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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340954132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340954133
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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PRAISE FOR ALEXANDRA POTTER (:)

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 By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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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. And 'You're The One That I Don't Want' is no different.

Venice 1999 - 18 year old Lucy meets Nate and after a whirlwind romance, is convinced he is 'the one'. Caught up in the moment, they kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset, and according to legend, seal their love forever. Fast forward 10 years and Lucy and Nate have lost touch. But when Lucy moves to New York for work, a chance encounter brings Nate back into Lucy's life. Before long they're dating again, only this time Nate's not so much fun. In fact he's changed. A lot. So much so that Lucy begins to regret ever meeting him in the first place. But, no matter how much she tries to get away from Nate, fate (or the legend) keeps bringing them back together in some increasingly unlikely scenarios.

With any of Potter's books, you have to suspend a few of your beliefs, but I found this one to more believable than some of her others. Lucy is a fairly likeable character (although a little quirky at times) whilst Nate is annoying, patronising and stuck-up, making the reader (and Lucy) wonder what she ever saw in him. Supporting characters are fairly standard; Robyn, Lucy's new age flatmate; Adam, Lucy's potential new love interest (if she could just get rid of Nate), and Magda, Lucy's eccentric Jewish boss, who loves to match make. Kate, Lucy's sister, is one character I really didn't like. A life changing event happens to her and her husband, and the woman shows no emotion whatsoever. She treats Lucy like an inconvenience and seems obsessed with work and going to the gym.

If you can get past the premise of the story and the fact that the whole thing with Nate goes on a little bit too long, this is a fairly enjoyable book and definitely one of the better ones Potter has produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jan on 2 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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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By Rachel on 29 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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