NOT THE GIRL YOU MARRY BY ANDIE J. CHRISTOPHER
Published: November 12th, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Recommended to: those who want to read a fun (albeit frustrating) romance
This is the kind of book that would frustrate you to no end because you get to know both sides of the story. But this is also the kind of book that wouldn’t work better otherwise.
To be honest, Not the Girl You Marry wasn’t even on my radar. I just found out about it when I accidentally requested the 2019 release of Buzz Books Romance on NetGalley. Out of all the excerpts featured, it was the one that really caught my attention. The first chapter got me hooked and made me want more.
Not the Girl You Marry is a gender-reversed version of the movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Although I think I watched the movie years ago, I don’t particularly remember any of it so I didn’t have any problems with that part of the plot. But after reading some of the reviews, fans of the movie might have a different opinion so you be the judge.
This book was absolutely entertaining. I guess it’s because I’m trash for the fake relationship trope. It didn’t bore me and I was curious to know what happens next.
I think one of the biggest reasons why I enjoyed this is because of how great Jack Nolan is. He is a dream, the kind that pays attention to his partner, doesn’t think they’re beneath him, charming, and most definitely knows how to keep a woman interested. Well, except when he’s trying to be the opposite. I also really liked how you can clearly tell that he cares deeply and loves Hannah. You feel it in how he sees and thinks about her. Hannah, on the other hand, is a really strong and outspoken character. I like how she speaks her mind.
“She realized that the reckless way she used to love wasn’t bad or wrong. She’d just been aiming her love at the wrong men.”
While I did enjoy this, I also had minor problems with it. Like this one.
“…he laid a smile on her that had probably magically disappeared panties all over town for years.”
I mean I get it but phrases like that make me want to roll my eyes.
One problem I also had with this is how I can never distinguish Jack’s friends because they don’t have distinguishing characteristics. Good thing Hannah only had one friend. Hard to miss that one.
Honestly, I know there are many flaws in this book but I was too distracted by the fact that I really enjoyed it. There are books that should be read for pure fun and this is one of them.