Come for the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Vibes, Stay for the Endearing Quality | Review: Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

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After a ton of mixed reviews, I finally finished Not the Girl You Marry and I REALLY ENJOYED IT.


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.


Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher 
Rating: ★★★★☆

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

A highly entertaining, romantic, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days revamp. If you're looking for a fun and indulgent novel to sink your teeth in as the weather grows colder, Not the Girl You Marry is an absolute must-read. It's cozy, fun and a little cringy in a fantastic way and totally gives off the same feelings you get whilst watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Like the film, it is flawed and silly and sweet and takes itself seriously while not taking itself seriously at all.

Fans of the romantic comedies of the past will appreciate this story for all that it is. It's a modern spin on the classic hilarity. Which, at the end of the day, is completely feel good. When I finished it, I felt that tug at my lips that comes with the genre. Not the Girl You Marry is charming and highly amusing; the type of novel to curl up with a cold day, stuck inside, or again in the heat of the summer.

I think I knew from the start that I might be a bit biased about Not the Girl You Marry. Not only was How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days the first rom-com I saw, it was one of the first films I was allowed to see in the theater with my friends. Even now, I rewatch it when I need a little bit of a mood boost. When I saw the synopsis for Not the Girl You Marry I felt that excited flutter that is familiar with age--I was 100% here for it!

It's funny--there's this quality to Not the Girl You Marry that feels clumsy. A little bitter on the first taste. But, sometimes, love feels the same. There's no slow-burn to the main relationship. Not really: it all happens suddenly and foolishly as two parties seem to be using one another until suddenly, their relationship becomes real. All I wanted to do was to shout at Hannah and Jack, but, for me, that is the type of fictional relationship I root for.

And something about them was incredibly compelling, even when they were frustrating me. Both are flawed individuals, with personalities that come off the page and make us, as readers, roll our eyes or laugh. These are the kinds of characters I like, but I do think that they won't be for everyone and that is perfectly okay.

Ultimately, I had a lot of fun with Not the Girl You Marry. It wasn't everything I wanted, but it was everything it was meant to be. And that made the experience all the more entertaining. At its best, Not the Girl You Marry is endearing and indulgent. It's like that snuggly, soft, trusty old sweater you've had for years out of comfort--it is there to embrace you.

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