Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

June 26, 2013 Waiting on Wednesdays 8

Waiting On WednesdayA weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford



Title: The Boy on the Bridge

Author: Natalie Standiford

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: July 30th, 2013

A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.

Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia–a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she’s been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches–when Laura must return to the United States–Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She’s only nineteen and doesn’t think she’s ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn’t she take it?

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Why I’m waiting?:

I just heard about this book on NetGalley, read the synopsis and now I must find out what happens. Do they get caught? Does Alexei really love Laura or is he using her to get to the US? Does she say yes? Ahh I must know now!! It’s killing me!  Also it takes place in Russia in the 80s and I thought that was very interesting.

What are you waiting for?

  • http://bookblather.wordpress.com/ Annie

    Yep, I really want to read this! Sadly, I haven’t been approved for it on Netgalley yet… but I have have hope. :-) It just sounds wonderful, I’ve never read a YA set in the communist era. I have read ‘Anastasia’s Secret’ by Susan Dunlap which was beautifully written, although heartbreaking and whetted my appetite for Russian history.

    • http://booksiview.com Megan Nicole

      I haven’t been approved yet either. Let’s hope we both will be soon!
      Also thanks for mentioning that book, I’ll have to check that one out. :-)

  • http://natflixandbooks.blogspot.com Natalie

    This does sound really interesting. I do love that it takes place in Russia during the Cold War. Great pick!
    Natflix&Books’ WoW

    • http://booksiview.com Megan Nicole

      Very interesting indeed.
      Thanks! :-)

  • http://www.sashandem.com Sash and Em

    Adding this one right now! LOVE contemps!

    • http://booksiview.com Megan Nicole

      Me too! Hope you enjoy this one! :-)

  • http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/waiting-on-wednesday-4/ Olena

    Yey! I love Natalie Standiford and I’m so excited she has another book coming out! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://booksiview.com Megan Nicole

      This one will be my first of hers, I’ll have to check her other books out soon! :-)