Waiting for Walker

Waiting for Walker

by Robin Reardon

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BN ID: 2940154093276
Publisher: Robin Reardon
Publication date: 06/23/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 430 KB

About the Author

Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature, and her primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation. Her secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. On her website, robinreardon.com, see the left margin for links to descriptions of individual novels where you will find a “Digging Deeper” section that links to background information and research done for the novel. Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religions. Robin writes in a butter yellow study with a view of the Boston, Massachusetts skyline. Her motto: The only thing wrong with being gay is how some people treat you when they find out.

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Waiting for Walker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fritz409 More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of depth. This book surprised me in many ways. I picked it up because it had a character that was intersex. In my opinion, that was handled in a respectful and even-handed way, bringing to light some of the difficulties that might go along with that. But it was the depth of the characters, even with a first-person POV, and how they handled a host of issues that made this come to life for me. Micah is an almost 17-year old young man that has a lot anger, and rightfully so. His older brother had died in Afghanistan. His parents, in handling their separate grief, had broken up. Micah is now living with his mother in the managerial apartment of a motel. He had to move schools. He has to watch his mother focus almost solely on her grief. It is no wonder that he has the feelings that he has. He tries to separate from those feelings, putting his camera between him and the world around him, giving him a needed buffer from the pains of life. Even with that, though, he welds his raw honesty like a knife with his limited interactions with others. (It was amazing that Walker would even venture to have a second interaction with Micah.) But it's here that the transformation in Micah occurs, and how learning to "wait for Walker" helps Micah in more ways than imagined. He is still honest, and frankly he still has to temper that initial response of striking out. But when he does temper that, when he pauses and waits, he is able to bring that honesty as a guide to others. His emotional growth throughout the book is amazing. But my love for this book didn't stop with Micah. All the secondary characters brought this book to life for me, especially Micah's family. Watching them heal, grow, and learn after being so fractured gave me a very good feeling by the end of the book.
DiverseReaderMK More than 1 year ago
Waiting for Walker is a true breath of fresh air. I've read thousands of books but this one was something I actually never encountered. It's sad really but this is the first book I've read with an intersex MC. Intersex people are everywhere but it's like there's this stigma that they are "freaks" and no one should discuss them. Well this author is shining a much needed light on Walker. Micah, the other MC, is dealing with a lot. His life doesn't seem to be going very well. Everything feels bleak and he's drowning in his own sorrows. It isn't until Walker appears that Micah feels something hopeful. Walker, what can I say about Walker? Outstanding human being. Stronger than so many, Awe inspiring. So Brave. Walker is not written like a seen and not heard character. Robin Reardon does not put rose colored glasses on her reader's faces when discussing Walker being intersex at all. She shows us the frustrations, confusions, and the patience. She weaves a tale so beautiful and full of understanding I felt like a new person after reading it. Robin Reardon focuses on the internal struggles of Walker. The emotion behind the depth this character is built. It's so vital to understand. Micah and Walker deal with their own struggles but in this book they discover they aren't alone. Even though we are taught our path is ours to take there's nothing that says someone can't walk beside you. This is more than a coming of age story this is a waking up story. This is a book that everyone should read.