Review- Want by Stephanie Lawton

Title: Want
Author: Stephanie Lawton
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: June 7, 2012
Source: Inkspell Publishing

From Goodreads

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 to help her. She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an 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?

Julianne is a girl with big dreams and a dark past who wants nothing more than to have a normal life and leave her tiny town. Enter Isaac Laroche, mystery boy who left Mobile, Alabama years before amid hushed controversy. Julianne thinks he is the key to her happiness at the New England Conservatory, little does she know he has his own messed up past to throw a kink in her happiness.

What I thought:

One of the things that I adored about Want was the level music knowledge that Stephanie Lawton brought to the table. As a musician herself I could tell that everything was accurate and she was writing from personal experience. As someone who has been playing multiple instruments for over a decade I felt a real personal connection to Julianne on this level.
When I first finished Want I was upset with the ending and I, in all honestly, wanted to punch something. I have to give huge props to Stephanie for achieving that sort of emotional reaction from me. She built the whole story making me fall in love with one character and then in a second took it all away. That was her point though and she did such a fantastic job!
My heart went out to Julianne as I learned more and more about her past and even her present. Stephanie did such an amazing job of delving into the emotional aspects of an entire family dealing with abuse. Instead of just focusing on Juli’s reaction Want shows the reaction of every single person, the abuser, the abused, and the witnesses.
Stephanie Lawton has such a beautiful writing quality that I know I will be anxiously awaiting another novel by her.


  1. Sabrina says:

    I just finished Wanted…Don’t know what to think of that ending. If I’d been reading an actual book, I might have thrown it across the room but since I was reading it on my Kindle…

    I love who she ended up with but not enough of the triangle was devoted to him for it to seem very realistic. 

    As for the likability of Julie….well, I found her to be weak and all around unpleasant. Personally I’ve been through similar family issues, and I never resorted to self harm or took my pain out on others. I just couldn’t connect with her on any level. Still, I really enjoyed this book. It was quite the roller coaster ride. Thanks for recommending it.