Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Pages: 400 Pages
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…
What would you do if you were engaged to be married to one guy but part of your heart belonged to another? What would you do if that other person was your husband-to-be’s best friend? This is the dilemma that Maddy faces.
An initial reaction to the above questions would be to dislike Maddy, to fancy her to be a bit of a flighty girl who frivolously toys with people’s emotions; however, you would be wrong. Things are never that simple. They are complicated further by the fact that Maddy, fiancé Rob and best man Ben have all been best friends since primary school. So not only is Maddy battling with her own conflicted feelings but she is trying desperately to not hurt the two men she loves the most.
You’re The One That I Want is the second novel from Giovanna Fletcher and it comes as no surprise that this girl has a talent for writing romance. Her debut novel Billy and Me was gut-wrenchingly romantic and heartbreaking in equal measure and Maddy’s story is no different. Told from a three person multi-perspective (although more heavily from Maddy and Ben’s point of view) the story offers insight into how two of the protagonists react to the obstacles and situations they are faced with. The use of multi-view was cleverly used; if it had all been told from Maddy’s perspective there is a chance that the character would have been less likeable, indeed not as easy to empathise with. The balance between the two justified the emotions and reactions of the characters. Because both Ben and Maddy tell their story so well the lines of what is right and wrong become blurred.
The one thing that Fletcher manages to do with disarming ease is to have you empathise with Maddy and feel equally conflicted. You understand implicitly why the biggest decision of her life is killing her and she makes you question the possibility of being in love with two people at once.
Who will Maddy choose in the end? Read the book to find out.
You’re The One That I Want was released 22nd May 2014 through Penguin
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