Review: All We Can Do Is Wait

All We Can Do Is Wait

 

 

I borrowed this from my library with no knowledge of what it was about and without reading any ratings/reviews. Maybe that was the best way because it allowed me to form my own opinions. However, it seems I agree with a majority of other readers when it comes to this particular story. It was one long “What the heck?” story.

Short recap: A massive tragedy has happened in Boston – a bridge has collapsed in the middle of the day and hundreds, maybe thousands, of people could be hurt or worse. Six teens find themselves in the waiting room of the hospital to find out the fate of their loved ones, and at the same time find out how their own lives intersect.

Here is my big question for this story: What was the actual plot? It seems like such a simple question and also necessary. The entire time I was listening to this story, I kept wondering what the overall plot was. Yes, it was a tragedy that such an event would happen. Yes, it was awful that children were waiting to find out the fate of their parents and loved ones. But what was the actual plot? We know that the bridge collapsed. We know that people are waiting to find out what happened to their loved ones. Outside of those two items, there is no real theme or point to this story. The teens in the waiting room all have a story about someone they are waiting to hear about, but that is it.

As I stated, there are multiple teens which meant the story is told from multiple POVs. The worst part of that is that the voices all sounded the same. What was even worse than that was that one POV was told in SECOND PERSON. What the actual? There was no transition from present to past so I was constantly confused as to when the story was taking place. I cannot go into more detail than that because I cannot remember any of the character names. They did not leave any lasting impression on me at all. They were completely forgettable, just like this story.

I think I know what this book was trying to do but it is hard to actually figure it out. The author missed the mark so bad that all I can do is shake my head and move on. Do I recommend? Not one bit. This was hard enough for me to sit through, I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that.

 

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