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Sophie has dreams. A college-bound honors student, she has aspirations to be a poet. But an unplanned pregnancy changes everything. Suddenly, she isn’t so sure her life will go the way she wants. Then, she starts receiving threatening notes and wonders who is trying to destroy her. As the due date approaches, secrets come to life and events spiral out of control. Is SophieSophie has dreams. A college-bound honors student, she has aspirations to be a poet. But an unplanned pregnancy changes everything. Suddenly, she isn’t so sure her life will go the way she wants. Then, she starts receiving threatening notes and wonders who is trying to destroy her. As the due date approaches, secrets come to life and events spiral out of control. Is Sophie losing her mind? Or is she finding her soul?...

Title : Waiting for June
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ISBN : 9780761453291
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 599 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Waiting for June Reviews

  • Tahleen
    2019-05-20 10:09

    Sophie is a high school senior, trying to save up enough money for her college education and get through her final year so she can work toward her goal of becoming a poet. She also happens to be pregnant. This does not make her life easy, as she is constantly harassed in school, gets in bitter fights constantly with her mother (who refuses to share the identity of Sophie's own father), and tries to avoid everyone's questions and suspicions of who has fathered her child. Yet Sophie deeply loves her unborn daughter, whom she names June, and is nothing but confident and calm when thinking of her future with her. But to make matters even weirder, Sophie has been having dreams about a pod of whales, dreams so vivid that she is sure they are more than just dreams, that they (and her daughter) are trying to tell her something. The closer the due date approaches, the more secrets are revealed to both Sophie and to the reader.This slim volume packs a lot of issues into a poetic and lovely story. The only way I can describe the prose is floaty and calm. Nothing ever seems rushed—Sweeney takes her time telling the story, even through the tenser moments and action scenes. As we get deeper into the story, the mysteries get more and more intriguing. Sophie's dreams kick up a notch, to an almost supernatural level, and despite her sleuthing she cannot guess the meaning of them until the end, leaving us to make our guesses and hang in there, waiting to find out if we were right.That said, I found the issue of June's father pretty predictable—yet that didn't really detract from the story for me. I was more interested in why Sophie was having the dreams, and finding out about her own past. Her mother is very bitter and angry about the pregnancy, even though she herself has a somewhat sullied past. She is a single mother, and gives no indication of how she got there. Sophie is haunted by the fact that she doesn't know her own heritage or where she came from, and uses her pregnancy and the need to know her family's medical history to figure this out.In the end, this book is about women's solidarity and independence. It is full of strong women who do what needs to be done and take care of each other. All of them band together when it comes down to it, though some take longer than others, and everything is done with as much dignity as possible. It's a quick read, but gave me that happy feeling you get after reading a good story.

  • Kerry Cerra
    2019-05-17 05:07

    A story filled with magical realism, pregnancy, and determination, Waiting for June is a fabulous read. Sophie has never felt comfortable in high school. When she learns that she is pregnant during her senior year and begins having strange dreams, Sophie is convinced the baby is sending her messages. Struggling to deal with the death threats she’s suddenly receiving and trying to find her way in the world, you will find yourself cheering for Sophie as she untangles the web of dreams and threatening letters before delivering a beautiful baby. A short, but wonderful read with an unexpected ending.

  • Tena Edlin
    2019-05-09 10:57

    This book was a cheap Kindle deal, and it got my attention, so I read it. It was a decent book with a few surprises. It wasn't a story about the horrors of a future-ending teen pregnancy. It was a story about a smart teenager trying to do the right thing after making a (huge) mistake. It focused on the teen's life and school and family/friend relationships, but it didn't specifically center on the pregnancy. The pregnancy was a catalyst for events and changes in relationships. There was also a tiny mythical/dreamy element that at first annoyed me but that I actually ended up liking. The book definitely did not present teen pregnancy as a positive thing, but it showed some positive ways to handle it.

  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    2019-04-25 08:06

    This was a surprising gem of a novel- a story of an overachieving high school senior who is pregnant but refuses to name the father of her child-- it could have been a cliched YA book to get lost in the fray, but it was so much more than that. The imagery and poetry and diction Sweeney uses to tell the story of Sophie in these weeks of her life, tie the story to themes of heritage, nature and culture, are breathtaking and special. For a free kindle read, this book was spectacular. The author has a true gift with language and I can't wait to read more.

  • Ann
    2019-05-07 12:14

    This is the second book I have read by this author. I read her first book, centerline back in the late 80s.You can find this authors books on NLS.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-24 11:12

    Amazing Magical TaleLoved how June is the true heroine through her family’s heritage. Writer has given depth to all her characters as well.

  • Betty
    2019-05-13 05:50

    “Waiting for June” is a very gratifying book. Sophie, a high school senior, is pregnant and is going to have a baby girl. She has strange dreams about whales and someone is sending threatning notes to her to kill her and her baby.She has a really good friend who is always there for her and who cares for her a lot. I would recommend this book to anyone. My favorite character is her best friend Joshua because he is always there for Sophie and he is a loyal friend. All of the mysterys and secrets in this book kept me reading it.I felt like I wanted to know what would happen next and more mysteries kept coming up. The portion of the book that captivated my attention was when she had her baby.I really didn’t expect her daughter to be african american.My least favorite character was Blanca because she tried to do something really bad to sophie. This book made me feel sad sometimes because of all the things Sophie has to go through because of her teenage pregnancy. I think the author wrote this book so girls can see what teenage pregnancy is like and all the struggles that come with it. If this book was made into a movie I would choose to be Sophie because shes the starJ I kind of expected and didn’t expect the ending because I knew she would end up having her baby and her mom would end up loving her grandaughter. But I didn’t expect who turned out to be the babys father.

  • Anne Slater
    2019-04-23 06:56

    This isn't an earth-shattering story, but a mind-nudging one.High-achieving, college-aspiring daughter of a single mother, Sophie's plans are knocked off balance by her pregnancy. Her mother's world is shaken, too, but her daughter's unwillingness to name the baby's father does not make her willing to reveal Sophie's father's identity to her...The important parts of this too-short novel arefriendships, how they are formed and growthe importance of being true to one's selfthe vagaries the teen experienceI look forward to reading more of Joyce Sweeney's work.

  • Haydee
    2019-05-15 05:55

    This is the story of Sophie, a high school student with big dreams of going to college and becoming a writer, all while dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. The story takes place during Sophie's senior year. Sophie lives with her mom, who was a young single mother herself. There are a lot of questions throughout the story, all of which are answered by the end. Even though this was a short book, I really enjoyed it.

  • Angela
    2019-05-20 12:00

    This was a very short book in comparison to what I am used to. Around 150 pages. But is was a beautiful story. Sophie is a pregnant teen in her third trimester who is trying to find out the secret of who her father is while at the same time keeping the secret of who her babies father is. It all comes full circle at the end and even though things seem a little weird throughout the book at times it comes together beautifully at the end.

  • Gina Basham
    2019-05-01 11:50

    I needed a break from some of the thriller and mystery novels and this was a great choice. Loved the characters, the plot and it was very well written. Sophie handles herself with a maturity that exceeds her age. It reminds us that our parents have their own life with their own secrets. The ending surprised and satisfied me. I would recommend this book.

  • Allyson
    2019-05-20 10:17

    This was an interesting read that definitely went off in a direction I did not expect. The lore aspect caught me off guard and generally didn't sit well with me, despite being a lore reader. However, Sweeney did a great job bringing it all together in the end. Once I had read the entire story, all the "huh?" pieces fell into place and I was able to appreciate the entire package.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-11 08:01

    Waiting For June was a relaxing read. I enjoyed how the pregnancy and high school life was not glamorized. Too many times, high school pregnancies and home lives look fun. Sophie's story was more relatable. While the book was short and simple, I enjoyed and related to it.

  • Donna
    2019-05-21 08:48

    Can't say I was a fan. I really didn't believe the characters but I wanted to. Some of the story was OK the rest was simply eh...I am just glad it was short and I didn't have to force myself into reading more.

  • Wynter
    2019-05-04 11:12

    This was book was about a young woman who gets pregnant an while she pregnant she deals with her stalker sending her evil letters. Also while she pregnant she learns deep secrets behind her family. She also dreams an pictures whales or sea creatures having her worry what he baby is thinking.

  • Kirby Lamar
    2019-05-17 09:15

    I couldn't put this book down because I wanted to find out who the father of the baby was and who the main characters father is. I also wanted to see who the person sending the threating notes was. The ending was good, didn't leave you hanging, but kept you thinking. Great book!

  • Tria Keys
    2019-04-30 08:10

    I loved this book. Even though it was kind of weird because the main character had crazy dreams about whales and stuff, it was still great. The ending was overpowering to me because you start to wonder who did what. And when that person was revealed, I screamed.

  • Vicki
    2019-05-02 10:51

    Sophie is pregnant, a senior & waiting for her baby in June. She has strange whale dreams, problems w/her mom & won't say who is the father. Josh & Acacia are her true supportive friends. - Good

  • Tristin Willis
    2019-05-08 06:08

    This book has a high school pregnancy and a little mystery. It moves pretty fast but wouuld make for a good Indie film.

  • Khadijah Al-harthi
    2019-05-02 06:09

    This was magical. I loved every word, vivid, and such beautiful character development.

  • Kathy Dobronyi
    2019-05-11 11:08

    Interesting take on myths and legends cast over a young woman's waiting for her baby's birth.

  • Suzanne Forster
    2019-04-28 06:48

    Easy readit was a quick and easy read. I wanted to read to the end where I typically get bored quickly.

  • Jordyn B
    2019-04-25 05:52

    This has a lot of potential to be an amazing read. But honestly I wasn't a fan of it. The plot was everywhere and the ending was lame

  • Kayla
    2019-05-14 04:00

    This was a good book.

  • Adele
    2019-05-13 03:47

    A good, quick read with likable, well-developed characters, and with the touch of supernatural often found in Sweeney's books.

  • Tracie Chapple
    2019-05-08 12:07

    A great book with a unique storyline - very enjoyable read.

  • Anna
    2019-05-05 08:09

    An unusual and elegant examination of the teen pregnancy experience.