Waiting For You

Hey! Welcome to ‘The Smoldering Stars’. I know this is the first post on this blog, but everything’s got to begin sometime, right? Yes. I know 😉


To begin with, I want to check Waiting For You‘ by Susane Colasanti. Srish (my best friend, and the co-owner of this blog) gave it to me last month when I was really bored, and needed something good to read and relax myself. ‘Waiting For You’, to some extent, succeeded in soothing my nerves.

Waiting For You

Derek is clearly the boy Marisa has been waiting for, but there’s just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash, Marisa’s neighbor and childhood friend, is totally geeked out, with zero boyfriend potential. So of course Nash wants to take his friendship with Marisa to the next level.

Beyond her boy drama, Marisa is also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that’s falling apart, and Sterling – a best friend who won’t stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school hooked on his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa’s going through. But she has no idea who he is. Or does she?

Positive Side: Colasanti’s characters are immensely likable, and due to her ability of creating the multi-layered life of a teenager in simple and easy-to-read language, the plot is definitely textured and credible.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Marisa, Nash, Derek, Sterling– each character has been written with utmost carefulness, and in such a way that they don’t get mixed up with each other, and the reader doesn’t forget who is who. They are realistic, and convey how strange and convoluted a teen’s life can get (especially if he/she is in love). This book will bring laughs, tears, and awkward moments that will be sure to please everyone who reads it

Negative Points: Like every other thing, this lovely book also has certain flaws. There is a certain level of predictability about most of the novel’s events from Marisa’s romantic life and her parents’ marital meltdown. Marisa’s depressed rantings tend to annoy after sometime.

And that’s it! ‘Waiting For You’ is definitely a book that reinforces every aspect of a teen’s life. It depicts how complicated things get when you are a teenager, and it’s a great little tale about friendship, love and redefining what you want in the “one”. 🙂

Come on people! It’s time to play Casting Director! – If ‘Waiting For You’ is made into a movie, I think I have a fair idea of who will play who. Let’s see.


1. Marisa –  Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts with her charming smile and expressive eyes, would be the perfect Marisa. Marisa is shy, indecisive and has the girl-next-door attitude; and I think Emma would do wonders with the character. 🙂


2. Nash – Landon Liboiron

Isn’t he handsome? Yes? I know. Landon, in my opinion, is capable of playing both the ‘geeky’ Nash as well as the ‘cool’ Nash that we come across towards the end of the book. Plus, his chestnut hair is perfect! 😉


3. Sterling – Naomi Scott

Naomi would be the perfect Sterling – Marisa’s hyper, crazy romantic and supportive best friend. Sterling’s character requires an outgoing actor, and Naomi would be the perfect pick.


4. Derek – Alex Pettyfer

Derek’s supposed to be the bad boy, but also impossibly dreamy and fascinating. Hence, I chose Alex Pettyfer. He’s unbelievably gorgeous, his eyes are blue (like Derek’s) and he’s one of my favorites. Need I say more? 😉


Okay, the rest of the casting the Director can do for himself/herself. I only decide the important leads. 🙂                                                                                                                        There’s one thing that this book taught me: if there’s any such thing as ‘the One’, we need not ignore other important things in life searching for him/her. If we are meant to be together, we will wind up like that. Every person has their own fate, their own destiny, which they eventually meet during their life. We just have to play along!

Until next time, hopefully with one of Srish’s takes on her favorite novels. Keep reading, keep smiling!