what you always wanted .
Publication Date: March 29,2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance.
If only…he was the boy she’s been dreaming of.
Theatre girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the 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 theatre’s dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball—not dance—is Jesse’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?
WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED is my type of a novel and I had a feeling that it would be a novel that I was going to enjoy. Not only did it have romance but it also dealt with musicals and theatre which is both things that I love reading about. Actually I feel that there are not enough books about that subject. I loved how passionate Maddie was about it and despite the obstacles that she faced on the way, she did not give up, instead she ended up worked harder to achieve her goals. I believe that something like that takes a dedication, and unless you are passionate about it, wouldn’t work. I wish that Maddie didn’t push Jesse so much, towards something that was obvious was her dream and not Jesse’s. WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED was filled with so much conflict, drama and as a reader you could not help but wonder what would happen next. There were days that I wished that I didn’t have put the novel down. There were so much that I wanted to know.
Jesse and Maddie’s relationship was different because two of them were so opposites. While Maddie was into theatre, musicals and dancing, Jesse was into baseball. Despite that, I could see that she was attracted to him even if she tried not to be. I could see how being around him affected her. I feel like it affected Jesse as well, expect he didn’t seem to show it the way Maddie did. I seen way that they two of them were with each other and how they looked at one another. How can there not be an attraction between the two of them. It felt that Jesse accepted before Maddie did, and with her it took some time. I just wished that she would accepted him for who he was from beginning, that could avoided a lot of heartbreak. I loved the scenes between the two of them and found myself hoping that they would their way back to one another. Two of them need each other.
I was glad that Maddie was able to find a friend like Angela, a type of friend that Maddie never had but needed. What the two of them had was a true friendship, they were for one another through almost everything. There was nothing that I didn’t love about this book, there was always so much going on and you couldn’t help but get sucked into story and soon found yourself falling in love with the characters as well. This was 2nd KRISTIN RAE novel that I have read and it won’t be last. I am looking forward to see what adventures she will come up with next.