In the hands of another author, this would’ve been terrible. Its storyline is common as muck in YA and NA nowadays, and could’ve been a love-triangular, manipulative mess that would’ve left readers eye-rolling and yelling at the characters.
But Carol Lynch Williams is an author of immense skill. Writing a novel in verse is risky – there’s a thin line between pretty writing and purple prose. Luckily for us, the author avoids cliché, and instead goes for the unpleasant truths. The emotions ring true, without going overboard. It’s a delicate balance, and a successful one. Waiting punches readers in the feels – it’s a good thing.