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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. 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. .
Here’s the thing. There are parts that I get frustrated with. I think there are too many times Reed is being a complete idiot. That guy needed to grow up, which he eventually does. When he almost loses everything, I think that is when reality hits him. He is a likable character and you can see why any girl would fall for him.
I admire that Nolan tried to date other people to get over Reed. Sean and Tyler both were decent guys, Sean much more then Tyler. Tyler ends up being too aggressive with Nolan and tries to force himself on her.
I love Nolan’s girlfriends. They are strong and independent, but stick together too.
Many positives for this book. I don’t want you all thinking that I am just giving 4 and 5 away like candy. It is just easier to write a positive review on books I have enjoyed then going back and writing a negative review on a book I know I hated. Don’t worry I will tell you which books to just avoided. Just not this one.
Ginger Scott has Waiting on the Sidelines 2, which I will put in the New Adult section. I will later add a link to this post to send you to the second book once I have posted it.
She is your tomboy volleyball playing, track athlete. Her family is not super well off, which is a sore sport for her. The story begins her freshman year in High school and ends the beginning of her freshman year at ASU. It follows her infatuation (which later grows into love) for the star athlete of the town, Reed Johnson.
Their relationship has few highs and many lows. They both suffer heart break, personal struggles, emotional and physical obstacles. Their friendship and chemistry is what gets them through each event.
I love this story. I Love Nolan. While reading this book I - smiled, laughed out loud, giggled, became angry, yelled at the book, and cried. This book hits a lot on the troubles teenage girls go through and I think the write did a great job showing the insecurities and strengthens of our protagonist.
It does have teenagers participating in: drinking, and sex, but nothing graphic. Language and swearing is consistent with YA level. Encouraged for 15 and up.
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