you get this book when it comes out in Feb. It was the prefect book to end 2017 with.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    This is quite solid and affecting. I sat down to skim a few pages and ended up reading a third of it without thinking. Even though I saw a lot of the twists it's got really good writing. I'm not in love with the backstories being misty watercolored memories while the characters sit in a hospital waiting room but it's the structure - whadaya gonna do. [side note - unrelated to the story, can I just say I hate almost all the names of the characters? Is that weird? To each writer their own characte This is quite solid and affecting. I sat down to skim a few pages and ended up reading a third of it without thinking. Even though I saw a lot of the twists it's got really good writing. I'm not in love with the backstories being misty watercolored memories while the characters sit in a hospital waiting room but it's the structure - whadaya gonna do. [side note - unrelated to the story, can I just say I hate almost all the names of the characters? Is that weird? To each writer their own character names. Meh.]
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  • Caleb Roehrig
    January 1, 1970
    Review TK, but this is an incredibly moving and poignant story about interconnectedness and learning to face the world.
  • Kristen Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    A bridges collapses in Boston, Massachusetts and five teenagers find themselves in the ER waiting room together, desperately waiting to hear news of friends and family who were driving on the bridge when it fell.Jason and Alexa are siblings but act more like strangers. After a summer in Wellfleet in which Alexa thought they bonded, a new wedge has come between them. Jason spends his time getting kicked out of multiple schools, getting high, and drinking alcohol. He is also harboring a secret tha A bridges collapses in Boston, Massachusetts and five teenagers find themselves in the ER waiting room together, desperately waiting to hear news of friends and family who were driving on the bridge when it fell.Jason and Alexa are siblings but act more like strangers. After a summer in Wellfleet in which Alexa thought they bonded, a new wedge has come between them. Jason spends his time getting kicked out of multiple schools, getting high, and drinking alcohol. He is also harboring a secret that he refuses to tell his parents and sister. Alexa on the other hand tries to be the perfect child to counteract her lost cause of a brother. She is tired of following the rigid plans of her constructed life by her mom and plans to tell her parents that she is forgoing college when the bridge collapses.Skyler was on the phone with her sister when it happened. Her grandparents are on the other side of the world vacationing and she truly wonders if her sister, her one and only rock, supporter and mother figure, is gone forever.Scott is waiting to hear information regarding his girlfriend Aimee who was driving to Salem with her theater friends. And lastly, Morgan appears with mystery surrounding her father.I couldn’t wait to read this story when I saw it on NetGalley. I was stoked to be approved and devoured through it within a few hours. Although the story is filled with heartbreak and happiness, it didn’t meet my expectations. The whole book takes place within ten or so hours. In that time frame these five characters pace around the ER and get sucked back into memories of the past. These memories took up most of the story and I felt a lot of them weren’t relevant to the story line and loved ones who were unaccounted for. Some of these long-winded memories could have been reduced, left out, or replaced with others on Jason and Alexa’s parents, Morgan’s father, and Skyler’s sister. Instead, these missing loved ones are vaguely mentioned here and there like props in these characters’ chaotic lives.A pet peeve consisted of the language whenever the character’s spoke. The words were shortened to “dunno” and “y’know” amongst others. I’m not a fan of abbreviated language so seeing and hearing those kinds of words irks me. I also was disappointed with some of the characters since they were hypocritical. A character reveals something (a lie they have been fabricating) and everybody attacks this person over it. Eventually another character makes the same reveal and they console this person. Both these characters lied about why they were in the ER and were treated differently by the same group of people.Once it was revealed on who lived and who didn’t, I wasn’t struck with grief or shock. This bittersweet novel could have been retold differently to have a stronger impact, but it was a decent read nonetheless.I received an ARC of All We Can Do Is Wait by NetGalley.
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  • Allessa
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the editor.Rating: 4 stars (Very good)Summary: Five teenagers meet in an ER where they reflect on their lives and relationships while waiting to hear if their loved ones have survived a bridge collapse. Review: I don't usually read contemporary YA, but the premise intrigued me and I can't resist a beautiful cover.All We Can Do Is Wait's greatest weakness is its uneven opening pages. The prologue neither adds or detracts from the story and makes it more di *I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the editor.Rating: 4 stars (Very good)Summary: Five teenagers meet in an ER where they reflect on their lives and relationships while waiting to hear if their loved ones have survived a bridge collapse. Review: I don't usually read contemporary YA, but the premise intrigued me and I can't resist a beautiful cover.All We Can Do Is Wait's greatest weakness is its uneven opening pages. The prologue neither adds or detracts from the story and makes it more difficult to forgive the fact that the first chapter is the probably the worst chapter in the entire book. The text is almost cartoonishly overwritten; the chapter opens "Though his parents could be dead, lost to him forever, there was only one voice Jason wanted to hear just then. As he stood outside the hospital, the day darkening and surreal around him, Jason reached for the familiar, comforting talisman of his phone and opened a voice mail." It's a long, clunky sentence full of redundant clauses. More bad writing shows up in the second chapter: "She knew she had to take advantage of this likely brief moment, before her brain reminded her of the dire gravity of the situation she was in and she was once again knocked off course." As well as the third: "Alexa was alone, and she felt it, a familiar empty feeling, a confusion and a resignation." Keep reading anyway. When Lawson finally hits his stride halfway through chapter three, he hits it in a big way. His writing comes into its own with lines like "It snatched the laugh right out of Alexa's throat." Lawson's strengths are his sense of place, the richness of his characters, his nuanced understanding of class, and above all his expert pacing and layering. He deftly balances his characters' narratives in such a way that I was invested in all of their stories and no one was lost in the shuffle. The characters' actions and feelings ring true for the most part; some readers may raise an eyebrow at the character he features in the epilogue. Bottom line: If you can push through the first forty pages, you'll be rewarded.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    The Tobin Bridge has collapsed! The high-volume bridge in downtown Boston may have been carrying Jason and Alexa’s parents, Scott’s girlfriend, Aimee, and Skyler’s sister, Kate. All four young people meet at Boston General, as they share a common fear. Morgan, who had come to the hospital earlier, adds to the group. One by one, each person finds out the truth of his or her loved one. As the five characters are told one by the good or the bad news resulting from the bridge collapse, each characte The Tobin Bridge has collapsed! The high-volume bridge in downtown Boston may have been carrying Jason and Alexa’s parents, Scott’s girlfriend, Aimee, and Skyler’s sister, Kate. All four young people meet at Boston General, as they share a common fear. Morgan, who had come to the hospital earlier, adds to the group. One by one, each person finds out the truth of his or her loved one. As the five characters are told one by the good or the bad news resulting from the bridge collapse, each character reveals his/her story, fears, hopes, and secrets, reminding the reader that nothing is ever as it seems.Told by five narrators, this story slowly and enticingly unfolds, keeping the reader on edge and turning the pages. Character development is realistic and natural, and we grow to know and empathize with them. For a book that has fewer pages than most these days, it packs a huge wallop!I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Maryalice
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Following a fatal bridge collapse in Boston, five teens meet in a hospital waiting room while anticipating news of their loved one(s). Jason and Alexxa are siblings waiting to hear about their parents. With the exception of last summer when they were able to put their differences aside, this brother and sister haven't had the best relationship and they need each other now more than they realize. Sco I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Following a fatal bridge collapse in Boston, five teens meet in a hospital waiting room while anticipating news of their loved one(s). Jason and Alexxa are siblings waiting to hear about their parents. With the exception of last summer when they were able to put their differences aside, this brother and sister haven't had the best relationship and they need each other now more than they realize. Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend Aimee. He is desperate to hold on, even as Aimee is looking towards her future. Scott knows if given the chance, he can show Aimee that theirs is a love that will last. Skyler's sister Kate has always been her rock, and Skyler needs the chance to repay Kate for always being there. While desperate for news, each teen relives his or her recent interactions with loved one(s), and readers are given a glimpse into what their lives are like. Each has some reason, some regret, or something to tell his or her loved one(s), and one at a time each is given news that will change his or her life forever. THOUGHTS: Readers will devour the story, desperate to know the outcome for each character. The pacing of this novel was fantastic, and the alternating perspectives will keep the pages turning. Many issues and insecurities are addressed, but to name them would give away the surprise. Mature readers will devour this story of regrets and desperate wishes for one more conversation.
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  • Kim Pet
    January 1, 1970
    A story of five teens brought together during a tragedy, waiting, searching, and finding some form of hope for themselves and their lives. Each of their stories unfolds and intersects as they wait to find the outcomes that will catapult them into their 'after'; their futures. Well written and an interesting plot perspective. Definitely a good read.*I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    What a great read! The tension builds and builds as the book unfolds. The characters are well developed and so very real. I felt like I was in the hospital waiting room along with them. I found myself wondering how I would react. I can see using this in a high school classroom. It would spark some interesting discussions.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Rachel Penny
    January 1, 1970
    Richard Lawson's writing and great story telling kept making me want to read this book even when I didn't have time. My favorite part of this book was the great flash back scenes for each character. They were each filled with a bit of mystery that kept me wanting to read and find out more. This was definitely a character driven book, which is my favorite type of story. Slowly learning about the relationships that Jason, Alexa, Scott, Morgan, and Skyler had with the person, or people, they were w Richard Lawson's writing and great story telling kept making me want to read this book even when I didn't have time. My favorite part of this book was the great flash back scenes for each character. They were each filled with a bit of mystery that kept me wanting to read and find out more. This was definitely a character driven book, which is my favorite type of story. Slowly learning about the relationships that Jason, Alexa, Scott, Morgan, and Skyler had with the person, or people, they were waiting for caused me to feel connected to most of them. In this short book, there was visible growth for each of the five main characters. Skyler's story could be on its own and expand on her sister's role in her life, and her relationship with Danny. Jason and Alexa are the two characters that I connected with the most, and that I really want a bigger story from. Their history felt like an entire different story from the hospital scenes that connected all of the main character. It probably helped that their points of view were two people with the same history, just different perspectives and personal struggles. It was also different because it was more about the relationship between Jason and Alexa as siblings, instead of their relationships with their parents. I really would enjoy just a book about their lives, and specifically their summer at the beach. That would be so great. I will be looking out for any future books written by Lawson.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I flew through this book. Such an impactful, emotional story. I loved all of the characters. This book actually made me cry.
  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    Such a disappointment. Didn't enjoy his writing style at all - kind of pretentious and feels the need to over-explain the narrative to the reader. Would have been better in more capable hands.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I have often wondered what it would've been like to grow up on the East Coast. This gripping coming of age story perfectly captures exactly that. Writing about teenagers can be tough - too dramatic and it becomes unrealistic. To angry and it feels unapproachable. Lawson renders each character with grace, truth and spirit.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I loved this concept-all these kids coming together, all their stories revealed piece by piece to see the people they are and the people they are waiting for at the hospital. I cared about them and what happened to them. I got annoyed when I went to the next chapter and saw it switched to another person, keeping me hanging. That is a good thing! It sucked me in. There were areas I wanted more development, but overall, the story was great and came together well.
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