Wednesday, August 25, 2010

THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.

High school guidance counselor Tilly Farmer seems to have it all. She is married to her high school sweetheart, lives in her beloved hometown and is working on adding a baby to her seemingly perfect life. An unexpected encounter with a former friend who is now a psychic leaves Tilly with the "gift of clarity." Tilly must confront the truth about her life and the lives of the people around her and, in so doing, realize that she may not have the perfect life after all.

I liked the premise of this book.  So many of us have the ability to delude ourselves about how happy we really are.  A gift of clarity could be invaluable for all of us.  Tilly's comes in the form of a sneak peek into the future. She catches glimpses of what will happen right around the corner and this causes her to look more carefully at what is currently going on around her. While I like the honesty of the story, it fell flat for me.  I didn't find Tilly particularly likeable and the plot was a little too predictable.  Tilly's visions do offer her insight but calling this the "gift of clarity" seems a little contrived. The set-up of Tilly receiving this gift from a psychic friend at a carnival set the story up to have a bit of magic or whimsy but this promise never followed through. The whole thing just felt flat.

BOTTOM LINE: Not recommended. The idea of the book is good but the execution is poor. The reader can figure out what is going to happen fairly easily while the characters themselves aren't particularly interesting.

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