The Wolves are Waiting by Natasha Friend
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: March 22, 2022
From award-winning author Natasha Friend comes a compelling investigation of sexual harassment and the toxic and complicit structures of a small college town.
Before the night of the Frat Fair, 15-year-old Nora Melchionda’s life could have been a Gen-Z John Hughes movie. She had a kind-of boyfriend, a spot on the field hockey team, good grades, and a circle of close friends. Of course there were bumps in the road: she and her lifelong BFF Cam were growing apart and her mother was trying to clone her into wearing sensible khakis instead of showy short skirts. But none of that mattered, because Nora always had her dad, Rhett Melchionda, on her side. Rhett was not only Nora’s hero, but as the Athletic Director of Faber College, he was idolized by everyone she knew.
Now, Nora would give anything to go back to that life. The life before whatever happened on the golf course.
She doesn’t want to talk about it—not that she could, because she doesn’t remember anything—and insists that whatever happened was nothing. Cam, though, tries to convince Nora to look for evidence and report the incident to the police. And then there’s Adam Xu, who found Nora on the golf course and saw her at her most vulnerable. She ignores it all, hoping it will all go away. But when your silence might hurt other people, hiding is no longer an option.
The Wolves Are Waiting begins in the aftermath of an attempted assault, but reaches farther than a story about one single night or one single incident. What Nora and her friends will uncover is a story that spans generations. But it doesn’t have to anymore.
About the Author:
Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, Where You’ll Find Me, The Other F-Word, How We Roll, and The Wolves Are Waiting. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her family.
Well what can I say when I saw the email for the tour for The Wolves are waiting I was very intrigued and had a feeling that this young adult contemporary was going to have a kick in it and oh boy I was not wrong.
The Wolves are waiting has four POVs throughout the book Nora, Cam Nora's Best Friend, Adam Xu and Asher Nora's Brother.
At the start of the story we see Nora who is 15 has her life changed by one single night and Adam Xu was just there and contacted Cam. This event which Cam and Adam start to investigate find out that this has been ongoing throughout the years in the college town of Faber and now they want action at any cost and boy what a cost. When I saw the twist it did make cry for Nora and for every girl who had gone through it. Natasha treated this subject with such care and you could tell that she had done her research. She also showed the dark side of social media.
I have not gone fully into this as I believe this book needs to be read and discussed by both sexes would get an understanding of each other. For all these reasons The Wolves Are Waiting is getting 5 stars