Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Waiting For You by Shey Stahl

February 17, 2013
Bailey Gray is tired of her perfectly planned life. Everything about her life has been organized and lived out to the expectations set of her parents. She is the class valedictorian, has perfect grades, the perfect friends, a perfect boyfriend, basically perfect life...or so everyone thought. That's when she realizes the path planned isn't always the path chosen. 

On graduation day she makes a decision. One that changes everything she thought she knew about her intended future.

On a whim, she runs away with the town rebel, Dylan Wade, in search of the unknown.

Dylan Wade isn't looking to run away from anything.

He knows what he wants as he's been waiting on it for years.

On a journey to find the unknown, they discover a friendship they once knew along the open highway and have not a care in the world. Between the yellow and white lines of the heated summer asphalt, a spark draws them together as Dylan's past and Bailey future try to ripe them apart.

Could it be that Dylan and his GTO are exactly what her perfectly planned life needs?
I found this book really enjoyable. Bailey's life is completely planned out for her and she's not having it. She flips out and runs away with her neighbor, who she hasn't spoken to in 8 years. They leave from the Washington area, travel down to California and then over to Alabama. They make stops along the way, where Bailey lives out her bucket list. To strip with a pole, to lose her virginity, smoke a cigarette, get drunk, steal a car, get a tattoo and some others. Along the way, Dylan and Bailey rekindle the love they had for each other at a very young age, which Bailey learns a little more about herself. But Dylan's secret is big enough to drive a wedge between them. 
Road Trip! Gosh, it's like my exact fantasy playing out before my eyes. Running away from every responsibility. Just getting out and going. It's like a dream to me. 
The ending. For most of the last 30 pages, I was just stumped. 
"Brown eyes, sometimes I thought that I imagined everything between us, like maybe it wasn't real but then I watch a sunset and I remembered the way your touch felt and the way your eyes mixed with the lighting. It was real. Every moment with you was real brown eyes. I mean that." 

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