Published by Smashwords Edition on June 15th 2015
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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them...everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.
She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate.
A Young Adult romantic comedy that explores what happens when a girl gets everything she never asked for, including a puppy, a new wardrobe, and, possibly, even true love.
I’m honestly shocked that I’d never heard of Ana Huang before! I’m a pretty huge fan of Wattpad, I’ve discovered a ton of incredible stories through using it. Anyway, I was impressed by Ana Huang’s writing. She did a beautiful job at capturing all of these layered characters. Some of the drama was a little overwhelming at times, but I always felt connected to the story itself and each character within it. Needless to say, I’m definitely prepared for the next novel that Ana Huang writes.
Maya was a fabulous and sassy main character. I loved that she couldn’t care less about how much money these kids have, if they act like jerks then she’s going to call them out on it. I know that the lower class female character meets and saves the snotty rich boy is a common cliche in various YA novels. However, I felt like this book had so much complicated subplots going on, that it wasn’t so cliche. I did think that Roman, the ridiculously rich guy that Maya tells off the first time that she meets, was an absolute jerk that I personally wouldn’t tolerate. But I also feel like his reluctance to truly change into a nicer human being in this book would be completely unrealistic. Someone that spoiled isn’t going to change overnight, and I like how Huang emphasizes this several times within the book.
As I said earlier, there are tons and tons of characters in All I’ve Never Wanted. I’ve already talked about the two main characters Roman and Maya, but there’s also Carlo, Parker, Zack, Venice, and Adriana. The first three are members of the Scions alongside Roman. Adriana is Zack’s gorgeous twin sister who instantly takes a liking to Maya and believes that she’ll be perfect for Roman. Venice is Maya’s hyper close friend, who is a total fangirl of the Scions. There’s also a brother, (Carlo’s brother Rico) many different parents, and Maya’s hilarious grandma. If I had to pick a favorite out of the group of supporting characters, I’d likely choose Carlo. He’s a great friend to Maya and he also probably has the best head on his shoulders out of all the guys. To me anyway, he seemed to be the most grounded and down to earth one. I also really loved Adriana and felt like she had such an endearingly strong personality. I enjoyed the scenes where she was playing matchmaker with Maya and Roman and actually ended up roping her brother into it with her.
Since there’s so many key characters, you can probably guess that there would also be a lot of romances going on as well. The couples are: Roman and Maya, Adriana and Parker, and Venice and Zack. Carlo also has a girl but she’s not apart of the group so we don’t get to see her much. While I did like Roman and Maya together, they weren’t my favorite since it took them so long to actually get together. I hated all the drama that seemed to stop them every time you thought they were going to act on their so very obvious feelings. Therefore, my favorite was Adriana and Parker because they got together pretty early on in the book. I thought it was adorable how long Parker had feelings for her and she also liked him. Although that initial conversation when they first get together is all we really see of the relationship, I still enjoyed it since they stayed together the rest of the book with no drama.
I recommend this book if you’re looking for something that’s well written and filled with a great ensemble cast. There’s so much to enjoy about this book, so I’m just going to urge you to read it and see for yourself what all my fuss was about. While I wish some of the drama could have just been left out, that didn’t make me completely dislike the book, I was still really interested in it from start to finish. I’m beyond glad that I chose to read this one!
Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad. Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.