Flawed but Entertaining: Not the Girl You Marry Review

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher CR: JoveNOT 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

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How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a millennial makeover in this romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Andie J. Christopher.

Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he’s not sure he wants her to dump him.

Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who’s focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she’s determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other.

RATING: ★★★★☆

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.

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