The One That I Want
by Jennifer Echols
I used to really, really loved Jennifer Echols books but over the past few years I kind of fell behind with her new releases, then I stumbled across this one that I'd forgotten about and ended up reading it in one sitting last night. The book wasn't amazing, but it did remind me of all the reasons I love her books.Summary: 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?
The story is predictable and it's full of rom-com cliches, but I always kind of loved these type of books for that reason, not in spite of it, and Jennifer always manages to write them well and add more original spins to them. They're the perfect books if you just want something cute to read for a few hours.
The characters in this one...I was so irritated by them a lot of the time but by the end, I really loved them (well, most of them). Gemma was likeable but also kind of frustrating because she was maintaining toxic relationships with people knowing the relationships were toxic, it wasn't like she was oblivious to it, she even comments on it quite a bit in the book. I really liked the way her weight issues were written too, showing that even after she lost weight, the body image issues she had and the way she was made to feel about it did leave a mark on her.
As for the other characters, Delilah, her friend, was adorable and I wish there was more of her in the book (I'd actually enjoy reading a story all about her, probably). I really liked Max too, he could be an ass at times, but then that made me like him more because he was flawed instead of being portrayed as perfect.
The thing I like most about Jennifer's books is how she can write romances that are so adorable. Seriously, I loved Max and Gemma together and even though I wanted to scream "USE YOUR WORDS!" at the book many times (because the whole plot hinges on terrible communication and it's obvious to the reader what's going on), it was really fun to read about and made me smile a lot.
The only thing about the book that I didn't like much was that it did that catty thing where it makes the best friend seem awful to justify the whole going after her boyfriend thing. And it pulls another one of the cliche (and obvious) twists that's meant to make the situation seem less wrong too. It didn't make me enjoy the book any less, it's just not something I particularly liked about it.
Anyway...I really enjoyed the book and while it's not my favourite book of hers, it did remind me why I'm a fan of Jennifer's work and made me want to go back and read all the books of hers that I've missed.
I'd rate the book 3.5 stars out of 5. It was cute and fun and exactly what I needed to cheer me up when I was having a bad week.