The One That I Want, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

The One that I WantReview by 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn Mooney:

To some, the label “chick lit” carries a negative or condescending connotation, bringing to mind a light and fluffy fare. This isn’t how I personally view the label, as I use it. For me, the “chick lit” label fits when the subject and characters reach out to women, often with contemporary settings and situations that many female readers can easily relate to. I offer this genre classification with less judgment than some, and more emphasis on the intended reading audience. That being said, The One That I Want, a new novel by Allison Winn Scotch will undoubtedly be shelved at bookstores among other well-known female authors offering stories about women for women.

The novel opens by introducing Tilly Farmer, a thirty-two year old guidance counselor, living in the same town in which she was born and raised, and even working in the very same high school that she attended as a student half a lifetime ago. Much of Tilly’s life hasn’t changed since her adolescence, including her relationship with Tyler, her high school sweetheart, the star baseball player to her popular cheerleader. Consistency in her life is something that Tilly has always striven for, especially since her mother’s death when she was a teenager, and the role of the person who always helps others is one that Tilly feels best suits her. Early in the novel, Tilly experiences something a bit unbelievable, but she soon finds it upending every aspect of her perfect, orderly life.

I have to admit that this book didn’t immediately draw me in, as the beginning parts felt a bit shallow and predictable. About halfway through, though, the story seemed to gain momentum, fleshing out characters with more depth and inspiring me to care a bit more about their journeys. Tackling the concepts of discontent in adult life- whether specific to marriage or career or in reference to life in general- is common fodder for many books written with a female reading audience in mind, and the second half of this book depicts a character finally ready to address issues that she may not have even been aware of earlier in her life. I believe I became more invested in this novel when Tilly began to be less one-dimensional and more self-aware and reflective.

Readers who enjoy a female-centric story driven by a quest for personal introspection and change, will enjoy The One That I Want, a quick read that will make for enjoyable summer reading at the beach or poolside.

If you’d like a win a copy, leave a comment here (U.S. addresses only). We’ll announce the winner on July 25.

Are you looking for a summer read for your kids? You have until Tuesday to enter our giveaway of Super Diaper Baby 1 and 2 by Dav Pilkey (of Captain Underpants fame). Click over to 5 Minutes for Books to enter that NOW!

The winner of our previous giveaway 15 ways to Zap a Bully is # 15 Raven in a Blue Room.

Dawn looks forward to the days in which poolside reading can be a reality. For now, she can usually be found with at least one small child within arm’s reach, at all times, even when she’s trying to blog away at my thoughts exactly.

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1 Julie G July 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

I’d love a chance to read this book.


2 Kelly K. July 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.


3 debbie July 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

I would love to read it, it sounds reallyt good.


4 Jen E July 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

Oh sounds good! I’d love to read this one!


5 TawndaM July 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

sounds like a good read


6 Lacey July 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’d love to read this one!


7 Jennifer July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Ah! I want this one! I LOVED Scotch’s Time of My Life.

Thanks for holding this giveaway. :)


8 Cindy E. July 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Whether “chic lit” carries a certain “stigmata” as to the fluff, or should it be deeply moving or provoking, I absolutely love it either way. I’m always looking for new books or authors so giveaway or no I’ll have to add this the the reading list. Thanks for all the wonderful posts.


9 Karen July 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’d love the chance to read this, thanks!


10 Alison S. July 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

This looks like an interesting read.


11 Anita Yancey July 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for this chance to win a copy.


12 Beth C July 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Please enter me. Thanks!


13 Ellen C. July 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I’d like to win. Thanks for the chance.


14 angie July 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

looks like a great read


15 Stephanie July 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Sounds like a fun summer read! Thanks for the giveaway :)


16 Tammy Gordon July 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Would love to win this!


17 Elena July 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

Thanks for the chance to win! I need a good read this summer, I have some spare time in the late evenings.


18 Elizabeth July 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Sounds like a good read!


19 Vilmarys July 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’d like the chance to read this. Thanks!


20 Ruth Hill July 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the chance to win!


21 Terra Heck July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’d like to read this book. Thanks.


22 Idaho Jill July 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

looks great, thanks for the chance!


23 Kristin G July 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I need a good summer read!


24 nan July 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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25 Barb Z July 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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26 Brianna Beers July 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This would be a perfect summer read for me!!


27 Staci A July 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I love reading chick-lit. This sounds like it would be right up my alley.


28 Krystal July 13, 2011 at 12:28 am

I love “chic-lit” and “chic-flics”. It sounds like a great book. I love stories like this. Thanks for the chance!


29 Linda Kish July 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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30 Wombat Central July 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I’d LOVE to read one of this author’s books! :) Thanks for the chance.


31 June July 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Sounds like very good reading.


32 Kim July 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I’d love to win. Looks like a fun read. :)


33 Nancye Davis July 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance!!

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34 Kari July 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I love love chic-lit!! Thanks for the review! :)


35 karenk July 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

this sounds like a great novel to read this summer :)


36 Sharon July 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Would love to read this!


37 Mama Zen July 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Sounds like a great summer read!


38 katklaw777 July 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

Looks like a great summer read, thanks!


39 Emma July 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

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40 Raven In A Blue Room July 22, 2011 at 6:03 am

thanks for the chance to win – would love to read the book


41 Carol Wong July 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I read trying to win this book when it first came out. I have been reading a lot of heavy books lately so I love the chance to win one more time.


42 Yvonne Butler July 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

I would love to win this book, Sounds like a positive emotional book.


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