Review: You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter
Author: Alexandra Potter
Publish Date: November 29, 2011
Rating: 1 Bookmark (not my cup of cocoa)
Source: unsolicited from the publisher
Natalie’s 1-Sentence Synopsis: According to the legend, the kiss at sunset under a Venetian bridge will bind Lucy and Nat together for eternity, which turns out to be about a lifetime longer than either of them can tolerate.
This confection is chick-lit in its purest form–an indulgence I wouldn’t typically pick up. While there are many readers who love the genre, I generally read more middle-of-the-road fiction (not too literary, not too frothy). I received You’re (Not) the One unsolicited but gave it a shot because it was (initially) set in Venice, Italy.
While I’m generally onboard with the whole suspension of disbelief, in this novel I found much of the plot too implausible and the coincidences farcical. It’s been ten years since Lucy and Nat shared the magical summer in Venice and now both are in New York and find themselves reunited…over and over and over again.
Initially, the reunion rekindles the passion and spark of their summer in Venice but in time, the two realize that they aren’t the same people they once were. The plot grows increasingly more outlandish–Lucy and Nat can’t escape each other–and I found myself wishing I could escape them both.
There’s a host of quirky supporting characters, a sub-plot dealing with insecure Lucy’s untapped artistic potential, a hidden masterpiece, and the guy that might be the one for her, but the magic of this story was just lost on a cynical, black-hearted crone like me.
Additionally, I wasn’t wowed by the cover. My pal Meg (from Write Meg!) and I spoke about it briefly on Twitter, and she was in the opposing camp. She liked the Venice ‘skyline’, while it brought to mind an underwater ocean scene for me–I never even saw the ‘skyline’!
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t relish writing less-than-glowing reviews and debated writing this one at all, but feel if I post only great reviews that I’m doing a disservice to myself and other readers. Reading is subjective–just because I didn’t like this book doesn’t mean another reader won’t love it to pieces. The whole book blogger-author negative review/baiting debate that’s been raging gave me pause, but I stand by my review.
If you’ve read this one, did you enjoy it or was it too far fetched for you? Do you have a review? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to link to your post.