You're The One That I Want | Giovanna Fletcher Book Review

Hello everybody! Today I'll be doing the first ever book review on the blog, which I am super excited about as I love reading (especially soppy romantic books!).

With books, I love paperback copies. I have a kindle, but I'm not big on technology for reading as I prefer the feel of a book more than anything. Plus, I feel books are something we need to treasure. There's something really sad about seeing books sitting on a shelf that no one has read in years feeling sorry for themselves gathering dust. Second hand book shops are one of my favourite places and I find one resembling Hugh Grant's travel bookshop in Notting Hill...

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to my local bookstore and picked up 'You're The One That I Want' by Giovanna Fletcher. I'm sure a lot of you will know the author from being married to Tom Fletcher (the guy from Mcfly who did the extremely dreamy wedding speech!) and her brother is Mario Falcone (The insanely attractive from TOWIE!). I personally had never read any of her books before, so I was intrigued to see what her writing style was like. 

I cannot put into words how much this book has captivated me for the past week and a half. Her writing style is so relatable, when you're reading the book you feel as though your friend is telling you the story. I have not been able to put it down, I've actually been forcing myself to stop reading it because I didn't want it to end. I most definitely will be purchasing some more of her books as her writing and stories are simply wonderful. 

The book tells the story of three main characters and best friends; Maddy, Ben and Robert. They were best friends since childhood playing together outside on their bikes. At the start of the book, it takes you to present day - Maddy and Robert's wedding day with Ben as the best man. We soon discover that from the age of nine Ben has been head over heels in love with Maddy and never lost his feelings for her. Robert confessed declared his crush on Maddy before Ben ever got chance and they were together ever since. Maddy eventually discovers the true feelings Ben had been hiding over the years and we see the relationships between all three characters develop. Throughout the book it has the 'will they? won't they?' vibe and it never goes away meaning you are forever hanging on every chapter.

What I love about the book is the style of writing and the format. We begin with a short snippet from Maddy and Robert's wedding day and these short snippets continue throughout the book between every other chapter, returning back to present day. The chapters begin from aged nine at school until aged twenty-six with each chapter alternating between Maddy and Ben's perspective. I absolutely love this about the book as you get an idea of both characters emotions within the same novel. I'm not a fan of books re-written and re-released from another characters perspective, however, having both included in this book was very enjoyable to read. Also, the fact that I really liked the female protagonist in this book made such a difference! They are normally irritating and mind-numbingly stupid in romantic novels, but Maddy was down-to-earth and a great character.

I was drawn in from the start and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will admit, initially I was slightly disappointed by the ending. However, when you read the epilogue, it made me feel a lot differently about the outcome. The last line of the epilogue had to be my favourite of the entire book. The story was so sweet and that last line finished it beautifully. I did shed a slight tear when reading the story, purely as it is so relatable and personal. I loved it, I really would recommend this book, a light hearted romantic read. Giovanna is just an absolute dream.



  1. Reading this has made me want to read this book all over again, it has been two years since I read it so maybe it'll be next on my list!! Glad the epilogue made you feel better about the ending! :)

    Hannah xx

    1. Aww thank you hannah! It's a fantastic read! I really want to read it again haha! Yes it did, i told you at first it made me mad hahaha!


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  3. Ah this sounds like an amazing book! I enjoy romance novels too but haven’t read this one. I love the feel of a paperback too, charity shops are a great way to get books cheaper and it’s fun to find hidden gems. :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

    1. It really was lovely! I would 100% recommend! I agree, I love the feel of paperbacks, so much nicer than a kindle! xxx