You’re the One That I Want by Simon James Green – REVIEW

Freddie has a reputation as a ‘nice guy’ – inoffensive, sweet, kind – and therefore completely un-dateable.

As he starts sixth form, Freddie decides that this nice guy isn’t going to finish last any more. No more missing out on parties because he’s got to do his homework. No more saying no when he really wants to say yes. And most of all no more lusting after unobtainable straight boys who enjoy the attention but ultimately break his heart.

Freddie embarks on a series of changes designed to transform his social and romantic life, and suddenly he’s a drama darling, getting invited to all the popular kids’ parties, and hot new boy Zach is showing an interest. Life couldn’t be better!

But the path to love is never smooth – and Freddie’s about to learn that changing everything about yourself isn’t necessarily a foolproof way of finding the right person…

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Scholastic.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“Kissed a boy, nearly had a date, told lies, screwed it up, died lonely and bitter.”

I took part in the tour for Simon’s last book Heartbreak Boys and I fell in love with his writing. If you want books that actually reflect the high school experience with all the awkwardness and embarrassing moments as well as the epic highs then you need to try this author. 

You’re the One That I Want revolves around a high school production of Grease. It has all the drama of theatre kids with a hefty side of awkward teen romance and laugh out loud humour. Freddie is our adorkable gay protagonist who vows to become a new him and finally experience everything life has to offer. He reminded me of the hapless Bridget Jones and left me laughing so many times. 

“The wrong people hold you down. But the right people lift you up.”

Freddie’s best friends Ruby and Sam were brilliant side characters and both had engaging side plots as well as supporting Freddie’s plot. Gorgeous new boy Zach is the star of the show and seems to promise Freddie everything he wants. I loved how the author used Zach’s character to explore the pressures on gay teens, and his relationship with Freddie to challenge Freddie’s low self-confidence.

The wit and warmth of this book meant I read it in one sitting as I was completely immersed in Freddie’s story. No one writes British high school quite like Simon and he delivers yet another incredible rom-com that deserves a place on your shelf.

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