‘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 would Firstly like to thank Katie for asking me to take part in this blog tour, I really enjoyed Billy and Me, so I was excited to read Giovanna’s next book and rushed out to buy it.
Can we just speak about the cover of You’re The One That I Want? It’s incredible isn’t it? I defy anyone to walk past it and not at least pick it up and have a look.
Because of just how brilliant Billy and Me was I was excited to see how Giovanna’s next book would fare against it. Well I think I can safely say that Giovanna absolutely raised the bar with You’re The One That I Want, without a doubt this is one of the most heart wrenchingly romantic books I’ve read so far this year, I was utterly gripped from beginning to end.
Maddy is the new girl in town and the new girl in school, instantly she attracts the attention of Ben, not too soon later Robert has his eye on her too. The three of them become the best of friends, they are inseperable and spend every waking moment together. Even their mums become friends because of how close they become and how much time they spend in one anothers houses.
Although they are only best friends, Ben is hiding a secret crush, he is madly in love with Maddy. Even at the age of six watching their school friends have a play wedding, he knows what he feels is love. Only he is far too young and shy to tell her how he really feels. As they grow up they stay inseperable and Ben continues to harbour strong feelings for Maddy.
As teenagers Ben is shy with girls whereas Robert is the popular kid, espically with all the girls. As for Maddy, when Ben overhears two boys talking about fancying Maddy both him and Robert become a little over protective and jealous. Whilst Maddy has her first teenage “boyfriend” Ben has to watch on with saddness that he hasn’t had the courage to tell her how he feels. All too soon Maddy is dumped and yet Ben still doesn’t tell her how he feels, only when the three of them head off to Paris for a school trip does Ben decide it’s time to come clean. He plans to tell her at the Effiel Tower, it will be so romantic and finally he may get his girl.
But before Ben gets the chance to tell her he loves her Robert swoops in and claims Maddy for himself, never knowing how Ben felt.
As young twenty somethings they are all off to uni Ben and Maddy are off to the same place, while Robert is off somewhere entirely different. Maddy and Robert are still completely in love and Ben is still secertly in love with Maddy but he is happy she is happy. The distance between Robert and Maddy is never a problem and they see each other as often as they can.
I REALLY want to tell you EVERYTHING about this book, but I am literally being annoying and leaving it there. (Sorry) I just cannot spoil it for you.
Giovanna’s writing is simply perfect, we start with the present tense and are left with a real cliff hanger that has us desperately racing through the pages to see what happens. The story is told from both Maddy and Ben’s point of view, both talking about the past and finally leading back up to the present. Each time we leave a character and start with the next you are desperate to get to the next stage. Which shows us we are in the hands of someone who can really write. I really enjoyed having both Ben and Maddy’s point of view, it’s so enjoyable hearing Ben’s thoughts and I think it made it rather more heartbreaking seeing how in love he was with someone he couldn’t have.
I really felt everything they felt as characters, it’s impossible to not fall in love with Maddy, Robert and Ben. Each one of them were truly kind, loving and honest charaters, they soon become your friends and it was IMPOSSIBLE to choose betwen Ben and Robert. Never have I found it SO hard to pick my favourite hero.
Normally by about three quarters of the way through you can sort of guess how it will all pan out, but Giovanna really keeps you guessing and I truly didn’t have a clue who would win Maddy’s heart. But it was more than just a love story between a guy and a girl, it was about friendship. A friendship that can survive anything.
It takes real skill to have your reader hanging on to every word and desperately reading page after page and that is something that Giovanna has done with complete ease and grace. She draws you in and makes you fall in love, but be warned she leaves you a sobbing wreck by the time you finish it. I cried like a baby after I finished it.
You’re The One That I Want is beautiful, heart achingly romantic and and utterly compelling from beginning to end. A story of love and friendship that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
I’m also really excited to be able to share with you a speical post from Giovanna…
Who would be her bridesmaids?
Growing up, Maddy’s closest friends were her two bestest buds – Robert and Ben, and, needless to say, they are both unsuitable for the role of bridesmaid. Sadly she never really formed solid friendships with girls until she was at university, which is where she met Pearl, Jennifer and Flo. Therefore it’s not surprising that the three of them would be selected for the job, with Pearl taking over the helm as Maid of Honour. They’d also be two adorable children chosen as flower girls – Louise and Mary, Robert’s oldest brother’s children – who are three and five years old, just old enough for the pair of them to make it down the aisle without bursting into tears at all the people staring at them, but still look cute.
Maddy would choose a mint colour for them all to wear (something they’d all be pleased with), the floor length gowns managing to flatter each of the grown-up ladies’ figures and giving them voluptuous silhouettes. Made in chiffon – the material would (in rather a mesmerising fashion) float whimsically as they moved.
The two smaller girls’ dresses would be more like the princesses in their storybooks – big and puffy, and idea for spinning around in circles in once their job of walking from one end of the church to the other was completed.
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