Waiting on Wednesday: What You Left Behind

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Happy middle of the week! 

20933641What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

Expected date of publication: August 4th, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks 


It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?


I’m no stranger to the teenage pregnancy trope in young adult and I’ve experienced it in different ways from the well written to the down right disgusting. What this book brings new to the table is it finally sheds some light on the paternal side of things. Often times we see the teenage mothers as the victims in this complex situation but Jessica Verdi decided to focus on what it’s like to become a single father and how hard it is to raise a child without any maternal instincts and we all know I’m a sucker for a new perspective on things. What’s even better is this comes out in less than a week so we don’t even have to wait that long for it!

Thank you for reading and I hope too see you again next week for another Waiting on Wednesday post!

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