Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

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?

Author: Jennifer Echols
Page: 288 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse

It’s my first Jennifer Echols’s book. Actually, I want to read her books since a long time ago because of their cover. Yes, though some friends of mine called me a verbal person, but I don’t refuse that I love visual stuff too. Including, book cover. I adore cute-romantic-beautiful book cover. I often pick a book because of its cover. And, I truly believe that Jennifer’s book cover is one reason I want to read them. 

The One That I Want tells about Gemma van Cleve who has an experience to be overweight girl. She worked hard to decrease her weight and she succeed, up to 48 pound! Amazing job. From the beginning, her main goal is achieve her best performance as majorette on marching band team. Of course, she also has the courage from her best friend, Addison, though in negative way. Sadly, though she can raise her confidence level, she still doesn’t believe that there is any guy out there meant to be her boyfriend. Neither did Robert, her childhood friend who is already on her radar for so long time. Unfortunately, Robert never fell into her. He just made fun of her. Neither did Max Hirayama, a cute Asian boy who stole her heart since the first time she saw him across the field when she was on band-camp.
I had assumed I was imagining things. Boys did not look at me. They saw through me.
So, when Max comes closer, Gemma thinks that he comes to Addison. She always aware that in a battle with Addison over a boy, Addison will always win. Furthermore, the situation become more complicated when Gemma has been trapped on a few double-date series. Gemma and Carter. Addison and Max. Weird!
 Wew. I agree with Jocelyn (played by Helent Hunt) on The Jane Austen Book Club the movie when she said that “High School never ends”. Reading this book, my memory flew back a couple years ago when I still in the high school. Everything seemed easy and difficult at the same time. I could shine through my academic performance but failed on my love life. I never thought that there was a girl for me back in High School. Haha. Shame on me.

Whatever, I love this book. The awkward moment between Gemma and Max continously chills me out. I barely had no patience while both of them stay under the blanket. I am so tense when waiting for their confession that they are into each other. I am biting my bottom lip while they kept silent. Wake up, buddy! Shout your heart out loud! Geez!

Oops, Jennifer teased me badly. 

Beside that, this novel also bring a deep morality messages. One of them is about your motivation to change yourself. You must know what is the main goal that you want to achieve. Because if you don’t set that goal, you’ll never know the limit of your work. Because, darling, every thing has limit in this world. Don’t push yourself too hard.

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  1. Loove this book too although I haven't finished reading it yet since I left my book at my office just before holiday *uuurrgh!!*
    Sadly, the cover doesn't reflect the main characters so much since Gemma should be gothic and Max is Japanese.

    1. Yes, the cover doesn't suit at all...;( though it still romantic, isn't it?

      You have to read it, Na, I love the ending...:)

    2. Yes the cover is romantic, but the boy kinda reminds me of Daniel Meade from Ugly Betty (don't know why... lalala)
      I wish I didn't leave the book at my office. Now I have to wait for Thursday to be able to read it.
      Btw, kinda curious about Jennifer Echols' Such A Rush. The MC is a pilot. Seems interesting

    3. Well, gladly I have a plan to read Such a Rush anytime soon...

      What if we do read along? It'll be fun if we can share a book that we read together...

    4. where did you buy the book? i havent seen any in Jakarta (so far). or do you have the e-book?? i'd like to read along