book review

Right Here Waiting for You by Rebecca Pugh

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We used to be best friends…

Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!

Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.

That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…

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*Thank you HQ Digital  and NetGalley for providing the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The cover says Right Here Waiting For You is a “laugh-out-loud, feel-good romantic comedy”. I find it somewhat misleading. The blurb seems interesting and the cover is cute. It falls in a chick-lit category and I was really hoping for a light and fun read. Only, this one failed to meet the fun I envisioned.

Magda and Sophia used to be BFF when they were in high school. They are like sisters and even promised to each other that they will have kids at the same time, to share the experience together. But something happened that caused a rift between them. Magda left the town shortly and got married even to her father’s disagreement. And since husband and father don’t get along, she stopped visiting her father even if he is in mourning for her mom’s death. She devoted her time to her husband, Greg, who later she found out is cheating on her. In an act of revenge, she started sleeping with other men, too.

Sophia, on the other hand, was left behind by her boyfriend when he learned that she is pregnant. She was left to raise her child with the help of her parents. Things are not perfect but she is happy with the way things turn out for her. Working part-time and spending the rest of the time with her daughter, she can’t really ask for anything else. Well, maybe to be noticed by her friend Michael, whom she’s in love with for quite some time now. But he doesn’t seem interested at all.

Both Sophia and Magda are living their own lives and seemed to already forget about each other until they both received an invitation to their school reunion. They are both reluctant to go, and yet, come reunion time, they found themselves facing each other. Maybe it’s high time they finally settle the dispute that happened years ago.

The plot for Right Here Waiting For You is really interesting. The conflict between the characters is curious, too. It will make you wonder what can possibly happen between two friends for one to hate the other so much. It is also well-written. So, why does this disappoint me? Let me just say that it is not a bad book. I just find it so hard to get into it. It’s a short book and yet it took me a few days to finished it. Though the first chapter will really get your attention, but after that, everything becomes slow for me. I can’t seem to connect to both characters no matter how hard I tried. The mystery of what happened between them is rather predictable, as well. The reunion doesn’t feel like a reunion, instead, it’s a date between Sophia and Michael. How can you go to a school reunion and spend all your time with your plus one? Isn’t the purpose of the event is to catch up with your old friends and classmates? I feel like Tom, Esther’s father, could at least have been given a chance to meet his daughter. And the romance aspect seems so rushed. Also, I think the conflict between Magda and Sophia, and Magda and her dad were so conveniently fixed. I was expecting for more tension or whatever but in one snap everything is okay. The ending is also so abrupt I didn’t see it coming so fast, just like that. I was left hanging.    

Despite a lot of issues I have with this book, I like how Magda deals with her troublesome marriage. And I don’t mean the cheating. I like that it is a story about friendship and forgiveness more than romance. Like I’ve said it is far from being a bad book. It is actually a decent one. Maybe it just caught me in a bad time. Either way, I know there are readers out there who will appreciate the story of Right Here Waiting For You more. It is my first Rebecca Pugh book, but it will not stop me from reading some of her works.

RATING: 3/5

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(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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