- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Crown (June 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307464504
- ISBN-13: 978-0307464507
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,996,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The One That I Want: A Novel Hardcover – Jun 1 2010
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A Redbook Book Club Pick
One of Cosmo Magazine's Steamy Beach Tomes for the Summer
"[A] novel about the choices we welcome and the choices we resist."
"With a thriller of a conclusion...keeps readers in suspense until the final electrifying pages."
“The real magic is Scotch’s ability to create authentic moments between her characters that push this fast-paced story to the edge and joyfully brings us along with it.”
–The LA Books Examiner
“Well-told . . . a good choice for fans of women's fiction and book clubs. It's fast-paced and feels light yet still packs a satisfying emotional punch.”
"Scotch creates eminently relatable characters, with a particularly excellent understanding of the way sisters interact, and has the ability to craft scenes of real emotional weight."
"[A]n aching, honest look into the death and rebirth of relationships....a wise, absorbing narrative."
"You’ll like this book because it’s not all about a guy. It’s layered with friendships, family ties, heartbreak, and the excitement of a new crush. The One That I Want will call you to reflect on your own life, inspire you to live passionately, and teach you to embrace independence." --Glamour.com
About the Author
ALLISON WINN SCOTCH is the author of the novels Time of My Life and The Department of Lost and Found. She lives in New York.See all Product description
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The One That I Want had a strong supporting cast of characters, each one well developed and memorable and contributed to Tilly's growth, acting as a catalyst or assisting her along the way. I enjoyed watching Tilly's transformation and seeing her relationships develop with her sisters and her friends. The story moved along seamlessly and although her visions become predictable, the ending definitely wasn't.
The clarity Tilly was given was an interesting twist. What would you do if we were given the ability to see your future? I'm sure we all have something we wished we could have foreseen, but I'm not convinced it was absolutely necessary for the novel. Maybe I'm just envious at not having that power myself several times over, but thought the novel might have packed a bit more of a punch if she had been able to figure it out for herself.
I found Winn-Scotch's writing drew me right into the story, made me nostalgic for high school in a few short strokes and portrayed the small town setting so well that I was able to relate to it, from the parading football stars to the small town gossip, none of which I have ever experienced. Having been the first Winn Scotch novel I read, she's now on my must read list when I'm looking for chick lit with a heavier tone.
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In all this is a book to skip.
Ashley Simmons, an old friend from Tilly's past who has now become a psychic, has given Tilly the gift of clarity. Tilly start...more Tilly Farmer is a total optimist and is completely happy in her life. She is living in the same small town she grew up in, married to her high school sweatheart and is the solid rock all of her friends and family lean on. She and her husband are even trying for a baby to round out their perfect life. Then a chance meeting with an old friend changes everything.
Ashley Simmons, an old friend from Tilly's past who has now become a psychic, has given Tilly the gift of clarity. Tilly starts passing out when she stares at old pictures and somehow is able to see into the future. What she sees, however, changes everything she has come to believe as solid and true and she is powerless to change it. She is also losing control of her own feelings and is being forced to feel true anger for the first time in her life. But will these premonitions help her to realize that maybe, just maybe, things have never been what she believed them to be anyway? And maybe, just maybe, things are better that way?
I just loved this book! Who hasn't, on some level, felt a little like Tilly Farmer? After her mother dies when she is seventeen she tries so hard to protect her two younger sisters and take all the weight of what has happened on her shoulders so they don't have to. When her father becomes an out-of-control alcoholic she steps in to support him and help him get on the right track. All this time she is trying to find the best in her circumstances and to deflect any unpleasantness away from her life. I can definitely relate to focusing on the positive and trying to ignore the less pleasant aspects of life just so you can get through the day. What becomes detremental, however, is when you begin to believe that the positive side is the only one out there.
Tilly has focused her attention on picking up the pieces and moving on from her mother's death so quickly that she has deluded herself into believing that everything is okay and what she sees on the surface is the only truth out there. When you do this you fail to see what those people around you are really going through and feeling, and that can be quite a shock when you are forced to face the truth. You can also fail to see what you really want in life if you only focus on what is easiest and most pleasant.
This book in unlike anything I have read before. Allison Winn Scotch did a wonderful job of melding the mystical and ordinary to give the reader a new approach to an old theme: open up your eyes and you just might find out what you really want from life.