Book Review: The One That I Want – Allison Winn Scotch

Title: The One That I Want: A Novel
Author: Allison Winn Scotch
ISBN: 9780307464507
Pages: 288
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Tilly Farmer thinks she has it all.  She married her high school sweetheart, Tyler, and is the guidance counselor at the same high school she attended, living in the town she grew up in.  But when an encounter with an old classmate leaves her with visions of a future she doesn’t want, she begins to question her interpretations of happiness and understand what she really wants out of life.

Review:

I’m a huge fan of Allison Winn Scotch’s previous novels, Time of My Life and The Department of Lost and Found, and I’ve been following the development of The One That I Want through Allison’s Twitter account and blog.  As a result, I’ve wanted to read this book pretty much since Allison started writing it, and my expectations were sky high.  I am not surprised at all that Allison not only met, but surpassed my expectations with this lovely novel.

I could go on about Tilly Farmer for pages, but I’ll try to keep my thoughts on her succinct.  She was an incredibly written, complicated, and multifaceted character.  On the surface, she thought she was happy.  She plastered a smile on her face every morning and went to work, trying to fix the lives of others while ignoring what was right in front of her.  She knew there was an undercurrent of unhappiness between her and Tyler, and thus fixated on getting pregnant because she thought that would solve everything.  After all, she was happy.  Really.

I loved dissecting Tilly’s character as the book progressed.  At times, she captivated me, frustrated me, made me feel sorry for her, made me sympathize with her, and in the end, taught me a lot about myself.  She was wise beyond her years at the same time she had no idea what happiness really was.  I loved watching her grow and change into an entirely new woman.  She really took ownership of herself and her life, understanding that hiding from your unhappiness isn’t the same as being happy.  Just because you refuse to acknowledge it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

While I understood Tilly had a lot to learn about herself and life, I also really appreciated her as a character.  She was so dedicated to her family, taking responsibility for her two sisters.  She tried to protect them from the harshness of life, wanting them to only experience the good in the world.  When things went wrong for her family, she wanted to fix everything.  She gave her alcoholic father chance after chance, firmly believing that everyone deserves to try again. 

I really enjoyed The One That I Want.  It’s well written, easy to read, and the characters are wonderfully complex and very layered.  Allison Winn Scotch is an amazing author, cloaking serious lessons and deep realizations within her fun and enjoyable storylines.  At this point, I will read anything and everything she writes, and already cannot wait for her next novel.

Comments

  1. Well, that is only about the tenth raving review for this book I’ve read. Obviously I am missing out here, not only with this book (which I think I probably turned down for a review) but the ones she has written prior. That was an excellent review, so much that you have me itching to get my hands on it.

  2. Well, that is only about the tenth raving review for this book I’ve read. Obviously I am missing out here, not only with this book (which I think I probably turned down for a review) but the ones she has written prior. That was an excellent review, so much that you have me itching to get my hands on it.

  3. I second what Sandy Nawrot said. I obviously need to find something to read by this author 🙂

  4. I second what Sandy Nawrot said. I obviously need to find something to read by this author 🙂

  5. I added this one to my TBR pile, and I think the giveaway on her site is fantastic! I need to enter it ASAP.

  6. I added this one to my TBR pile, and I think the giveaway on her site is fantastic! I need to enter it ASAP.

  7. Glad you enjoyed this one so much — I’m starting it today on my lunch break! I’ve yet to read anything by Scotch but, like so many others, have heard awesome things. Can’t wait to start!

  8. Glad you enjoyed this one so much — I’m starting it today on my lunch break! I’ve yet to read anything by Scotch but, like so many others, have heard awesome things. Can’t wait to start!

  9. This does indeed sound like something I would like, and I think I would specifically enjoy the slow unwrapping and unraveling of the main characters motivations and behaviors. Great review. I am going to have to try this book!

  10. This does indeed sound like something I would like, and I think I would specifically enjoy the slow unwrapping and unraveling of the main characters motivations and behaviors. Great review. I am going to have to try this book!

  11. I really enjoyed “Time of my Life” and I’m looking forward to reading this one too. Also, the cover is beautiful!

  12. I really enjoyed “Time of my Life” and I’m looking forward to reading this one too. Also, the cover is beautiful!

  13. I loved this one too! Just picked up THE TIME OF MY LIFE from the library!

  14. I loved this one too! Just picked up THE TIME OF MY LIFE from the library!

  15. Oh, I am so glad to have come across your review! This book was the only must-get for me at BEA, and I’m so looking forward to starting it.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  16. Oh, I am so glad to have come across your review! This book was the only must-get for me at BEA, and I’m so looking forward to starting it.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  17. Wonderful review. I thought this book was really great. I also enjoyed the previous one, TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Like you, I will be putting the author on my must-read list from now on.

  18. Wonderful review. I thought this book was really great. I also enjoyed the previous one, TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Like you, I will be putting the author on my must-read list from now on.

  19. On your suggestion, I picked this up at BEA — I guess I’d better move it to the top of the pile.

  20. On your suggestion, I picked this up at BEA — I guess I’d better move it to the top of the pile.

  21. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of Winn Scotch’s novels yet. This one definitely sounds like something I need to pick up.

  22. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of Winn Scotch’s novels yet. This one definitely sounds like something I need to pick up.

  23. I loved how subtle and believable Tilly’s move from happy to unhappy was. Allison is so fabulous!

  24. I loved how subtle and believable Tilly’s move from happy to unhappy was. Allison is so fabulous!

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