Title: Waiting for Mr. Right (Mr. Right #1)
Author: Lisa Raftery and Barbara Precourt
Julia Duncan arrives at Tyler University with hopes of a good education, but more importantly, meeting that special someone. She imagines a handsome prince who will sweep her off her feet as they ride into the sunset and live happily ever after. Eventually, Julia finds a boyfriend who seems to be Mr. Right. But time reveals he is just the opposite, and her romantic dream quickly becomes a terrifying nightmare. What started as a little lie grows to the point of crisis, and every moment moves her further and further from the life she so desperately desires. Will Julia survive her first year of college?
Quick note: I’m classifying this book as YA because even though it could be classified as New Adult, I think the message is most relevant to YA readers.
I am usually not into romance books at all. But my mother bought the whole Mr. Right series for me (because she felt sorry for the woman selling them, I think). And she figured if I didn’t like them, I could donate them to our church library and get reimbursed.
In the beginning, I wasn’t too thrilled with the writing. Dense blocks of text and minimalistic dialogue. But I told myself I’d tough it out 100 pages, and I even ended up finishing it.
Julia seemed to be the stereotypical sheltered Christian girl wanting to find out what she missed in college. And while I can understand it, I guess, I felt she was a little immature. Most of the things she did I could have told her was a bad idea. (Of course, my sister accuses me of being a forty-year-old in a sixteen-year-old body, so the immaturity thing could be just me.)
Jay wasn’t so much bad as he was misguided. He was definitely the wrong guy for Julia. But he wanted so bad to be the right one. He’s one of those characters where I wanted the main character to get away from him, but at the same time, I wanted things to work out for him, too (but with a different girl).
I feel like I should mention more characters, but even though Julia had a lot of casual acquaintances and people she hung out with, she wasn’t really close enough to anyone to warrant a mention.
The plot seemed to be one bad decision of Julia’s after another. Sometimes, I got annoyed and felt like yelling, “That’s so obviously a bad idea!” but most of the time, I was just curious to see how she would mess up next. I think she made almost every mistake out there for college-age kids – and the ones she didn’t make, her dorm-mates did.
I could tell the authors of Waiting for Mr. Right weren’t professionals – better than amateurs, sure, but not pro. Besides the minimal dialogue and a whole lot of telling instead of showing, it got a little preachy at the end. I’ll admit it – I glossed over most of the last chapter.
When I finished Waiting for Mr. Right, my first impression was that it wasn’t a great book. It was okay, but not great. But later, I realized I was still thinking about it. I can’t explain exactly why, but this is the kind of book that sticks in your head and makes you remember it fondly.
Waiting for Mr. Right had its flaws, sure. But strangely enough, it became one of those stories I think about even after I’ve turned the last page. And while its dating-related message doesn’t apply to me right now, I can see how this would be good for girls at different stages of life than me. I just might read the second book, Meeting Mr. Right, if for nothing else than I want to see if it sticks in my head like this one did.