Book: What's The Use Of Wondering?
Series: WMU #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publication Date: July 3, 2017
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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?
If, like me, New Adult is your jam, and you enjoy a really good roommates to lovers story, then let me tell you, Kate McMurray's What's the Use of Wondering will definitely hit all of your buttons. I know it did mine. A sweet romance with a touch of angst and some really great coming of age themes, along with two characters I fell in love with made this such an enjoyable read.
Logan loves playing the violin. He's dreamed of being a concert violinist for most of his life. What he doesn't like? His new roommate Peter. Logan and Peter did not have the best first meeting when they crossed paths a few months ago and when Logan walks into his dorm room to see Peter unpacking and making his bed, Logan is not a happy camper. All he wants to do is play his violin and forget about his roommate, no matter how hot he thinks Peter is. The new semester finds Logan under more pressure to to practice more, to be even better, to be the best violinist his parents want him to be. None of which is exactly what he wants. His attraction to Peter isn't helping anything, either, but after an apology to Peter for assuming things he shouldn't have, the two of them realize they have more in common than they think.
The thing I love most about New Adult books is the way the characters often really take a look at their lives and try to figure out exactly what they want to do and who they want to be. As the only child of two high strung parents, Logan feels pressure to not only make them happy, but to excel and be perfect as well. When he begins to question the path he's on, and tries to talk to his parents only to be met with resistance and disregard, the only person he can turn to is Peter. Peter is experiencing the same sort of pressure from his father to follow his footsteps into accounting, which Peter can't possibly see himself doing for the rest of his life.They have the same insecurities, the same questions about their futures and what's expected of them by their parents and this bond makes them so much closer. I loved how they talked to one another, were honest and opened up and admitted things they've never spoken about to anyone else. You could definitely feel just how much this connection, the acceptance was needed.
What's the Use of Wondering is a really quiet, lovely coming of age book that hit on all the things I love most about the New Adult genre. Not many can pull it off, but Kate, as I expected, did such a good job capturing the hope, the fear, the excitement of being on the cusp on forging your own path. I highly recommend this book.
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