Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Review: Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson
Author: Melanie Jacobson
Publisher: Deseret Book
Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiancé—a musician and soon-to-be reality TV star—wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his. Now she’s stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn’t happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dreams and count her blessings by writing weekly thank-you notes, but gratitude is a tall order when she botches an important job interview and has to settle for writing an undercover dating web-zine column—the last thing in the world she wants to do. Still, as Pepper (byline: Indie Girl) chronicles her bizarre and hilarious blind dates, she gives her father’s challenge a try and slowly finds herself leaving self-pity behind. Life takes a major upswing as Pepper’s column hits the big time and she tastes the exhilarating thrill of success. But there’s one tiny problem: the intensely hot man she’s falling for is having issues with her job (again). Will Pepper trade her personal ambition for another chance at love?
I thought this book sounded so me. If you know me, then you know that I have quite the dating stories. My boss use to say I should write a column called No Sex in the City. I just knew this book was for me. I got into this book pretty fast. It felt very real. The dating stories were hilarious and I could relate. I'm sure we all have crazy dating stories!
Can I just say that I love her name, Pepper Spicer? It is so cool! I wish I had a cool name like that. I felt like Pepper was like me (when I was single). Feeling down on my luck in everything, not just love. Trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up and just feeling stagnant in life. But, Pepper's father helps her figure things out. He gave her challenges to help her be thankful for the blessings she has and he helps her stretch and grow as a person. It makes ME want to do the challenges.
I think all the best love stories come from friendships and this is no different. Pepper almost doesn't see it coming. She is trying not to get caught up in a romance. She's been badly burned and doesn't want to be in a relationship that would make her give up on her dreams. She has a lot to think about.
I loved this book. Plus, the cover is so cute! I'm also a little bit n love with Tanner. Great story! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
"Proposals. You can't be too careful when you're a prize like me."