Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Release Date: February 7th, 2012.
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?
When I picked this up, I was in the mood for something light and romantic and heavy on all of that overdramatic teenge angst and that was exactly what I got. The One That I Want seems vastly different from the author's titles with MTV Books, but I'm sort of starting to realize that Jennifer Echols could write a 400 page novel about moldy cheese and it'd probably be just as entertaining and sexy as her other books are.
I loved Gemma and Max, partly because they were such spirited characters and partly because I appreciated that they were fighting against cliques and stereotypes. But I have to stress that I HATE ADDISON WITH A BURNING, FIERY PASSION. I don't think I've ever loathed a character so much. She almost makes Voldemort look like a cute, fluffy bunny. I was severely annoyed with the book for the longest time because why would someone as smart and mature as Gemma be "best friends" with someone as vindictive, vapid and manipulative as Addison? But I did come to an understanding of their friendship in the end. Addison - as much as I wanted to jump through the pages and kick her in the face - is very beneficial to the story and to Gemma's thickening skin.
The romance had just the right balance of sweet, sexy and downright embarrassing moments. Jennifer Echols really succeeded at capturing the fumbling awkwardness that is the firsts - first crush, first boyfriend, first kiss, first everythings.
Overall, The One That I Want was a quick, romantic, quirky and thoroughly entertaining read. I tend to hate love triangles, but this book's love "square" and the characters involved kept me turning pages until I finished the whole thing. In one sitting. If you're in the mood for something that is light on the plot and heavy on the romance, or if you just like books with cute Japanese boys, I definitely recommend The One That I Want.