Title: The ListAuthor: Melanie Jacobson
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: Goodreads.com)
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.