Thursday, May 17, 2018

REVIEW: All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson - Erin

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
All We Can Do Is Wait
All We Can Do Is Wait
by Richard Lawson
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Razorbill
ISBN: 9780448494111
ARC From NetGalley

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 theatre 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 a 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.


The premise of this story really interested me and I was so happy when NetGalley gave me early access to it. However, it turned out to be more of a generic teen story instead of more of a action packed emergency story. The first chapter of this book was great! It made me get excited to see who would be rescued, what the families would do while they waited for the news, and what information we would get to hear about the rescue efforts. I was hugely disappointed. After the first chapter the book goes into alternating chapters between five teens who are waiting in a hospital for news on their loved ones. During all of these chapters we get a lot of back story on those characters lives. While this wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t what I was expecting. I wanted to know more about the bridge collapse, not more about their summer a year ago, or their messed up relationship with an abusive guy. I felt like these five teens coming together wasn’t very realistic. The chance that two teens on their own in a hospital finding each other during chaos and sort of becoming friends is slim. Change that number to five and the chances seem even less. The book was well written and it was a fast read, I just wish it was different. I wanted more than a generic teen drama book. In the end we still don’t know for sure why the bridge collapsed. We know who made it alive to the hospital, but we don’t know if they made it through surgery or what their lives will be like after. We don’t really know too much about the five teens after they find out about their loved ones either. The book just kind of ends. Overall, this wasn’t the worst read but it’s one that I would only recommend to older teens looking for a book with drama. There is abuse, sex, drugs, and drinking in it that younger teens might find to be to mature yet. 

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