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Waiting on the Sidelines

Narrated by: Laura Darrell
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Summary

Nolan Lennox had things figured out. Named after a baseball legend, she enjoyed being the tomboy. Her closet was filled with her brother's hand-me-downs, cut-off jeans, and soccer shorts. But when her first trip to high school results in a broken heart from the first boy ever to make her heart flutter and cruel words from an older girl she once thought a family friend, Nolan starts to question the very person she thought she was.

Throughout the next four years, Nolan struggles to maintain herself throughout her path of discovery, learning just how cruel teenagers can be through the pressures of underage drinking, sexuality, and class. And despite how life seems to continue to work against her, she still manages to listen to her heart, falling deeper and deeper for the guy the entire town adores, even if he only sees her as a friend. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it's too late?

Reed Johnson came to Coolidge High School with a lot of fanfare. The son of a hometown football legend and the brother of a local football hero, Reed wore all the pressures of carrying a town without hope into the spotlight. Thankfully he had the talent to back it up. But when he meets a girl who makes him think twice about exactly what being a hero means, he starts to wonder if following in his brother's footsteps might be all wrong.

Nolan Lennox was everything that was opposite of expected. She didn't flirt, she didn't drink, and she didn't sleep around. Nothing about her was easy, but something about her made Reed want to try harder. Though she didn't look the part, she seemed to be spending a lot of time in Reed's thoughts, and he wondered if she could be the one who made it all worthwhile. But could Reed handle letting her down? And would breaking her heart break him beyond repair?

©2013 Ginger Scott (Ginger Eiden) (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant

I really like the fact that this story was told over a few years. Often romances are whirlwind in books but the highs and lows of Nolan and Reed played out over years, giving their relationship more depth and making it more realistic.

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  • BLF
  • 31-07-15

a young adult read

I rarely am moved to write a review but felt compelled to write this one - while I am far from a young adult (even my children are beyond young adult ) I could relate to the trials of Reed and Nolan. I come from a time when people were kinder to each other or at least that is how I remember my high school years. That said I am familiar with the likes of Tatum and later Dylan, those beautiful, smart "in crowd" girls who feed on hurting others. It is a sad commentary on our society that their actions are rewarded and accepted rather than shunned, that was not the case when I was a teenager.

Recently an article appeared on the net looking at what markers were indications for success. No surprise to me, and I am sure to those of my generation, the markers were kindness and ability to share at a young age. I am more than lucky to have raised four successful and wonderful children who are truly good people. To those out there who have suffered at the hands of cruel and callous peers, take heart you shall overcome as my children have and as Nolan and Reed ultimately do.

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  • holly f
  • 02-08-15

Extremely good

Great primary and secondary characters. Well written. Captivating. entertaining.One of the best books I've read in a while.

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  • James
  • 10-09-16

It was okay

Maybe, I'm just in a bad mood but Reed is a jerk & Nolan deserves way better. But when you fall in love, it's hard to be rational. Oh well, I'm willing to read the 2nd but no promises.

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  • Listening is Reading
  • 22-08-18

Waiting on the Sidelines

I found this book to be a little predictable but I overall enjoyed these characters. I am not for the dramalama and I did roll my eyes a few times but the bones of the story sucked me in.

New guy, becomes popular. Kind of under the radar girl falls for the new guy. Can’t forget the mean girl, who gets the new guy. ;)

But what kept me going was Reed and his friendship with Nolan even when Reeds Meanie GF was around he was still friends with Nolan.

Can we please talk about Reed's dad, I think he is one of the best supporting characters in this book. He is awesome and I loved that he knew Nolan was special and needed the encouragement.

Love that Nolan had a great relationship with her dad that made my heart happy.

The will they won’t they were getting a little old, but I hung in there and I am happy I finished.

Very much loved the narration I think Laura Darrell does a perfect job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-18

"PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER! WOW!"

If you're reading this, be prepared to go on emotional rollercoaster with unending twists and turns. Wheeeewww!!! OMG! I was SO angry, happy, sad; every emotion you can think of is what I felt. Nolan, and Reed had a beautiful love story. However, it didn't exclude angst, resentment, heartbreak (typical teenage/high school stuff). (((SPOILER!!!!))) My only drawback, was how desperate Nolan was for Reed (Just my POV). She gave him her WHOLE heart only to have it stopped on over-and-over again. I felt like Reed knew deep down he wanted Nolan, like from the start. But, typical boy he was with raging hormones, he decided to sow his 'royal oats' knowing that Nolan would always be there. I hated that not only was Nolan bullied, by her arch enemy (someone Reed continually slept with, knowing somewhat that she was bullying his friend/love interest) He continued to lead Nolan on, uncertain of what he really wants (trusting that no matter how many girls he slept with, how vulgar his words were, Nolan would be right there. And she was to an extent). I appreciated the author allowing Nolan, to raise up and defend herself (she wasn't the proverbial 'stupid-girl' but I just felt like what she did wasn't enough. SHE HURT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND ALL SHE EVER DID WAS LOVE REED!!!!) This behavior (though Reed was apologetic and tried to mend fences) continued all the way to graduation. And I know this is typical for youth's who are 'coming of age,' but it was rather annoying having Nolan constantly pine over a boy who wasn't sure whether or not he was ready to treat her like she deserved. Over all, it was a great read! I could not put it down.

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  • FS Meurinne
  • 18-08-18

I love it

I read the book as an ARC a while back, I now got the audiobook and fell more in love with it. A must for anyone who lokes sports romance.

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  • Mary Bonham-carter
  • 10-08-18

Unlikeble MC's

I had a hard time liking either of the MC’s. Reed is a self absorbed, unapologetic, prick and Nolan is childish and pathetic. I couldn’t see any redeeming qualities in Reed what so ever. Sure he has looks and athleticism, but he thinks only of himself, and regularly associates with his Ex who proves over and over again to be a disgusting human being. Through out the book Reed has little to no regard for the girl he supposedly loves (Nolan) and in the end he is intentionally cruel to her. If you are looking for a story of a girl's unhealthy obsession with a spoiled selfish popular guy, this is your book.

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  • chewy
  • 16-03-19

Tearjerker

I loved both the characters and the way the story was written. The characters were always attracted to each other, but got together slowly! Loved when Tabitha, the villain, got what was coming to her!

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  • Mz Toya
  • 12-03-19

I didn't like Nolan or Reed very much...

I thought this book would be a story of a teen girl (Nolan) coming into her own and overcoming bullying. Instead, it was about her spending her entire 4 years of high school being a doormat to some selfish, emotionally abusive teen boy (Reed). I was incredibly frustrated with the fact that no matter what he did she remained obsessed with him (And he did a lot). I found myself wanting to scream at her character every few minutes. They had a very unhealthy relationship dynamic. This is not my idea of a love story. If you want to listen to 12 hours of a smart young woman with tons of potential be a complete fool for some turd of a teen boy then this book is for you. As for me, I will not be listening to part 2.

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  • Jo Fergus
  • 18-01-19

Coming of age story

This is the first book in this three book series which centres around Nolan and Reed.

Nolan is not most girls her age, she is named after a man and prefers sporting wear to dresses. She loves sport, whether she is participating or watching it. Now that she is in high school she is rethinking her clothing choices in an effort to ‘fit in’ a bit more.

High school plays an important part in the formative years of every young adult and sometimes it can be a cruel place to spend your days. When I say cruel, I mean some of the people there. Like the self proclaimed popular people who like to elevate themselves by putting other people down.

Nolan notices Reed in her first week at school and very quickly develops a crush on him. After working on a project together they become good friends, so much so that Reed often confides in Nolan, he really respects her opinion on any issues he has going on. He is the star quarterback and has to deal with a lot of pressure at times.

Nolan watches Reed flirts, make out and date other girls through their years at high school while pining for him to see her in a different light. He eventually does and when it happens it’s like all her dreams have come true. However, it is not smooth sailing for them.

Like a lot of young teens who are figuring things out there is doubt, jealousy and confusion at times. I had to keep reminding myself just how young they were as at times I got so annoyed with the things that happened. Especially saying one thing and doing another.

We follow these two, and their friends, as they navigate their way through high school and onto college. There are plenty of speed bumps along the way and if they can work through them they may just find their way back to each other.