Book Review: You're The One That I Want by Simon James Green.

I can't remember exactly where I locked eyes on this book, but I can tell you that it was love at first sight when I did! There was no way I was missing this one with a cover like this!! Cars, Donuts and Cherries!! With a definite 50's vibe going on, I was sold!!!

The Blurb.

According to the rule, Freddie has to say "yes".

Freddie is unremarkable - too unremarkable. He doesn't stand out in any way, and in fact teachers and fellow students keep forgetting who he is. Even his mum thinks he's a disappointment, and spends almost all her time at work, producing a TV show.

After a particularly awful night when he embarrasses himself in front of Jasper Perry (the gorgeous teen star of his mum's new show), Freddie decides to follow a new, proactive philosophy designed to transform his social and romantic life: saying 'yes' to every opportunity.

It works! Freddie finds himself auditioning for the school musical (Grease), actually going to parties, and flirting with hot new boy Zach! He's becoming a whole new Freddie - maybe even one that his mum might be proud of.

But the path to love is never smooth, and sometimes getting things very wrong is an important part of figuring out what - and who - you really want.

My Review.

Seriously, I was so happy when I found 'You're The One That I Want,' at the bookshop, because I'd been waiting for weeks to get it. I adored my nights in a cosy spot on the couch reading until well into the evening. Most nights I had to force myself to put the book down! 

I can see why Simon James Green is known for his comedy as Freddie's humour connected with me right from the start. He's awkward and self-depreciating which I totally related to. He's trying to get by and fit in somewhere, but he doesn't know where yet. Not only is that a hard thing to figure out in high school, but he's also looking for love and would really like a boyfriend. So, he's got a lot on his plate! 

Freddie decides to take matters into his own hands and comes up with a rule that he must say YES to everything (well, everything that isn't going to cause trouble and/or land him in jail) He and his friends discussing this is hilarious - the three of them together talking at any point is hilarious!! Freddie has quite the friendship group. Sam and Ruby are there for him no matter what and while Sam usually takes on a kinder approach to looking out for Freddie, Ruby is so blunt with him that she caused many a laugh out loud moment! 

The musical scenes in this book will crack you up too! Freddie's commentary on what's going on with the different groups of kids, not to mention the actual drama teacher are gold. No one gets on, the teacher would probably do the whole production herself if she could and no one knows if the show is actually going to go ahead! It's utter chaos and had me giggling!

I don't want to give too many things away with how Freddie's love life progresses because you have to go through the ups and downs for yourself. When I started realising what was going on, that's when I was glued to the pages and just wanted to stay up all night and read! I swooned in places, but I can't tell you which ones and my heart felt happy and content when Freddie finally got what and who (read to find out!) he wanted! 

'You're The One That I Want,' is a gorgeous book with plenty of heart and humour. It's about discovering who you are and who you want to be, but also loving yourself exactly as you are already. The right people will come a long who see you for all your awesomeness, it might take time, but they will! Just keep being your brilliant self!  

Happy Reading!


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