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Lucy is just a teenager when she meets fellow student Nathaniel (Nate) in Venice. Legend has it that if a couple kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset, they'll be forever bound together. Convinced that they've both met The One, they do just this. Things don't quite go to plan and they go their separate ways not longer after this magical summer. Fast forward ten years and while Lucy has thought a lot about Nate, she's never given the legend another though. Until she meets Nate again that is. Repeatedly. Trouble is, Lucy isn't at all sure that Nate is The One after all but it seems the legend and fate are both determined to keep bringing them together as they bump into each other far more than could be considered coincidental. Can Lucy ever break the spell and get Nate out of her life for good?
I've previously read two of Alexandra Potter's books and loved them both so I was sure I'd feel the same about this one too. Lucy is a fabulous character and one that I warmed to straight away. For want of a better description, there's something very 'real' about her. Lucy aside, there are some good supporting characters too. I really liked her wacky American flatmate Robin, who is into all kinds of weird and wonderful New Age remedies, not to mention her relentless search for her soulmate. Nate is less charming and I found him endlessly annoying at many points in the book. This I assume is deliberate - after all, Lucy has decided he's not The One after all.
At first I found the frequent meetings quite amusing but as they became more and more constant, I started to find them a bit unbelievable, especially given that there has been a ten year gap in which Lucy and Nate have never met in person. Having said that, this is not supposed to be a realistic book and the plot is strongly based around a legend. As long as you can get past the lack of realism, this is a great escapist read. I found it really amusing at times but there is some seriousness with a sub-plot involving Lucy's sister Kate. It's a light-hearted read, very definitely chick lit and if you've previously enjoyed the author's work, I'm sure you'll love this one too.
As many of you will know, I am quite a big reader; I love reading magazines and autobiographies (especially celebrity ones), although one of my favourite genres is definately the chick-lit genre. My favourite authors are; Sophie Kinsella, Paige Toon and Lindsey Kelk, Although I did recenty come across a great author. Today, I will be reviewing one of Alexandra Potter's books.
You're The One That I Don't Want is a chick-lit book by British author Alexandra Potter. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2010 and so is quite recent. Copies of this book are currently selling on Amazon for just £3.83 which I think is great value for money.
In this book: As soon as Lucy meets Nate in Venice, she instantly knows that he is the one! According to legend, the fact that they kissed under the Bridge of Ties at sunset, means that they will be together forever. Although, fast forward ten years they have lost touch. But what will happen when Lucy moves to New York and keeps bumping into Nate? Read You're The One That I Don't Want to find out!
One thing which I didn't like about this book was the whole 'magical thing'. I realise that this is a fictional books, although I like books which are 'real to life' even if they are a bit over the top. But this book is a bit too 'magical' with the talk of 'spells' and stuff, that it put me off it a little bit. Although, if you do like 'magical' stories, you may like this book.
This book is a typical chick-lit kind of book, with the usual stereo-typed characters. I like characters that I can relate to; the kind who I would like to be friends with in real life. I didn't really like the characters in this book ; Lucy who is a silly blonde and Nate who is 'rich and mean'. And so, it seems like the 'same-old-story' expect a bit more duller. Also, considering that Adam was supposed to be the hero, he was a really dull character.
One thing which I do like about this book, is the way that it is written. The writing flows really naturally, which makes it a pleasure to read. I also like the authors use of descriptive writing; I really felt as though I was in the places being described. I also liked the author's style of writing because it's so different compared to books I read by my 'usual authors'.
To me, this book did come across as a bit of a mystery; I wasn't sure what was going to happen next, which is always a good thing! It's good to be left guessing, rather than guessing earlier on, but having to read the whole book to see when it will actually happen.
If you like chick-lit books, you may like it! I did enjoy it to some extent, just the fact that I was put off a little bit by the whole 'magic' part of it!
Thanks for reading!
January 13th 2010
xdonzx (also posted under xd-o-n-z-x under dooyoo)
Teenagers Lucy and Nate meet in Venice and are soon pulled into a beautiful romance until unfortunately distance tears them apart and they lose contact for ten years.
When British Lucy begins a new job working in New York she secretly hopes to bump into American Nate as she has never forgotton him and has never found anyone else who matched up to him.
Aware that it's a longshot, Lucy is shocked and delighted when she does indeed cross paths with Nate again and luckily he is also keen to rekindle their love affair.
When in Venice all those years ago, the fated lovers kissed on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs, in a bid to never be parted, as legend has it that this ritual will bind people together for eternity.
Although Lucy is a realist she is keen to believe this legend as she has always imagined settling down with Nate and indulging in a fairytale life together. But sadly it's not to be as Lucy and Nate soon discover that all they have in common is their teenage romance, and that time has changed them both to the point where they cannot stand each other, so quite rightly they break up.
Unfortunately that's not the end of it though as it seems there is a mysterious force keeping them together as they keep coming across each other, with neither of them able to move on. Strange things keep happening until they both think that their lives may be destined to stay intertwined after all.
Having never read any of the author's work before I was unsure what to expect from this book but I'm pleased to say I thouroghly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded and likeable and the plot had enough drama to maintain my interest, and just enough magic to be believable.
As a main character Lucy is scatty, clumsy, broke and has other qualities which make her seem very realistic and easy to relate to. Nate is the opposite and although their romance fails, he is not portayed as the 'baddie' and is still a fairly likeable character too, with no malice despite his faults.
In addition to our pair, we are introduced to Lucy's flatmate Robyn who is a bohemian sort and again is a great character due to her unusual interests and her belief in true love and soulmates. Lucy's sister Kate is also a secondary character, and while again the opposite of Lucy, we see her mellow and have greater depth throughout the story.
As the story progresses it is clear to see that if Lucy and Nate are unable to break whatever spell is keeping them together, neither will ever be truly happy or able to move on with their lives, therefore it is important that they come up with a way of breaking the spell, which is easier said than done.
I loved this book as it has a lot of essential ingredients for me - it was easy to read, had great characters, a bit of drama and a bit of romance. It also has lots of humour which prevents it from becoming too slushy and over the top.
Flitting between the past and present, and through episodes in Venice and New York, this book is glamourous and exciting and contains themes of love, friendship, ambition, magic and intrigue.
This is an excellent book which I would highly recommend. I borrowed it from the library but it retails at £6.99, usually a little less from some retailers.
When Lucy meets Nate in Venice aged 18, she believes that he's The One and that they're destined to be together forever. When Lucy and Nate learn of the Bridge of the Sighs and the legend behind it - that everyone who kisses underneath the bridge, at sunset, are destined to be together forever - they go ahead and do as the legend says. Ten years later, Lucy has moved to New York and she and Nate have lost contact until the Legend brings them back together again. Lucy thinks they're fated to be together and everything's fine for a while, until the both realise they've changed and their relationship goes sour. The Legend, however, keeps bringing them back to each other again, and again, and again. Is Nate 'The One' for Lucy and if not, just how is she going to get rid of him?
I'm quite a fan of Alexandra Potter, the way she manages to blend magic with love-able characters makes for a perfect story. It's true that some of the magical aspects leave me a little bewildered and let down (particularly concerning Who's That Girl?), but nevertheless I still enjoy her books because they're always quick and enjoyable reads. I particularly loved the sound of her newest book when I read about it on Amazon a while back so when I received a copy in the post, I couldn't wait to get stuck in. I had a few books to get through before hand and I knew it wasn't going to be released until August but I finally managed to find the time to read it - thanks to an electricity cut!
Unlike most chick lit, which seems to start to blend into one another should you read too many in a row, Alexandra Potter's books are a little bit different due to her magical aspects that have been present in her last four books. The only other chick lit author to insert a bit of magic into her stories is Cecelia Ahern but Alexandra and Cecelia's writing styles differ wildly so there's no cross-over or same-ness. The only problem I've had thus far with Alexandra's book is the inability for the magical aspects to fully stick and I've found the explanations a bit twee so I was hoping You're The One That I Don't Want would fully restore my faith in Alexandra's magical aspects.
You're The One That I Don't Want opens with a prologue set in Venice, when Lucy and Nate first meet, and just before they fulfill the Legend of the Bridge of Sighs. It pulls you right into the story before heading into present day New York where Lucy works for an art gallery. It takes a few pages for Lucy and Nate to be brought back together and they quickly fall back into the relationship they left off 10 years ago. They both soon realise that they've changed dramatically since their holiday in Venice and they're soon fed up with each other and the relationship quickly goes wrong. That's where the fun starts; as Lucy and Nate try to get away from each other for good, but they keep ending up in the same place, at the same time, driving them both insane. It soon turns into some sort of game as they try to avoid each as best they can and they fail dramatically, with some hilarious consequences.
Lucy, like most of Alexandra's characters, was a warm and likeable leading lady. She seemed more real than most fictional characters, too, and she's definitely someone you'd want as a friend. Her clumsiness, instead of being annoying, was endearing and I laughed out loud at the juicer incident. I also quite liked Nate, he and Lucy seemed so sweet together both at the beginning in Venice and when they rekindled their romance at the beginning of the book, but it soon became clear Nate had changed in the 10 year break and he didn't seem as nice and as his and Lucy's relationship gets worse, it's clear to see that both of them were clinging onto a fantasy from 10 years ago. One of my favourite characters, though, was Adam, someone Lucy meets when he crashes her art gallery's party. He and Lucy seemed so alike and he was a fantastic character. Another favourite character was Robyn, Lucy's friend and room-mate, she was hilarious and I loved her hippy-ish, bohemian ways. I must also mention Magda, Lucy's boss, who I loved. Finally we have Lucy's sister Kate and her husband Jeff. They have their own little sub-plot and although Kate is a bit of an ice-queen when we first meet her, it was nice to see her thaw a little.
You're The One That I Don't Want is written in a very easy, chatty style, which works so so well, particularly since the book is told entirely from Lucy's point of view. It must be such a difficult writing style to pull off but Alexandra appears to do it with apparent ease. The book was a bit slow in some parts, and predictable in others, but it was a fun way to spend my Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed the ways in which Lucy and Nate tried to get away from each other, and I liked how everyone else pitched in to try and help Lucy in her quest. But what really made the book for me was the fact the magical aspect made a lot of sense. I have no idea if the Bridge of Sighs legend actually exists, and I don't want to Google it for fear of disappointment, but I liked the legend itself, probably because it was such a romantic kind of legend (not that it turned out that way for Lucy). I definitely recommend the book, it's the perfect way to whittle away a day or so!