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The Waiting Tree [Download] ➵ The Waiting Tree By Lindsay Moynihan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Eighteen year old Simon Peters wants to stand up for the truth about who he is His love for Stephen is unwavering, but does he have the courage to defend it when his entire church community, including Eighteen year old Simon Peters wants to stand up for the truth about who he is His love for Stephen is unwavering, but does he have the courage to defend it when his entire church community, including his eldest brother has ostracized him Trapped in a cashier s job he hates, struggling to maintain peace with his brothers after their parents have died, and determined to look after his mute brother, Simon puts everyone else s needs before his own It takes a courageous act of self sacrifice on Jude s part to change both of their The Waiting eBook ¸ lives forever Jude, who knew that when the fig tree in their yard began to bloom, it was his time to finally be heard and to set Simon freeLibrarian s Note alternate cover edition ISBN.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 224 pages
  • The Waiting Tree
  • Lindsay Moynihan
  • English
  • 24 September 2018

About the Author: Lindsay Moynihan

Lindsay Moynihan has had a passion for storytelling since her early childhood in Toronto, Canada At eighteen, she moved to upstate New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America where she penned the text to Cake Art for the school s publishing division Moynihan currently lives in Orlando, Florida, where she attends the University of Central Florida, volunteers with local LGBTQ organizations, and continues to write about the struggles and successes of today s young adults The Waiting Tree is her first novel.



10 thoughts on “The Waiting Tree

  1. Elspeth Elspeth says:

    If you want to read a slit your wrist depressing book, here you go All this book did was piss me off, and make me want to hurl my kindle at the wall poor kindle I will not be buying this book, I wouldn t really recommend it to anyone.The family this is about is a hot mess, the oldest brother is a abuser, the second oldest is an enabler The oldest physically and verbally abuses the main character, and verbally abuses the the youngest brother who is mute What pisses me off was the ending, wh If you want to read a slit your wrist depressing book, here you go All this book did was piss me off, and make me want to hurl my kindle at the wall poor kindle I will not be buying this book, I wouldn t really recommend it to anyone.The family this is about is a hot mess, the oldest brother is a abuser, the second oldest is an enabler The oldest physically and verbally abuses the main character, and verbally abuses the the youngest brother who is mute What pisses me off was the ending, what in the ever loving fuck was that I need to read something happy now before I punch a wallif you can t read between the lines this book wasn t for me I got this from NetGalley

  2. Lottie Eve Lottie Eve says:

    The Waiting Tree first caught my interest when I saw the dazzling cover that the book proudly showed off Just look at the greens and blues and the tree mosaic The cover is an absolute beauty Unfortunately the contents are not nearly as good as the cover In fact, I really wish that I just admired the cover from afar and didn t read the book at all This novel just made me angry.The story isn t centered on Simon being gay as much as it is centered on the cruelties of people and the unfairness The Waiting Tree first caught my interest when I saw the dazzling cover that the book proudly showed off Just look at the greens and blues and the tree mosaic The cover is an absolute beauty Unfortunately the contents are not nearly as good as the cover In fact, I really wish that I just admired the cover from afar and didn t read the book at all This novel just made me angry.The story isn t centered on Simon being gay as much as it is centered on the cruelties of people and the unfairness of life Most of the cruelties Simon has to endure is because of the gender he is attracted to, but that isn t all the book is about It s about how people seem to push away and hate people who are not normal First and foremost, I felt that The Waiting Tree is just very extremely negative with its portrayal of things Almost all the characters in this book, aside from Simon and his friends, are thought of as either hypocrites or people who are just cruel The members of the church are specifically portrayed in a negative manner This book doesn t show the other side of the church that is accepting and caring I know that there are people who are devoted Christians that don t mind that you like people of the same gender as yourself But that isn t shown anywhere in this novel.The characters weren t all to great either I can t say that I loved them, much less liked them except for Jude Bless his heart I just couldn t feel any strong emotion for them other than rage Not a good sign when the book s purpose is to pull on heartstrings.Another major flaw is the ending Nothing is resolved by the time the ending comes It s vague and literally ends with a this is just the beginning line If this was a series, I might forgive that, but this isn t a series So I basically just trudged through a ton of things that offended me greatly and sent me into rage only to feel unsatisfied The Waiting Tree is only 218 pages Surely the author could have added 50 or a 100pages to tie things up, right If you are looking for a book that writes the issue of being ostracized in a sensitive way I would recommend Speechless by Hannah Harrington, a book that not only has amazing characters that are rough around the edges, but also an ending that doesn t make me want to throw my Kindle across the room.An advanced copy was provided in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley

  3. Liviania Liviania says:

    Simon Peters and his boyfriend, Stephen, were caught in a passionate moment by Stephen s father Stephen was shipped off to a gay conversion center and Simon s struggling in their conservative town He d leave, but he can t leave his twin brother, who has an unspecified disability It s a particularly timely book, completely by accident, since Exodus International shut down and apologized.I really enjoyed THE WAITING TREE until the end It s a good contemporary that really gets small town life a Simon Peters and his boyfriend, Stephen, were caught in a passionate moment by Stephen s father Stephen was shipped off to a gay conversion center and Simon s struggling in their conservative town He d leave, but he can t leave his twin brother, who has an unspecified disability It s a particularly timely book, completely by accident, since Exodus International shut down and apologized.I really enjoyed THE WAITING TREE until the end It s a good contemporary that really gets small town life and the struggle to escape it when you don t have many resources But one bit of the ending is treated like a good thing, yet I have trouble seeing it as anything but terrible THE WAITING TREE turns out well for most of the characters, but this is not a book where everyone gets what s coming to them Some bad things happen to good people and some bad things never happen to bad people

  4. raya (a little mango) raya (a little mango) says:

    There is never a time when I feel happy about reviewing a one star rating, or even a two star rating for that matter Granted, if a book thoroughly upsets me enough, discussing how and why the story disappoints me can feel therapeutic It s venting in written form, and although I am pleased and eager to move on, the prospect of beginning a negative review feels daunting It intimidates me, sometimesso trying to convince others of a five star rating What I would prefer to do is forget the There is never a time when I feel happy about reviewing a one star rating, or even a two star rating for that matter Granted, if a book thoroughly upsets me enough, discussing how and why the story disappoints me can feel therapeutic It s venting in written form, and although I am pleased and eager to move on, the prospect of beginning a negative review feels daunting It intimidates me, sometimesso trying to convince others of a five star rating What I would prefer to do is forget the book that left me in such a frustrated state in the first place Forget and move on to a better story, so why don t I Why bother writing a negative review The answer to that question is a nothing but long, and one that I could turn into a lengthy essay In short, there are certain books I agree to read and make it my goal to review, and I review honestly.Although Simon is gay, The Waiting Tree is not a book about being gay Rather, it focuses on some of life s unfair and ugly aspects a few of which stem from Simon s sexual orientation Caught with his boyfriend, Stephen, Simon finds himself alone and an outcast in his church community With Stephen sent away to make the gay go away Waverly Christian Center, Simon fears he s lost the one person who accepted him without judgment As his presence hardly seems tolerated, and Simon can t bring himself to face Stephen s parents, he stops attending church These, however, are the least of Simon s worries.After his parents died in a car accident, Paul Simon s oldest brother assumes head role in the family Meanwhile, Simon has dropped out of high school to begin work at Stop n Save to add to the family income As the Peters household try to cope with new roles and responsibilities, caring after Jude becomes Simon s second job Mute at birth, Jude is perhaps the most peculiar among the brothers With a gentle disposition, Jude is an easy target for bullying, yet through his dependent nature, he is all consuming Stuck in a town that, by vast majority, will not accept him, there can be nothing better for Simon than to move forward in his life But how can he when the two people he loves the most need him No one but Simon knows how to care for Jude, and as the clock ticks, Stephen withers away Through circumstance, I can relate to Simon s situation putting the needs of another above your own I have found myself in that same predicament where the one thing I need most is to think of my future, but how can a person carry on like that when someone else needs help And what does a person do when caring for that someone is preventing, or hindering, the option to move forward A person might feel guilty or selfish, frustrated by the conditions, or all caring and devoted The Waiting Tree, unfortunately, fails to explore not just the answers, but the depth of the situation Upon reaching the last page, I don t think I could have feltbothered For a minute I sat there, staring, and I may or may not have screamed my frustrations out loud at the entire book I shouted, How can it end this wayand there a frown and bunched eyebrows marred my face How can I call this book s ending a conclusion when it feels like nothing is resolved What an annoyance What happens at the end feltappropriate to occur earlier on, as the events that take place between the first and last pages hardly deserve to be called events What I find between the covers of The Waiting Tree is stupidity mingled in stagnancy and the dry sort of text that s mind numbingly dull I ll explain Simon faces several issues, and many of these problems pin him down into a daily routine that will never lead to a greener field This doesn t mean Simon is super glued into this monotonous, disconsolate lifestyle if only he would take action What Simon opts for instead is nothing, unless you consider lots of wishful inaction progressive By the time I neared the halfway point in the book, the plot had developed by a shocking zero percent If Simon doesn t commentate on the hot weather, he narrates his walk to work, daydreams about Stephen, grouches about his drug dealing neighbor, or worries over Jude When a reader works through a story and this is all that the protagonist feels content on doing with his life, I wonder what the point is if there is, indeed, a point Why continue reading if Simon investsin telling the audience what his family eats than fighting back against his worries I laughed and gave him a little push into the house Well, don t you haveimportant things to worry about than my shoes I joked.Once inside, I grabbed eight pieces of bread so that we could each have two sandwiches I bought green bananas every Monday so they d be ripe by Friday Everyone in the house knew not to eat those bananas.Jude placed the sandwiches on two dinner plates, and I got out drinks We sat at the kitchen table eating our lunch, Jude finished quickly and went to the sink to wash off his plate.A violent urge to reach my hands into the pages and pluck Simon out before he could finish another food description pulsed within me, because all I wanted was to slap some sense into him Yes, I wanted to slap him, and I wanted to slap him hard in the face.By the time Simon does choose to stop squirming in an anxiety puddle, the story is half over In the very least I had hoped this course of action would not just move the story forward, but that Simon would begin sorting priorities Oh, the let down I felt was tremendous, because nothing comes of it Simon settles back into a hapless life, and the story drives toward a dead end once again The one thing or person, I should say that holds Simon back is Jude, but Jude is not the problem The issue of a Simon dependent Jude is a result the family s inability to work together, and this remains one of the weaker points in Lindsay Moynihan s writing.While I understand Simon s reasons for concerning himself over Stephen, he needs to move one step beyond assessing his situation He needs to face the draw backs head on, crash through these road blocks, and pummel on down the street The question remains, still how can Simon do anything for himself when he has Jude to look after Allowing Jude to discover independence to a certain degree, or learn how to function without Simon, is what Moynihan needed to focus on Only when this aspect of the story found a solution could the other problems find closure, or be addressed Although Simon is, at best, unmotivated, and I find the plot stale, these are only part of my problem When I look at the characters overall, each one comes across as flat and without range Through first person narrative, Simon is granted a spectrum of thoughts and emotions that readers can see albeit, the spectrum is limited Paul, however, never steps foot outside of short temperedness Luke is always the jokester and Tina never moves beyond this troubled, bad girl stereotype Needless to say did I feel surprised to discover that no character growth happens No, but it didn t stop me from wishing otherwise.I could say that Simon disappointed me, yet it s Moynihan s craft or lack thereof that fails to thrive In terms of characters with quality, Simon has little going for him What irked me the most, aside from his nearly absent determination, is how Stephen or reveries of Stephen consume large chunks of Simon s days At some point or another, I couldn t help but groan, because he doesn t seem capable of being in charge of his own self Losing Stephen made being stuck in Waynesboro evenof a nightmare There was nobody I could talk to, much less fool around with It was just me and my hard on Butthan that, it felt like someone had ripped me into two pieces and hid the other half I didn t know how to be me without Stephen I d never had to try.The feeling I get when I meet people who aren t self aware can t compare to too many things It s a trait I seek not only in fictional characters, but in people I meet in real life It s simply easier to enjoy another s company if that person doesn t need guidance to explore his or her own likes and dislikes Granted, Stephen was Simon s guide However, if Simon could stop thinking of him or Jude for five seconds, I would like Simon to discuss getting his GED, applying for college, and moving out on his own Above all, I wanted to see Simon form a legitimate plan that would help him move on in life I wanted his situation to improve But of course, there is Jude to care for No one handles the Jude issue, least of all Moynihan What should have been considered is Jude s well being, and the well being of those who care for him The manner in which Moynihan takes care of Jude and gives Simon his freedom is a cop out I can t think of a better word to describe it, and the circumstance surrounding Jude s removal feels wrong Is it fair to sacrifice the weaker person so that the caregiver can go back to his or her life Is it fair to anyone, even if the dependent individual says it s okay These are questions I ve asked myself before, and I found myself asking them again It s not fair and it s not okay, and things don t always work out justly in the real world There is, however, a huge difference between finding another caregiver versus the vulnerable person landing a jail booking By writing this book, the author had a good opportunity to explore family dynamics and deal with problems any breathing person can bump into Unfortunately, Lindsay Moynihan doesn t grapple with any of the book s conflicts, because the way issues are handled feels like evasion It s the act of skirting around the problems that disappoint me the most Dry text and fizzed out characters fail to entertain, but an unresolved and eventless plot nose dives straight down toward unwelcome depths of disappointment Thank you to Netgalley andChildren s Publishing for providing a free copy of The Waiting Tree in exchange for my honest review.This review andcan be found at midnight coffee monster.

  5. P.E. P.E. says:

    Simon is gay in a small town where being different is enough to have you shunned from society When he s caught with Stephen by Stephen s dad, Simon s life changes in the worst way Even his brother Paul has a hard time accepting him Let s be real Simon s life sucks It actually depressed me a little because I couldn t see very much of a bright side to the story Simon has an awful job, didn t finish high school, his parents are dead, his brother is an idiot, his twin brother needs extra help Simon is gay in a small town where being different is enough to have you shunned from society When he s caught with Stephen by Stephen s dad, Simon s life changes in the worst way Even his brother Paul has a hard time accepting him Let s be real Simon s life sucks It actually depressed me a little because I couldn t see very much of a bright side to the story Simon has an awful job, didn t finish high school, his parents are dead, his brother is an idiot, his twin brother needs extra help and attention that Simon s unable to completely provide and his best friend has been sent away The whole situation was uninspiring because it just seems to get worse every day I couldn t connect with Simon because our lives are so different So much of the racist and homophobic crap he has to deal with doesn t exist where I live, at least so blatantly I have no doubt that there are garbage people who say garbage things but living in possibly one of the most multicultural communities in the world where there are so many religions, ethnicities, and cultures, I couldn t believe the way they treated Simon If anyone has to experience that I feel for them but there s a better world out there they just need to find it.Simon himself was meant to be someone I sympathized and I did, but I didn t connect with him I have never experienced the influence of a church or felt ostracized for any reason I also couldn t get a grip on Simon s character The one trait that defined him was that he caredabout others than himself and that trait was a little bit forcefully fed to the reader as the supporting characters kept saying it I didn t feel like Simon had much of a personality Those little details that make people real maybe they listen to a certain type of music, watch TV or have an online life just weren t there That s something I wondered a lot when reading The Waiting Tree Where was the technology This book was written with the intention of being gritty and realistic so does it take place a while ago The reason I ask is that technology is integrated to the life of every teen Even if you can t afford internet there is WiFi Libraries offer free internet access and through the internet there are communities and resources that could have been beneficial to Simon If there isn t a group you feel you relate with in reality, you can hang out with one online So that bugged me just because I wanted this story to be realistic not just in the bad ways but the good ways too and I don t feel like that happened The other thing to consider is this is not my usual type of book so I wasn t very into it It never drew me in and that s because I don t usually read these types of books for a reason I rarely read contemporary that isn t intensely tragic life lessons aren t my thing Life in jeopardy is That s just the type of reader I am I didn t enjoy reading The Waiting Tree and I felt like the ending was abrupt and not as enlightening as it was meant to be So, this book gets 1 star It just wasn t my type of read because I couldn t relate to it I wouldn t discourage anyone from trying The Waiting Tree if it seems like the type of book you d enjoy

  6. Inge Inge says:

    More like a 3.5.Simon and Stephen get caught in the act by Stephen s dad, but that s just one of Simon s many problems Simon has been ostracized by his church community, he s got a going nowhere job at the local Stop n Save, and he is the sole caretaker of his brother, Jude.The Waiting Tree is not just a gay book Simon s coming out is probably the least of his problems There is so much to overcome in his tiny town of Waynesboro, Louisiana There s the death of both his parents, his overb More like a 3.5.Simon and Stephen get caught in the act by Stephen s dad, but that s just one of Simon s many problems Simon has been ostracized by his church community, he s got a going nowhere job at the local Stop n Save, and he is the sole caretaker of his brother, Jude.The Waiting Tree is not just a gay book Simon s coming out is probably the least of his problems There is so much to overcome in his tiny town of Waynesboro, Louisiana There s the death of both his parents, his overbearing brother, drug trafficking, unemployment, and the constant care taking of his mute brother, Jude In addition, his boyfriend Stephen has been sent off to a Christian center where they plan to pray the gay away Simon is so completely trapped in his nowhere town, until Jude makes a tremendous sacrifice to give Simon a real chance at a real life This is not a book with easy answers to any problems No happy endings are guaranteed for any of the characters Teens will appreciate its realistic and authentic nature

  7. Cassandra Cassandra says:

    02 08 18Oh boy, I vaguely remember what happened in this book Hella short review I wrote waaaay back is here 02 08 18Oh boy, I vaguely remember what happened in this book Hella short review I wrote waaaay back is here

  8. Onegdaj Onegdaj says:

    Though the ending wasnt as concrete and satisfying as I would ve liked it to be The entire plot line and contents of the book had me crying forThe author has a way of writing a book that tugs at your heart strings and draws out the right emotions A lot of people did comment on how depressing the novel seemed to be But it had just the touch of reality needed for particular readers to relate to it Not all stories are like Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda We cant always get what we Though the ending wasnt as concrete and satisfying as I would ve liked it to be The entire plot line and contents of the book had me crying forThe author has a way of writing a book that tugs at your heart strings and draws out the right emotions A lot of people did comment on how depressing the novel seemed to be But it had just the touch of reality needed for particular readers to relate to it Not all stories are like Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda We cant always get what we want in the end, and ignoring that in a lot of stories won t fix it either Everyone loves a happy ending, and to be honest, the ending for The Waiting Tree wasnt terrible either It carried the message that despite whatever simon suffered through, he wasnt willing to just let go yet Most stories are about dystopian worlds with the main character being special in some sort of way Tris being a divergent, Clary being a shadow hunter, or Ally Carter being a princess Sometimes, we have to face the truth that maybe not all of us are as destined as most characters are Maybe we are just some normal people who have come up to a road full of bumps and trenches and were struggling our way through Our ending may not be as satisfying as we though it would be but thats okay, because maybe, just maybe theres a lotwaiting for us out there And reading this story is just a step away

  9. Blake Murray Blake Murray says:

    Trigger warnings for bullyingspecifically bullying due to being part of the lbgtqia community, being outcasted, this book does contain the n word once, but is told through a characters words not the narrators words in which could be triggering to many.I would like to say that I rate books based on enjoyment because I read for enjoyment and this book made me want to flip the pages and want to know what is going to happen When a book makes me feel things, it makes me love the book even m Trigger warnings for bullyingspecifically bullying due to being part of the lbgtqia community, being outcasted, this book does contain the n word once, but is told through a characters words not the narrators words in which could be triggering to many.I would like to say that I rate books based on enjoyment because I read for enjoyment and this book made me want to flip the pages and want to know what is going to happen When a book makes me feel things, it makes me love the book evenin which case I tend to rate higher This book was an emotional rollercoaster which is exactly what i wanted I loved the family dynamic as to how real it is and how everyone is flawed and everyone has wants and needs I recommend this book to people who like sad books who want to feel something when they read and wants to watch someone go through life struggling, but manages to work through day by day someone who wants a raw story

  10. Sameer Bapat Sameer Bapat says:

    I ll cut straight to the chase The Waiting Tree is one of the worst novels ever written When I picked it up for a school assignment, I thought it would be a compelling and interesting drama, but I hated it The terrible cover art should have warned me, but of course, I didn t listen to my gut instincts and I ended up reading The Waiting Tree It is the coming of age story of a homosexual young man, who must find his place in the world After the first fourth of the book, it lost focus comple I ll cut straight to the chase The Waiting Tree is one of the worst novels ever written When I picked it up for a school assignment, I thought it would be a compelling and interesting drama, but I hated it The terrible cover art should have warned me, but of course, I didn t listen to my gut instincts and I ended up reading The Waiting Tree It is the coming of age story of a homosexual young man, who must find his place in the world After the first fourth of the book, it lost focus completely A major plot point is forgotten, the already unintelligent dialogue turned even worse, and an immensely irritating character is introduced into this mess of a story I won t bother to talk about all the reasons why I hated the Waiting Tree, but long story short, do not waste your time with this novel

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