11 August 2012

Review and Giveaway: Want by Stephanie Lawton

Want by Stephanie Lawton

Published: 7 June 2012 by InkSpell Publishing

Pages: 318 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary

Source: Blog Tour

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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.

Julianne can’t understand why Isaac suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it before she inherits her mother’s madness. Isaac knows he must resist his attraction to a student ten years his junior, but loneliness and jealousy threaten his resolve.

Their 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?

My Thoughts

When I finished reading Want, I came to a realisation. Contemporary YA and I have never been the best of friends, but recently I've read quite a few of them that I particularly enjoyed. And Want helped me see what it is that I need to enjoy Contemporary YA - a gritty storyline and a less-than-perfect heroine. In other words, books that make me THINK, and Want certainly did that.

On face value, Julianne is an average girl with an above-average talent. Underneath, she is an insecure, confused girl, who is dealing with a whole range of issues, both inside her own head and in her family.

The beginning of Want was a little wobbly - although I liked Julianne I couldn't quite see what the author was building up to, or how it was going to get there. And although throughout the book I had more than a smattering of issues with one of the members of the love triangle (yes, sorry, there is one!), I really liked the character of Dave too. He's almost stereotypical in his 'best friend' role, but he's also got a wickedly funny sense of humour and a dedication to Julianne that is absolutely heart-meltingly-sweet.

Want is a quick read, but the issues it touches upon aren't easy. I do wish there had been a little bit more indepth investigation into Julianne's mother, and the issues that Julianne seemed to have bubbling beneath the surface.

Stephanie Lawton writes in an easy, accessible way. The politics of small town Southern America are some that I can relate to being from a 'smallish' town myself, and although may be a stretch to some readers, I can totally imagine those attitudes.

I really enjoyed Want, and although I was left wanting a little bit more grit, and some expansion of the ending, I can certainly recommend it to readers who enjoy YA with bite.

About the Author
After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras –where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row.

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