Posted by: Debbie Kahl | November 2, 2011

All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

RULE NUMBER ONE: I will not turn out like my mother.

Mim wants to be anywhere but home – in a dead suburb and with a mother who won’t get off the couch. She’s set herself rules to live by, but she’s starting to break them. In nine days she’ll turn seventeen. What she doesn’t know is that her life is about to change forever. And when it does, the same things will look entirely different.

As an avid reader of YA fiction, I have two words to sum up this book – AMAZING & ENTHRALLING!

This book is so well written that I was pulled into Mim’s life on the first page and instantly felt like I belonged there. The author has an amazing YA voice that resonates with the reader and her characterisation is so strong that the characters stay with you long after the story is finished.

You can’t help but feel for Mim – with her unfortunate circumstances and determination to be more than what she is. After all, a good girl who goes a little bad to help the family drug business – even though she’s spent a lifetime trying to stay out of it – is definitely fodder for a disaster waiting to happen. Add in the crush of her life – Jordan Mullen – to complicate matters and you’ll soon see why I love this book so much.

But despite all Mim’s mistakes and heartbreak, you feel her pain and cheer her on – desperately hoping she’ll succeed and break free of the world, and the people she so despises.

All I Ever Wanted is a thrilling and heartbreaking, coming of age novel that is so real, it’ll grip you from the start and stay with you for a lifetime. And if you want my final opinon (which is kind of the point of this whole thing), you must all go out and find yourselves a copy to read immediately.

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