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If You're Not the One

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  101 reviews
What if you could do it all over again?

Jennifer Wright is pretty sure her husband doesn't love her anymore. She and Max used to be the perfect couple, but the pressures of work and kids have pulled them in opposite directions. Now, Jen is full of "what if" questions about whether her bland, suburban existence is all she was ever destined for.

When a terrible accident sends
Paperback, 417 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published February 7th 2014)
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Jennifer Wright has a comfortable life - a hard working, if inattentive husband, Max, two lovely young daughters, and a comfortable home in the suburbs, but she is restless. In the throes of a mid life crisis she is wondering, 'What if?'. One evening, after a bitter argument with her husband, Jennifer runs from the house and is hit by car. Comatose, Jennifer's subconcious gives her the opportunity to explore what her life may have been like had she made different choices, what if she had runaway
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a bit complicated and longer than necessary but still a good and fast read,I was hoping to finish it soon but there's a second book I guess ( not necessarily needed)Zz
Geeky Bookers - Ilaria
Quello che mi ha incuriosito di questo libro sin da subito è stato senz'altro la questione "destino": se poteste tornare indietro e fare una scelta diversa da quella presa, cosa sarebbe cambiato? Non so voi, ma a me queste storie fanno impazzire! Quante volte ci domandiamo cosa sarebbe successo se in un dato momento avessimo fatto un'altra scelta?! Tutti quei se, forse, ma sono il fulcro di questo libro molto carino.

La storia parla infatti di Jennifer, una 38enne entrata in una di quelle che vie
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the synopsis for if you’re not the one I was very intrigued as I hadn’t read anything like it before. The book was heart warming, funny and very entertaining. Although at times the back and fourth from past to present was a bit confusing, I did manage to follow the story quite well. Jennifer was a quirky character who gets to play out what her life would be like if she’d stayed with her previous partners. What would happen if she stayed with Adrian? Or Steve? Or Tim?

I liked most of
Jemma Phillips
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys
I received an ARC via NetGalley.

I finished this book yesterday. I was astonished with the world building Jemma Forte did. The premise is interesting, fresh and promising. The idea that you could see the Could Have Beens was really gripping.
I like the complexities of the characters, especially Jennifer. I like Max, too, but he's one-dimensional, indecisive prick.
I'm just confused with the ending.
Jessica Howard
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fiction
Wth epilogue? Wth.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Marissa Engle
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this! I think everyone has those “what if” thoughts when reflecting on past relationships. Jennifer sure had an interesting selection of men and situations that could’ve happened if they would’ve stayed together. In the end, I was happy to see her making a connection between what could’ve happened and what’s happening now. A sequel of her and Joe’s relationship would be awesome!
Silvia Devitofrancesco
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3,5 stelline
Jennifer Wright, moglie di Max Wright e madre di due bambine, vive un momento di profonda crisi coniugale. Il marito, infatti, sembra aver perso il desiderio nei suoi confronti e la giovane, umiliata e affranta, scappa di casa per trovare conforto tra le braccia della migliore amica Karen. Indossa solo la lingerie e un cappotto ed è talmente sconvolta, al punto da non notare il sopraggiungere di un’auto, che la investe. Jen

Se non fossi tu ...

È da tanto che non leggevo un romance così bello, un libro che si addentrasse così tanto dentro le mie domande da sindrome Sliding Doors. Sì, proprio come in quel famosissimo film, dove alla protagonista viene data una doppia visione della sua vita. Ma sono passati diversi anni e le cose nella sfera sentimentale femminile si sono complicate. Donne più indipendenti hanno molti più grandi amori con cui fare i conti. È quello che accade a Jennifer Wright cui il destino dà la chan
Cocktails and Books
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I didn’t really read the summary, I knew I had to review it so I just started reading it. From the get go, I connected with Jennifer (I think MANY readers will). She is a young mother—overwhelmed, underappreciated, questioning where her life is headed.

Jennifer has an accident which results in injuries with unexpected consequences. She ends up being able to revisit her past choices (prev
Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever looked back on your life and wondered if you took 'the road not taken' and married someone else what your life would look like? Jennifer Wright has the opportunity. Jennifer is in an unhappy marriage and when she gets hit by a car and goes into a coma, she has the opportunity to go back and see 'what if'.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and, unlike some others, I also enjoyed the ending. This would make the perfect light beach read but I also think it would make a fabulous
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer is upset with her marriage, and questions how her life might have turned out differently. In a "Sliding Doors" type of method, Jennifer sees three alternate tunnels to how life would have been with three previous boyfriends. The story reeled me in, and I was anxious to find out how each story developed.
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if? Don’t we all in the middle of the night or those early mornings have those same thoughts.....what if we had chosen a different path in life. Well Jennifer has a chance to go down the different tunnels that life holds. Would you?

A fascinating read.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one surprised me. I received an ARC of this one & didn't expect much. I thought it would be a quick summer read, but it surprised me with its depth. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and definitely impacted me more than most summer fun reads.
Helena Bento
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Around one third of the book the ending becomes a bit obvious, I hoped it would change but it didn't making it a bit disappointing for me. Also, don't see the need for such a long story, makes it a bit boring. Still interesting to read, it's a light book.
melis asli
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my.... this was the worst book I've ever read. I disliked, no hated, every character and every chapter of it. Seriously what a waste of time. Everyone was so unlikeable, especially Jennifer. I can't cope with how bad this was.
Nancy Rust
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read about a woman who sees what her life would have been if she'd made different choices earlier.
Ayça Yılmaz
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Akıcı ve eğlenceli ☺ ...more
Rena FR
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Learned so much about marriage. Wish it would end with a little bit more of Joe.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
For the genre, I liked this book quite a bit (3.5).
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was really funny book ❤
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
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, twimom227-blog
If You’re Not the One had an intriguing premise. It piqued my interest and I was excited to start the book. Unfortunately, what began with great promise did not deliver. Main character Jennifer Wright is dissatisfied with a life that has all the appearances of something good—two healthy kids, slim figure, nice house, two cars, financially able to stay home, with good friends. Jennifer feels guilty that she’s unhappy and like many depressed people, tries to will herself into gratitude and good sp ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Wright has a life that is the envy of most- a loving husband, two lovely daughters, and a home in the suburbs. Husband Max may not be perfect, but he does love her. Jennifer has found, though, that lately the pressures of work and their home life have pulled her and Max apart from one another, and that their relationship is more strained than ever.

After a disastrous attempt to rekindle their flame, Jennifer gets into a life-threatening accident and she finds herself in a coma. This isn'
Angela Holtz
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

I've had this one on my TBR list for awhile. Amazon and my library keep placing it in front of me by way of recommendation. Booksparks obliged by asking me to review it this summer.

My last book dealt with the outcomes of one choice. First one way and then the other. I was pleasantly surprised to see this one had a similar idea. The main character, Jennifer is looking over where she is in her life. Her husband is pulling away and lord knows her reaction isn't helping. She
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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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