Kelly McDermott has everything going for him. He's the football star with the cheerleader girlfriend. The other students idolize him. The rest of the town is in love with him and his football success. He is above everyone and he knows it. But then one day, he wakes up and is a new person. Suddenly, he doesn't care about football. He doesn't remember how to get to school. And he tells his best friend Patrick that he's actually the Kelly McDermott from 20 years in the future, back in his younger body.
The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman has a great premise. The idea of a 40-year old man going back to high school in his 18-year old body, facing the person he used to be sounds interesting. Especially when he was such a jerk as a high school kid, and his older self is so much better. But it just wasn't a very exciting book for me. Dorfman touches upon several different big teen issues, including the effect of cliques and bullying on kids, as well as different problems with parents. But it wasn't a very emotional story. I never felt for the characters the way I like to when I read a book. I was interested in what would happen next, but it wasn't a page-turner for me.
My Rating: 3/5
This review was written based on a copy of The Long Wait for Tomorrow that I received in a gift exchange. This is book #2 for the Support Your Local Authors Challenge, #17 for the Countdown 2010 Challenge and #2 for the Read Your Own Books Challenge.