Author: Kristin Rae
Publication date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: ARC gifted by the author (Thank you, Kristin!)
If Only . . . he was the boy she’s been dreaming of. The If Only line continues in this fun high school theater-themed romance!
Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, 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 wit, good looks, and love for his family–but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball–not dance–is Jessie’s passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads
As a theatre kid in college, I was altogether drawn to Kristin Rae’s sophomore novel, What You Always Wanted. Theatre was a huge part of my life that I truly miss, and reading this book was like a trip down memory lane.
Fresh and engaging, What You Always Wanted is a novel that encourages readers to be brave to show his/her true self. The book thoroughly illustrates that the greatest starring role you’ll ever play in the show called life is being your own person and being proud of who you are. In relation to this, you cannot force others to be the people you want them to be. You have to let them shine the way they want to because they have their own show, their own life, to star in.
The romance is so cute in every way! Jesse + Maddie = infinite heart eyes emoji! 🙂 You know the excitement and giddiness you feel when you meet your favorite movie star or your favorite author in person? That’s how every #Jeddie / #Masse (or whatever ship name they have) seemed to me!
Kristin Rae’s writing emits truthfulness and a bucketful of smile inducing feels. She does know how to bring sunshine to readers’ lives through her words! This is one of the reasons why I fell head over heels in love with her debut, Wish You Were Italian. If you have read WYWI, you’d understand why I strongly feel this way.
What You Always Wanted is a charming YA contemporary that will surely paint a gleeful smile on your face. Perfect for those who love theatre and classic movies!