What You Always Wanted

Finished What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“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?”

If you are a fan of classic Hollywood, you need to read this novel.  It’s also true if you love adorable contemp YA.  And if you love both? This is going to be a new favorite of yours.

Maddie is a huge fan of classic movies, especially musicals—and especially musicals starring Gene Kelly, the love of her life.  It’s not that she doesn’t like real life and real boys; it’s just that they can’t really compare.  (Especially when you watch Summer Stock or An American in Paris.)

And then she meets Jesse, who seems to be everything she wants (well, he’s a baseball player, granted, but he also can act, sing and dance…even though he doesn’t, currently, do those things).  Soooooo…is it worth it?

And yes, if you’ve ever seen a romantic comedy or read one, you know exactly what will happen.  And that’s okay.  This book is absolutely adorable and you’ll have the best time taking a journey with it.

Recommended.

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