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Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite
Waiting for Dusk by author Nancy Pennick is about Katie, a normal teenager, and her adventures into the spectacular world of time traveling and surreal dreams. The story opens with us meeting Katie and her mom during the summer, when the teenager is really bored and misses her school friends. But when her mom decides to give her an old historical book to read, things quickly take a turn for the surreal. Katie find herself in a world of Harvey Girls, vintage cars and boarding schools from the past. What at first seemed like a really vivid dream turns out to be more. Katie is now more interested in her dream life than her reality, especially when Drew comes along, a perfect boy she immediately falls for in the past. Can Katie handle both worlds?
Nancy Pennick wrote a beautiful young adult novel with characters that seem real and with dreams that almost all teenagers have at some point. The fact that Katie’s personality in the real world is a bit difficult for readers to handle makes it easier for us to dream and wait for the other world alongside Katie. The dream sequences are definitely the best parts of the novel. Waiting for Dusk is a lovely story of friendship, young love and dreams that take you by surprise, all wrapped up in sincerity and a familiar writing style. I think this is the perfect novel to be read at teenagers’ book clubs, or simply passed along from one friend to another. If you are looking for a simple yet wonderful story, sincere characters, the innocence of young love stories and dreams of lovelier times, Waiting for Dusk is the right book for you.