Wait

The Fast Series

Romance - Contemporary
226 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2013
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Author Biography

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at RyanRingbloom.com . Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite

Four young people are going to camp this summer as counselors. Three of them are brand-new to the game. Cassie and Mark are a little more than friends, but they will be separated at the end of summer, because Mark is going away to school. They both want to have a “fling” this summer, in a place that is famous for people “hooking up” for the season, but they don’t want to have their “friendship” get in the way of their fun. They decide that the best way for them to have the freedom they desire is to pass themselves off as twins. No one at camp will know that they are connected romantically, so that should give them the freedom they think they need. Tessa is a little rich girl with high ideals and a definite chip on her shoulder. She immediately goes to war with her cabin-mate, Cassie, and leads a boy she just met, Tucker, on a chase for her heart that would confuse a chess-master. Tucker, the only one who has experience at the camp, having spent many summers there, spends a summer in total confusion, vying for Tessa’s heart and thinking there is no way to win it. Will these four young folks find what they are looking for in each other, or will they be forced to find romance and good times somewhere else?

Ryan Ringbloom tells this story in a most unusual way, speaking to us in the first person from the perspectives of her four main characters. While this is a very difficult way to tell a story, it is most effective. We learn how the events unfold from each of their points of view, giving the characters the optimum avenue to express their thoughts. Wait is thoroughly entertaining and somewhat unpredictable. There are some adult situations, but since it is directed at a less mature readership, I can recommend it to young people who are coming of age. I don’t believe there is anything here that would shock a young adult audience.

Michael McManus

Four young people are going to camp this summer as counselors. Three of them are brand-new to the game. Cassie and Mark are a little more than friends, but they will be separated at the end of summer, because Mark is going away to school. They both want to have a “fling” this summer, in a place that is famous for people “hooking up” for the season, but they don’t want to have their “friendship” get in the way of their fun. They decide that the best way for them to have the freedom they desire is to pass themselves off as twins. No one at camp will know that they are connected romantically, so that should give them the freedom they think they need. Tessa is a little rich girl with high ideals and a definite chip on her shoulder. She immediately goes to war with her cabin-mate, Cassie, and leads a boy she just met, Tucker, on a chase for her heart that would confuse a chess-master. Tucker, the only one who has experience at the camp, having spent many summers there, spends a summer in total confusion, vying for Tessa’s heart and thinking there is no way to win it. Will these four young folks find what they are looking for in each other, or will they be forced to find romance and good times somewhere else?

Ryan Ringbloom tells this story in a most unusual way, speaking to us in the first person from the perspectives of her four main characters. While this is a very difficult way to tell a story, it is most effective. We learn how the events unfold from each of their points of view, giving the characters the optimum avenue to express their thoughts. Wait is thoroughly entertaining and somewhat unpredictable. There are some adult situations, but since it is directed at a less mature readership, I can recommend it to young people who are coming of age. I don’t believe there is anything here that would shock a young adult audience.

Katelyn Hensel

In Wait, book two of the Fast series by Ryan Ringbloom, Tessa is over high school drama. She's tired of being the prude girl that everyone makes fun of and just wants to wait for the right guy. Why is that so hard for people to understand? Cassie, on the other hand, might have just waited so long she's out of the heart and mind of what could be her soul mate. Can they still be friends, or is there still something more between them. For these two girls, summer is about self expression, finding out who they are, and being confident in who they are growing to be. Summer camp and summer love will never be the same again.

When it comes to first impressions, mine were mixed. I absolutely adored the cover. It's very eye-catching and does an excellent job of announcing, no, screaming out what the story is about. This is one book that I would definitely pick up, were I to find it on the shelves of a local bookstore, just because the cover is great. As for the plot, I began the book with some apprehension, thinking that the story may ring a bit preachy. My fears were quickly put to rest as I got to know Tessa and Cassie and what they were really thinking and feeling on the subject of waiting for the right guy to be with, or just having a little fun.

Character wise, both Tessa and Cassie are great. Do I like them equally? No. Tessa is a bit ditzy, and Cassie can be downright mean, but I still loved reading about them. Why? Because people have flaws. You aren't going to love everything about any one person. That realism, that excellent capture of both the good and the bad in a person is what made Ryan Ringbloom's characters shine, and probably what led to my very favorable opinion of the story. Wait was a fun and intriguing read that I really enjoyed!