You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Flectcher

 A new novel from the author of Billy and Me about love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
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 himself, but if he turned around and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart and the hearts of the two best men she knows depend on it…
Last year Giovanni Fletcher wowed us with her sensational debut ‘Billy and Me’. And now she’s back with an incredible story that had me falling in love within the pages!
The story follows three friends affectionately known as ‘The Tripod’. Maddy, Robert and Ben have been friends since childhood and it’s via the narratives of both Maddy and Ben that we hear their story.
Looking back over the years we follow the three of them from their first meeting at nine years old to Maddy’s wedding at age twenty-six!
Giovanna Fletcher writes with such passion and descriptiveness, that the reader’s pulled imagination first into the pages. I felt every happy moment, every heartache and every memory the trio shared.
There are times in the story where I felt for Maddy, you could feel her hearts torment as it got pulled in different directions. It was these times that I was glad she had Pearl to confide in, someone outside of their group who could take in everything that was being said.
Ben and Robert are both fantastic characters, there is no denying how much they both love Maddy, even if at times they both cause her heartache.
The truth is all three of themhave flaws and that’s what makes them real. Through both narratives you develop a real sense of all the character. Although Robert doesn’t share in the narrative, through his phone calls and communication with both Maddy and Ben, it’s as if he is sharing as well!
Yes the story explores a love triangle but ultimately it is so much more. It’s a story of friendship that’s rooted deep at the core, it explores the relationship of three people who cannot live without each other.
What I loved most about this story is the exploration of timings. There are two ways of reading this message, you could come out of it preaching Carpe Dhave. Or look at it as though the universe is waiting for you to become the person it knows you can be.
The whole story is beautiful in it’s telling but the last few chapters are superb. The way in which the characters speak to the reader left me teary, the truth and emotion… felt throughout!


  1. May 25, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I can't wait to read this book! I've already bought it, so I guess I'll find out what it's like soon enough. Great review, it makes me want to start reading the book straight away!

  2. Rosie
    May 28, 2014 / 6:55 am

    I read this book last week and loved it. I think I finished it in 24 hours, I just couldn't put it down. I think I need to get my hands on Billy & Me if it's anything like You're The One That I Want.

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