Review: Kate McMurray – What’s the Use of Wondering? (WMU #2)

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Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:

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 _i>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?

Review:

Logan Miller is in his junior year of college working on a music degree while hoping to one day become part of an orchestra. Peter Bennet becomes Logan’s roommate, he is an accounting major who is also known as the king of the tech crew” in theatre club as that is where Logan first sees him while he is playing with the pit orchestra. A couple of misjudgements later, the two young men may have more in common than either of them first thought.

The story is told from Logan’s point of view.

Kate McMurray has a way of writing characters and stories that pull at all your emotional strings, in a way that you continuously go back for more! Not in a bad way, her stories are not all angst, but the stories are visceral – for me, anyway. For this story, the pressure and stress of being required to make a life plan choice when you are only 20, wondering if that path is yours or someone else’s dream, feeling alone or awkward. And if a story can make me cry, and this did, well, that is always a bonus point as it means I was that emotionally invested in the characters and their story.

Logan is a violinist and in his own words, his college experience is all violin, all the time, if he is not studying music, he is in rehearsals, or practice, or additional sessions with his professor! He loves to play, he is just starting to wonder if being in a orchestra is what he wants – he did not get accepted to Juilliard, he loves to play, but is not a great fan of the competition side of things. When he gets a glimpse of how other students his age experience college, while he may not miss going to keg parties, he also realizes he does not have a lot of friends either.

Peter’s first impression on Logan was not great, he seemed very intense and a bit of a perfectionist for a theatre club tech guy. However, once they become roommates and Logan learns a bit about him, Peter admits he does not have the talent to be in the productions, but he loves them enough to want to be part of them however he can and his talent seems to be in painting and tech.

I really liked how the characters interacted, that they had their flaws as well as strengths, and everyone seemed to have a different story and a different journey they were on. The main characters as well as the secondary characters, and there were some great ones (I would love to read more about Noel and Dave) and I did like how the story played out. Near the end, there is a possibility to go for a really angsty ending, but the author chooses not to, and that worked for me.
If you are already a fan of Kate McMurray’s writing, I’m sure you will enjoy this, if you like MM romance with a younger college crowd, with some hot scenes, but mostly an emotional driven story, I believe you will enjoy this.

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