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You're the One That I Don't Want [Paperback]

Alexandra Potter
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Book Description

5 Aug 2010

How do you know he's The One?

Are you getting butterflies just thinking about him?

Have you dreamt of marrying him?

Do you just know?

When Lucy meets Nate in Venice, she knows instantly he's The One. And, caught up in the whirlwind of first love, they kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset. Which - according to legend - will tie them together forever.

But ten years later, they've completely lost contact. That is, until Lucy moves to New York and the legend brings them back together. Again. And again. And again.

But what if Nate isn't The One? How is she going to get rid of him? Because forever could be a very long time...

A funny, magical romantic comedy about how finding The One doesn't always have to mean happily ever after.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340954132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340954133
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alexandra Potter was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. She has lived in Los Angeles (which inspired her second novel) and Australia where she worked on Vogue and Cleo (and did rather too much sunbathing). She has also worked as a features writer and sub-editor for women's glossies in the UK including Elle, More!, OK! and Vogue. She now writes full-time and lives in Notting Hill, London.

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Fantastically funny (Elle)

Sharply written, pacey and funny...pure self-indulgence' (The Times)

Feel-good fiction full of unexpected twists and turns (OK!)

A touching, funny love-story (Company)

Always perceptive, often funny, never dull (Heat)

The perfect reading romcom (Daily Mail)

This is the type of fun fiction we can't resist (Stylist)

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Alexandra's best novel yet is sure to be The One to turn this already-bestselling author into a household name

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're The One That I Don't Want 3 Aug 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When Lucy meets Nate in Venice aged 18, she believes that he's The One and that they're destined to be together forever. When Lucy and Nate learn of the Bridge of the Sighs and the legend behind it - that everyone who kisses underneath the bridge, at sunset, are destined to be together forever - they go ahead and do as the legend says. Ten years later, Lucy has moved to New York and she and Nate have lost contact until the Legend brings them back together again. Lucy thinks they're fated to be together and everything's fine for a while, until the both realise they've changed and their relationship goes sour. The Legend, however, keeps bringing them back to each other again, and again, and again. Is Nate `The One' for Lucy and if not, just how is she going to get rid of him?

Unlike most chick lit books, which seems to start to blend into one another should you read too many in a row, Alexandra Potter's books are a little bit different due to her magical aspects that have been present in her last four books. The only other chick lit author to insert a bit of magic into her stories is Cecelia Ahern but Alexandra and Cecelia's writing styles differ wildly so there's no cross-over or same-ness. The only problem I've had thus far with Alexandra's book is the inability for the magical aspects to fully stick and I've found the explanations a bit twee so I was hoping You're The One That I Don't Want would fully restore my faith in Alexandra's magical aspects.

You're The One That I Don't Want opens with a prologue set in Venice, when Lucy and Nate first meet, and just before they fulfil the Legend of the Bridge of Sighs. It pulls you right into the story before heading into present day New York where Lucy works for an art gallery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy/non romantic intrigue 18 Jan 2011
By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE
As I read this book I must admit it was easy to read, even funny at times and did have lots of couples and changing of partners so was quite fast moving and I felt it carried me along with it. On reflection after reading you realise that it has too many coincidences and somehow ends a bit too happy ever after for too many. Yet I must admit that although I have never read a book like it I did enjoy the reading of it and have read many books that are much worse. A light ,light hearted quite comfortable story. I think you would quite like the flaky Lucy and Adam but all characters, even the minor ones in Martha's Vineyard, were well drawn and likable. I would suggest that the reader just relaxes and reads it without too much thought. Great escapism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously funny 2 Dec 2010
By jan
I actually laughed out loud reading this book, it was so funny. A great story line that kept me guessing all the way through. Such a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous novel, but nothing special 13 May 2014
I'm not going to lie - this is everything that a good romantic comedy should be, but that is all that it really is. It is based in New York (a city I love) which was one of the main reasons I chose to read it. What I also particularly enjoyed was the witty, humorous writing of Alexandra Potter. There was sarcasm and she appealed right to the heart of the reader. I will try some more of her books as even though this story wasn't outstanding, I did enjoy the style of her writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it 8 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book, can't help but be wrapped up in the romance of the story. I am a big Alexandre Potter fan and enjoy her books so this one wasn't hard for me to enjoy. It's a complex love story, which you can't help but route for the good guy and as all good romance novels should, he gets the girl in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 29 Sep 2012
By Rachel
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What a lovely book!
I really enjoyed reading this - the concept of this book is quite different to other chick-lit books that I've read, as it's not about FINDING the One, but the opposite!
Alexandra Potter's way of writing is brilliant, and there were quite a few moments in the story that made me laugh out loud!

I highly recommend this book to chick-lit lovers - it's made me want to visit Venice again!! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but predictable 3 Jun 2012
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Another great book from AP but was predictable. Good for a quick holiday read but you`ll only need to read it once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're the one that I don't want 25 Mar 2012
By S
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This book was a great read. I enjoyed it all the way through. I laughed out old reading this. I liked all of the characters. I would definitely recommend this book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars eye catching title.. can't wait to read..
bought this but haven't read it as yet as I am still reading my Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic and Baby book.. looks like a funny book.. right up my street with the rom com.. Read more
Published 22 months ago by missL
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly entertaining
I've read a few of Alexandra Potter's books now, and am starting to notice a theme. With all of them, an ordinary story is given a twist with the inclusion of something magical. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by madaboutbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!>>>OMG
If you like rom coms, BUY this book. This is the perfect book and left me wanting sooo much more. Then idea of love and magic is again shown in Alexandra Potters book. Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by happy
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book
this si not my favourite alexandra potter book but its very close. its well written and you want to keep reading it, its a real page turner. Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by Jay Rainbow
1.0 out of 5 stars good at what it does
This is a lightweight undemanding novel. Possible to predict all plot lines with ease.
You won't want to read it twice but for the pool it's ok.
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by snowbunny
5.0 out of 5 stars What "if" really did come true!!!!!!
We have all been there - meeting the guy, who we thought was the perfect guy!! Usually, it's whilst travellng or on a romantic holiday & never saw again & wondered "What If? Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Jen
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