Krista’s CBR-III Review #34 – The One That I Want, Allison Winn Scotch

This book was on my Christmas want list for my parents and I didn’t get it, but I scored four Groupon deals for Barnes & Noble at the start of the year and bought it with those. I should have expected less than I did because I am 90% sure now that it was a clearance book, but still… I try to reserve my judgment for books until I’ve finished them, or at least started them.

There’s not much I can say about this book. It’s the story of Tilly Farmer, who is 32 and married to her high school sweetheart. By all accounts, her life is seemingly perfect: her husband was the high school’s best football player; she was a cheerleader. Her mom has died, but she has grieved. She has two sisters who she sees and talks to and keeps good relationships with. Her dad is a recovered alcoholic. And then one day, she goes to the local fair with her best friend and an old high school friends, who is a fortune teller, gives her the gift of clarity. Suddenly, Tilly starts seeing things — her father at a bar, and her husband packing a U-Haul. Before she knows it, her life is spiraling out of control with her father, her husband, her sister, and even the fortune teller herself.

I’m warning you, there are spoilers in the rest of this post.

All right, you have been sufficiently warned.

Okay, I thought this is totally a book that I would love. Except I didn’t. I didn’t hate it, but I also wouldn’t recommend it to others. As I was reading, I kept making notes about it in my iPhone, and when I finished it today, I couldn’t help but notice that I had written the same comment multiple times. What was that comment, you ask?

— Krista

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