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Waiting on Forever is a college romance about Leah and Matt. The story is told in Leah’s POV, except for the prologue and epilogue, which are told from Matt’s perspective (and are awesome btw). This has the nerdy girl meets big man on campus kind of theme to it and I think it was executed really well in this book.
Matt and Leah first meet at freshman orientation before school starts. They chat, but Leah is very much into academics and thinks Matt is just another meathead jock with nothing to say. This of course makes Matt instantly intrigued by her.
Even though this girl is screaming nerd, she’s actually pretty cute. Not to mention that I’m always drawn to the girls who don’t give you the time of day at first. They give you more of a challenge, instead of the fake airheads who will bend over for you if you just smile their way.
They strike up an easy friendship, but nothing major, mostly just chatting online here and there. Leah is resigned to the fact that that’s the most she’s ever going to have with Matt.
There’s a reason why Matt and I have never hung out together, and that’s because we come from two different sides of the social ladder. Where Matt is Mr. Popular football player, I’m the artsy nerd who would be stared and pointed at walking into a jock house party.
That isn’t what Matt has in mind though and soon Leah is completely confused. What starts out as chatting on Facebook turns into suggestive winks, walking her to class, forehead kisses (my weakness!), and other cute little signs that maybe he wants more than just friendship. When Matt’s best friend, Collin and his girlfriend (the couple from Planning on Forever) come to visit they seem to know an awful lot about Leah. Soon their relationship progresses and brings about some challenges with the different “social classes” and other surprises.
Even though Leah comes off as a ‘nerd’ and thinks she isn’t Matt’s type, she wasn’t trying to change herself to fit what she thoughthe might want in a girl. I love that she wasn’t a pushover at all, she has a mouth on her and is pretty feisty. She could stand up for herself against the bitchy girls without so much as batting an eyelash. Her and Matt were really cute together and the texting screenshots – that was unique and fun :) I loved Matt too! He was genuine, sweet, but confident and protective of his girl.
“You don’t have to do a damn thing,” he says with sincerity in his eyes. “I’ve been fallin’ since day one.”
There were little things like the pacing toward the end with one of the twists that I think could have been executed better, but overall I enjoyed the story. The epilogue completely wraps up the story and you aren’t left wondering what might happen. It was a nice break from the overly angsty college reads and was really cute.
This is a spin-off of Planning on Forever, but can be read as a stand alone.
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