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In WAIT FOR YOU, Avery Morgansten moves to a new town for college and literally walks right into the most eligible bachelor there- Cameron Hamilton, a reformed bad boy who instantly has an eye on her and won't take no for an answer.
Unlikable Characters and an Abusive Love Interest
I feel like there are a million reasons why I shouldn't like this book. It's filled with cliché characters, starting from the flamboyant gay best friend, to the super-shy yet super attractive heroine who doesn't realize it, to the mean, mean girls who are doing everything to make her life hell for minor reasons.
Cam is really an extremely unlikeable love interest. Lynn did her very best to give him some cutesy little twists, like having a pet tortoise and really loving to bake, but seriously, this guy is just not my cup of tea.
Throughout the book he keeps pushing and pushing himself onto poor Avery who basically has to tell him that she won't date him no matter what he's going to do twice a week. That's not fun, that's not flattering; It's a real problem that women nowadays have to deal with a lot, pushy guys aren't romantic or cute in being like this. The fact that our protagonist Avery thinks Cameron is oh-so-attractive doesn't make this okay.
Promoting Rape Culture?
While having some problematic characters, Lynn does a good job at capturing the reader. I neither liked Avery nor Cameron particularly, but still wanted to know what had happened in their past. I've noticed already when reading the Lux Series that Lynn is really good at making you not quit her books halfway, no matter how much you dislike them/the characters. The novel is solely centered around exploring Avery and Cameron which leads to a rather nonexistent plot and your average high school setting without much of a story.
Avery's backstory can be pretty much figured out after chapter three and honestly, the way J. Lynn tackles the topic just left me baffled. Instead of doing extensive research or giving us a strong heroine that doesn't let her past get in the way of her future, especially because of things that weren't her fault, we get whiny, whiny Avery who has a problem with physical affection- but only until a hot dude comes around the corner.
The way she deals with rape just promotes rape culture. It flat out makes me uncomfortable and if you take a look at other reviews, I am not the only one. You can either regard this as a simple plot device and overlook it for entertainment's sake or just squint your eyes and stop right there with the series like I'm probably going to do.
Overall: Do I Recommend?I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time finishing this. Just exactly because Cam and Avery don't necessarily have a healthy relationship from the start, I didn't really connect to either of them or root for them to become a couple.
" 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…"