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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
I Wanted That Spark is a contemporary romance novel for young and new adults written by Brandie Lion. Lauren had only used her dial-up internet in the past to check on her emails. She loved the rush she got when she saw the “you’ve got mail” announcement. Lauren wasn’t very computer-savvy, so she tried to stay away from any of the other buttons on her computer, but one day she ended up hitting a button by accident. She watched, fascinated, as a chat room menu scrolled onto her screen. She ran her mouse along the entries and stopped at “adult chat”. The concept of being able to just begin chatting with people from all over the world was staggering. And as she had always dated boys while growing up, she decided to try the straight chat room. She introduced herself, giving some details about her fitness level and interests, and was taken aback at the dozens of little windows popping up on her monitor, each filled with crude descriptions of male organs. She would eventually find a few decent guys to chat with and eventually meet, but nothing really clicked. Then she met a girl who was in one of her nursing school classes, and the vibes definitely felt better, but there was no explosion of fireworks when they kissed, no spark. Would Lauren ever meet the person who would rock her world?
Brandie Lion’s contemporary romance novel for young and new adults, I Wanted That Spark, is an entertaining and wryly humorous coming of age tale that follows a young woman as she explores her sexual identity and realizes that she really does prefer girls. I had to empathize with Lauren when she finds that her first internet date, James, was really quite a bit shorter than he had stated online, and she was spot-on when she figured that the picture of him wearing a cap was covering a not-so-full head of hair. His behavior later on, however, would be enough to turn just about any rational woman off men completely, or at least from thinking that one might be found in a chat room. Lauren’s realization that she is a lesbian is explored in a sensitive and caring way, and her insistence that kissing a lover should cause sparks is one all romantics should keep as a guiding light. I Wanted That Spark is highly recommended.