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The One That I Want

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  8,869 ratings  ·  433 reviews
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 join
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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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
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maggie & Noelle
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 othe
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Your basic chick-flick book. Easy and light, perfect for a fast summer read.
Abbi Glines
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 th
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
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
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(I HATE Addison She iS So so so MEAN!!! GOD -.-!)
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

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 t
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 G
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 characters that I liked up ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
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.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ba
Jessica at Book Sake
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 TH
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Urg her friend was so mean and annoying it made me tense the whole book. But it was addicting.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
2.5 stars
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
» Review can also be found on Orchids & Amethysts.

Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Rating: 3.5/5

Gemma doesn't have much expierence when it comes to boys. But when a guy like Max flirts with you, it's something you notice, right? Well, obviously it's not, because otherwise he wouldn't date her "best friend" Addison. The more time Gemma spends with them and Max's best friend Carter, the more she feels drawn to Max. Too bad she has got to keep her nose clean.

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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 world that will make
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
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 over
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Add
Esha Sharma
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

Boy oh boy! I don't know how will I justify my ratings and comments about this book. The book was not very original, nor the subject matter was very interesting. I just read Keeping the Moon, which sort of have the same subject but Keeping the Moon was a lot serious than this one.

The One That I Want is about Gemma, who is still trying to figure out who she really is. Her only friend or so-called friend is Addison, who is always mean to her. Gemma has lost a whole bunch of weight and
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 chara
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"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. Like I sai
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more