Mar 8, 2012

Review | Waitlisted by Laurel Gans

Title: Waitlisted
Author: Laurel Gans
Series: None
Publication: 10.04.2011 by Etopia Press
Source: CLP Blog Tours
Challenges: 2012 E-Book Challenge
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Summary: Kacey Barlow had no idea it would be this hard to get into grad school. Her well-to-do family has been attending UI for generations, and admissions had been recruiting her since high school! She was a shoo-in—that is, until they gave her the boot.

She can’t tell her parents, and can’t stand the thought of her friends going off to grad school without her. Her grades are slipping. Her professors can’t remember her name, and her tutor, Taylor, won’t stop hitting on her when they’re supposed to be studying.

Okay, maybe that last one isn’t so bad. But it’s not going to help get her a seat in another school...and applications are due in two weeks...

Thoughts: I don't want to write too long of a review on this book because it is such a struggle to write something negative. I agreed to read Waitlisted because it sounded like a book I could easily relate to, being a college student and having been in a similar situation as Kacey. I was very disappointed when the book turned out to have a main character I quickly hated and a story that could have been better written.

The writing was okay, but I felt was a bit choppy. There were some funny moments, but overall, the book was too descriptive and I found myself with an immense urge to skim several paragraphs in each chapter. The narration was also bothersome, switching from first to second point of view, and although maybe it worked for some, it pretty much annoyed me.

While I could've looked past the tolerable writing, I really could not get over how badly I disliked Kacey. She was selfish, irresponsible, fake and conceited. That's to name a few. She hated science, didn't do any work, complained a whole lot and I had a hard time getting through the book just because I couldn't care less what happened to her.

I really felt that if I wanted to give this book an honest review, I had to go all the way and finish it, and even though it took me quite some time I did get through it. I really wanted to like Waitlisted, but it just wasn't for me. As I always say, don't let that discourage you from picking up this book because others have enjoyed it and so might you.


About the author:

Laurel Gans is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she studied Spanish. She is currently a dental student at The Ohio State University with her twin sister, Stephanie. She enjoys writing, water sports and spending time with her family and friends.
Buy the book: Amazon