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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405909978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405909976
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sweet and sparkling debut from a lovely lady. Sure to be a hit (Carole Matthews)

This sweet debut reminded me of Last Night at Chateau Marmont (Louise Candlish)

A delicious, heartwarming novel, with a fabulous will-she, won't-she storyline that'll keep you up all night! (Jill Mansell)

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A heartbreakingly beautiful story about friendship and unrequited love. I was totally and utterly captivated (Paige Toon)

A sweet, touching tale of unrequited love, that will keep you guessing right until the end (Ali McNamara)

You're The One That I Want is a gorgeously tender, funny and big-hearted novel with wonderful characters you'll fall in love with (Miranda Dickinson)

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Actress and freelance journalist, Giovanna is married to Tom Fletcher from McBusted. She grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself or reading books. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Beeden on 28 May 2014
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Part angst-ridden love triangle, part friendship beyond measure, this is an emotional read which left me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

Maddy, Rob, Ben- this trio of friends have grown up together. Climbing trees, dancing to Hanson, sexual awakening, going to university...seventeen years of friendship are chronicled in You're The One That I Want. The friends are a tripod, reliant on each other to remain standing firm. But is one person always left out when you are part of a three?

It's obvious that You're The One That I Want is a story of friendship and love, but its message runs deeper than that. It demonstrates how certain people become so engrained in your life that you can't imagine you could ever live without them. People who you compromise yourself for. People who you truly want to be happy. Maddy, Rob and Ben have the tightest of friendships and that is what stood out most about this book to me. There were times I wanted to scream at them to realise how lucky they were to have each other, because as a reader looking in I could see just how much they all relied on each other.

Of course, over a seventeen year period they inevitably hit a few bumps in the road. This is where my heartstrings were tugged and I was torn in two- team Ben or team Rob? I wanted happiness for all of them, but ultimately it was Ben that I related to the most throughout the book.

I absolutely loved the nostalgic element, being transported back to school trips to France (and it seems they always leave at stupid O'clock in the morning, even in fiction), Cotton Eye Joe (Ok, I could have done without reliving that) and exam results day.
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Maddy, Robert and Ben, also known as the Tripod, have been the best of friends since they were little kids running around the neighbourhood and climbing trees together. They grew up together, being there for each other for all the milestones. Yet, it is one of Maddy’s teenage milestones that changes her friendship with Ben and Rob forever: her first love. She falls for Rob and they decide to give things a go. However, Ben also has feelings for Maddy and soon the three of them find themselves stuck in a love triangle. Maddy doesn’t want to have to choose between her two best friends, but as soon as she is getting married, she knows she will have to make a decision...

I am so happy to be able to say I enjoyed Giovanna Fletcher’s second novel just as much as her debut ‘Billy and Me’, which I loved. ‘You’re the One That I Want’ lets the reader follow best friends Maddy, Rob and Ben through their childhood, teenage years and their twenties. We’re given the chance to really get to know the three main characters and see their friendship develop. I loved Maddy; it was so easy to warm to her and I almost felt like a good friend of hers, wanting to jump into the novel to listen to her and give her some advice. As a female reader I felt incredibly lucky while reading this story because it includes two simply amazing men, Rob and Ben. I couldn’t make a decision between Team Rob or Team Ben because they are both wonderful in their own way. I can’t blame Maddy for not being able to choose between the two of them!

I loved being able to join Maddy, Rob and Ben during different stages of their lives; their time growing up in the town of Peaswood, their time as students at university.
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By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2014
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Maddy grew up feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. She had Ben and Robert in her life, the two best friends that any girl could ask for, and they knew they'd always all be there for each. Through school, they were a team, no-one could come between them. But as they grow older, feelings started to change and it sent the friends on very different. Before she knows it, it's the day of Maddy's wedding. She's all set to marry Rob, the man she loves, but standing there in the pews, staring at her is her other best friend, Ben. Maddy starts to wonder if she's chosen the right man, and whether Ben is going to say anything at the pivotal moment or not. As the big moment approaches, Maddy knows she has to make a choice... but will she make the right one?

The interesting thing about this book is that it begins with the wedding, but that's pretty much as far as it goes! The rest of the book is actually made up of flashback stories from the childhood of Maddy, Rob and Ben. When the book started, I have to admit I had a few reservations, because it started narration as children and it was a little odd to read for me. However, once I got into the stride of the book, I found it easy to read and I loved getting to know these character almost from the beginning of their lives, right up until the wedding of Rob and Maddy.

The book is about friendship, and the story revolves around the changing relationships between the three characters. When Maddy, Ben and Rob are little, they are purely friends, as you are at that age, not seeing them as a male or a female, but rather as your best friend. But as they get older, and hormones start to make themselves known, things begin to change, and we can sense the awkwardness between them all, as they struggle to deal with their feelings.
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