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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Friendship means sticking by someone even in tough times and showing compassion rather than being quick to make judgments.
Positive Role Models
While Casey is courageous (she is, after all, the hero in a thriller), she's also on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the story. It would have been easy for Marcus, Jake, and Pippa to distance themselves from her, but they try their best be compassionate and understanding even as Casey's visions begin to blur the past with the present.
All the characters are White, but there's economic diversity among them. Casey is a scholarship student who works part-time at a pet store with her roommate, Pippa. Jake is working in his mother's vet practice to save up money to pursue his Broadway dreams, and Marcus is enormously wealthy. Pippa is pansexual.
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Violence & Scariness
Two cars are deliberately run off the road, and three people are killed (one of them a character's mother). There are several graphic descriptions of someone trapped underwater in a car and unable to get out. Two characters are attacked by a man with an axe.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Casey describes her lips being sore from kissing. There's a very brief scene in which Casey and Jake are in bed together with Casey having on only a bra and jeans, and Jake being shirtless, but it isn't part of a sexual encounter.
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A few instances of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "damn," and "dick").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens go to a bar near NYU that lets in students in even if they have sketchy IDs. Adults drink at a party and Casey sips champagne. A high school student takes an entire bottle of aspirin in a failed suicide attempt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sara Shepard's Wait For Me is a fast paced romantic thriller with interwoven storylines about past lives. Seventeen-year-old Casey Rhodes is a sophomore at New York University on scholarship when she meets fellow student Marcus Coleman, the heir to a media empire. It's a real-life Cinderella romance until Casey begins to hear disturbing voices in her head and has violent flashbacks to the past. Terrified, she leaves New York City and flees to a beach town in Long Island, where she runs headlong into the reality of that past, finds an instant connection with a young man who says he knows her as Becky, and uncovers two long ago accidents that were actually murders. There's a bit of kissing and a small amount of profanity ("f--k," "shit," "damn"). The scenes in which someone is trapped underwater in a car and trying to escape could be disturbing to some readers. The characters are White and one teen is pansexual. Throughout the story, Casey's friends treat her with compassion as she struggles to understand what's happening to her.
Is It Any Good?
This romantic paranormal thriller has complex and head- spinning plot twists. Fans of Shepard's Pretty Little Liars won't be disappointed. And there's a storyline to please any reader in Wait For Me -- romances both past and present, reincarnation and past lives, unsolved mysteries, and a murderer on the loose.
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