Book Review: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols
Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Published: 7th February 2012
It's so wrong when your best friend catches your Mr. Right!
Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?
I know I say that continuously that each book is probably the best book I've ever read in a long time, it's getting pretty cliché. So lets change this up a little. Previously reading one of Jennifer Echols romance comedies book, Endless Summer, and thoroughly eager to read the next. This is one of my new favourite books!
Gemma was self conscious about her looks. She's only just getting used to the way she looks. So when she sees (or thinks she sees?) Max staring at her across a field she is eager to get over there. But Addison snatches him in one glance.
Involving 3 boys in total: Max, Carter and Robert. It is a shame that we don't get much story behind Robert and the real relationship between Gemma and him, meaning that, as a reader, I didn't feel much of a connection with him. Adding to this, I felt that friendship of Gemma and Robert seemed like nothing but a small crush and nothing beyond that. Carter was also written in a way that getting to know him as a character was hard however reading further into the book everything was clear.
And....Max, wow, what to say about him? He was pretty much perfect until you see Addison hanging off his leg. He is that friend who you don't need to say anything for him to understand what is going on. Someone who will open up to you about, pretty much everything, telling you the truth and isn't affraid to say anything and is also easy to banter along with. He's also great at psychology which I thought was a cute touch. (He sounds perfect to me)
Gemma is such a strong female voice. Unsure at times but she has drive and determination to reach her goals which aren't all to do with getting a boy. She is a great voice to follow through the book and she does talk about being self-conscious which every girl can relate to and also the whole idea of weight lose. There are also the smaller details of clothes picking, which I felt, added the extra realism to the whole book.
Addison is Gemma's so-called best friend. Although there was a strong amount of dislike towards her, nearer the end she (Addison) did seem to release that Gemma has done alot for her, which did make me feel alright about her. But she is what she is.
Recommend or Not? Yes. I loved this book from the characters down to the story to the commentary from Gemma.
Happy Reading :)
What did you think about this book?