You're the One That I Want - Giovanna Fletcher

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...

 

This book managed to build itself up to be quite anticlimactic and was filled with fairly ordinary events instead of a lot of excitement. I enjoyed it, but felt a little let down.

 

Reading this in the US, I really enjoyed all the Britishisms--especially when the three go to university, just because it's different in some ways but similar in others to the American system, and I always enjoy hearing how things are done in other countries. Small details like the chocolate hobnob biscuits I found to be terribly amusing.

 

I also enjoyed watching the three grow up--with scenes like a wedding at elementary school graduation, there's a lot of sweetness to the story and in a way I felt like one of their parents, being able to see them mature.

 

Ben and Maddy both serve as the narrators for this book, and I unfortunately found them to be very similar--at points I could barely distinguish between the two voices. For people with very different lifestyles, ambitions, and points of view, I felt like the author could have done a better job at making their voices more compelling. Maddy, supposedly a siren, was probably the least developed because I really couldn't understand why the boys were in love with her other than out of habit.

 

My biggest issue with this book, however, was the first chapter and how it built up the entire rest of the book. It creates a lot of suspense, but then doesn't deliver, because if it hadn't been for the first chapter, I really wouldn't have found much of a conflict and the book would have just been more sad. I did like the ultimate resolution in one character, but there was a huge missed opportunity for conflict in that a third character knew very little of everything else... The entire book, I was waiting for this conflict, but it never happened.

 

This was enjoyable and I found the growing up of the characters to be very sweet, but it was a lot less conflict filled than the first chapter let on. I did read this in a day though--I was engrossed and kept waiting for a conflict.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.