The Compulsive Reader: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

Friday, February 24, 2012

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

Gemma is used to being second best in her friendship with Addison. Addison has always been hypercritical, and now that Gemma has succeeded at losing 50 pounds to join the majorette squad, their friendship is strained. One day at majorette camp, Gemma and Addison meet Max and Carter. Gemma is sure that Max was staring at her, and Carter seems to like Addison—but Addison has already decided that Max is the one that she wants. She makes this clear to Gemma, but Gemma may have just found the one thing that will motivate her to stand up to Addison once and for all.

The One That I Want is as much a romance as it is a sort of coming age for Gemma. She's been hanging on the sidelines for too long and her weight loss and new status as one of the best members of the majorette squad have been great for her self-esteem—she's been building up to her breaking point as far as Addison is concerned. The girls' friendship with Max and Carter creates plenty of drama, and there are some interesting parallels between the two sets of friends. Throughout the drama, Gemma does her best, and readers will be solidly on her side as she begins to realize what friendship is not, and that standing up for yourself can have some unexpected benefits and consequences. Anyone who has even gone through the angst of liking someone who may or may not reciprocate will empathize with Gemma, and her journey towards self-acceptance is universal. The One That I Want is a fun, romantic read with a good bit of drama, stolen kisses, and a great message about standing up to bullies—not to win a guy, but for yourself.

Cover Comments: Though the two models on the cover don't resemble Max or Gemma, the cover is pretty, light, and cute! I like it!
Review copy purchased on Kindle.

This one is available for only $6.99 as an e-book!


Anonymous said...

I do like the sound of this book, it sounds cute and yeah, more like a coming of age than straight romance, which I can like a great deal.

Thanks for sharing your review.

Unknown said...

I like the sound of this one. I don't like overly romantic books, so I like that this one is more about learning about yourself and standing up against bullies. Plus, that cover is super cute!