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.
Congratulations, Ginger Scott. You have created a drama that I didn’t loathe.
Sure, Nolan kind of gave off the impression of just moving from guy to guy through this book, but surprisingly, it didn’t annoy me nearly as much as I thought it would.
This book would make an excellent drama. In fact, if there was only word to describe this book, it would be drama. But if there were more, than there would also be themes of friendship, love, insecurity and routine heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. In a word, to describe the impression it left on me: impressed.
I opened up this book after finishing 4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan, and I was a little worn out. You know, the exasperated feeling you get after reading a bad book? No? Maybe that’s just me…
I didn’t expect this book. 85% of the books I like I can tell after the first twenty pages whether I’ll like it or not. Ginger Scott has created a book that didn’t hit me until the very end. The full impact came just as I was flipping to the last page. I wanted more. Not necessarily all the heartbreaking and the moving from guy to guy, but the moments that Ginger Scott create. I wanted more of the moments. Allow me to explain.
Moments aren’t normal events, per say. At least not the way I’m thinking of them. They’re not things that happen. They’re friendships, transitions, emotions, words, feelings, things like that. It’s hard to explain. It’s all in the way the author is able to string together those moments–those words–in their writing, by saying something by not saying something, that moment is indescribable. Sorry if that was confusing.
I loved Nolan, even though sometimes she could annoy me with her self-pity and guy-hopping. Sean and Buck were my favorite characters though, and I truly cared for them. I would’ve really liked to see more of Reed and Sean’s POV. I thought that it was really great how we were able to see some of Reed’s narration through his letters to Nolan. I hope we’ll be able to see more of their narration in the next book. And I certainly hope that Sean, Becky, Sienna, Sarah and some of the other characters won’t be lost just because of the circumstances in the next book.
I was impressed by the plot of this book, partly because that one of the events near the end was one that I was considering using in my own story. Great minds think alike, Ginger Scott. ;)
My only problems with this book were minor. The plot, while it impressed me in the long run, annoyed me somewhat–what with Tyler, Sean and Reed. Oh yeah, and Sean’s character change in the very beginning. One minute he was annoying bully and then another minute he was hitting on Nolan and then he was her best friend. And then some of the sentences I didn’t understand because they were worded weirdly, though correctly. And there was a really awkward moment in the beginning of the book where I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a dessert party or a desert party…
Although it was not the most creative story, I thought that Ginger Scott’s voice really shone through in this book. A great debut. I think it would make a really cool drama… I will be eagerly awaiting GOING LONG, the second book in this series, and I’ll be interested in reading whatever else Ginger Scott comes out with. 4 stars.
pg count for the kindle edition: 450
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