Waiting for Walker
"Maybe, when you trust completely, you leave yourself open to the pain of someone else."
Micah Jaeger's life is a mess. His folks have split, and his mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah's older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, and he retreats further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he's gay.
One sunny day in June, as he's shooting a dead seagull on the shore of Long Island Sound, a mysterious guy appears in a beautiful sailboat. At first, the guy's boat shoes are the image that stays with Micah. But soon it's the person himself, Walker Donnell, who haunts Micah's dreams.
Walker's life looks perfect to Micah. His wealthy parents adore him. He has everything he could want. He's gorgeous and generous. And he falls hard for Micah. But he has a secret: Walker is intersex.
The closer Walker and Micah grow, the more Walker feels the need to be sure of himself in ways he hasn't fully faced before, and now it's his turn to retreat. Micah knows Walker is worth waiting for, so he waits. And waits.
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So thrilled to be a winner in the North Street Book contest! Not sure whether to be proud or humble, but I'm going to brag just a little in either case. WAITING FOR WALKER was one of seven honorable mentions in this contest recognizing self-published books of professional quality. Thanks to them and to my readers who encourage me to keep going!
praise for Waiting for Walker
"A master storyteller with a rare talent for grounding stories in everyday reality, Ms. Reardon breathes new life into the fragile notion that we are all equal. She shows us that financial and marital status, religious beliefs, familial loss, and our genetics are only parts of us—that what we say and do speaks to who we are." — Cody Kennedy, author of Ómorphi
"This is more than a coming of age story. This is a waking up story. This is a book that everyone should read." — Diverse Reader
"There are not many YA books available with intersex characters, and this story did a good job of informing, without losing sight of the plot and characters I cared about." — Kaje Harmer, author of Rejoice, Dammit
Waiting for Walker was one of the most challenging stories I've written. I'd love to hear from readers about how I handled a couple of these challenges.