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If You're Not the One

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Has she married the wrong man?
Jennifer Wright has a seemingly perfect life a husband, two kids, a lovely house. She also isn't entirely sure if she's happy. Frustrated with her lack of career and a husband who barely seems to notice her, she can't help but wonder, is this it?
At 38 she's hurtling toward middle age and a mid- life crisis. And she starts to think what her l
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 7th 2014 by Mira
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Laura Bambrey
Initially, I was hooked. Forte has a strong voice and draws you in a story that storms along at a great pace. But then WHAM: change of timing- you are one week previous then WHAM: you are in the further distant past then WHAM: you are in the present day then WHAM: you are in an alternative “what if” universe… and this is how the book continues throughout. As a reader I found this massively disconcerting – I tend to snatch moments to read at lunch breaks, before meetings, five minutes before bed ...more
I wish I didn't have a compulsive need to finish every book I start. I don't know if it's just habit, or if I'm a closet optimist, hoping there might be a pay-off that makes a book worthwhile.

This one had a bunch of the shallowest, most unappealing characters I've met in a while, so that I found it hard to care what happened to them. There were some really weird sections where the author's voice intruded and didn't fit with the rest of the book, and some jarring grammatical bloopers that stretc
Jemma Phillips
This is the most original book I've read in years. Completely fascinating, it tells the tale of Jennifer Wright who is having a bit of a mid life crisis, wondering 'Is this it?' She finds out how life would have been if she'd stayed with three different men from her past. I loved it. It was funny, sad, intelligent and above all so thought provoking. I loved the ending too. It was brave and this feels like a fresh book. I've read that the movie rights have been bought by Working Title. I'm not su ...more
Robyn Koshel
I found the book to be like "Peggy Sue gets married" meets the Ghost of Christmas past. It is very easy when you are unhappy to dwell on "what-ifs" and I thought Jemma Forte portrayed an unhappily married life very honestly.

Jennifer has an accident and she is transported to a kind of afterlife waiting room in the form of the famous tunnel. Each door she picks leads her to another "what if" scenario.

To be honest, I found all of the jumping around from past to present to present past all very conf
Dawn Brierley
This is posted on my blog as a review for the publishers -

I actually REALLY loved this! It reminded me a lot of Ali Harris' Written in the Stars that I read in 2014, yet it was different enough to not feel as though you were reading the same story.

It was original, and kept me on the edge of my seat for the 3 days it took me to devour it because simply put, I couldn't put it down!

Jennifer is basically having a mid life crisis, one of those moments in lif
Fiona - Fiona's Book Reviews
Actual rating 3.5

On paper this seemed like a fantastic idea. Wouldn't we all love to be able to relive certain aspects of our lives, albeit in our minds, and decide with hindsight if we had made the right decisions?

That is what Jennifer Wright gets the chance to do. Unfortunately that chance comes while she is suffering the effects of a life threatening accident.

We follow Jennifer as she revisits 3 different men she has known in her past. We see her relive what they had. She then is allowed to
Mar 02, 2014 Sheli marked it as gave-up
I was unable to finish the book, not because it was bad, but because it covered a topic that was a little bit too close to home for me.

If it were not for the fact it covered a topic that I find extremely upsetting, I would have continued to read the book.
If you're Not the One is Jemma's third novel and a second book by her that I've read. I have found the idea of this story very interesting and fascinating and I think I have never read a book with such idea before.

Jennifer is 38, has 2 daughters and a husband and lives in a seemingly good marriage. But as usual, life is not as beautiful as we'd like it to be and after one huge row with her husband, Jennifer runs out of the house and finds herself in a tragic traffic accident. Whilst in a coma, s
Jemma Forte is a Chick Lit author who burst onto the scene in 2009 with her fantastic debut novel Me and Miss M. I loved the book so much! Jemma then went on to release a second novel From London With Love, which I’ve got on my shelf to read, so when her third novel If You’re Not The One was announced, I was really, really interested in reading the novel. I was super happy to receive a proof copy and after reading the Prologue, I was really quite intrigued to read more. But, I have to admit that ...more
‘If You’re Not The One’ is Jemma Forte’s third novel.
Jennifer isn’t happy with her life. She feels her life is becoming stale and slipping away.
At the age of 38, with 2 daughters, a husband and a lovely home she feels she is missing out and reminisces of how her life could have changed if she had made different life decisions.
Following an argument with Max, her husband, Jen rushes out of the house with only an overcoat over her underwear, stockings and suspenders, steps into the road and gets h
Once upon a time, Jennifer Wright and her husband loved each other very much. But she’s pretty sure he isn’t in love with her anymore. Time, kids, work and money woes have sent them in different directions. Then Jen has an accident that puts her in a coma and she’s able to see what might have been. What might have happened if she had run off with the attractive but edgy man she met on vacation. What might have happened if she’d married her college boyfriend. Would she have been happier? A tantal ...more
This is a book that I found extremely entertaining. Jennifer is in a coma after an accident and finds herself in a position where she can answer the question that has been niggling at her of what her life would be like now if she had chosen to stay with any one of her three ex boyfriends instead of marrying husband Max. Would the grass have been greener on the other side of the marital fence? The story was a little confusing at first, but I soon got used to it. It is told in present time, the we ...more
The main character in this book spoke to me quite a lot. We are the same age and in fairly similar life circumstances in some ways.

I liked the looking at what might have been and the fact that this wasn't schmaltzy. The ending didn't fall short which would have been so easy to do.

I think that there's huge expectations that life should have lots of fireworks and excitement. The main character definitely illustrated how this can feel and how the day to day grind of life with young children can t
Chick Lit Uncovered
Everyone asks the question, 'what if?' at some point in life. Sometimes a lot. What if you took that job? What if you didn't say what you did? What if you didn't drink that much? And maybe, just maybe, what if you'd stayed with that ex?

If you could go back in time to see what life might have been...would you?

If You're Not the One by Jemma Forte (author of From London With Love and Me and Miss M) focuses on exactly that. After a heated argument with her husband about their affectionless marriage,
Natalie aka: PajamaBookGirl
What a fantastic blurb and cover! Both captivating and intriguing.

Thirty-Eight year old Jennifer Wright runs out of her home after arguing with her husband Max. Not looking where she's going she walks out onto a road in front of a car. It's not the appropriate time to giggle when someone has just been hit by a car, but that teamed with the victim's last thoughts being 'oh no, the driver's gonna see I'm only wearing a G-string, bra and suspenders under my coat' is pretty funny.
Jen ends up in a co
Sharon Scott
Really enjoyed this book! We all have those 'what if?' moments - and if we are honest, given the chance, would love to be given the opportunity to see what the outcome would have been if we'd made a different choice - just like Jennifer in the book. I think I'd have preferred it if Jennifer had remembered the journeys she took during her coma and therefore known she'd made the right choice - I'm a sucker for a happy ending! I was a little bit disappointed that the ending was left in the air.
Book-shelf Shelf
I thought the book was going to be complicated when i first started it, but once you get used to the time change it is not complicated at all. It is in fact a brilliant book which shows how the choices you make can be life changing, no matter how small. Jennifer gets to check if she made the right choice while in a coma. She gets to see how things would of gone had she stayed with any of her past loves. Loved the whole book and really couldn't put it down! Totally not what i expected either, tho ...more
Bev Dulson
Really enjoyed this book and the concept behind it. The main character, Jennifer, has an accident resulting in her being in a comma. While her body recuperates her mind takes her on three separate journeys of what life would be like if she'd have stayed with previous boyfriends. It's a bit sliding doors /parallel universe type idea and one I which I'd thought of myself!! Great read
Guys, I'm torn.

The concept of the book = clever. The execution = confusing and weak. The ending = brilliant.

So just what do I rate it?

Let me think about it, and review to come.
Meike Jensen
Quick and easy read with a nice way of spinning the story. Good when in need of light entertainment. I especially enjoyed the ending :)
Spoiler: it doesn't give us the answer.
Great book create concept I liked most of the characters and enjoyed the way the story skipped back and forth however I found the ending unsatisfactory!
Thought it was a four star book right up until the last page, very disappointed therefore only three stars.
Lydia Carmel
I liked it but the end was slightly disappointing.
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Jemma is a television presenter who began her career with five years at The Disney Channel. She has also hosted shows for BBC, ITV and Channel Four. She lives in London with her two children. her third novel 'If You're Not the One' is out February 2014. Visit her website at or follow her on twitter @jemmaforte

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