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Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Review: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

by Jennifer Echols
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
Format read: Paperback 

(from Goodreads) 

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?


I found my super cute read for the summer! The summary to this book focuses on the heartbreak of a sort of love story, but there is much more to The One That I Want...

Gemma is just like any other teen girl who is filled with insecurities - she wants to fit in, but doesn't want to be a carbon copy of everyone else. She goes out of her own way to upkeep the purple streaks in her hair and wears thrifty clothes to create her own style. She used to be overweight, and having lost over 30lbs, she is trying to not only adjust to her healthy ways, but also to the new attention that she is starting to attract because of it.
Gemma has a best friend named Addison. Their moms were friends, so they became friends at a very young age. And as time went on, Addison was never really a true friend to Gemma. Some of the things that she did and said to Gemma were really questionable and mean. But Gemma felt that because they were friends for so long, that she had to stay friends with her. It also probably goes with the fact that Gemma didn't really have any other true friends, I'm pretty sure she stayed with her so she wouldn't be alone.
But then we meet Max! 
And Max turns Gemma's world upside down - and little does she know, she turns Max's world upside down too! So why did Max ask Addison out instead of her??? 
It was a bit of struggle to see Gemma come into her own. But once things started to unfold for her and she was finally taking steps to surrounding herself with positive and supportive friends, it was definitely worth the read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer Echols 
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books.

She has written eight romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. 

Her next two teen dramas, including SUCH A RUSH, will appear in 2012 and 2013, with her adult romance novels debuting in 2013, all published by Simon & Schuster. 

She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. 


  1. I felt the same way about this book! It was definitely a bit of a struggle for Gemma, but I liked the way it ended up. And Addison! Ahh, she was so frustrating...

    Thanks for the great review!

  2. aw, this one sounds so cute! I need to read a Jennifer Echols book soon! (I know, how have I not?!)

    great review, lady! <3

    Ashelynn @ gypsy book reviews.

  3. Whoo glad you liked it! I read only one book of Jennifer Echols and I really liked it, so now I can't wait to read this one too :)


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