What You Always Wanted
Theatre girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she’s struck by his w ...more
I wrote this one from a special place in my heart. I can't wait to share it with y'all in 2016!
This book, y'all.
What You Always Wanted is everything I want in a contemporary romance. The characters are on point. The pacing is quick. The romance is so adorable I thought I might die of the cute. And the MC is one of the most precious heroines I've read in a YA novel in a long time.
Maddie Brooks loves classic movies, especially ones with heartthrob Gene Kelly. Because of this, she has extremely high standards for boys ...more
I've been struggling with YA contemporary books lately which is sad because it's probably my favorite genre. The books I've read this year in the genre have left me frustrated, so while I was originally excited about What You Always Wanted, part of me was also nervous that the book would read too young. I had nothing to worry about because this book was just what I needed with its adorableness to revive my faith in YA contemporary. I was smiling the whole time because of just how cute and fluf...more
**I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I actually watched Gene Kelly’s Summer Stock dance after finishing this book, and I think I’m in love with Gene Kelly now and need all of his movies. Maddie Brooks, the main character, was true to herself and didn’t let anyone define what she wanted to become. She had high expectations when it came to falling in love or simply having a boyfriend and wanted no less than her pictur ...more
An e-galley was provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Gah, I just love cute, swoonworthy contemporary YA. I love characters with substance and friendships and genuinely nice love interests. And let me tell you - Kristin Rae writes great love interests. Darren from Wish You Were Italian is so adorable, and I loved that Jesse was just as fleshed-out as Maddie. I also enjoyed that Maddie wasn't as snobby as I expected - Angela and T ...more
The first aspect of this book that charmed me was the fact that it's so easy to relate to, especially for bookworms. In this novel, Maddie has extremely high standards because of all the movies she's seen, which all have perfect gentlemen in them. Is anyone here familiar with this? I am, but because of books. Since I can relate to Maddie very much ...more
flawed yet likable characters
growth of characters
Present and caring family dynamics
Positive female friendships (Thank you so much for this!!)
Author from Houston
diversity and teens dealing with cultural pressures/stereotypes etc
The neither good nor bad:
I saw it was set in Houston but because the Houston area is so big it really is set in an area that is at the edge in a smaller satellite suburb kind of town nearly in the country. Not bad just didn't feel like the Houston I know w ...more
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What an adorable, swoony read! I loved every minute of this book. Kristin Rae has done it again with this one.
What You Always Wanted is the story of Maddie, a high school theater junkie that has been uprooted from Chicago and planted in the rolling hills of Texas. Maddie has always had incredibly high standards for any potential love interest because of her deep love for classical movies of old Hollywood. Maddie starts to ...more
Btw, this is probably practically absolutely not the authors fault, it's more likely to be the fault of the publishing company or maybe somehow the libraries' fault? I just don't understand, this book was brand new. How could this happen?
Btw #2, I decided not to review this book because it is not the kind of book I'd normally read or pick fo ...more
If you like Stephanie Perkins, Emery Lord, or Elizabeth Eulberg, then make Kristin Rae your next read! Her characters are complex, realistically-flawed, lovable, strong, and good-hearted. This novel's pacing is lightspeed quick--and the voice very accessible and funny. This book also has great girl-friendships running through it, which are some of the most wonderful relationships in the book!
Of course, when it comes to ...more
Love musicals, the classics, or an independent girl finding her way? This book is for you. There isn’t actually any music involved, but I felt like singing along. Escape to Texas for about three hundred pages—ya’ll will love it!
Seriously, read this book!
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Ahhhh!! This was SO ADORABLE!! I went into What You Always Wanted with my expectations pretty high. I mean, I adored Wish You Were Italian last year, and the anticipation to get my hands on Kirstin Rae's second book was pretty torturous. And yay, this one was just as adorable as I had hoped!!
Maddie is obsessed with classic movies. Like REALLY obsessed... to the point where she compares every guy in her life to Gene Kelly. He is utter perfection in her eyes, and no other guy seems to ...more
I went through a period in which I wanted to watch all 80s movies. It's a great way to expand your knowledge in something that you love. This is what I loved most about Maddie. I love her enthusiasm for movies and her knowledge in great cinema. Although th ...more
I'm always surprised that YA books don't push the theater/performing arts nerd angles more. We've seen a few published over the last 18 months, but, having been a theater and chorus geek myself, it's fertile ground for a lot of the sorts of love triangles and situations in play with groups like those. What You Always Wanted mines that cavern a bit and mostly works as a fluffy teen romance that is reminiscent of those times, but lacks the weight it could have had.
In this tale, Mad ...more
I've also reviewed this for the Bloomsbury on behalf of my membership in ROYAL - please find the full review here: http://tinyurl.com/j6jmgwb