16 Jul Q: What line is too long to wait in? A: None, if you’ve brought a book.
“For anyone who has ever waited for the call that didn’t come…”
That is the opening line from the cover flap of Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. Not knowing a single detail of what this book is about, that phrase can apply to many things. Is it a call that would let you know you got the job? Is it the call that someone arrived safely home? Is it a call to follow up a successful first date? It could even be the call from someone you talk with daily, that suddenly just stops. Whatever kind of call it is-that doesn’t happen, they all lead to the same thing. The seemingly endless waiting and wondering. It’s this part that is truly agonizing, where minutes take on the feeling of hours and days.
I first came across Ghosted and the beautiful cover immediately caught my eye. I later found it on the sale shelves at the library and snatched it up for a dollar. It stayed in my tote bag for a bit because I forgot about it. Eventually it crossed my mind and I went and pulled it out, and dang, that cover! It’s just so pretty, or maybe I’m easily impressed? Either way it moved up a few notches on my short list of tbrs. That shows you, my dear reader, books do get judged by their cover. Below is the synopsis from Amazon, because I’ve yet to read it:
Oh wait, there’s a cover blurb about this book from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, “I absolutely didn’t want it to end.”
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other, the truth.
I think this sounds like a fun, fast read. Unlike real life, when the waiting game seems to go on forever, which is never fun. What do you do in those cases? What’s the right answer, what’s the right amount of time to wait for a response and in some instances, do you truly want to know the answer? That old saying, “ignorance is bliss” can often be the salve that soothes when the truth might sting. I don’t know, really I don’t. It’s hard to judge and really not fair to either, each situation is different. So if you find yourself in the midst of waiting for something or someone, make sure you’ve brought a book with you-and make sure it’s a good, long one.
Happy evening, bookworms.
“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait in line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.”
– David Levithan