All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson

All We Can Do Is Wait

In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital: Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart…right when they need each other mos...

Details All We Can Do Is Wait

TitleAll We Can Do Is Wait
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews All We Can Do Is Wait

  • Larry H
    3.5 stars here.It seemed like just another day in Boston. And then, without warning, the Tobin Bridge collapses, with about 100 cars on its span at the time. These were people just going about their business—students, parents, families, people racing to work or school or home or to some other obligation or exciting occasion. "It was hard to say who was less lucky, the ones who fell into the water or the ones who fell onto Charlestown, debris tu...
  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Beautiful cover, heartfelt premise, good writing and teen angst that director John Hughes would have lapped up like a cat with cream. But I felt a whole lot of nothing because as exciting as the premise sounded, there was way too much backstory and I was a bit worn out by it all. I usually devour YA novels and I am sure that some of my students would love the story. I do ...
  • Mandy
    This was like super super super well-written? Like, if this is how debuts are going to be for 2018, I might be finally able to break my rating slump because this was super good. It was raw and real and just exactly all the heartbreak and emotion that I thought it was going to be. To explain the book, you have to think of it not as a linear format. I like to think of it as a collection of moments in these people's lives brought together in a bridg...
  • Brandon
    Such a disappointment. Didn't enjoy his writing style at all - kind of pretentious and feels the need to over-explain the narrative to the reader. Would have been better in more capable hands.
  • Jennifer
    4.5 stars. review to come
  • Neville Longbottom
    All We Can Do Is Wait is a novel that focuses on a group of teenagers who are waiting in a hospital to find out the fate of their loved ones after a tragic bridge collapse. It is not a fast-paced adventure or survival story, but rather a character study of how different people react to tragedy. Most of the story is takes place before the bridge collapse and you learn who these characters are and what has happened in their past leading up to them ...
  • Ally (book__ventures)
    For All We Can Do Is Wait being Richard Lawson's debut novel, I was blown away. Lawson tackles a horrific story full of so much relatable pain and turns it into a beautiful, heart-wrenching story line.Synopsis: In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital: Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment...
  • Amanda
    Stories about disparate people coming together and telling their stories from multiple perspectives are my favorite kind of stories, which is why I was so intrigued by and exited for this book. And I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. The characters are each so interesting in their own way and their stories are well fleshed out. Their backstories are parceled out in a way that compels you to keep reading, which is why I read it in two sittings ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    1.5 STARSDo you like a ton of backstory and not much story?How about almost all telling and little showing?Or perhaps books that are supposed to be emotional and make you feel nothing?If so, ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT is what you’re looking for.I loved debut writer Richard Lawson’s premise: 6 strangers in a hospital waiting room after a bridge collapse, anticipating news of their loved ones, bonding. Lawson created interesting, diverse characters ...
  • Stephanie
    Overall, this was a good story of strangers being forced to sit with each other and bond over a bridge collapse while they wait to hear the fates of their family and friends. It ends suddenly, and a little predictable, but I would use it as a way to teach empathy in classrooms or schools.
  • Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
    This book is told from multiple POVs which I like from time to time, as it gives you an insight to more emotions and stories that hopefully weave together a bit in the end. And while the stories do start to make sense in this book, I found the narratives of each to be a little dry. There were definitely bits of each chapter that I was interested in, but the majority of this book is in a telling vs showing narrative that didn't keep my attention m...
  • Fantaghiro23
    Wow. Just wow.
  • Vivian Stevenson
    It's actually a 3.5/5.
  • Allessa
    *I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the editor.Rating: 4 stars (Very good)Summary: Five teenagers meet in an ER where they reflect on their lives and relationships while waiting to hear if their loved ones have survived a bridge collapse. Review: I don't usually read contemporary YA, but the premise intrigued me and I can't resist a beautiful cover.All We Can Do Is Wait's greatest weakness is its uneven opening pages. The prologue neither ad...
  • Kacey Vanderkarr
    I fell in love with the idea behind this book, the raw, aching moments of waiting to find out bad news. It seemed like hit! There were a lot of things I liked, the use of backstory, the multiple points of view, the fact that the author didn't shy away from things like abuse, drug use, and sex. What fell flat for me was the follow through. The ending, while technically "full circle," left me unfulfilled. Though we see all the character complete th...
  • Laura Mauro
    This book blew me away. I adore stories about strangers meeting and and a story based around that. I thought this book not only had a cool concept but also such a cool narrative and way of telling the story. I loved how past and present was used to to tell these five characters stories. I was equally invested in all the various POV and raced through it. It was a more emotional read and def tugged on my heart strings. I really enjoyed it and would...
  • Briana
    This was a very powerful book about grief and loss, and in its own quiet way, it will stay with me for a long time. That being said, I hate ambiguous endings, so I deducted a star for not knowing what happened. I liked the style, going back and forth between perspectives, as well as between the past and present in each characters lives. It was a cool way to get backstory, and there were more than a few twists to go around. Definitely recommend.
  • Jamie
    This is quite solid and affecting. I sat down to skim a few pages and ended up reading a third of it without thinking. Even though I saw a lot of the twists it's got really good writing. I'm not in love with the backstories being misty watercolored memories while the characters sit in a hospital waiting room but it's the structure - whadaya gonna do. [side note - unrelated to the story, can I just say I hate almost all the names of the characters...
  • Brittany
    I know the reviews have been very positive for this book, and perhaps my hangup, is with the pace of the audiobook, but I found this so slow. I kept having to turn back and remind myself who the characters were each chapter, because I just wasn’t invested. Bummer.
  • Kayo
    The plot to this book was amazing. Just like you read in all the headlines. Loved the story within a story.Great book.
  • Caleb Roehrig
    Review TK, but this is an incredibly moving and poignant story about interconnectedness and learning to face the world.
  • Kristen Beverly
    Review to come.
  • Keilla
    3.75 Stars
  • LittleMissBookworm
    "All We Can Do Is Wait" tells the heart-breaking story of a tragic accident and its aftermath.One moment there was a bridge spanning the river and the next, there wasn't. The news of the tragedy spreads like wildfire and worried Bostonians rush to the hospital to find out if their loved ones made it out alive. In their midst, there are Skyler, Jason, Alexa, Scott and Morgan - five teenagers who've never met before, but are united in their sorrow....
  • Laura
    Too many POVs and far too predictable. The grief and fear that the characters are supposed to feel wasn't well described, and their voices were relatively similar. Given the importance suggested by the location (the Tobin Bridge in Boston) it was surprising that there wasn't more sense of the city and people.
  • Julie
    All We Can Do is Wait is a book with endless potential. It boasts an intriguing premise: five Boston teens from very different backgrounds are brought together and share unexpected, Breakfast Club-esque, bonds, as they sit together in a hospital lobby, waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones, following a massive bridge collapse. The novel features at least three, well-developed, intriguing and complex characters. It also offers up an impress...
  • Lindsay
    A bridges collapses in Boston, Massachusetts and five teenagers find themselves in the ER waiting room together, desperately waiting to hear news of friends and family who were driving on the bridge when it fell.Jason and Alexa are siblings but act more like strangers. After a summer in Wellfleet in which Alexa thought they bonded, a new wedge has come between them. Jason spends his time getting kicked out of multiple schools, getting high, and d...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    An awful accident brings a bunch of teenager together in the waiting area of a hospital: a Boston bridge collapsed during busy traffic and now they are waiting for news. Scott is afraid that his girlfriend Aimee might be amongst the dead. Skyler was on the telephone with her sister when Kate suddenly broke away. Jason and Alex fear the worst about their parents who were on the way to Alexa’s school. And Morgan already knows that her father is n...
  • Kay Kuever
    Whew. Okay. I'm super surprised that I made it from cover to cover without shedding a single tear. There were so many touch and go moments, but I kept it together. Will power was strong with me, because this book is heart wrenching, raw, powerful and incredibly relatable to so many people. I've been saying this a lot lately, but I really could not put this book down. I was utterly hooked from the the tragedy stricken first line. All We Can Do Is...
  • Muzette Alcocer
    "All We Can Do Is Wait" follows a group of teenagers through a harrowing day in a hospital waiting room after a bridge collapse in Boston. Each is waiting to hear news of loved ones, one a sister, one a girlfriend, two their parents, and one a father. Not all of them receive good news. But it is more than that too. It tells their background - being a teenager is complicated, full of drama and shadows. Life is big and emotions are bigger. Some sec...