Not the Girl You Marry

Not the Girl You Marry

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...

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Not the Girl You Marry Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    4.5 Stars

    There was part of me that was really having an internal struggle about rating this so high because it was clearly a remake of . . . . .

    But then I thought – how many freaking P&P retellings have I read (answer infinity) and it never seemed to bother me with any of those that they were based on another story so this one is getting nearly all the Starzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz because it was exactly what I wanted it to be.

    As I

    Find all of my reviews at:

    4.5 Stars

    There was part of me that was really having an internal struggle about rating this so high because it was clearly a remake of . . . . .

    But then I thought – how many freaking P&P retellings have I read (answer infinity) and it never seemed to bother me with any of those that they were based on another story so this one is getting nearly all the Starzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz because it was exactly what I wanted it to be.

    As I said before, this was

    (and thankfully is being marketed as just that). It’s just been turned on its ear a tad where leading male Jack is the one with one final “How To” assignment in hopes of propelling his journalism career to the next level where he’ll be writing some meatier stories. Hannah is his female counterpart and is an event planner who gets told by her boss she might want to, you know, at least have a boyfriend if she thinks she’s going to move into the wedding arena and make partner in the company. Both have two weeks to achieve their goal – him to do everything from sending dick pics and introducing her to the parents nearly immediately in order to make her dump him – her to ignore his manbearpig and Stage Five Clinger tendencies in order keep him on the line at least until the firm’s big Halloween party. Oh, and there’s one other little tidbit. Instead of our leading lady looking like . . . .

    She looks like . . . .

    REFRESHING!!!!

    Another difference????

    This is like the third time in recent history I picked up a book I was just suuuuuuuuuure was going to be PG-13 that instead ended up steaming my glasses. Trust me, I’m not complaining!

    If you are anything like me, this little book will have you going . . . . .

    I’m just sorry you have to wait until November for it to be released : (

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Not the Girl You Marry is a fun rom com reminiscent of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which I admittedly have not seen since its release. Hannah and Jake start a fake relationship that becomes real, very real. It was fun and engaging, and Hannah and Jake are such a cute couple. Overall, it delivered all I expect in a rom com, and it definitely left me wanting to watch How to Lose a Guy again soon so I can see the similarities between the book and the movie!

    I received a complimentary copy from the

    Not the Girl You Marry is a fun rom com reminiscent of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which I admittedly have not seen since its release. Hannah and Jake start a fake relationship that becomes real, very real. It was fun and engaging, and Hannah and Jake are such a cute couple. Overall, it delivered all I expect in a rom com, and it definitely left me wanting to watch How to Lose a Guy again soon so I can see the similarities between the book and the movie!

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

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  • Berit☀️✨

    Andie J. Christopher has written a fun retelling of one of my all-time favorite movies How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The book put a bit of a twist on it, this time it is the guy that is trying to lose the girl and it is the girl trying to prove that she can be in a relationship. This was just a Playful light hearted story Full of sass, Snark, steam, and four letter words. Jack and Hannah meet one night at a bar, there is instant chemistry, but neither of them are looking for a relationship. The

    Andie J. Christopher has written a fun retelling of one of my all-time favorite movies How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The book put a bit of a twist on it, this time it is the guy that is trying to lose the girl and it is the girl trying to prove that she can be in a relationship. This was just a Playful light hearted story Full of sass, Snark, steam, and four letter words. Jack and Hannah meet one night at a bar, there is instant chemistry, but neither of them are looking for a relationship. The night they meet they share an amazing kiss, exchange numbers, yet still they resist. Then Jack’s boss gives him and opportunity. If he can write an article on how to lose a girl in two weeks, then he will be given the opportunity to write a political column. Similarly Hannah who is an event planner is wanting to start planning weddings. When her boss implies that she’s not the right girl to plan weddings, because she’s not even in a relationship, Hannah lets it slip that she in fact is now in a relationship. SO now both Jack and Hannah are using one another to bolster their careers. The problem is they both start to catch real feelings for one another.

    Told from both Jack and Hannah‘s perspectives, I really got invested in this seemingly doomed romance. Hannah was strong, smart, kind of a bitch on wheels, but she definitely had a sweet vulnerable side. Jack was such a good guy, A little clueless, but so authentic. If I had any complaint about this book it would be that Jack doing this was really out of character for him, but I guess it needed to happen for the book to work. Loved all the secondary characters in the story. Jack had the most amazing family even his mom who left him when he was younger was a great character. Hannah‘s BFF Sasha was amazing, I’d love to see a story where she gets her HEA! This book just made me smile and feel all warm and gooey inside. There is some definite sizzle in the story and these characters do like to throw around those for letter words, so if that’s not your thing this might not work for you.

    This book in emojis: 🌮 🐶 🍻 📰 💅🏻 💏

    *** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

  • ☽ TheBibliotheque

    My favourite romcom movie (or better said one of my top 5) is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Not only I have rewatched it a million times but I could do it a million times more. That movie is is the star of Matthew and the 2000’s golden era of romantic comedies.

    Not the Girl you Marry is a makeover of this beloved, fun and cheesy in the best parts movie, and perhaps the reason exactly behind my disappointment.

    While the premise is still the same as the movie and the gender swap - which includes a

    My favourite romcom movie (or better said one of my top 5) is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Not only I have rewatched it a million times but I could do it a million times more. That movie is is the star of Matthew and the 2000’s golden era of romantic comedies.

    Not the Girl you Marry is a makeover of this beloved, fun and cheesy in the best parts movie, and perhaps the reason exactly behind my disappointment.

    While the premise is still the same as the movie and the gender swap - which includes a mix raced heroine - was very much appreciated, this makeover wobbled since chapter one. Why? My money is on the heavily instant connection between the main characters. The author laid the instalust and the instalove thick since the very beginning. WHICH in my opinion, didn’t really work with this particular "how to lose a girl" + "I will use him for a promotion" dynamic. Instead of being a fun and quirky relationship gincana, it just felt like the hero was a total jerk, and the heroine would forgive all the arsehole behaviour even after she no longer needed him for advancing on her job, making it very hard for me to root for him, her or them as a couple.

    So, SADLY, even if it wasn’t a necessarily bad book by any means (writing was great and it portrayed the struggles of a mix raced heroine) the delivery of this romcom makeover didn’t reach the mark for me.

    ***Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Katie B

    2.5 stars

    I so wanted to like this one, I really did. Unfortunately the premise just didn't work for me. I usually am willing to go with the flow especially when it comes to romances but for whatever reason this one drove me nuts. For the most part I liked the two lead characters, but I just wish their journey to love could have been different.

    Jack Nolan is no stranger to relationships and this is one of those rare times in his life he is actually single. He meets event planner Hannah Mayfield at

    2.5 stars

    I so wanted to like this one, I really did. Unfortunately the premise just didn't work for me. I usually am willing to go with the flow especially when it comes to romances but for whatever reason this one drove me nuts. For the most part I liked the two lead characters, but I just wish their journey to love could have been different.

    Jack Nolan is no stranger to relationships and this is one of those rare times in his life he is actually single. He meets event planner Hannah Mayfield at a bar and he is instantly attracted to her. Hannah can't deny Jack is handsome and charming but because she has been unlucky in love she just doesn't want to fall for him because it will lead to her heart getting broken again. Jack is a journalist and his boss tells him he needs to write an article about how to lose a girl. Well that stinks because Jack doesn't want to treat a woman poorly , and definitely not someone like Hannah . Now Hannah has a dilemma of her own as her boss doesn't think she has what it takes to plan weddings for the company. Perhaps if Hannah brings a date to a company event she can change the mind of her boss. So in a nutshell, Jack and Hannah will be dating each other but neither one knows the other person is in the relationship to further their career. Sound crazy? Yeah it is!

    So this book has been compared to the movie

    and because I have never seen the film (am I the only person who doesn't find Kate Hudson all that funny and charming?) I don't know if that's a fair comparison. Regardless, I just couldn't get on board with Jack's storyline because it didn't fit in with his supposed nice guy character. For me the story would have worked better if Jack hadn't fallen for Hannah right away. Maybe I would have been more willing to believe in what he was doing. Plenty of other women out there to choose from Jack, why not pick one of them to pull this stunt on instead of the woman you actually like?

    For the most part I did like Hannah as a character and appreciated how the author explored in the story how Hannah is biracial. It gave some substance to this romance novel. And speaking of romance, there are definitely some steamy scenes in the book. If graphic language isn't your thing, you will want to pass on this book.

    Had high hopes for this one going in but it got out of control too early on and just never fully recovered even with a decent ending. Maybe other readers will enjoy the story, but this one just wasn't for me.

    I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Hollis

    Before starting this book, I did the thing you should never do : I looked at the GR rating. Which, as of originally writing this review, is sitting at 3.60. Which sounds bad but we need to remember this is out of five. It's not terrible. But it was surprising considering, at the time, this was still a month out from publication.

    And so I dove in, waiting, wondering, for it to go sideways. And yet it never really did?

    Despite seeing the rating, I forgot to revisit the blurb (#TeamNoBlurbs) and was

    Before starting this book, I did the thing you should never do : I looked at the GR rating. Which, as of originally writing this review, is sitting at 3.60. Which sounds bad but we need to remember this is out of five. It's not terrible. But it was surprising considering, at the time, this was still a month out from publication.

    And so I dove in, waiting, wondering, for it to go sideways. And yet it never really did?

    Despite seeing the rating, I forgot to revisit the blurb (#TeamNoBlurbs) and was delighted at the

    spin on a contemporary romance. It's really not that far off from the film except the roles are reversed and the story is made more diverse. I thought the narrative around Hannah's anti-dating baggage being tied up in her identity to be a really smart move. Forever questioning where she stands in a world that wants her to lean into her whiteness or shun it (she's biracial with a white mother and black father) and the past relationship that didn't think she was appropriate either way, coining the “not the girl you marry” phrase she then associated with herself.

    On the other end of the equation, Jack is perfect. The perfect guy, the perfect boyfriend, so perfect he scared all his previous girlfriends away. He has to try hard to scare off Hannah, to go against what he wants and knows is right; and it doesn't always work out. I thought his backstory was actually pretty perfectly balanced because it felt real, and a bit heartbreaking, but it didn't overshadow Hannah’s.

    I was really enjoying the story, the romance, the hijinks, though I'll admit some bits felt a little dragged out — this two week period felt endless? — and I wanted less moral outrage on Hannah's side and a little more on Jack's. It did feel a little unbalanced though I agree the circumstances, the ramifications, from the lies would've been bigger had Jack seen things through. So.. I don't know.

    What did take some of the love out of this for me, too, was just how close it felt to the movie. Again, updated to include apps, diversified, backstory for the characters, so it isn't cookie-cutter. But it's close enough.

    But I did have a good time. This was lighthearted but grounded enough to not cross into fluff territory (forever adding a disclaimer that I don't use this word negatively) and honestly I just had a good time reading it.

    3.5 stars

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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  • Toni

    If you loved How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and decide to pick up this book, two things can happen: you either going to love this hard-edged gender-swapped retelling, or... you are going to quietly put itaside, get comfortable on the sofa and get ready to re-watch Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson spin their magic tale.

    As I am a kind of girl who always chooses a book over a movie and did not swoon over the original rom-com, so I was actually quite open to whatever Andie J. Christopher was going

    If you loved How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and decide to pick up this book, two things can happen: you either going to love this hard-edged gender-swapped retelling, or... you are going to quietly put itaside, get comfortable on the sofa and get ready to re-watch Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson spin their magic tale.

    As I am a kind of girl who always chooses a book over a movie and did not swoon over the original rom-com, so I was actually quite open to whatever Andie J. Christopher was going to make out of the original story. The first chapter left me a bit perplexed: Hanna seemed so angry and aggressive about the whole dating/non-dating issue and menfolk in general, while being understanding and supportive with her extra-feminine friend Sasha. Hanna definitely had the qualities I like: she was fiercely loyal and independent, and yet, so confused about what she wanted. Hanna's ex-boyfriend Noah, who I never forgave until the end of the book despite the author's best attempts to give him some redeeming qualities, had an issue with Hanna being biracial (not black enough to make a part of a power couple), Hanna being too spontaneous and honest (not good enough to make a good wife for a lawyer or a politician). Noah told her she was not a kind a girl a guy would marry, and Hanna...believed him.

    Two years later Hanna, who has been on an extended dating hiatus ( I think it's a great idea for somebody who needs to clear their ideas), accidentally meets Jack Nolan in a bar. They click, and even share a spectacular kiss and a few cute puppy pictures the day after that, but it's clear given the fact that neither of them wants to date at the moment, they are not going to give in to the chemistry and attraction they felt for each other. Until... Hanna's boss challenges her to find and keep a boyfriend for two weeks to prove she can do 'romantic' if she wants to get out of planning sports events and start organising weddings. Plus, Jack's boss gives him a new assignment: to write a how-to article on losing a girlfriend in two weeks.

    Here is the thing. The original movie already had the whole gender stereotype inverted. It is usually us, girls/ women, who try to circumguess and please our dates to keep the guy, hoping for a white wedding sometime in a not so distant future, and it is men who still have an upper hand in the dating game. That's why the movie was so funny. Here...we revert back to the traditional gender role behaviour, no matter how much we might hate it? Jack is supposed to be a good guy whose girlfriends keep dumping him, although he always puts their needs first, and he really needs to work out why. And he plans to do it by agreeing to do everything to lose (and hurt) Hanna, who he professes to like, to prove to himself that he can put his career first? Complicated, to put it mildly.

    The book is engaging, although I kept asking myself the big question any reader asks about the characters: can I relate to them? yes, I had Hanna's experience of a toxic relationship that made me think hard about what I wanted from life and whether I wanted romance at all. Plenty of people also share Jack and Hanna's story of having divorced parents, and growing up without one of the parents being present in their life. What I found the most interesting and authentic in the book was the fact that Hanna is biracial and her reflections on her identity and the role it played in her romantic history.

    I am left with mixed feelings about this re-telling, but I'm sure there are other readers who are going to like it and be entertained by the trope of a fake relationship that grows into something more.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    DNF at 37% (chapter 11)

    I wasn't enjoying this as it was repetitive, childish and mean. I haven't seen the film how to lose a guy in 10 days for many years, and don't know how I would rate it now, but I liked it then... This book is way too close to that film, but gender swapped. I do remember the film being very lighthearted, but this just felt wrong. To make a connection with someone, know they've been hurt in the past and have their barriers up, but then progress with dating them and romancing

    DNF at 37% (chapter 11)

    I wasn't enjoying this as it was repetitive, childish and mean. I haven't seen the film how to lose a guy in 10 days for many years, and don't know how I would rate it now, but I liked it then... This book is way too close to that film, but gender swapped. I do remember the film being very lighthearted, but this just felt wrong. To make a connection with someone, know they've been hurt in the past and have their barriers up, but then progress with dating them and romancing them for the advancement of your career?! And to assume once it's over she will forgive you? Hmmm...

    The character's internal monologues were so repetitive too.

    As always I appreciate a diverse romance, and Hannah's experiences of being biracial definitely added more depth to the story. However there are way better romances out there. I was bored and didn't want to pick it up. Sorry not for me.

  • Gabby

    I wanted to DNF this after the first chapter, that’s how bad it was. And I am so SAD, because this was one of my most anticipated romances of the year because I LOVE How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days. But this book is just bad and the only thing about this story that I liked is that Hannah is biracial, I appreciate that representation and I think books need more of it, but that’s about it. Here are my non-spoilery thoughts I had while reading this book:

    -The writing is terrible, it

    I wanted to DNF this after the first chapter, that’s how bad it was. And I am so SAD, because this was one of my most anticipated romances of the year because I LOVE How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days. But this book is just bad and the only thing about this story that I liked is that Hannah is biracial, I appreciate that representation and I think books need more of it, but that’s about it. Here are my non-spoilery thoughts I had while reading this book:

    -The writing is terrible, it reads sooo juvenile and immature and reminds me of

    by Jasmine Guillory but even worse?

    -She’s using him for a promotion, he’s using her because he wants to write about politics but first his boss assigns him: how to lose a girl, it’s a little too on the nose for a retelling with the genders reversed

    -He calls her a “sexy rabid raccoon”??? What the fuck?🤣

    -How many times did they bring up his dick in the first two chapters?

    -Both of these characters are annoying as shit

    -They try to have this “witty banter” but I lost track of how many times I rolled my eyes

    -Why are they using words like bozos? And friggin’? I haven’t heard those words since middle school haha

    -Why does she keep using the phrase “panties magically disappearing all over town” or something of that sort whenever she describes how attractive he is? 🤣 it’s so cheesy

    -Why is he calling her Duchess? 🤣 he’s called her that four times now and it’s not cute

    -They have no chemistry at all

    -This is a lot more vulgar than I expected it to be with the cute illustrated cover, it’s kind of like Fix Her Up in that way

    -They both feel guilty about hurting the other one and their thoughts are so repetitive, they keep saying the same shit like: “she’s so great, too bad I have to break her heart” or “he’s the perfect man, too bad I am using him for a promotion” over and over and OVER again

    -This isn’t just a How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days retelling, it feels like a rip off because it’s way to on the nose, except for the fact that the movie is way better and these characters are obnoxious.

    -I should’ve DNF’ed this after the first chapter

    -I’m gonna stop reading this and watch the movie instead because I can’t deal with this anymore

    I’m so sad I didn’t end up enjoying this because I had such HIGH HOPES going in, but this is one of the worst of the year for me. 😭😬

  • Sana

    Fake relationship trope written by a POC author, yessss and like, the whole paragraph below is goals:

    Fake relationship trope written by a POC author, yessss and like, the whole paragraph below is goals:

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