Thursday 22 May 2014

Book Review: You're The One That I want By Giovanna Fletcher

Name: You're The One That I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: 22nd May 2014

Summary: Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob- the man she's about to marry. 

Next to Rob is Ben- the best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that's the problem.
Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

Review: I'm ashamed to say I purchased Billy And Me in the Kobo sale on Boxing day, and it's still unread in my Kobo library. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was sat in my nan and granddad's front room nosing through the sale. I'd heard lots of good things and decided that it would be one of my Christmas treats to myself.
When I requested to get an early copy of You're The One That I want on Netgalley I wasn't sure I'd be approved. Not because I don't review but because I'm such a novice with Netgalley, you should have seen my face when I was approved and when I successfully managed to get it on my Kobo. I was like a child in a sweet shop, it was actually a lot easier than I first suspected. 
Firstly, I have to mention the truly gorgeous book cover for You're The One That I Want. I am not an overly pink girl but the contrasts with the sky/baby blue makes it stand out for me, it's going to look truly gorgeous on any book shelf. I really did fall in love and the Grease reference was an added bonus for me, It has and always will be my favourite film, and one of my fave love stories. 
You're The One That I Want is about three friends Ben, Maddy and Robert. Who meet as children and continue to be friends throughout everything. It's a tale of friendship, love, vulnerability amongst other everyday issues in life. I like that Giovanna writes from all of their points of view. Well mainly Ben and Maddy with the occasional Robert. She focuses on a number of teenage issues including unrequited love. It's such a beauty of a story one that is intriguing and oh so hard to put down. 
There are a number of moments as a reader when you're on the edge of your seat unsure of which way the story will go, I often found myself shouting at all of the main characters for one reason or another. Although saying that, all of the characters were easily like able and I found reading this a true guilty pleasure. 
Maddy is like you're usual girl next door although she doesn't know this, as she's always been one of the boys. Well since Ben and Robert took her under their wing when she started their school, and they were as thick as thieves from that day on. The tripod was born- even that line makes me go all gooey for their friendship. Maddy never missed out on anything but seeing as both her best friends were boys it made a few things harder as she turned into a teenager. Robert comes across cocky and confident but underneath all that brashness he's a lovable guy. Ben is cute in a different way and as a reader I warmed to him quite quickly, as much as part of me really liked Robert. I am definitely team Ben.
I don't want to ruin the story but their friendship has a number of twists that will have you begging for more. If you can go to sleep at a decent hour then you're really not taking advantage of this rollercoaster read. Having devoured this I now look forward to discovering Billy And Me. I think Giovanna could potentially write a follow-up to You're The One That I Want but I shan't be spoiling this gem. 
You're The One That I Want is definitely in my top five of awesome reads from 2014. If you love a good girlie read then what are you doing still reading this go and BUY IT NOW!!!


Suus said...

I can't wait to read this book, it sounds really great!

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