Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publication date: 6/12/2011 in Digital & 2/7/2012 in Paperback
Publisher: Simone Pulse
Publisher: Simone Pulse
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
As soon as I found out Jennifer Echols has a new Simone Pulse release, I had to get it ASAP, and I did, on its release I instantly got it and read it. I am a huge fan of Jennifer Echols, especially her Simone Pulse novels so I had high expectations for it.
While I wasn't disappointed, this isn't my favorite read my Jennifer Echols. This is partly to the plot; it was a bit too simple and the whole miscommunication that caused the whole misunderstanding. I just hoped there was a bit more to it. Nonetheless, The One That I Want was cute cute cute! and you can definitely feel Jennifer Echol's style of writing.
This is the story: Gemma sees a guy that she is interested in, she felt the same vibes from him, but her oh lovely best friend gets in between and announces that they're double dating! Addison and Max with Gemma and Max's friend.. wait. what? hold up. Didn't Gemma already tell Addison that she's interested in Max? Addison, you are officially crowned the worst best friend award of the year, and trust me, you had some hard competition (Addison Blakly's best friend, Corrine's best friend, etc). It just amazes me the superficiality of so many friendships in books lately, and I honestly understand where they're coming from. I've had a best friend for over 10 years, but last year we had a fall out, and that's it, it's over. While you might not be able to see yourself letting go, sometimes its for the best, and I just hope that some of the protagonists see that before having to go through years of "supposed" friendship.
Throughout the whole book all I am thinking is "Make the first move! god you two are just wusses! you like each other!" This sort of hesitation and just "missed opportunities" annoyed the hell out of me. I mean why would Gemma care about Addison's feelings when obviously the only feelings Addison cares about is her own? yes, this is what makes our protagonist a better person than Addison, but still, be selfish! get what you want!
The book definitely had its cute moments with Max and Gemma, its frustrating moments with Addison and Gemma, and its awkward moments with Gemma and Max's best friend. Oh and did I mention Max is Japanese? Sugoi! daisuke desu! I love how Jennifer Echols deviated from the usual love interest, and a Japanese? let me just say I am a HUGE fan of the Japanese culture so that brought a smile to my face!
This is a book for all contemporary lovers, Jennifer Echols knows how to please her readers and she did it again in The One That I Want.
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