Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bookanistas: The One That I Want

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 the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

Jennifer Echols is firmly on my "must read" list. If she has a new book coming out, it's never a question of if I'm going to read it, it's just a matter of when. She really gets the romantic comedy formula and she brings the swoony scenes like no one else. I really love her books. 

I've read a lot of "I'm in love with my best friend's boyfriend" books, and it seems like the only way to make this work is to make the best friend a bitch. I get this. I do. (Although I would LOVE to read a book where the bff isn't a bitch and the author is still able to pull this off!) But the problem I have with that is always...why is the main character friends with this horrible girl in the first place? 

Well, I loved the way Echols handled this issue. She goes into the history of the dysfunctional friendship between Gemma and Addison, and it just makes sense to me why they have stayed friends and why Gemma puts up with her when she is so awful. And because of this, it makes this story about more than just a guy. It's really about Gemma's development as a person with herself, her friends, and with guys. 

And while we are on the subject of guys, can I just give Jennifer Echols a BIG HIGH FIVE for a hot, football playing love interest who is also Asian. I throw a big party every time a main character in a YA book is not white...and I have a soft spot in my heart for hot Asian guys. Max is a totally crushable love interest, and the fact that he is a buff Japanese-American guy makes him even better. Yay for hot Asian guys in books! Let's get more of them, people!

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...


Christine Fonseca  revels in TO RIDE A PUCA
Stasia Ward Kehoe gushes over GILT
Katy Upperman adores UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Tracy Banghart delights in THE DISENCHANTMENTS
Gennifer Albin  celebrates SHADOW AND BONE
Jessica Love is wowed by YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT
Shelli Johannes-Wells is crazy for CLOCKWISER

8 comments:

  1. Another add to the TBR! I love reading books with football guys too. :) Great review!

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    1. Alison, I bet you would really love this one!

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  2. This sounds adorable, and a little like Elizabeth Scott's THE UNWRITTEN RULE -- I thought the relationship between her best friends was very well done too.

    I love contemporary romances (as you may have noticed!), I love Jennifer Echols, and I love main characters named Max (I have one!). I'll definitely check this one out. Thanks, Jess!

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    1. This one was really fun...and I know we have very similar taste in books. :-)

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  3. Aw, yay! What a sweet description. I'd love to read this to find out about this awful bff and why it works with the main character.

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    1. She has the dysfuntional friendship down.

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  4. So yep, adding one more book to my TBR :D I love romances and I especially am looking forward to seeing how she handles the best friend bit...Thanks for sharing, Jess!

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    1. No one does romances like Jennifer Echols!

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