January 19, 2012

Book Review: Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch

The Deal: T. J. is waiting at the hospital. Waiting on news about his little sister Angela, who was rushed in a few hours before. His new adoptive parents - Marlene and Dan - told him to wait outside.

So, he's waiting, feeling a little forgotten, and remembering how everything came to be the way it is.

It had always been T.J,'s job to look after and take care of Angela, he remembers that. He remembers life with his mother and her boyfriends and trying to protect Angela then. And he remembers the foster homes that followed, and how now they are trying to adapt to their new family.

My Thoughts: Waiting to Forget was a surprising read. I guessed going in that it wasn't going to be a walk in the park and it wasn't. I admit that I struggled a little with the narrative since it went back and forth between the present and different points of the past. In the end, this worked well but for me it was hard to get into.

T.J.'s voice is both young and jaded, having gone though so many things in his short life, and I think that's the biggest asset of the book because it was very well done, but at the same time I struggled a bit because of the way the story is told.  

If you like unusual narrative styles, I think that this might be the book for your, but though I don't belong to that camp, I still found the book very engrossing. 

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