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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
I Need; I Want by William Liggins is a story that explores the drama and the challenging paths that actors sometimes travel to get into the limelight and the cost of staying there. Matt and Kayla are two aspiring artists and lovers and their ambition has moved them to enlist the services of one of the country’s best acting coaches, Shelley Isaacson. Matt and Kayla move to Hollywood to pursue their dreams with another couple, but Hollywood isn’t the land of promise that many easily imagine. Their experiences of several auditions and rejections quickly make them realize that real life can be more complex. Follow them as they immerse themselves in this fast-paced and challenging landscape, filled with hope and uncertainty, and coming to grips with the harsh realities of life in the spotlight of Hollywood.
William Liggins demonstrates a great gift for character and the ability to create scenes that reflect the obstacles that confront actors every day. It isn’t difficult to see oneself in Matt and Kayla, two hardworking artists with the odds stacked against them. Their passion for their craft and their anxiety reflect the lives of many gifted men and women who live with the ache to connect with their dream, and the author does an impeccable job in capturing their emotions. I Need; I Want is skillfully plotted and deftly crafted; it is written in prose that is beautiful and in a voice that is light and engaging. This is a realistic story that feels believable.