Liked It: If You’re Not The One by Jemma Forte

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Women’s Literature

What if you could do it all over again?

Jennifer Wright is pretty sure her husband doesn’t love her anymore. She and Max used to be the perfect couple, but the pressures of work and kids have pulled them in opposite directions. Now , Jen is full of “what if” questions about whether her bland, suburban existence is all she was ever destined for.

When a terrible accident sends Jen into a coma, she is able to see what her life could have been if she had run off to Australia with the handsome, dangerous man she met on vacation, or if she had stayed with her workaholic college boyfriend. Would she ever have loved another child as much as she loves her daughters? Could she have become rich? More than anything, Jen wants to do the right thing for her family. But what she discovers may leave her with even more questions about the choices she made, and no easy answers about what to do next.

Have you ever wondered what it would’ve been like if you pursued a different path? Or perhaps married an ex instead of the one you’re with? This is basically what IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE by Jemma Forte explored in this novel. 
The heroine, Jennifer Wright, is unhappy with her marriage. Her husband, Max, hasn’t been paying much attention to her, they haven’t had sex in five months, and its that craving for intimacy that had Jennifer desperate and completely unsatisfied. Then one night, just when she thought she’ll finally end her dry spell, she caught her husband flirting with a coworker over the phone. The same woman Jen’s entertained at her house a couple of times. Distraught, Jen ran out of the house and got hit by a car then went on a coma for three weeks during which time she had The Family Man moment. Jen went through “tunnels” and “lived” three different versions of HEA with her exes, one was surfer dude Aiden, then there’s billionaire Tim (a la Mark Zuckerburg), and then Steven, the plumber turned home TV shopping superstar. 
I have to admit, I’ve been in Jennifer’s shoes so it was quite easy for me to step in and see things from her prerogative. IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE was told in flash-forward style with the alternative HEA’s interspersed in between. I was enjoying Jen’s voice and how unfiltered she was describing her life and it’s quite obvious she lived before settling down with Max. 
I don’t know where it started feeling monotonous for me though. I just started noticing how Jen is always irritated, whether it’s with her friend borrowing her dress, or how her current beau is behaving, it’s like she’s constantly PMS-ing. And this dissatisfaction extended to the alternative HEA’s, except for one but even that felt more like “settling” than authentically joyous. I’m usually left with feel-good vibes after reading women’s fiction, but IF YOU’RE THE ONE left me feeling sad and even irritated. Jennifer rubbed off on me! 
Now I hope this gets a companion novel or something because the novel feels incomplete. After a miraculous recovery from her accident, Jen’s marriage is still in shambles and it didn’t remedy the situation with Max. It did the opposite and it looks like Jen is about to make one of her alternative HEA come true. Now women’s lit is notorious for leaving its readers on a lurch, like the writers usually leaves it to us to make up our own ending. This time around I wish we had more closure because towards the end, IF YOU’RE THE ONE took a slight turn towards magic realism territory and I’d like to know where that road ends.

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41 thoughts on “Liked It: If You’re Not The One by Jemma Forte

  1. I do really like the premise, Braine. Having been married a long, long time 😉 myself, of course I've thought about 'what-if's'. But I worry about this one having left you irritated and unfulfilled. :/

  2. Glad to see you enjoyed this one but I don't think it's for me. It definitely sounds like it would be a dull read. Although, I do like the concept of the novel being a “what-if” story.

  3. If this one didn't hit a nerve! In Women's Lit, where the marriage is on the rocks, why is there this underlying theme with magical realism? I swear that I've read at least 3 books that had the same subject matters, or similar twists, and the women all have flash forward moments in time (or backwards) where they try to figure out how they got to that point and what if they did something different. I'd like to read this one just to see if I like it. Great review!

  4. I like the whole premise of the book, because who hasn't stopped and thought about the paths their life could have taken if things had worked out differntly, but I am sorry that Jennifer ended up annoying you and boo to that ending. What is the point if the book isnt' going anywhere?

  5. It shows some promise, even though the concept is hardly new. But if you end up feeling irritated at the end, I kind of fail to see the point…

  6. It's an intriguing idea for a story but I'm thinking I would feel the same as you so I think I'll skimp it. I want an AMAZING book, not a just okay book.

  7. I want the books I read to have a beginning, middle and a real ending. I cannot read books that leave things unanswered, up in the air, to our imaginations or in a cliffhanger.

  8. Huh, I was just reading one two with a heroine that sounds similar. She got me irritated so I definitely don't want to do that again even though the 'road not taken' bit sounds intriguing.

  9. Hmm…I think Jen constantly finding something that bothered her would get on my nerves. I feel like a book with this kind of premise needed to have at least one thoroughly HEA; at least, I would've wanted to see that.

  10. It wasn't that bad, I wished it ended on a more hopeful note. In the end, I didn't like Jennifer's vibe even if she might be right to feel/think/act the way she did.

  11. In this one she was on a coma and the alternative HEA's are tainted by her feelings, impressions of stuff. ***spoiler*** Then there's this new guy, someone she never met, in these visions and when she woke up and it turns out the guy was real and she then wants to pursue that avenue. That's when it got weird for me…

  12. That's just it, I don't know either! I thought she'd try and reconnect with one of her exes. In one of her visions, she had an extra marital affair with this guy, Joe, he's a new one in the sense that he wasn't an ex. When she woke up, she found this Joe dude and I guess she's going with him instead. :/

  13. I don't think any woman or man should ever live a monotonous life with no actual fun or spontaneity. So this what if scenario is good for the MC even if she irritated you a bit. It's an interesting concept to say the least.

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