Book Review – You’re The One That I Want


From Giovanna Fletcher, the author of Billy and Me, comes a new novel which once again was better than I thought it’d be.

The blurb promised a classic girl-meets-boy-there-are-complications tale:

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 round 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…

I read this in one sitting. It’s a quick read, easy to tear through the story of three intertwined lives, and to relate to the characters’ dilemmas. A bit like For Once In My Life, which I read the other day and which also focused on themes of love and wishing things could be different, but somehow more realistic in both writing style and storyline.

If you like a nice fast-paced love story, you’ll enjoy this one. I think Giovanna Fletcher is one to watch out for – this is only her second novel and she’s already surpassed all my expectations. A new favourite in the making, perhaps.


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