The One That I Want
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with...more
Then Gemma tries out to be a majorette. She knows she's got the routine down. She will nail it. And then she'll flip off t...more
Super cute, vintage Jen Echols read. I had hoped it'd be more of a romcom like Major Crush, but it was still a fun, satisfying read that I finished in one evening. I enjoyed this more than her other 2011 relea...more
I have to say that from the beginning of the book is so boring. I wanted to stop several times but it's getting better when Gemma meets Max. But it's also annoying. I don't know what's the matter with those two and I don't want to try to figure it out. However, the thing that happens between Gemma and Max keeps the story going. It makes me smile and roll my eyes....more
I enjoy reading YA contemporaries with sports and school as its milieu. Although I get sick of it at times, it would always be part of my top reads. The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols is one of those books that would leave you smiling hours after reading it. It might be a typical high school story but Jennifer Echols pulls you into a wo...more
I inhaled this book--and quickly reread most of it again--within a few hours, loving the witty banter between Gemma and Max. To me, this book is like a "How to 101" for every writer worried about obvious premises or concepts that may've been explored before. The gist of this story is...more
Gemma is a quirky junior high student. We fare first introduced to her at the end of her sophomore year when she is trying out for the majorettes. She doesn't really want to try, but was sort of badgered into it by her friend, Addison (more of a frenemy). Gemma has lost some weight and its causing havoc in all her...more
This was the first Jennifer Echols book I've read. The book description made me a bit weary (Do I want to read about a girl wanting her friend's boyfriend? I had a really hard time when I first read Something Borrowed). But I was pleasantly surprised with the story.
I loved Gemma despite my frustration with her at times. I loved her style and readiness to be herself (although in a covert way), and how she silently rebels with her individuality.
She has some big issues to work through at...more
I did hate how lie and manipulative the best friend, Addison was. She was such a bitch and needed to be put in her place.
I enjoyed how things happen (even the bad) because in my point of view, I felt that Gemma wouldn't have showed her true self to Max if she thought he truly liked her so in the end, even if things were a HUGE misunderstanding (thanks to Addison <_<) it all turned out for the best.
I love the bluntness of Max, and I have a fetish for Asian guys so b...more
The One That I Want tells about Gemma van Cleve who has an experience to be over...more
While I wasn't disappointed, this isn't my favorite read my Jennifer Echols. This is partly to the plot; it was a bit too simple and the whole miscommunication that caused the whole misunderstanding. I just hoped there was a bit more to it. No...more
I think this one really appealed to me because I was both a member of the band (please note I do not use the term band geek) and a member of the drill team who marched with the band, did kicklines, dance routines, pom pom routines and we were known for being one of the best in the state, thank you very much.
So, this story brought back a lot of memories. Also, twirlers, please note that I do know there is a vast difference between being a twirler and being a pom pom girl. So no need to c...more
My Rating: 3.0
I love all Jennifer Echol's books, especially Going Too Far, so when I saw The One That I Want on Barnes & Noble's bookshelves, especially with the gorgeous cover (that I have to hide from friends because they'll be thinking what the hell is Kelly reading?), I just knew I had to read this book.
The One That I Want isn't as good as Going Too Far, but still stood out on it's own because readers can relate to Gemma. Gemma is stuck with a so-called "best friend" named Addison whos...more
I loved Gemma and Max, partly because they were such spirited characters and pa...more
Gemma is who every girl can relate to. She is overweight and has it reminded to hr everyday by h...more
Gemma and Addison have been the best of friends since they were ten. Having lost both their fathers in a divorce, Gemma’s mom thought it would be nice for her daughter to have someone to confide into. So ever since then, they did everything together. Or more like, Gemma did everything Addison wanted her to.
In other young adult books, it’s usually the richer ‘BFF’ who gets to order around the other less richer ‘BFF’. But in Gemma and Addison’s case, it’s the other way aro...more
And I don't regret doing that because I would have missed on such a great book.
Gemma was really interesting to read. She used to be fat, was/is self-conscious, lost around 30-50 pounds, went to majorette try-outs, got the part and had a new social life. She's got insecur...more
First of all, from the summary, I thought I was going to be reading about a girl, her best friend, a guy they both liked and the guilt, hard feelings or whatever associated with her indecision to go after him. That was not the case. From the first chapter, Gemma talks about how horrible Addison is and how she was basically forced (first by their mothers and then by convenience) to be her best...more