Author: L.J. LaBarthe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages
At a Glance: Waiting for the Moon and You definitely didn’t work for me.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: All his life, Leith has loved Aaron, and all his life, Leith has wondered if Aaron returns his feelings. Through high school, college, and beyond, Leith and Aaron are drawn together and pulled apart. Leith is finally convinced he and Aaron are not meant to be when a cowardly act of violence against Leith changes everything.
Aaron returns to Leith’s side, but Leith struggles to accept that Aaron can love him now.
If Leith doesn’t overcome his doubts and fears, he will forever be waiting for the moon and Aaron… and true love.
Review: Sucked in by a gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb…sigh. I wanted Leith and Aaron’s story to be a great one. I liked both characters in the beginning; in fact, most of the characters – friends and parents – were lovely. But, unfortunately, Waiting for the Moon and You ended up being a bit of a mess. I don’t want to sit here and hammer on the story, though. I appreciate what the author was trying to do. So, I’m going to keep this short.
The blurb suggests that Leith was wondering for his whole life if Aaron returned his feelings. This is simply untrue. Aaron, in fact, tells Leith MANY times that he cares about him as more than a friend, and invites him to both move to NYC while he is attending college at Columbia, and come to Hong Kong with him when he moves there for work. Also, the timeline in the book had several glaring inconsistencies. It’s tough to tell a story in flashbacks, I get that, but the ball was dropped here with things that should have been simple to keep track of. There were also tense issues, and a simple math error that had me banging my head on my fist. If you sleep from roughly 6am until 11am, you did NOT get “seven hours or so” of sleep. Another thing that really threw me was when the author all of a sudden began using the device of ‘addressing the reader’. If she had started this from the get-go, I could have perhaps gotten on board. But she didn’t, so when it randomly began, and then was used so inconsistently, it simply didn’t work; it was distracting. Overall, the writing just did not feel polished, and there was so much repetition throughout that I found myself wanting to skim.
Now, it has been the case many times that someone has given a book that I thought was amazing two or three stars, and vice versa. This is a very subjective thing we do. But, this one definitely didn’t work for me.
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