ARC Review: All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang

Title: All I've Never Wanted
Author: Ana Huang
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published:  June 9th, 2015
Page Count: 626 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of my honest opinion.

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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Do you love fan fiction? Do you love the famous Korean drama,  Boys Over Flowers? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you must (MUST I tell ya!) read All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang. And even if you haven't read Boys Over Flowers, it sure will entertain you if you love amusing reads!

I'm not going to say that I'm an expert in fanfics, but with my limited knowledge, I'd say this one is pretty good because, despite that it starts quite similarly as the original story, it soon develops into a different yet equally entertaining story. You get the rich guys, the rich school, over the top gifts, and everything outrageous and fun from the drama. But, you know what? I actually liked this book's drama better than Boys Over Flowers' for various reasons:

a) The main character is not as annoying as Geum Jan Di. MAya is more normal and holds up her own. She's stubborn but not too much. I really liked her. And her interactions with the Scions, especially with Roman *squeals!*.

b) There's no evil mother anywhere. One thing that I didn't particularly enjoy  of the kdrama was how awful and childish Gu Joon-pyos' mother was. But not in here. YAY.

C) No love triangle. There were a few potential love interests, but I'm so glad the author didn't pursue them. 

I'm not really trying to put Boys Over Flowers down because I seriously liked it a lot, but these few things certainly put me on edge when I was watching it, so I'm glad that the author took out these elements from her book.

I do have to say that All I've Never Wanted *is* a cheesy and highly improbable read, so if you don't like these type of reads, then maybe it won't be for you. BUT! Since I'm not really much of a fan of too much cheese either and yet this book had me grinning like a fool the whole time, you might be surprised and find yourself liking it too! Who knows? 

All in all, I had a lot of fun reading All I've Never Wanted. I started reading it with high expectations and it did not disappoint me. It's a great read and perfect for when you just want something light and cute to lift up your mood. :)


  1. So, you're basically saying this book is for me. Great! I am checking this one out no questions asked. I mean K DRAMA! Yes, please. Excited!