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The One That I Want

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  2,623 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
Tilly Farmer is thirty-two years old and has the perfect life she always dreamed of: married to her high school sweetheart, working as a guidance counselor in her hometown, trying for a baby. Perfect. 

In fact, on the surface you might never know how tough things used to be. At seventeen, Tilly lost her mother to cancer, her father drowned his grief in alcohol, and she pl
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Crown
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Apr 23, 2010 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this, so I'm allowed to say that I love it, right? :)
Cecilia Solis-sublette
Okay, I should have known when the reviews were written by People Magazine and Cosmopolitan that ihs book was bound to be a little "fluffy". Who knew that such literature was possible? Sadly, though, I read the whole darn thing. Why? Because the author was good at creating a realistic character. This book is a Lifetime movie. It's interesting while you're reading; you know you should be doing something more productive but can't help yourself, and then when it's over you think..."Wow, I can't bel ...more
I won this ARC from Crown Publishing's "Read It Forward" program. I requested it thinking that it would be something of a late-bloomer's coming of age story, which I love because as much as I love teen coming of age stories, it seems to me that the ones with adults finding themselves pack a little bit more of a punch and a bit of a deeper meaning. This story both was and wasn't what I'd thought and expected.

Tilly Farmer is stuck in a rut and doesn't even know it. She's 32 and describes her life
Jul 14, 2010 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Worst. Editing. Ever. If I didn't know better, I would say that Scotch must have published this book in her basement and didn't let a single other person touch it until it hit the bookstore shelves. Tyler calls to say he's coming home on Sunday. On Saturday, Tilly is preparing for his arrival that night. Tyler drops Tilly off at work, but later is watching basketball when Tilly unlocks the door that night. Lord knows how she got home. My favorite was when Susanna leaves the kids with her parents ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange book. I wanted to like it, and it really grabbed me in the beginning, but the writing got to me after a while - many strange similes and metaphors and occasionally a really poor word choice (that word, I do not think it means what you think it does). The protagonist seems to blame a mystical event at the hands of a pseudo-fortune teller for all her troubles, and yet it is not a catalyst at all: it merely lets her see the truth of what's already going on around her. Also, it was ...more
In The One That I Want , Tilly Farmer is a married 32 year old guidance counselor, working for the same high school she graduated from. She is married to Tyler, her high school sweetheart, and the two are now trying to have a baby. They both live in the town they grew up in. One afternoon Tilly goes to the town carnival and decides to see the fortune teller, who happens to be one of her old classmates. The fortune teller gives Tilly the 'gift of clarity' and sends her on her way.

Tilly's life is
Apr 26, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with rating this book. Truth, it's a 2.5 star read. Even as I type, I've switched the rating between 2 and 3 stars, trying desperately to find the rating most appropriate for this book that was an odd mix of enjoyment and irritation. But, while it was fast and easy to read, I disliked the main character beginning to dislike lessened only in the smallest measures by her supposed "growth." But is it truly growth when the main character simply shifts the focus of her myopic att ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, but I didn't get very far into it.

Here's a sentence from the first page: "And now, once again, it's July, one school year behind us, another on the horizon, the wave pulling out the grads, the tide washing in the new ones, and just as I have done the past five years, I am planning prom."

This sentence is on page 3: "Tyler, my husband, tells me to give it up, to stop pouring so much of myself into these kids, into this life inside the halls of Westlake High, and I supp
Jun 26, 2010 Shari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From My Blog....

Well-written and beautifully descriptive, The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scott is a novel about happiness, a simple word, yet difficult to obtain. I struggled in the beginning thinking I was about to read another clichéd (a baby will make Tilly's good life perfect), and at times unrealistic (the friend turned psychic), novel. Thankfully my earliest judgments were proven entirely incorrect. Yes Tilly does gain insight, rather the gift of clarity, from her classmate Ashley Sim
Jan 11, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So if you were given the power to see the future of your life, would you think it was a gift or a curse? Tilly thinks she has the perfect life: she lives in her hometown, is married her high school sweetheart (and is trying for a baby), and works as a guidance counselor for her old high school. She is happy and content as a clam—or so she thinks until she is struck with a curse where she can see into the future and is horrified by what appears. How can this be? She loves her life and can’t imagi ...more
Marie desJardins
Jan 20, 2013 Marie desJardins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I admit I haven't yet finished this book, and I promise that if and when I do finish, if my opinion has changed, I'll update the review. But 50 pages in, I'm pretty sure I won't change my mind.Tilly is an annoying, self-absorbed, stuck-in-the-past, still-organizing-her-high-school's-prom-as-a-guidance-counselor caricature of a can't-grow-up person. Then an old friend who has become some kind of psychic magics her somehow, with the Gift of Clarity, and then she starts to resent the things she's d ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of this book. I love Allison Winn Scotch and her books just keep getting better and better. In her new book, Tilly, a guidance counselor, is suddenly given the gift of clarity. By looking at photos, she gets visions that allow her to see into the future. The only problem is the future doesn't look that rosy. Why is her husband attempting to move them across the country and why is the life that she once believed to be perfect, suddenly in upheaval. A ...more
Tilly is 32, and trying for a baby with her beloved husband, while working at a great job and living in the town she grew up in. It's a wonderful life, except it isn't. A fortune teller at the school fair - who is a former friend of Tilly's - gives her a gift, the gift of clarity. And suddenly Tilly is having "flash-forwards" to events that haven't happened yet, but are not things that figure in her perfecdt life.

Chick lit, or hen lit, call it what you will, this is a woman's novel about growing
Random find on the mail library display this week. Thought I'd give it a go (I like the cover) and so far so great! Love it!
I absolutely loved this book. It's a super light fiction story about an early 30ish lady who is content living her small life in her small town and being perfectly satisfied. She goes to a town carnival and runs in to someone from the past who has a fortune telling tent and the lady passes on the gift of 'clarity'. Shortly after, her perfect conte
Jul 03, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word, but I really didn't like it. Rarely do I come across a book that I do not like, but this one was definitely up there...I don't think I've disliked a book this much since Curtis Sittenfield's PREP. It was miserable and predictable. Also, I'm all about the details, so it really annoyed me when in the beginning of one chapter she was dropped off, and by the end of the chapter, just a few hours later she was getting in her car in the parking lot ...more
I wanted to like this book because it contained lots of elements I usually like: three sisters, good friends, somewhat of a school setting, etc. However, the heroine was so oblivious and smug (albeit that was the point), her husband was such an idiot, the misery was unending, her ultimate solution was absurd (go to graduate school in photography? how is that going to support you, Tillie?), and I found it all very improbable. Her harping on how broken she and everyone else in sight were became qu ...more
Jun 30, 2010 Talia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Tilly is a 30-something who seems to have the perfect life: her loving husband who was her high school sweetheart, a great job at her old high school, and plans of a baby in the future. But after a meeting with an old friend, Tilly finds herself going into trances where she sees the future, and she is shaken by what she sees. Soon, cracks begin to appear in Tilly’s perfect life, and she wonders which life she really wants, the one falling before her, or the life she hadn’t planned for.

Apr 19, 2010 Deb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book, sadly. I loved her first two books and maybe had too high expectations. I found the characters not very likeable so I had no investment in them. Tilly is so immature, living in her high school days, and her marriage suffers since she seems to expect her husband to stay like he was in high school also. I had to force myself to finish this book and only did because I spent so much money on it!
I wrote a review on that was unfavorable and it is not there.
Feb 05, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted this book when it first came out, but I refused to spend the hardcover price. The colors of the cover were so pretty, that once I again, I judged a book by its cover but knew I needed to wait until I could read it for free. This time I was not disappointed- cute little story about life and that sometimes what you want is not what you need or is at least beyond your control. There were moments that touched my younger self as I read about the boy who refused to grow up (I had several of t ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Elixxir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When you and the main character are in a fight from the first page for being too annoying to live, the book is probably not going to end well for you. It surprisingly was not as bad as I thought it was going to be and that is a testament to the writer's skill. Maybe next time she'll write about someone I don't feel the need to kick in the shins thoughout the entire story?
Tiffany Elgan
I received this book free as a "Read it Forward" book. It received pretty good reviews, so I thought it would be alright. I got halfway through and couldn't handle the swearing in it any longer. The story was just okay and it certainly was not good enough to warrant me finishing the book. I admit I was rather disappointed.
Jun 27, 2010 Tenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm struggling writing this review because I can't quite tell why I just liked this book and didn't love it. Was it because the transformation of the character was overnight? Was it that the whole concept was just...odd?

The easiest thing may be to say that this was may just fall into the "meh" category...I didn't mind reading it but I wasn't enjoying every minute of it!
Jun 13, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I wanted to give this three stars but it was just too fluffy and the concept of the weird "spells" from looking at photographs wasn't believable. There wasn't anything special that set this story apart from others in the genre.
Jan 21, 2011 Bridgett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I liked this book...but I really didn't like the language used. The granddaddy of curse words (for Christians anyway) was used repeatedly. Bleck. I liked the characters and the story was ok. I guess if I had to sum it up I'd say " was alright."
Aug 03, 2016 Leia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more. I actually liked the second half of the book far more than the first half. The story itself was good, but the (unnecessary) magical element made it seem like a mediocre Lifetime movie.
May 05, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let's just say I felt Sarah's desires to play editor stronger than I ever had.

It just didn't work for me.

I liked the cover...although I'm not sure how it fits with this book.

I wouldn't be opposed to reading "Time of My Life"...just not right now.
Jul 13, 2010 K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicky-lit, blah, 2010
I read the bulk of this in Bellagio, Italy, right before my wedding. I loathed it, to be frank. Such a patronizing tone and so long.
Jul 02, 2010 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Picked this up because I recognized the author's name. Now, adding this on Goodreads, I see that I didn't particularly enjoy her other two books. I did not enjoy this one either.
Mimi Foxmorton
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“I might have felt broken, but at the end of it all, I didn't allow myself to break.” 8 likes
“There is the before. And then there is the after. Happiness is what you choose, what you follow, not what follows you. These are the things I have seen, these are the things I now know, these are the things I will carry with me as I go.” 6 likes
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