The Long Wait for Tomorrow
The Long Wait for Tomorrow
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Annotation: High school senior Patrick's life is a mess, but when his best friend, star quarterback Kelly McDermott, suddenly begins behaving very strangely, Patrick must do as he always has and put Kelly's needs first.
Catalog Number: #600310082
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 352
Territory: US Only
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-375-89297-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-375-89297-4
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
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After a brutal opening in which a group of high-school football players torment a nerd, Dorfman changes tone so rapidly it's initially disorienting. We are introduced to two of the tormentors: Kelly, the popular quarterback headed to future glories at Ohio State, and his more introspective pal, Patrick. Both Patrick and Jenna, Kelly's girlfriend, realize that Kelly is a jerk, but he's also a force of nature neither of them are up to deflecting. The next morning, however, Kelly wakes up a new man. He buys Patrick expensive gifts. He kisses Jenna like he means it. He's what they dub the New Kelly McDermott pleasant change until Kelly mentions that he is a 40-year-old version of himself who has time-traveled in from a mental institution. Dorfman's leisurely unveiling of information sometimes seems counterproductive, but his infectious, last-day-of-school vibe effectively clears the way for a conclusion every bit as unexpectedly ferocious as the opening chapter. Looking for humor? Poignancy? Mind-bending time theories? You've come to the right book.
Horn Book
Star high school quarterback Kelly reveals to his best friend and girlfriend that he is actually an older version of himself trapped in his younger body. He's trying to prevent a tragedy that will alter the course of their lives. The story's slow pacing detracts somewhat from an intriguing and original premise.
Kirkus Reviews
Wallflower Patrick Saint has always taken second place to his cocky, bullying, football-star of a best friend, Kelly McDermott, who seems to have everything. Patrick, meanwhile, feels stuck in a time warp, forced to live in the shadow of his brother, who died years before. When Kelly wakes up one morning stark naked and behaving completely at odds with his old self, Patrick knows something's up: Kelly's now thoughtful, seemingly caring and intelligent. What gives? Kelly explains that he's returned from 20 years in the future to right a wrong he committed as a teen and possibly save the world. Dorfman spins brilliant sentences, packing big ideas, philosophy, the sounds of jazz and pure energy into the dialogues between the two boys. His plot may require some serious suspension of disbelief, but it moves at full throttle despite some jerks and stops in the time-travel elements. The voices are mostly even, though at times the characters feel too world-wise for their age. A wild, thought-provoking, heartbreaking jolt of a ride through astrophysics, friendship, Armani suits and heartache. (Science fiction. YA)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up Patrick, sidekick to star quarterback Kelly, learns that destiny is not immutable when his buddy awakes one morning a different person than the entitled, self-absorbed jock he's always been. Kelly, it seems, has come back through time from his future 40-year-old body to his 18-year-old self in suburban Arizona. He intends to prevent a tragedy caused by his arrogant younger self's bullying a science nerd, but altering his normal behavior upsets the balance around him, especially the fragile equilibrium between his doting cheerleader girlfriend, Jenna, and Patrick, his obsequious shadow. An ambitious novel with a fascinating premise and rife with cinematic violence and sexy people, this story unfortunately relies too heavily upon well-explored stereotypes and clichés, riddling the plot with laughable coincidences and confusing out-of-character moments. Tidbits of creative phrases ("a train let out a nearly extinct plea from miles away") stand out distinctly amid writing otherwise characterized by sameness in dialogue and an uninspired narrator's voice. Rhona Campbell, Washington, DC Public Library
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Word Count: 74,642
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 133080 / grade: Upper Grades

Freaky Friday for the 21st century . .

Joaquin Dorfman is back with another smart novel that pushes the envelope of literary fiction, examining identity, high school roles, and even the high-blown concept of destiny through a cool science-fiction lens. What if, in a Freaky Friday moment, a wise and humble 40-year-old man woke one morning to find himself transported back in time, into his body more than 20 years before, when he was the popular, entitled, and arrogant quarterback of the school football team? Could the man do anything to stop a tragedy initiated by the cruel actions of the boy, or is fate too strong a force? It’s the small-town football worship of Friday Night Lights with a dark and unsettling Donnie Darko twist.

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* “A sophisticated mystery/romance/coming-of-age story full of red herrings and elaborate schemes.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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