Review: Waiting to Forget

Waiting to ForgetWaiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch

Summary: T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.

But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.

Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.

My Thoughts: Waiting to Forget is very well-written. I enjoyed it more than I’d anticipated. I didn’t expect to not like it. I just wasn’t sure.

I will be honest and say that the story itself felt kinda bland to me. I did feel sorry for these kids – especially T.J. – but not heartbroken. I did find myself hating their mother, though. For me the worst part is knowing that there really are people like that out there. Anyway, the writing is fantastic. Welch weaves the story together very well, seamlessly switching from “then” to “now” and “between then and now.” It was very easy to follow, and I never once forgot what part I was in.

The book was a quick read. It is heavy, but not so heavy it’ll leave you grumpy and bothered by it for hours later. I kinda like that. There are enough books out there that haunt me once I’m done. It’s nice to have finished the book, and enjoyed the journey, and be able to not carry it around with me. I love books that make me think – and this one does. It makes me think about the unfortunate children stuck in situations like the children in this book. – but I appreciate that this didn’t leave me in a bad mood. (I’ve had that happen. LOL)

3.5 Stars
Received through The {Teen} Book Scene for review. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)

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Challenges: Counts for Free Reads 2012 and Off the Shelf 2012.

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