Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch

The One That I Want

By Allison Winn Scotch

Published by Crown, an imprint of Random House, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-307-46451-4

276 pages

"People have unanticipated layers even when you've stared at their surface for years..."

Tilly Famer is living in the same ole town she grew up. Works at the same ole high school she attended. And is married to the same guy she dated as a teenager. She treasures her routine, the predictability of her life and work (especially the prom she gets to plan every year), and the proximity of her family.  

What’s next? Why, a baby, of course!

But her life begins to rapidly come apart at the seams when she bumps into an old friend from high school at a fortune-teller’s tent. A friend with whom she lost touch when her mother died of cancer during Tilly’s teen years. When she began hanging out with the cheerleaders and the jocks. When taking care of everyone else meant she forgot about herself.

And though she’d forgotten about her childhood friend, Ashley never forgot about her. In a single moment, Ashley gives Tilly the gift of clarity.  

And just like that, Tilly begins to have visions: her best friend making out with someone who looks a lot like her husband, her husband packing up in a U-Haul, her recovering alcoholic father drinking again… And the worst part is that – one by one—these things begin to come true.

Can she reroute her life from the calamitous future? Can she save her loved ones from themselves? Can she salvage the life she has? And is it even the one she wants, after all?

The One That I Want is about an examination of a life, of the things that happen to us, of the ways we become fearful of the unknown, the unexpected, and the unpredictable. And of how we become a little bit less of ourselves when we faithfully follow our own sketches of what we think our lives should be.


“Life lessons are meant to be learned, honored even, or else you can spend your life running so far from them that you erect a false existence around the very thing you should be embracing. “

“Our initials have been overgrown; the tree’s bark has shed and renewed itself in the last dozen years, and even though we once etched something indelible there, it turns out that you can never be sure what is permanent, what will stick, and what will fade even when you are so certain that it won’t.“

Allison Winn Scotch is the  New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life and The Department of Lost and Found.

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