by Stephanie Lawton
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Source: Gift from Michelle
Available as of June 7, 2012
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Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her. She can't understand why he suddenly gave up Boston's music scene to return to the South. He doesn't know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile's elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past. Will Julianne accept the help she's offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?
If I could give Want more than 5 stars, I would. From page one it captured my heart and took me on a ride that I won't forget. Stephanie Lawton wrote an astounding novel that broke my heart and somehow put it back together.
Julianne Casquette has been playing piano since she saw a performance on TV when she was little. It inspired her to want to play it better. Many years later it comes down to the application to New England Conservatory and the live performance. The months to come are filled with many bumps and detours, but will she be accepted in the end?
When we meet Juli, we come to learn about her home life. While we don't get to know all the details at first, they slowly emerge. I found this to be the best part of the novel because her teacher, Isaac Laroche, is closed off and doesn't share much of himself, but over time as he opens up, Juli's story unfolds as well. It wasn't till halfway through that I came to this realization.
Want had everything I want in a novel: romance, personal struggle, overcoming of a weakness, and in the end, an understanding. My attention and need to know what happened continued to build the more I read. I was hooked.
Overall, Want was a heart-wrenching story that kept me on the edge of my seat. A new favorite and a must read for all who love contemporary YA.
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