Title: All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson
By Richard Lawson
Publication date: February 6, 2018 by Razorbill
Rating 3.5/5 stars
Debut author and Twitter darling Richard Lawson makes your heart stop and time stand still in his extraordinary and life-affirming novel that’s If I Stay meets We All Looked Up.
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 theater 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 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.
In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts–and the prospect of very different futures.
Richard Lawson is the film critic for Vanity Fair and a co-host of V.F.’s Little Gold Men podcast. He has written for The Guardian, The Atlantic Wire, Gawker, and Out magazine, and has contributed to the Dinner Party Download radio show. Though currently living in New York City, Richard was born and raised in Boston.
- The characters were very well-developed, even though we meet them all in a hospital. We learn a lot about their back stories and what happened prior to the bridge collapse.
- The relationships between all the characters felt very real. I could almost picture myself in that waiting room with them, observing them react to all that is happening around them. Observing them as all their individual little worlds slowly fall apart. It’s actually quite heartbreaking.
- The story line of this novel is one of the main reasons I wanted to participate in this blog tour. I’ve always been interested in reading about disasters like that and how characters handle it. It would definitely be tough for me if I knew someone who was involved in a bridge collapse. If you enjoy books more about character development, then this book is for you.
- I loved that Lawson included aspects of sexuality and different ethnicities. It really helped open the novel to new realms of possibilities. Different ways the story could go. I definitely appreciate that about this novel.
- I’m not sure if it was because I received an ARC, but I wasn’t a fan of the style of writing. Some of the sentences felt like they dragged on when they didn’t necessarily have to. I dropped a half a star because of this. I’m sure if I got the finished copy, I might have a different opinion.
- I know this doesn’t really have to do with anything but I was very disappointed with how it ended. It definitely wasn’t what I had in mind. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I wanted to know what happened to all the characters after the tragedy. It just wasn’t a satisfying ending and that was one of the big reasons I dropped the rating down. I feel like the story could have gone on may 30 more pages.
I couldn’t choose which character was my favorite. Scott was definitely very low on the totem pole. I didn’t like his attitude towards his girlfriend, Aimee. Skyler was a character you wanted to help. You wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. She was probably my favorite out of all of them. If I had to choose of course!
I’m truly amazed that this is Lawson’s debut novel. It was very well thought out, and definitely an emotional journey. It dealt a lot with growing up, and knowing what is important. It is very important to take care of the people around you, but it’s also important to take care of yourself. Know your limits. There were only a few things I didn’t really like, but overall it was a solid read. I recommend when it comes out that you give this book a try.
Disclaimer: This story does deal a little bit with abuse. It also deals with death and grief.
Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to take part in this blog tour. It was my first time ever participating in one, and it was loads of fun!
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