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You're the One That I Want

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,563 ratings  ·  720 reviews
Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that's the problem.

Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to hims
Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by Penguin
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Monica (crazy_4_books)
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(#3 book read for the buzzword readathon & #1 for contemporary-a-thon weekend)
Around fifteen pages into this book I went to the end (always do that to know the exact amount of pages) where I found a quiz that you’re supposed to do after you read the story to see which guy in the story you’d be more attracted to or happy with. I did it in that moment and the result gave me this vibe that I was going to end up crying at the end of the story. I wasn’t wrong. I cried for li
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After the huge success of Billy And Me last year, I have been waiting rather impatiently for Giovanna’s second novel to hit the shelves. Billy And Me was by far one of my favourite books of last year and I had really high hopes that this second novel would be just as good, if not better.
I wasn’t disappointed.
You’re The One That I Want tells the story of Maddy, Robert and Ben: three friends who have known each other since childhood. Growing up together, Maddy, Robert and Ben were affectionately
Alice (Married To Books)
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A glittering 5 stars!

My emotions are a freaking mess right now. Because of this book, this amazing, emotional, tension filled read. Ahh!

I only purchased this book today while out shopping with my parents and within a few hours of purchase, I've read it. And the truth is: I'm not disappointed at all. I really don't know how to write this review up because i'm literally speechless. Even my cat thought I was being mad. But here goes.

Maddy, Rob and Ben met for the first time during their childhood w
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May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I’m currently a little over 100 pages in and I get the feeling that this book was written to just get another book out after the success of “Billy and Me”. Maybe if there had been a bit more time, both the writer and editor could have caught the remaining spelling mistakes.

The book reads as a diary of sorts and it’s just... not really my thing. Plus the different POV’s made it not easy to read.

I’m all for a good love story but why go for the predictable “two boys, one girl in a friendship and g
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
My initial thought after the intro was:
Maddy either chooses the initial groom and the whole story in between would kind of be unnecessary OR she leaves her groom for their mutual best best friend and that would be pretty awful for their friendship.

Sounds promising, right?

The story is told from two points of view: Ben and Maddy's, recalling various milestones of their lives from age 9, when they met, until the present day. Their narrations overlap sometimes, so you can see how both of them expe
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'choose your love story and stick to it'

What a wonderful, wonderful book. ♥

'You're The One That I Want' is about Maddy and her two best friends Ben and Robert. They meet in school when they are only nine years old. Both boys start to fall for Maddy (and Maddy kind of falls for both of them), but only one of them gets the chance to really be with her. And that is Robert. On a school trip to Paris Ben wants to tell Maddy his feelings, but Robert is a step ahead of him. First come, first served. So
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Favorite Quotes:

If only falling out of love was as easy as falling in it. If only being with the girl I loved was as easy as all the songs on the radio insisted.

I know some people don’t believe that you can love two people at the same time… You can and it’s an awful feeling, because no matter what you decide to do about it you’re always going to hurt someone.

Well, when I was six we were asked to draw a picture of what we thought the millennium would look like – I drew some elaborate flying car a
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Beautiful beautiful book. Yet another masterpiece from Mrs Giovanna Falcone Fletcher. ♥ I adore her and her family as you might already know. Tom is the sun. (not relevant,i know) This book was like 'One Day' only with a love triangle. BUT BUT before you guys start complaining about the triangle,its not the usual triangle. Its true and pure and just the right kind,perhaps the most destructive kind.

Its a story about three best friends,them growing up, and the complications that come with it. Mad
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking, bittersweet and emotionally resonant!

This is an engrossing love triangle that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of young love, tension, heartache, happiness, guilt, regret, romance and enduring friendship.

The writing is eloquent. The characters are loyal, dependable, generous and sympathetic. And the story is narrated from two different perspectives and uses a past/present style to give both depth and understanding to all the relationships, personalities and underlying motivations
Ivi Oltovska
3 stars because of the ending
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-not-read
You’re The One That I Want is Giovanna Fletcher’s second novel and I loved Billy and Me, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this story. I was so happy when this book arrived at my doorstep.

The story follows Maddy, who is about to get married to her childhood sweetheart Robert. Next to Robert at the end of the aisle, there is Ben, the best man and their best friend. Maddy is in love with Robert, but the thing is she also loves Ben, did she make the right decision?

The story gets back to their ch
Eve Hatton
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book however looking back at it it does seem to lack a storyline- the story doesn't really go anywhere. This book adopts an unusual style where it starts off in the present, then skips back to the character's earlier lives from when they were 9 up until they were 25 then returns to the present again. I quite enjoyed this style as it allowed you to learn much more about the characters and get to know them before you find out what is happening to them currently. I ...more
Patricia Crowther
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Karen Whittard
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I loved the style that it was written and the way it was written from two different people's points of view. I loved the romance and suspense of this book and I extremely loved the characters and the ending.

Something that the old romantic in me keeps coming back to and thinking about is this. Although Maddie and Ben get married to different people (the right people I believe) I also like to think that after years of being married to Robert and Katie when they are old a
Jennifer Barr
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm really surprised this has gotten such good reviews. This book is like a 15 yr old masturbation fantasy. It is so implausible, the characters are completely flat, and they change their motivations whenever it's convenient for the plot. 2 seemingly perfect, attractive boys who are both in love with her, and they're all best friends... how could she possibly choose? I only made it halfway through this; I just couldn't do it anymore. ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I really didn't expected to like this book the way that I did.
The story of Ben and Maddy is so cute, sad and happy at the same time.
I read it on ebook, but I will definitely buy a physical copy.
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
4.5 stars

Straight off the bat I want to put it out there that I am not a fan of love triangles. A story where one girl is in love with two guys and messes everybody around as she tries to decide which one she wants to be with has a tendency to rub me the wrong way. But once in a while a book comes along featuring the kind of love triangle that I adore, one where love runs not just between the girl and each man but between the two guys also. The love story in You’re The One That I Want is between
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I have been a fan of Giovanna Fletcher since I first read her beautiful debut – Billy and me. Knowing how much I had enjoyed her first novel, I was very excited about You’re The One That I Want.

Maddy is standing at the back of the church on her wedding day ready to walk down the aisle. Waiting for her at the end is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben, Rob’s best man and their best friend. But if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her then there is a high chance it would be Ben.

I thorou
Fiona Bauer
My one-word review is: BITTERSWEET.

It's really hard to write a review without giving away spoilers. But I'll keep it short and try. It's a love triangle, so it sort of goes without saying that someone is going to end up left out. What I wasn't prepared for was the emotional turmoil this book gave me! it literally took my heart out of my chest and split it in two!

I wanted it to end the way it ended and I wanted it to end the opposite way. As I said, bittersweet. No ending could be entirely satis
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
On her wedding day, Maddy stared down the aisle at her husband-to-be, Robert, and his best man, Ben, who also happened to be Maddy’s best friend. She loved them both and now she’s questioning if she made the right decision. Did she choose the right man?

The story goes back to when Maddy first met Robert and Ben in elementary school. Robert and Ben were already best friends and when Maddy came along, she fit into their friend group perfectly. Years passed and the threesome were inseparable. Not a
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May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have really loved all of Giovanna's previous books and decided that I would give this one a try as it was sat on my unread pile of books. The book opens with Maddy as she walks down the aisle towards her future groom. We then take a huge step back to Maddy as a young child. The story revolves around her lifelong friendship with Ben and Robert. The story switches characters between chapters as we see the three friends start their blossoming friendship as young children. I loved the early days a ...more
Rea Cobb
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You're The One That I Want is Giovanna Fletcher's second novel which I have been eagerly awaiting after thoroughly enjoying Billy and Me last year. The cover for this one is beautiful, the colours used are going to make this one pop on the shelves and the cover suits the storyline well with the female shown in the middle of the two males.

The storyline follows the very close friendship of Maddy, Ben and Robert from when they first meet at such a young age and we then watch them and their relation
Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
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You’re the One That I Want is the first book by Giovanna Fletcher that I have read. And what a joy it was to read. Maddy, is almost torn in deciding which of her best friends – Rob or Ben – is the one she should end up with. And while this may seem like an awkward love triangle situation, it is anything but.

Maddy’s indecisiveness does bother me. I can understand her being torn and and not wanting to ruin a friendship group. But come on
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Leo by: My awesome me.
Shelves: 2014
This book filled me both with joy and heartbreak. Which is a bit contradictory, I know, but I guess if I had to make a simile, I'd say it is like a fulfilled relationship that gave you a lot of joy and you ended up hurting a lot. But it's still worth it. (Not like I'd really know this by experience, but I'd watch a lot of romances on TV.) What can I say, the hopeless romantic in me wants to go through the good times even if I suspect and then know it will end up breaking my hearth to pieces. Thi ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh my god this book was lovely!

Also finishing this with a frapaccino was such a "girlie" moment. A perfect way to end a chick lit, innit?

I haven't read chick lit in a really long time and this got me back to it.

Even tho chick lit is the equivalent of romantic comedies, which are incredibly predictable, this was not predictable!

I stopped in the middle a bit cause my heart was breaking too much, continued cause a chick lit cannot possibly end unhappily to its protagonist, then dived it because
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I’ll say one thing for Giovanna Fletcher. She knows how to write real, believable characters. However, being real characters doesn’t make them any less annoying.

As you know from the blurb, Maddie has two best friends and she’s marrying Rob, while also being in love with Ben. We’re taken back all the way to when they were 9 and met at school, we go through their whole teenage and college years, which makes the book read a lot like a Young Adult movie. And Maddie acts a lot like a teenage girl du
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
OK, this book pissed me off. Seriously. There hasn't been a more irritating ending in the history of books. Just don't read it, because right when you think it has something to offer you, it takes it all back in the sliest of ways! DON'T do that to yourself. ...more
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Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruf

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