Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Avery flees her Texas hometown, and the events of six years ago, by enrolling at a small West Virginia college. She wants an opportunity to start over where everyone doesn’t know that she is the girl at that Halloween party. Where people don’t look at her like she is dirt or send threatening emails constantly. Where she can get away from her mother who is more concerned with her country club membership then her daughter’s well being. She is very much hoping West Virginia will be the answer. Then, on the way to her first class, she runs into Cam. Literally runs into him and now he seems to be everywhere she is. She just wants him to go away, she thinks. Is Avery ready to try having a relationship for the first time in her life?
This book is considered to fit into the new “New Adult” category. The protagonist is in that stage between senior year of high school and her first job. She is dealing with her feelings and extreme emotional issues. She is falling in love for the first time.
I didn’t think I would enjoy reading about a nineteen year old going away to college and falling in love for the first time. Yes, that is mainly what the book is about, but it is so, so much more. Avery is damaged and has been damaged by those that should have supported her. Her trauma (and it was not what I thought, and worse then I imagined on many levels) is a very large part of her life and moving on is extremely difficult and the author brings us with her every step of the way. Avery is awakening in all senses of the term and there are some very steamy, sensual scenes in the book. If there is one flaw it is that Cameron is too darn perfect, but the reader wants Avery to have something good in her life, finally, that his perfection is easily overlooked.