Special Review, ya contemporary

ARC Review: Worth The Wait by Laura Jackson

9781938708268I was gifted a ebook in exchange for an honest review by HopeSprings Books through NetGalley.

Goodreads Summary:

Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing—doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.


Let me first start of by saying that this a Young Adult Christian Novel. This book is big on Christian morals and values. Now with that out of the way, let me get on with the review.

When I think of Worth The Wait in edible form (FOOD) I think of a fluffy angel cake. It’s sweet, it’s light, it’s fun. I would say this is chick flick material right here. At the beginning of the book I didn’t like Ellie at all. She was very annoying and actually made me dread to read the rest of the book because I thought to myself Is this the protagonist I’m getting stuck with?! Ugh. But overtime that annoying side to her started to fade away, and we finally saw why she was the way she was. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE.

There were times where I loved Laura’s writing, and at others it felt a little forced and weird. The main issue I had with the novel was how quickly the tone changed at times that my reaction went a little like this: WAIT WHAT’S GOING ON. I THOUGHT WE WERE HAPPY. NOW WE’RE MAD. OKKKKAAAAYYYYY.

But honestly, there is more good than bad. Worth The Wait is Laura Jackson’s first published novel and I say for a first novel it is freaking good. Additionally, I really liked that HopeSprings Books, her publisher, let her write the novel in a different formula. In a lot of the big christian publishing houses tend to prefer a certain style of writing, and if you write in that type of style, great for you, but if you don’t, you aren’t getting published. At least that’s what someone told me from their personal experience.

I know my rating may leave some of you weary, wondering if you should pick up this book or not, and I say do it. It has its beautiful moments where you will get teary-eyed. I know the story sounds a little cliche from the summary, but give it a chance. It’s one of those worth reading cliche—type books.


Rating: 3.75/5


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