Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Review: WANT by Stephanie Lawton

Title: Want
Author: Stephanie Lawton
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing (June 7, 2012)
Format: eBook Novel
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult

Description: 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?

Review: Stephanie Lawton’s Want is a touching and dramatic story.

A young piano virtuoso, Julianne has her sights on the New England Conservatory. She wants nothing else than to attend school there and get away from her abusive home in Mobile, Alabama. But when her piano instructor suffers a stroke months before her big audition, she doesn’t know what she’ll do. Then, her instructor’s nephew starts teaching her. Isaac is mysterious, broody, and represents everything she wants. But her needs may cause her self-destruction, and she might take Isaac with her, if she can’t pull herself together before it is too late.

Want has many elements I enjoyed about it. The characters are dynamic, and their interactions are believable. The interaction between Julianne and her brother and Julianne and Dave are fantastic. The dialogue is perfectly young adult and delightful. The descriptions are beautiful and lyrical. Some of my favorite scenes were the music ones when Julianne is discovering how to play with passion beyond precision. This novel should come with a soundtrack. Although the plot was dramatic, something felt off to me while reading it. Perhaps it was a lack of tension. Maybe it was a pacing issue. This novel needed more oomph.

Even though I enjoyed reading this novel, I just wanted to love Want by Stephanie Lawton more.

Three Bookworms = I liked it!