Thomas Kastura: Waiting for Life. cbj Jugendbücher (Paperback, Young Adult Book, Fiction: 12 +)

Waiting for Life

A party with consequences!

Original Title: Warten aufs Leben

original edition

Recommended age group: 12 +
Paperback, 192 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-30290-3
€ 5.95 [D] | € 6.20 [A] | CHF 8.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: cbj Jugendbücher

Date of publication: March 6, 2006
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Thomas  Kastura - Waiting for Life


Tara Gregori, 15, has the house to herself. Party time! Alcopops flow, pills added. There are youngsters smooching on every available mattress. Tara quarrels with her boyfriend, Steffen, gets drunk and has fiery sex with Claas, who is known all over town as a skirt-chaser. When she wakes up the next day, she can only vaguely remember what has happened. She can recall the quickie with Claas – and then there's a blackout. From Nikola, her best friend, she finds out that Claas was killed in a car accident on his way home. Shock! Claas's mother tells her that Claas was HIV-positive. Tara is horrified: has she been infected? A week later, she has an AIDS test at the local health office, but it is not for two, three months that another test can say with certainty whether Tara is HIV-positive and can come down with AIDS. During this time, she goes through a period of multitudinous emotions: fear of death, of the long and painful illness that is AIDS, fear of rejection, of physical contact with her surroundings and other people. Nikola tells her that after Claas, she played around with another boy and disappeared into her parents' bedroom with him. Tara must find this boy. In the absence of an outlet for her feelings, Tara transfers all her pent-up aggressions onto this boy. Then she begins to realize that she can blame no one for her problem than herself because she had unprotected sexual intercourse. She starts to think of the future and grit herself for all eventualities, just in case. A HIV infection doesn't necessarily mean getting AIDS…

In the end, Tara is accompanied by her parents when she goes to the health office to get the result of a new test three months after the risky contact: negative. Not the reason for a party, but a huge relief.


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