[Review] Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

Title: Not the Girl You Marry
Author: Andie J. Christopher
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 12, 2019

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.divider_line (1)Review: To be honest, this book was just okay for me. I’m bummed because I was so excited to see a literary spin on one of my favourite romantic comedies! Plus the cover is fantastic and I’m really enjoying that romance covers keep featuring animals.

It really did start off with good energy but I think along the way things kind of fizzled for me. True to the blurb, it was a modernized spin on the movie, but there was that spark missing. I think I needed more rivalry? More steam? It just kind of seemed like everything in their personal lives overshadowed the romance. There wasn’t really a ‘wow’ moment for me while reading.

It was great to see that the female protagonist Hannah was biracial and it was interesting getting her perspective in terms of how she felt about her identity and how it tied into her relationships. Then she suddenly meets Jack who doesn’t make this big deal about what colour her skin is and it confuses her because to him she’s simply just Hannah.

I think ultimately I just needed to see more Jack and Hannah moments because I didn’t really feel super invested in their relationship. But that’s not to say everyone will feel the same way about this book. My expectations were probably way too high going in so that’s on me.

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