Musical Pairings: Waiting on Us by Amy Miles

Posted November 11, 2016 by Tiffani @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Musical Pairings: Waiting on Us by Amy MilesWaiting on Us by Amy Miles
Published by Smashwords Edition on December 29th 2015
Format: eBook
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A guy with everything to lose. A girl with nothing to offer. They were from two different worlds trying to defy both for a chance to be together.
When a fateful accident during a blizzard brings Elliot Carter and Claire Sullivan's lives crashing together, they quickly learn that they will have to fight for more than survival, but the bonds formed in seclusion will soon be tested. When Elliot's father arrives to rescue them, declaring her unfit for his son, Claire will suffer the consequences of deciding to shoulder the burden of a secret that could destroy both of them on her own.
"They say your life flashes before your eyes the moment right before you die, but that wasn't true for everyone. Mine didn’t even warrant a tiny flicker of light, at least not until I opened my eyes to see Elliot Carter staring up at me.
He was one of those guys that everyone knew. Popular, nice on the eyes and untouchable by pretty much anyone in town that his father didn’t approve of. You had to be somebody for the Carter’s to notice you and I was about as invisible as they came."

musical pairings

Have you ever read a book and thought “Damn this song would go so great with this story?” Well, we are going to do that for you.  When we find a book that completely grips our musical tastes we are going to share those songs with you.  Hope you enjoy, and find some great songs to add to your playlist.


This was an absolutely spectacular book, from beginning to end. I read it in one sitting.

Claire is such a damaged girl, with a really funny, light-hearted personality. I love her. She’s one of my new favorite protagonists. Elliot is a surprisingly likable AND relatable popular guy. He’s got his own scars that don’t match Claire’s, but they allow them to connect, despite the terrible circumstances throughout 75% of this book.

The way that Claire’s pain and scars are revealed to relate to Elliot towards the end of this book are astonishing and they make the reader’s heart ache for days. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, and definitely has sensitive subject matter.

This was an unbelievably heart-wrenching AND heart-warming story that I will probably be thinking about for the next week, at least. I loved every painful moment of it. This is a 5-star novel! My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. Amy Miles did an outstanding job with this, and if you’re looking for a book to tear out a part of your soul, this is it. AND it’s kinda Christmas-y, so it’s perfect for this time of year. If you haven’t already, sign up for the Sparks of YA email newsletter, because this was one of those free books I got from signing up, and BOY, was it worth it.

Happy reading! Let me know if you’ve read this and what you thought! <3

P.S. I know some of the artists in the songs are repeated, but the songs just went so well with the book. 🙂


  1. Ch.1-3: Silversun Pickups-Nightlife
  2. Ch. 4-6: The Speed of Sound in Seawater-The Coldest Room in the House
  3. Ch. 7-9: Nothing but Thieves-If I Get High
  4. Ch. 10-12: Phantogram-Black Out Days
  5. Ch. 13-15: FKA Twigs-Papi Pacify
  6. Ch. 16-18: Silversun Pickups-Panic Switch
  7. Ch. 19-Epilogue: Nothing but Thieves-Graveyard Whistling


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Tiffani @ Bookish Things

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I love anime, Halloween, makeup, my cat Dexter, and strange music. Currently a Barnes & Noble barista.

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