Saturday, April 16, 2011

The List Review

Title: The List

Author: Melanie Jacobson
Pages: 289
Release Date: March 1st 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Ashley Barrett doesn’t want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn’t care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college — the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that’s why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals — from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi — she’ll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.

This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master’s degree). But when Matt decides he doesn’t like the “leaving” part, Ashley’s carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down — or might set her free? (source:

My Reaction:

I loved this book! It is every girl’s prefect Friday night and ice cream book. It has a great plot that leaves you hanging and wanting to read more. There is romance in odd places and adventure in everything. Matt Gibson is the perfect prince; he's nice, smart, athletic and willing to help. Ashley Barrett is a spunky, accident prone and determined. Their lives collide in a very well planned out plan by Ashley. She knows what she wants and is very determined to get it since she knows wants to check off as much as she can of the list. It is an excellent book that you need to read.



  1. Oh, cheesy Mormon romance novels. This one sounds okay. I like that in the summary it sounds like it might tackle some of the stereotypes for this kind of book and even mock them a little bit. But it does still sound silly. But that's okay with me. I think it sounds good, and I might actually check it out! Thanks for the review.

  2. This was a good half of a review. Honestly, half of reviews cannot get any better than this. I would rate this review five thunderbolts out of ten merely because of the lack of separation of summary and review. But the review receives five out of the five it can receive, which is a high percentage. High five to the review.
    Hopefully, the creators of this review will not make a book adaptation of the review, as it could ruin the whole plot. It is good enough as is, and unnecessary descriptions and subplots might complicate the story to the extent that it is not worth reading, or not worth receiving five thunderbolts.
    I like that the review attempts to combine summary and opinion elements into one inseparable paragraph, to the convenience of the readers, contrary to two paragraphs that could potentially be dangerous to dyslexic or blind readers. It also leaves the readers anticipating what comes next in the sequel to this half of the review, for it "leaves you hanging and wanting to read more." There are also bizarrely located expressions of "romance in odd places" and adventure in every one of the one hundred eleven words contained within this half of a masterpiece.
    After that initial excitement, I was relieved to find that the plot was "a very well planned out plan" and everything will happen as it should. This not only leaves relief but also more anticipation for the next work of art, rumored to be called "Return of the List Review".