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Monday, March 4, 2013

All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

Title: All I Ever Wanted
Author: Vikki Wakefield

Release Date: 27th June 2011

My Rating: 3/5

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.

In A Nutshell: 
All I Ever Wanted was a unique novel, distinctly Australian with likeable characters fighting to figure out who they are, and who they don't want to be.

My Review:
All I Ever Wanted is one of those novels that pretty much everyone raves about. I thought it was well-written and different to a lot of other stuff in the YA world. It had a distinctly Australian style to it with likeable characters in Mim, Lola and Kate. But I don't think I saw what everyone else seems to, even if I can't put my finger on why.

Our main character Mim feels like everyone is always waiting for her to screw up, for her life to never amount to anything more than a single teenage mum, hooked on drugs, or in jail like her brothers. So she has rules. Rules that she has set herself so she doesn't turn out like her mother or brothers, and so she can get out and get a new life. It is a heartfelt and desperate story about a girl who is stuck. Stuck in a world she doesn't think she belongs in and doesn't want any part of.

What she realises during the summer she turns seventeen is that there are bad, horrible people in the world, but there are also good people. There is no clear line though and if she stops pigeon-holing people for a moment, then sometimes, people can surprise you, for better or worse. She might discover that family is not always just blood, but the people around her, "your people", who will look after her no matter what. And she just might find her place in the world in the process.

Second Opinions


  1. Interesting. This is the first review I've seen that isn't above 4/5, and I'm kind of glad. I have impossibly high expectations of this book, so your review kind of lowered them just a little. It's possible I won't find that wow-factor either... so thanks for sharing!

  2. I just finished this novel this morning, and I have to say that I felt uncomfortable at how realistic the world below the Aussie poverty line seemed. I'm going to have to disagree with your star rating, but fabulous review as always!

  3. I enjoyed this like you did but didn't quite love it like I did Friday Brown. I read Friday Brown first and since reading All I Ever Wanted, I did see a little difference between the two in quality which is understandable since you usually improve since debuting like you would expect. Great review, and it's nice to hear from someone who didn't LOVE it but still enjoyed it nonetheless!


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