Monday, February 6, 2012

The One That I Want (Jennifer Echols)

Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Length: 359 pages
Rating: 4/5

Gemma has just made majorette at her school, and is shocked when the kicker for the rival football team notices her at their respective training camps. Max is adorable, and Gemma is utterly confused when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison instead. Worse, Addison drags Gemma along on their date. The more Gemma gets to know Max, the more she likes him, but how can she tell him without selling out her friend?

Let’s bullet point this review:
·         I have yet to meet a Jennifer Echols’ book I did not enjoy. And this one, she sent to me autographed. There might have been squealing when the postman came- I’ll never tell.
·         This is a book primarily about misunderstandings and learning to say what you really feel. The infuriating but endearing Max teaches Gemma that the easy way isn’t always the best way.
·         Finally, a book about a girl losing weight I didn’t hate. Gemma loses weight to feel comfortable as a majorette, and everybody- from her closest friends to her mom- doesn’t understand it. The way each character reacts to her weight loss shows how flawed their relationship with Gemma is, and the book focused more on fixing relationships than on the typical, “hate yourself heavy/love yourself thin” theme I see in far too many books. Gemma has already accepted herself as a person, and Max helps her realize that those around her need to accept her too instead of holding her back. So really, this book is less about a girl losing weight, and more about a girl untangling the mess in her life and setting things right.
·         Max: “he makes girls mad.” Clueless at times, but swoon-tastic and tells it like it is, even when it gets him into trouble. How could you not root for him?

Max is the one that Gemma wants…but will they finally resolve all the misunderstandings keeping them apart? You better read to find out- the paperback comes out TOMORROW!

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