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The List [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Jacobson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications (March 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QQ3MHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Enjoyable Read March 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got this book I was warned it wasn't "deep". That was fine with me, I wasn't up for a giant, deep thinking book.

I thought it would be perfect to save for my upcoming cruise. I tried to read the first chapter to just get a taste. Well, I couldn't put it down, so I guess I need to find a new book for my cruise. :)

I really loved the main character and her determination. I wanted to cheer her on. "You go girl, you finish your list before getting tied down by marriage and the kids which are the real ones that tie you down!" But at the same time I was yelling at her to just be open to love, that it matters more than a stupid list.

I also enjoyed Melanie's writing. Upbeat, light and fun.

When she referred to Guacamole as "squishy, green goodness" I had to smile and then go eat some.

This is a perfect book for a cruise. I wish I had another of Melanie's Books to read. Apparently being at home is a great place to read it too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great "dessert" book April 7, 2011
By Jenny P
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "The List" in just a couple of days and was thoroughly entertained the entire time. This book is a light read - a romantic comedy that won't change your life or alter your perspective. It's like dessert - not necessary, but so much fun. The quality of writing is also really great - natural dialog, good pacing. I fell quite naturally into the story and found the author's style easy, refreshing, and fun. If you need a book to lighten the mood, this would be a great pick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read....get it!!!!!!! April 7, 2011
By Linda B
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, I think this book was fantabulous! Light, funny and fun! I found myself laughing out loud at many of the main gals comments! Perfect read for the beach but, if you are not close to the beach, a nice cozy fireplace will do to!
I can not wait to read more by Melanie Jacobson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the premise promises March 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The first scenario was a turn-off with the cute surfer being described at a church activity. However, the writing and the story both done well enough that I didn't put the book down until I was done. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a clean romance. The humor through out is wonderful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and there is enough depth when you understand the main character's background a little better. It would appear at first glance that the lesson is get everything done you want before marriage, but thanks to an important discussion with her sister, the take-away lesson is that there is no one right way for people to reach their happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun read! December 5, 2012
By Carrot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first Melanie Jacobsen book I have read and quickly became a fan. She has become quite accomplished at the comedy/romance genre. I love her slightly less than perfect characters and the very humorous and witty dialogue exchanges. Oh, and then there is the romance part too! My family is getting tired of hearing me chuckle the entire time I am reading and then sharing the best moments with them. I read this in one sitting. If you like this book you will also love "Twitterpated" and "Not My Type". I can't wait to read her next one called "Smart Move". Thanks for all the smiles, Melanie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy at its Best March 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is awesome! I loved the main character's voice. Ashley had me laughing so hard at times. I swear I had this goofy grin on my face while I was reading this book--superbly written romantic comedy with some great kissing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Summer Read! June 2, 2011
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The book includes a lot of amusing banter between Ashley and Matt. It is fun to read about Ashley's adventures as she goes through the activities on The List. She made the list as a way of putting off marriage, because she views her sisters' experiences as negative. So she won't let any guys get too close for fear of entanglements. Matt goes along with her wishes and keeps it light. It is fun to read as they joke back and forth. Then in the latter part of the story there is a turn toward greater depth of emotion as Matt tries to talk Ashley out of her fear of marriage. I truly enjoyed this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm kind of speechless in a good way November 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second book of Melanie's that I have read and I know I will probably read through her entire library of work before I stop. She is incredibly funny and I find myself laughing out loud way too often. It reminds of standing in a retail outlet reading a funny creating card and then realizing you are laughing out loud making a fool of yourself. But the story is so much more than funny. It's well written, insightful on so many levels and full of real moments that make you stop and think. I am impressed with her skilled story telling as well as her descriptive phrases and masterful use of language. All of this skill is wrapped up in a very enjoyable journey. Buy the book. It was worth the higher price for I had to pay for the Kindle version. Loved every second of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Cute, clean romance. Loved it!
Published 10 days ago by Michelle L. Stauffer
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Such a great book!
I'd give it 5 stars but it bothered me that Ashley didn't realize who Ryder was. I couldn't put this book down!!!
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars We are going to have to buy all the rest of Melanie's books now......
My daughter who is 15 loved this. Read it in 4.5 hours.
Published 4 months ago by John A. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Love, love, loved this book!! I have read a lot of Melanie Jacobson's books but this is my favorite. Ashley has put up a brick wall in order to finish The List. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Trent
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story!
This was a fun beach read! This book took me back to the LDS singles ward days. I love the Orange County area!
Published 6 months ago by Katie Theurer
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and witty!
Fun read that I know I will read again. Setting in a singles congregation, but fun how the MC goes about catching her man. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SL K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Romance
This is a great summer romance with a twist at the end I didn't see coming. I loved the hero, Matt, and the setting on Huntington Beach. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick summer read
This is a good Summer read. I'm not a fan of chick lit, this book seemed a cut above most in this category. Not great, but cute.
Published 8 months ago by Melissa Anne Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of LDS Chick-lit
This book was the beginning of my love affair with LDS fiction. I loved how easily the story flowed. If you haven't read Jacobsen do it... Now.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Book. Ever!
You are a awesome writer. Thank you for your book! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And you're a Mormon like me too!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Her first novel, The List, hits shelves in March.

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