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Matchmaking gets mixed up in this all-original eBook addition to The Romantic Comedies series!

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...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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♥Rachel♥
Gemma Van Cleve has just auditioned to be a Majorette at the prodding of her "so-called" best friend, Addison. Gemma has been preparing for this tryout by practicing, and by losing thirty pounds in the last five months. Gemma doesn't feel confident that she'll make it on the team because only the popular make the majorette squad, but she aces the tryout, much to her surprise, and lands on the team. While training at majorette camp she spots a football player, Max staring her way throughout the p...more
Tammara
Gemma is a girl on a quest to find herself. She's managed to be the girl everyone else wants her to be or thinks she is - for years, she's been BFFs with Addison, the poorest excuse for a friend ever, because their mothers were friends and it seemed expected. It's not like anyone else was stepping up to the plate... except maybe Robert, who Gemma's been crushing on for years.

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
Sarah
I'm convinced the writer of the book description never read this book. The book description just makes it sound like a generic teen book with no substance and there's actually a lot going on in this one, especially with the realistic love hate relationship between Gemma and her best friend.

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
Doreen
I'm sorry what is this? Am I supposed to like this? Well, I absolutely love Jennifer Echols. I read endless summer and love story and forget you. I was over the moon for those books but then I picked up this one. It is about some girl who continuously points out the fact that she is fat and has horrible friends. Umm I understand that weight is a soft spot considering the world we live in where girls are pressured to be size 00 but let me just say there are people out there like me who have no ho...more
Rachel Harris
Pretty much anything Jennifer Echols writes will end up in my "Favorites" and "Wish I Wrote It" shelves. Whether it is one of her romantic dramas or a romantic comedy, she just gets teens, gets women, and gets *me*.

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
Kate
This book reads much like the first draft of what might have otherwise been an ok book. The sheer technical aspects of it made me crazy. Everything just sounded clunky in my head. For a group of teenagers, there was sure a lot of formal sounding talk. And by that I mean: where the heck are the contractions? And none of the dialogue, what little of it there seemed to be, had any kind of a natural flow. For example: "And now that you've pointed it out, I feel ashamed about my reaction to the bear....more
Abbi Glines
I love the feel of Echol's Simon Pulse books. This one has the same feel as The Boys Next Door and Major Crush. This one is just as good. Gemma is fabulous and Max is adorable. Great read!
Ninoshka
omG!!!
THIS BOOK TAKE MY BREATHE AWAY!! LOVE IT<3
(I HATE Addison She iS So so so MEAN!!! GOD -.-!)
Zemira Warner
Jennifer Echols did it for the second time! I thought Love Story will be the only book I would be disappointed. The One That I Want reminds me of those Lauren Barnholdt books. It was sweet,but maybe a little bit too sweet for my taste. Sure it was written for younger teens and maybe I should stop the rant because,well,younger readers tend to eat up almost everything they read as long as there is some kissing involved. I should know,I was one of those kids.

We have your typical 'fat' girl who get...more
Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream
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I loved The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols. I ABSOFREAKINLUTELY LOVED IT!

I have been reading a lot of paranormal romance novels lately, so this non-paranormal romance novel by Jennifer Echols was exactly what I needed to mix things up. This novel was fabulous! It kept me up way past my bedtime.

The One That I Want was filled with genuine high school issues and drama. It’s been almost ten years since I graduated...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
The One That I Want solidified Jennifer Echols’ position on my auto-buy list.

I always have love-hate relationships with Echols’ books. I absolutely love the stories she creates, but the characters always make me so angry. It’s so frustrating, but it’s also a blessing because it is part of what gives them so much charm. The characters are raw and so believable, even if I am not their biggest fan, I cannot stop reading about them.

In the case of The One That I Want, it was Gemma’s “best” friend Add...more
Janina
Actually better than I expected it to be after the disappointment that was Forget You. Yes, there is moping around, yes, there are insecurities and angst abound, yes, there is a best "friend" I wanted to strangle, but I was still thoroughly entertained (maybe it was the sleep deprivation??). Plus, a very cute (Japanese) love interest.
Mesa
Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite YA authors out there. I just adore her books, and when I saw her new book, I was super excited and I already knew that I was going to love it. And I did. I loved it. It’s such a cute, fun love story that I devoured.

I really liked Gemma. She’s sweet, passionate, self-conscious, and a teenager. She’s a believable character. I also loved Max. He’s adorable. He’s sweet, honest, and very different. Max says/blurts out what comes to mind; sometime it’s good, and...more
Ottilie
3.5
I want to start by saying Jennifer Echols is one of my all time favorite authors and I was ubberly excited to get this book, and I have Such a Rush on pre-order.

Gemma is the shadow in the friendship, and in life as she still thinks she is that insecure girl before she lost the 58lbs. Her friend Addison always got the attention, the friends, pretty much everything under the sun. Gemma is the quirky person with purple streaks in her hair which was different then all of the rest of the batton t...more
Jessica at Book Sake
With each book of Jennifer Echols’ that I read, I enjoy contemporary YA books more and more. The One That I Want is a quirky, fun, romantic read with a lead character that is both the underdog and the clear winner at once. Gemma is worthy of us to root for the entire way through and any moments that she has that may give us doubt are short lived as she is just a good person through and through. Yes, she has her flaws, but she works on fixing them herself and is able to achieve her goals. While t...more
Kayla
The book description doesn't do it justice. I picked this book, thinking it would be a typical lovey dovey story about a girl falling for her best friend's boyfriend and whatnot. To be honest, I got it because I liked the cover.

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
Fred
This is a witty and wry story of two friends, one of whom (our lovable MC Gemma) is growing up, moving on and getting it together. The other one(her frenemy Addison)seems mostly motivated by a desire to sabotage, subvert and otherwise sidetrack Gemma's progress. Oooh, she is so irritating, that one! I love Jennifer Echol's romantic comedies, and this one is one of the best. I think what I liked most about it was that the plot problems (miscommunication, crazy schemes that backfire, "I'll show hi...more
Susan
I thoroughly enjoyed THE ONE THAT I WANT. It's a fast read with an incredibly appealing MC and swoon-worthy love interest. My favorite part of the book, though, had to be the setting: ATLANTA! I felt like I was back in my old home city, and I just loved that. Echols did a great job bringing the downtown and the parks to life.

So if you're in the mood for romance, fun, or a different high school crowd (Baton twirling! I never knew ANYTHING about it!), then be sure to pick up THE ONE THAT I WANT.
monica ♪
I wanted to make a proper review, then again, I forgot what I wanted to write LOL

I love this book. the first book by Jennifer Echols I read.

Gemma, has this so-called best friend, Addison that is actually a total evil. She tries out to be a majorette, tries his best to lose her weight and becomes more than Addison.
Gemma met Max and she likes him first before Addison. But Addison made up a drama that said Max asked her to go out with her. Gemma's heartbroken. And she's forced by Addison that she s...more
Bethany
The One That I want was a cute quick read. Not one of my favorite books by Jennifer Echols but still good. The characters in the books didn’t treat their friends very well, and I think that kind of turned me off to the book some.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Cute, predictable, light and fluffy. Ms. Echols, once again, does not disappoint in the humor department. Sadly, however, she again had a hard time delivering on the drama. It's just never real believable, and it almost always leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it usually involves a misunderstanding directly following some dialogue dissecting a misunderstanding. It's like the characters are too dumb to remember what they just talked about and it makes me a little less sympathetic toward char...more
Katie
The One That I Want is a cute, fun, quick contemporary read. Jennifer Echols’ romantic comedies for Simon Pulse have always been some of my favorites but she really upped her game with this one. I think this is the best romantic comedy I have ever read from her.

Gemma is not the pretty, popular girl who gets the guy all the time. She’s shy, a little weak, and quirky but she’s also funny, smart, and kind. However she always gets overlooked in favor of her pretty, perky, best friend Addison. Gemma...more
Alona
I love the cover of this book! It reminded me of Heartstrings. And knowing I'm high with mushy madness (a.k.a drama-emotera mode) I didn't let this one pass.

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
Shawn
Gemma was always the "bigger girl" and the butt to her friends jokes. But when she makes the decision to finally do something about it so that she can fit into her majorette uniform, she discovers that life is no less complicated when you're skinny. In fact, when she meets Max things become more complicated than she could ever imagine. And not just because he's her school's rival team's kicker. Addison, her best friend (if that's what you could call her) has her eyes on Max too and complicated d...more
Jessica
Every time I read a new Jennifer Echols book, I go in knowing it's going to be a five star because I love everything she writes. I'm always shocked when people were not impressed with this book on on goodreads, so I decided to go into this book totally indifferent, as if I were reading from a brand new author. And you know what? I still loved it! No matter what I do, I can't help but fall in love with every story Jennifer Echols writes!

Gemma was such a great protagonist. First off, I love her na...more
Katie
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 pa...more
Nathaly Alvarez

—Tal vez trabajas mucho en una relación —dijo suavemente—, y se derrumba, a pesar de todo lo que intentas.


Gemma Van Cleve ha pasado toda su vida siendo lo que otras personas esperaban que fuera. Incluso hacer la audición para ser Majorette fue para complacer a su "mejor amiga" Adison. Cuando Gemma ve a un atractivo jugador de fútbol americano mirándola piensa que no es posible que él este atraído por ella, Max es totalmente divertido. Pero Max invita a salir a su mejor amiga y , ¿sera Gemma ca...more
khungkhing
"The One That I Want" is a second book of Jennifer Echols that I read; I think I like it (at least more than "Forget You") ... I guess.

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
Jena
Jennifer Echols has this way of taking twisted and tangled relationships and writing a beautiful story around them. I always enjoy everything her books have to offer and I always enjoy the endings. The One That I Want is no different.

Gemma has lost 50lbs and made the majorette, but her "best friend" Addison made it too. Addison is nothing but an attention getter and things always have to go her way. While at majorette camp two super hotties from their rival school start to flirt with them. Max i...more
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