Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

Title:  The One that I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance- YA
Series: -
Main Characters: Gemma & Max
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN: 9781442452367
Publisher: Simon Pulse  

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Sexual Intensity: mild

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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?

My Review:

The complicated lives of teenagers...and Gemma seems to have more complications than most. Gemma has spent most of her life going with the flow. She has her own sense of style, but that is about the only place in her life where she stands up for herself. She has been lifelong friends with Addison and Addison is about the worst friend that I could EVER imagine. She puts Gemma down constantly and is always trying to undermine whatever Gemma is accomplishing. Gemma's latest accomplishment has been a huge weight loss and making the Majorettes team. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone in Gemma's life is not near as excited about those things as she is.

The summer before their junior year, Addison and Gemma are attending majorette camp. During majorette camp, a gorgeous kicker, Max, caught Gemma's eye. She was pretty sure that he was interested in her too, but then Addison stepped in and took over the conversation and the guy. Gemma just rolls over and goes with the flow...regardless of the amazing chemistry between Gemma and Max. Instead she ends up paired up with Carter, an equally gorgeous quarterback, but a guy that Gemma doesn't even like.

There is a lot of teenage angst throughout this book. Luckily, Gemma's humor comes through in most situations and for me, the chemistry between Max & Gemma made the book. I loved the scenes where they were together and how much their personalities just meshed.

Gemma has made a huge self-change over the last year of her life and in this book, you get to see how she deals with it. Honestly there is no one in her life supporting her in what she is trying to do from her bff to her mom and it's truly sad. It's interesting to watch her evolve through the book and develop that self-confidence to stand up for herself. She does this with the help of some healthier relationships and it was good to watch these develop and for her to realize just how the other toxic relationships were hurting her. By the end of the book, I was applauding her.

This is a sweet little YA read and is a wonderful book about self-discovery.

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