Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: What’s the Use of Wondering
SERIES: WMU Book 2
AUTHOR: Kate McMurray
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2017
Violinist Logan has spent most of his life training for a career in music. But as the pressure mounts during his junior year, he questions whether playing in an orchestra is the future he wants, or one chosen by his parents. His new roommate—that annoying jerk Peter from last year’s production of Guys and Dolls—complicates matters. Crammed into a dorm room with the overconfident but undeniably hot accounting major, Logan can’t stop snarling.
Then Peter sprains his ankle building sets, and Logan grudgingly agrees to play chauffeur. But instead of putting further strain on their relationship, spending time together reveals some common ground—and mutual frustration. Logan discovers he isn’t the only one who doesn’t know what he wants from life, and the animosity between him and Peter changes keys. But just as the possibility of a happier future appears, Logan gets a dream offer that will take him away from Western Massachusetts University—and Peter. Now he has to decide: will he live the solitary life laid out for him, or hold on to Peter and forge his own path?
My heart is bursting with all the great feels. This was an amazing, heartwarming love story and I enjoyed every page of it.
This is the second book of the WMU series, but can be read and loved as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book but it’s already waiting for me on my Kindle to catch up with.
Logan and Peter do not start with the best of impressions but when they are assigned to the same room and become roommates everything changes. There’s a bit of miscommunication at the beginning but they start to get to know each other and they let each other in, sharing important things, details they mostly keep to themselves. They also realize that they have more in common than first meet the eye and they form an unlikely friendship that morphs into an amazing relationship. Their mutual attraction is seriously cute and their chemistry is palpable. The writer very clearly gets the age group perfectly and her characters are lifelike and truly believable.
Considering my age, in YA novels I mostly identify with the parents if they are present. Not in this case. I could have smacked Logan’s parents to the head so many times, I lost count. I was mad and pissed at them along the way. I know most parents want the best for their kids especially if they are as extremely talented as Logan, but if you leave the kid out of the equation in your head, if you don’t care what they want, you do much more harm than good even with the best intention. I loved how Logan stood up for what he wanted and that scene with the parents was priceless.
This is a perfectly built story with great writing, solid structure and pace, lovable characters, valid problems and amazing feels. If you enjoy YA love stories this is a perfect read for you. Highly recommended.