How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books (UK)
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
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 – 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…
I read Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel Billy and Me last year pretty soon after it had been released. I stated then that I thought Giovanna might become one of my auto buy authors. You know the ones, the author that you immediately buy without reading the synopsis. I was lucky to be approved to read You’re The One That I Want. I read it a month early, because I was just too excited. I’ve been going off chick-lit reads recently, (much to my sister’s approval, she’s not keen on the genre) but Giovanna has restored my faith in chick-lit. You’re The One That I Want is a heart-breaking story. If I’m honest, I expected a happily ever after story, but I completely respect that Giovanna has shown that not all decisions are black and white.
You’re The One That I Want follows childhood friends Maddy, Ben and Rob. They’ve grown up together and shared a lot of experiences. Of course, love is involved. Maddy is torn between Ben and Rob. I usually hate love triangles, but this is written so well, that it made sense. It’s not your typical “I fancy both men, I must have them both!” There’s a bit more to it than that. There’s history.
You’re The One That I Want is told from different viewpoints (Maddy, Rob and Ben). This can sometimes get a bit annoying, especially if you prefer one character over another, but I thought it really worked with this particular book. It also jumped around in time, but again, it was very clear about how old the characters were and where the action was taking place.
I think with this book, Giovanna has cemented her rightful place in the chick-lit genre. I look forward to whatever she writes next. I admire that she didn’t go for the easy option with this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Would I recommend it?: