Published by Thomas Dunne Books on April 25th 2017
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
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A new novel from the author of Billy and Me about love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. 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... Praise for Billy and Me: 'A gorgeous, gloriously romantic read with buckets of charm - I absolutely loved it!' Jill Mansell 'A sweet and sparkling debut from a lovely lady. Sure to be a hit' Carole Matthews 'Only the most hard-hearted could fail to root for Sophie as she falls for A-lister Billy and must take on the mad, bad world of showbiz. This sweet debut reminded me of Last Night at Chateau Marmont' Louise Candlish 'Wonderfully warm & cosy. The perfect comfort read to curl-up with and enjoy' Ali McNamara 'If you're looking for a romantic read and a summer treat that'll take you on a journey and leave you feeling like you've made a new friend, you'll love Billy and Me' Vanessa Greene 'Warm and romantic, this charming read will certainly brighten up your day' Closer 'This is one juicy read' Now 'Tons of charm and genuine warmth' Star Magazine
You’re the One That I Want is the first book by Giovanna Fletcher that I have read. And what a joy it was to read. Maddy, is almost torn in deciding which of her best friends – Rob or Ben – is the one she should end up with. And while this may seem like an awkward love triangle situation, it is anything but.
Maddy’s indecisiveness does bother me. I can understand her being torn and and not wanting to ruin a friendship group. But come on! A decision has to be made. And by not being clear about who she wants. I feel that Maddy let Ben down so badly through out his life because he always had some hope.
I love how all three points of views are are written. Robert’s point of view is from his wedding speech. But the story is mainly told from Ben and Maddy’s point of view. From when they were small nine year olds, right up to the present. Each person has a distinct understanding and lets us see both sides to the story. I did want Rob’s point of view a bit more. I was left wondering if he ever had an inkling about certain events and what his thoughts were. It would be interesting to know.
I was emotionally invested from start to finish. I was rooting for Ben. For Maddy. And for Robert. I wanted each to have true happiness and get their hearts desire. All three were normal human beings. Each with their own flaws, but each one so protected and loved in their friendship group. Each one touched my heart and I felt a connection with each of them. Especially Ben.
You’re the One That I Want is a beautiful, heart-wrenching and moving book. Filled with romance and little moments that are hard to forget. This is a brilliant story about love, friendship and growing up that is perfect to read as summer approaches.