Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
am 16. Februar 2015
In "Wait For You" by J. Lynn, 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.
I feel like there are a million reasons why I shouldn't like this book. It's a work 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. I never understood what the appeal of adult novels with super attractive characters that go for the wallflowers is. It's so unrealistic that it hurts. Needless to say that physical attractivity doesn't equal a swoon-worthy character. Paired with some really annoying traits like walking around without a shirt 24/7 to flaunt his toned body and using every opportunity to tell Avery that he can have every girl in school, YET is only interested in her- 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 pushiong 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. Their relationship initially starts out as a forced "well, we're study partners so we've got to hang out" friendship that just didn't do much for me. From the author's side it's an easy way to get the two to spend a lot of time with each other and get to know each other. To the reader, every meeting feels indeed forced and kind of weird, because they keep bumping into each other/stalking each other for no reason.
In general I think that there's a lot wrong with this novel. Avery is an extremely shallow person, she barely knows Cameron and reduces his entire personality to his looks, thinking that because he's so handsome and did a lot of dating in high school, he sleeps around a lot. Regardless whether that may be true or not, this way of thinking isn't better than him constantly pushing himself onto her and even entering her apartment forcefully at 8 am to make her breakfast. In what world is that cute or okay? Every normal girl would be terrified if some random guy did that. (Characters 2/5)
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 happend 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 nonexistant plot and your average high school setting without much of a story. It's remarkable that she's able to drag this thin plot to a whole book (a series even!) without giving the impression that she's only trying to kill time.
Still, if you use your head and think for a second, even the revelations of both main characters' mysteries aren't so surprising.
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. It's obvious that Lynn didn't do any research, because 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. (Plot 1/5)
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.
If you really enjoyed the Lux Series, you're probably going to enjoy this as well. (What's the deal with all the sexy cookie scenes in her novels though?!) Cameron is exactly like Daemon in terms of super self confidence, good looks and witty remarks. If you've loved him, you're going to love Cameron. I think this novel is just not what I was looking for, Katy from the Lux Series is a strong independent girl that can kick some butt, while Avery is very shy, submissive and weak-willed. Girls that easily let guys influence them are a pet peeve of mine, and if you don't mind that, you're most likely going to have a good time with this novel.
I personally don't like the way J. Lynn tried to deal with rape and I'm pretty sure actual rape victims would not be okay with it. It's not a light topic to deal with and throwing it in as a minor side plot to fuel the celibacy of a heroine and make her hard to get is just ... no. The fact that Cameron is so persistent isn't romantic and makes me think that the novel shouldn't be called "Wait For Me" but "Forced On Me". I wouldn't recommend it, you should read the Lux Series, not this.