Monday, 9 June 2014

Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines #1) by Ginger Scott

Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the Tomboy, her closet filled with her brother’s hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy to ever make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was and wonders if her humble upbringing can compete with the afforded luxuries of her privileged peers.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully, he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother’s footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn’t flirt, she didn’t drink and she didn’t sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn’t look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed’s thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

Waiting on the Sidelines explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity. The story follows two young characters as they deal with mature situations, including the prevalence of bullying and promiscuity in today’s high school setting. Ultimately, Waiting on the Sidelines is a story of hope, honesty and those powerful, first true loves—the ones worth holding onto at any cost.

Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Nolan is starting her freshman year at high school, and has a crush on a junior quarterback called Reed. This is the story of Nolan and Reed.

This book was so long! There was so much in there that didn’t need to be there, and I have to say that I lost interest pretty early on.

Nolan was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She overreacted at times, she expected too much, she had very little confidence in herself, she allowed herself to be walked all over, and put up with terrible bullying without saying a word. I don’t know; I just didn’t like her much.

The storyline was long. In fact the whole darn book was long. If you notice how long the blurb was, the pages were even longer. It was like every page was twice as long as normal, and there was just so much in there that didn’t need to be in there. I felt like if someone had asked Nolan what colour her nail varnish was she would have told them the colour, shade, number, manufacturer, date of production, popularity, why she chose the colour, what everyone else thought to it, and what she planned to do with it next year. I mean really. Please, please, please, we don’t need to know so much detail, it detracts from the story.

There was romance, but I wasn’t really sure about it. Reed didn’t seem to be particularly interested in Nolan, even when he told her he was, and Nolan seemed happy to go out with other guys, who she wasn’t really interested in, just because she couldn’t have Reed. I just wasn’t sold on this partnership.

The ending was okay, and happy enough, the book was just so long that the story got lost, and I really don’t want to read the second book in this series now.
Overall; too long,
4.5 out of 10

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