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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Not the Girl You Marry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    DNF @ 150 pages 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 DNF @ 150 pages 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 The Proposal 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. 😭😬 Thanks to Berkley romance for an advanced copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Blehhhh. I gave this one another chance after DNFing the ARC, but my opinion didn't really change and I almost wish I hadn't bothered. This did get better after the point that I DNF'd, but I definitely didn't like it enough for it to have felt worth it. This has been such a disappointing romance month for me. Womp.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 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: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 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 How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (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 : ( ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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. Many thanks to Edelweiss for making this e-arc available to download.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    A re-imagined How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for the millennial generation, Andie J Christopher’s novel Not the Girl You Marry was a fun book to read, but one that ultimately altered too much of the central aspect to the original movie to work for me. Still, there’s a lot to enjoy here so let’s dive in! I think there are lots of readers who will and have loved this book, and there were definitely things I liked about it as well. The movie is one of my favorites, and this book somehow managed to be A re-imagined How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for the millennial generation, Andie J Christopher’s novel Not the Girl You Marry was a fun book to read, but one that ultimately altered too much of the central aspect to the original movie to work for me. Still, there’s a lot to enjoy here so let’s dive in! I think there are lots of readers who will and have loved this book, and there were definitely things I liked about it as well. The movie is one of my favorites, and this book somehow managed to be almost exactly like it, and nothing like it at all. It was fun to see what aspects the author wanted to re-imagine. But that brings me to my first point, and one I couldn’t have anticipated until I saw how it played out… The gender reversal of the original story is problematic--it was a fun idea, but one that did not work for me. When I read it, I didn't enjoy seeing Jack emulate the kind of toxic, misogynistic behavior that men treat their partners with all of the time. It wasn’t cute, or easy to stomach. The original worked because they both in some ways pretended to be into one another but didn’t realize that they actually were. Here, I struggled watching Hannah pretend that Jack’s bad behavior wasn’t a problem. I didn’t like watching her “play it cool” when he did truly appalling and damaging things. I also felt like I struggled to see Jack as the nice guy that he was, when he was treating Hannah so poorly. I was left with the impression that he thought way more highly of himself than he deserved. Let’s talk about Hannah for a moment. I loved her, and I loved that the author chose to make her biracial. We saw quite a bit play out in terms of how some biracial women may experience dating, and I thought that as great to see in a main stream contemporary romance novel. Hannah herself is tough on the outside, but vulnerable inside. I also loved her friendship with Sasha, who was a really fun character as well. And I think these two are where Christopher’s writing really shone in this book! I also have to say, the event planning space was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the story of the wedding she was trying to help plan. Many of these scenes were almost exactly out of the movie, and I think that’s where you see some readers saying this was too much like the film. I thought those scenes were a lot of fun. For instance, in the big party when everything comes to a head, I thought it was a fun re-telling of the original movie and I was so glad to see that scene included! The problem is, I learned through reading this that delving into the mindset of the two main characters reveals a troubling aspect that the film was able to gloss over. Here we see chapter after chapter of how much these characters like one another and don’t want to go forward with their manipulation. And yet, they still do it. And somehow, seeing how much they didn’t want to do it took a bit of the fun out of the plot for me. The movie worked because neither had real feelings at first. They met because of their work assignments. Here, they actually meet and form a connection before their assignments, and it bothered me. Let’s get to the 🔥steam🔥—there was quite a bit of it! I don’t mind some steam in books, but this one had a vulgarity to it that just didn’t resonate with me. Maybe a bit too much bluntness about some private aspects of people’s body parts that I just didn’t need. The sexual tension actually seemed to be the main driver of the plot here, and it left the whole book feeling like a fifty-shades-of-gray fan fiction of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In the original movie, the sexual tension never felt like a key driver of their behavior. So what to make of this? Here’s my take: this is a fun idea for a book and I think lots of readers will love it. In every way that the movie put the “com” in rom-com, this went the opposite direction, and I think a lot of contemporary romance readers like when the steam level is ratcheted up as it is in this book! For me, I think because that was so different from the original story, it didn’t work as well. But that is just one reader’s opinion. There was also a lot that I did love about this book! Thank you to Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Fake relationship trope written by a POC author, yessss and like, the whole paragraph below is goals: Christoper tells EW she was inspired to write the novel after rewatching the 2003 rom-com and thinking about the film in light of shifting gender dynamics and dating practices. "I decided to gender-reverse it because a lot of the things guys do are things that put women off now, and there’s been a slight shift in millennial dating," she says. "Women aren’t doing that as much. They’re not thinking Fake relationship trope written by a POC author, yessss and like, the whole paragraph below is goals: Christoper tells EW she was inspired to write the novel after rewatching the 2003 rom-com and thinking about the film in light of shifting gender dynamics and dating practices. "I decided to gender-reverse it because a lot of the things guys do are things that put women off now, and there’s been a slight shift in millennial dating," she says. "Women aren’t doing that as much. They’re not thinking that way, like, ‘I have to be the cool girl to keep the guy.’ We’re more likely to say, ‘Hey, guys, please stop sending dick pics because we will never date you if you do this.’ I wanted to play with how things might have changed since the early 2000s." Source

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days 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. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☽ 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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cam (justabookeater)

    (e-arc provided by netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review!!) I'm gonna start this review by saying I've been looking forward to reading this book since it was first announced. Not the Girl You Marry captures modern dating in such a raw, realistic light that I couldn't help highlighting multiple passages and pausing my read-through to either yell or sigh. If you love genuinely funny and relatable rom-coms with a sexy ass all hell hero and a kickass heroine, this is your catnip. (e-arc provided by netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review!!) I'm gonna start this review by saying I've been looking forward to reading this book since it was first announced. Not the Girl You Marry captures modern dating in such a raw, realistic light that I couldn't help highlighting multiple passages and pausing my read-through to either yell or sigh. If you love genuinely funny and relatable rom-coms with a sexy ass all hell hero and a kickass heroine, this is your catnip. Dating is hard on all of us but it's particularly hard on women of color. Hannah, our heroine, is a biracial woman in Chicago who's lost all hope on dating and cis, heterosexual men. Isn't that the biggest mood of the year? A lot of people will box her in as simply unlikeable but Hannah has got to be the most relatable heroine I've read about in a long time. Her anger at the dating scene and the vulnerability she holds in so tightly after countless disappointments hit me so HARD. I was tearing up a lot during her internal monologues. I was also laughing my ass off because she's so whip-smart and funny without even trying. Jack is a fantasy of a man but he FUCKS UP majorly and I was all in for it. His self-awareness was refreshing and though he does behave like an asshole (on purpose, it's literally the point of the book) it never feels like he's actually an asshole, if that makes sense? The author did a fantastic job at building up his character so I didn't feel the need to throw stuff at him every other page. He's too good y'all, he'll sneak up on you. Ask Hannah. I don't want to reveal too much about the plot because my favorite part about this book was seeing Jack and Hannah blunder their way towards each other. Plus, the epilogue is a delight and I want all of y'all to read it and then immediately DM me. This is definitely a release to look out for!

  14. 4 out of 5

    shre ♡

    scored an ARC woo woo. lets-fake-date-and-no-loving-i-dont-need-love-and-i-oop-i-ended-up-falling-in-love-im-sorry-angstangstangst-oh-you-love-me-too-yay-happy-ending trope...here i come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    My absolute favorite thing about this book is the narration. Andie J. Christopher's writing style is snarky, quirky and hilarious and it speaks to my SOUL! More to come closer to release date

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    A retelling of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but with the guy trying to lose the girl. Jack comes across as the perfect guy who knows how to treat women. Hannah has sworn off men after getting her heart broken. Jack is a journalist and makes how-to videos for an internet media company. His latest assignment is How to Lose a Girl, and he chooses Hannah as the girl. Told with the alternating points of view of Jack and Hannah. Jack thinks he’s pretty great, and believes himself to be the perfect A retelling of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but with the guy trying to lose the girl. Jack comes across as the perfect guy who knows how to treat women. Hannah has sworn off men after getting her heart broken. Jack is a journalist and makes how-to videos for an internet media company. His latest assignment is How to Lose a Girl, and he chooses Hannah as the girl. Told with the alternating points of view of Jack and Hannah. Jack thinks he’s pretty great, and believes himself to be the perfect boyfriend. When he sees Hannah, he is instantly attracted to her. At first, she’s tough to win over. Hannah has decided men aren’t interested in girls like her, so she has stopped dating and pursuing relationships. To write his article and get Hannah to stop dating him, Jack does all the things women hate. Unfortunately for him, Hannah has told her boss she has a boyfriend, and she needs to make it work with Jack, at least for a little while. Hannah is an event planner, and with her swearing off men, she doesn’t get assigned to plan weddings. She wants a promotion though, so she has to prove she can be a romantic. Jack and Hannah have a strong physical attraction, but they’re both playing games. They are dishonest with one another, yet they both whine about how great the other person is and how they don’t want to lose one another. It’s a bit ridiculous and repetitive. A sexy contemporary romance. This book was hard to get into. Mainly because of Jack’s opinion of himself and his views on women and relationships. Mostly lighthearted, but there are moments that are more serious. I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    4.5 stars I knew from the moment I first heard about this book that it would be a winner and I'm so glad that my instincts were right! This book gave me everything I ever needed from a romantic comedy and the fact that it has a biracial heroine (finally a heroine I can truly relate to) was honestly icing on the cake. So many of the things that Hannah, our heroine, talked about were things that I had felt so much growing up and even now and having her talk about those things was honestly so 4.5 stars I knew from the moment I first heard about this book that it would be a winner and I'm so glad that my instincts were right! This book gave me everything I ever needed from a romantic comedy and the fact that it has a biracial heroine (finally a heroine I can truly relate to) was honestly icing on the cake. So many of the things that Hannah, our heroine, talked about were things that I had felt so much growing up and even now and having her talk about those things was honestly so validating. I loved that this was a twist on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and I love that this book had the "fake dating" trope, except they were both fake dating each other without telling the other and that was so hilarious and fun to read. My one complaint is that I wish that the fake dating plot didn't last the entire book. I was really hoping that we'd get to see them as a couple (minus the faking it part) for more than a chapter. I wanted to see them get through the angst of lying to each other and then work towards just being together in a healthy relationship, something both of them haven't successfully done before in previous relationships. Irregardless, this was a definite win for me and I think that fans of contemporary romance will love this one for sure! arc given in exchange for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    honey (myonna reads)

    i really enjoyed this book, i relate to the main character hannah a lot, not being able to stay in a relationship and people not viewing her as “classy”. i’m so vulgar and seeing a character like that but also the fact that she’s black makes me, a black reader, so happy. i love how to lose a girl in 10 days and i think this gender switches version does it such good justice! in the book jack always calls hannah “dutches” and at first it was weird because he had no real reason behind it but i i really enjoyed this book, i relate to the main character hannah a lot, not being able to stay in a relationship and people not viewing her as “classy”. i’m so vulgar and seeing a character like that but also the fact that she’s black makes me, a black reader, so happy. i love how to lose a girl in 10 days and i think this gender switches version does it such good justice! in the book jack always calls hannah “dutches” and at first it was weird because he had no real reason behind it but i actually liked it. i think it’s cute when characters come up with cute nicknames for each other. this book read like a rom com and it made me laugh. i also like how it has smut and it has dirty talk because that’s something most rom coms don’t put in their movies which is understandable but i think having it also just makes it more realistic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    With its great cast of characters and laugh out loud moments, this book had me grinning from page one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate Meader

    I adored the leads in this, but especially Hannah. Andie J. Christopher has fashioned the heroine we all want to be--stiletto-sharp and emotionally vulnerable, who knows she deserves the best in life and love, and isn't afraid to demand it. Not the Girl You Marry is a bold, sexy romance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    I only read one chapter, but I have THOUGHTS: This has been sold as a Millennial, gender-swapped How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and hoo boy that marketing does not help. See, McConaughey's character is a classic bro who dates around casually, looking for hookups and not ready to settle down. The heroine, Hannah, in Not the Girl You Marry doesn't date because men don't want commitment with her. I find the way this genderswap has been done incredibly sexist. Where Benjamin Barry was confident and I only read one chapter, but I have THOUGHTS: This has been sold as a Millennial, gender-swapped How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and hoo boy that marketing does not help. See, McConaughey's character is a classic bro who dates around casually, looking for hookups and not ready to settle down. The heroine, Hannah, in Not the Girl You Marry doesn't date because men don't want commitment with her. I find the way this genderswap has been done incredibly sexist. Where Benjamin Barry was confident and single by choice, Hannah's insecure and single because no men want her for more than a fling. There's absolutely no reason that Hannah couldn't have been casually dating, having sex, and uninterested in commitment, so this choice seems to follow the patriarchal view that women cannot do that. On top of that, so much of the writing made me cringe. "She was like a sexy, rabid raccoon." "She’d accepted that she was just not the kind of girl men romanced. With her ethnically ambiguous looks, bawdy sense of humor, and filthy mind, men wanted to have sex with her. And then—once they realized that she wasn’t entirely domesticated—they wanted her to disappear." "charmed by the prime cut of Chicago man-meat in front of her " "Damn, he smelled delicious. Like freshly showered man draped in freshly laundered shirt. With a little bit of citrus and bourbon on his breath. It was like a lethal dose of bro, but it appealed to her despite her struggle to maintain her antipathy along with her dignity." "We’re not going to”—she lowered her voice and leaned into him—“you know, do it.” Also, I have great antipathy with books that try for a hate to love vibe but feel the need to stress how fucking attracted she is in spite of the fact that she thinks the guy is a douchebag. There's way to mention that he's hot without having her basically drooling on the floor and unable to think because he's so sexy. Maybe that's how it is for some women, but I know that when I think someone's an asshole, they suddenly stop looking so appealing. There's a good idea in here, but the author needed to let the heroine be proud and confident. The genderswap left the personalities as they were in the original and just switched who was writing the news story. Not a great swap there.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I absolutely loved the premise of this one and I was excited to settle into the story. I really liked Hannah and Jack. She’s a little jaded from her past relationships {with good reason} and deep down she’s a crunchy shell hiding a romantic marshmallow. He’s a little too giving and doesn’t know how to keep a bit of focus on himself. Together they have loads of chemistry and a playful sort of banter. Oh and Jack’s family is fantastic. Plot wise, it was mostly good. The constant inner monologue I absolutely loved the premise of this one and I was excited to settle into the story. I really liked Hannah and Jack. She’s a little jaded from her past relationships {with good reason} and deep down she’s a crunchy shell hiding a romantic marshmallow. He’s a little too giving and doesn’t know how to keep a bit of focus on himself. Together they have loads of chemistry and a playful sort of banter. Oh and Jack’s family is fantastic. Plot wise, it was mostly good. The constant inner monologue each of them had about losing the other when they found out the truth got really old really fast. I get that they couldn’t quite have an honest conversation, but damn. It seems weird to say, but I loved the blow up and resolution and honestly, I needed more from the ending than what we got. Overall, it was a quick and fun read with characters who were easy to root for and topics that touched on real things. I’m going to cross my fingers there’ll be a companion book because I would love to see more of Hannah and Jack. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

    3.5 STARS! Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher was a retelling of the classic romantic comedy movie from the 2000s: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Only, Andie puts a unique spin into play as well as reversing the roles of the characters. We first meet Jack Nolan. He's the kind of man who thrives in relationships. He's been in three so far but now that's he's single he wants to try the casual dating thing. That is until he meets Hannah and feels an instant attraction. Hannah is a strong, 3.5 STARS! Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher was a retelling of the classic romantic comedy movie from the 2000s: How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Only, Andie puts a unique spin into play as well as reversing the roles of the characters. We first meet Jack Nolan. He's the kind of man who thrives in relationships. He's been in three so far but now that's he's single he wants to try the casual dating thing. That is until he meets Hannah and feels an instant attraction. Hannah is a strong, intelligent and independent woman but she, unlike Jack, struggles with relationships. She believes men don't see her as the serious type of girl. You know, the girl you take home to met the parents. She's dated guys; however, it seems once they have sex and are together for a little while, the guy soon realizes that he doesn't want to go any deeper. This has made Hannah feel a disdain towards men. Due to their demanding jobs they each must lie to the other to further their careers. Everything becomes a mess of epic proportions when these two begin to develop feelings for one another. I struggled with moments of repetiton and when Hannah would constantly bring herself down, coming off as a character who self-loathes. Battling her own inner demons of self-love and accepting herself, Hannah knows who she is and she is in fact fierce but she didn't believe anyone could love her. The fact that Jack goes out of his way to prove her wrong in that aspect is something I found I rather loved. Overall, Not the Girl You Marry is a sweet romance full of wit with bits of angst thrown in. I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters. I'm looking forward to Jack's sister, Bridget's book next 😏 *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Berkley through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* *DNF @ 50%* You know, this is my own damn fault. Once I saw that this book was a spin on How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days I shouldn't have even started this book considering I did not like that movie. I should've just stuck with my instincts because I didn't vibe with this book at all. First, this isn't even a fake relationship romance since neither Hannah or Jack are aware that the other is using them to *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* *DNF @ 50%* You know, this is my own damn fault. Once I saw that this book was a spin on How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days I shouldn't have even started this book considering I did not like that movie. I should've just stuck with my instincts because I didn't vibe with this book at all. First, this isn't even a fake relationship romance since neither Hannah or Jack are aware that the other is using them to further advance their career. They're just basically misleading one another while falling for each another at the same time. Secondly, what's the deal with making Jack seem like he's the "perfect" boyfriend? He talks about his past relationships as if he did nothing wrong and he questions why those relationships didn't work out if he was such a good partner and frankly, I ain't buying this mister nice guy act. Thirdly, I didn't really care for Hannah like I thought I would. I get why she's sworn off men and relationships but the girl just keeps repeating the same thing throughout this book and sorry not sorry, it makes her sound bitter. Jack and Hannah both need to stop living in the past because it's clearly not healthy for either one of them. And lastly, where is the passion? The romance? The swoon? I just don't like how this romance is progressing. Everything moves kind of fast and I wish this was more of a slow burn. Though this book didn't work for me, I'm sure it'll probably work for other readers who were also fans of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days so take my review with a grain of salt.

  25. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    This was an entertaining romcom, but unfortunately it didn’t hook me the way that I had hoped. I liked Hannah and Jack, but I didn’t love them or feel really invested in them until later in the novel. The instalust/love was really strong (especially on Jack’s part) and that just made it even stranger to me that he would choose Hannah for his article. I understand that they both had emotional baggage that was wreaking havoc on their self-esteem and influencing their life choices, but their This was an entertaining romcom, but unfortunately it didn’t hook me the way that I had hoped. I liked Hannah and Jack, but I didn’t love them or feel really invested in them until later in the novel. The instalust/love was really strong (especially on Jack’s part) and that just made it even stranger to me that he would choose Hannah for his article. I understand that they both had emotional baggage that was wreaking havoc on their self-esteem and influencing their life choices, but their actions and emotions just felt so strong that it left me more confused than anything. Jack’s family coming together in the end to help him and the epilogue were the sweetest though and the book left me with a smile on my face. Something I really loved about the book was that Hannah was biracial. I appreciated the time spent discussing and exploring that in the story. The drama was a bit predictable, but I did laugh quite a bit at the challenges of dating in this digital age. It made me very grateful that I didn’t have to endure much of that BS before meeting my husband. Perhaps that was the problem for me and this book though. I just couldn’t relate. The book is marketed as a millennial makeover of the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. I’ve never seen the movie, but maybe if I had, I would have enjoyed this one more. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I wouldn’t call this a review because I DNF’d it at 150 pages, so I guess this is more of a why-I-couldn’t-finish-it list. *Also, since I didn’t finish it, there aren’t really spoilers but if you’re someone who likes to go into a book without knowing anything, then this is the time to turn around! Ok, so here’s the three reasons why I couldn’t bring myself to finish NOT THE GIRL YOU MARRY: •Jack: I didn’t mind that he felt sparks between him and Hannah from the moment they met, it was how much I wouldn’t call this a review because I DNF’d it at 150 pages, so I guess this is more of a why-I-couldn’t-finish-it list. *Also, since I didn’t finish it, there aren’t really spoilers but if you’re someone who likes to go into a book without knowing anything, then this is the time to turn around! Ok, so here’s the three reasons why I couldn’t bring myself to finish NOT THE GIRL YOU MARRY: •Jack: I didn’t mind that he felt sparks between him and Hannah from the moment they met, it was how much he was into her that wasn’t working for me. Jack was constantly taking about how Hannah could be “the one” and about how much he liked her, yet he was willing to use her to write his article? I don’t know about that. I think this idea works in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (the movie this book is inspired by) because we’re not inside Andie & Ben’s thoughts. And it just felt so self-absorbed of Jack to think that he could use Hannah and make her runaway and then just win her over later like she wouldn’t care about what he did🤷🏻‍♀️. •Hannah: I liked how self aware she was about herself, but it felt like I was reading the same thing every time the story was in her perspective. She was constantly repeating the same things over and over again. •Pacing: Nothing really happened until like 130 pages in and by then, I just completely checked out of the story. So there you have it. This one pained me to write. I realllyyyy, realllyyy wanted to love it, but I just couldn’t connect with the story. Thank you, Berkeley Romance, for a free copy of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review 2.5 stars I love the movie How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, so I was looking forward to this one. However, Not The Girl You Marry and I were not a good fit. I nearly DNF'd it a few times, but I persisted with it as it had something that made me keep going. It really was just retelling the movie with different character names. All that was missing was Jack and Hannah singing "You're so Vain" at the end of the book. It needed more originality to really ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review 2.5 stars I love the movie How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, so I was looking forward to this one. However, Not The Girl You Marry and I were not a good fit. I nearly DNF'd it a few times, but I persisted with it as it had something that made me keep going. It really was just retelling the movie with different character names. All that was missing was Jack and Hannah singing "You're so Vain" at the end of the book. It needed more originality to really work. I am sure plenty of others will enjoy this book, but it was a miss for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    Steamy doesn't quite cover it....blistering, maybe does. But also strangely sweet in that these two don't quite believe in themselves enough. There was lots of humor, lots of angst and tension (sexual and otherwise), and a good dose of resolving/growing up. I was impressed with this contemporary romance in that it did more than the usual. There was some genuine reflection, true kindness, and friendship. Bring on the movie deal; this could totally be a box office smash RomCom!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    4.25 Stars / 3 Steam Fans This was a fun updated play on the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. There is a gender role reversal by making Jack the journalist and the added conversation starter by Hannah being a biracial character. I enjoyed these new twists and it felt extremely relatable in the current climate of the world. Hannah struggled with some self-esteem and racial identity issues that many biracial people have to deal with and Andie J. Christopher tackled the topic in a way that did 4.25 Stars / 3 Steam Fans This was a fun updated play on the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. There is a gender role reversal by making Jack the journalist and the added conversation starter by Hannah being a biracial character. I enjoyed these new twists and it felt extremely relatable in the current climate of the world. Hannah struggled with some self-esteem and racial identity issues that many biracial people have to deal with and Andie J. Christopher tackled the topic in a way that did not bash the reader over the head with stereotypical misconceptions. I enjoyed both Jack and Hannah as characters through this story because they both had individual journeys to overcome but also a journey as a couple. I am looking forward to reading the next book about some of the secondary characters. This specific video review will be included in the October 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.75 stars! I loved everything about this book! It's funny, sexy, woke, and so easy to fall in love with! I adored Jack and Hannah and together the two made my heart melt. My only wish is that I'd been able to see all those who plagued them unnecessarily eat a healthy dose of crow. I'm also hoping Andie j. Christopher will make Not the Girl You Marry the first in a series! I'd love to read more about Sasha, and even the priest and maybe also the hopefully redeemable Chris who needs a lot of help. 4.75 stars! I loved everything about this book! It's funny, sexy, woke, and so easy to fall in love with! I adored Jack and Hannah and together the two made my heart melt. My only wish is that I'd been able to see all those who plagued them unnecessarily eat a healthy dose of crow. I'm also hoping Andie j. Christopher will make Not the Girl You Marry the first in a series! I'd love to read more about Sasha, and even the priest and maybe also the hopefully redeemable Chris who needs a lot of help. Not the Girl You Marry is the book I didn't even know I was looking for, but am so glad it found me!

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