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Not My Type: A Single Girl's Guide to Doing It All Wrong

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,378 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
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 Frida
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 2011 by Covenant Communications
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Sep 12, 2011 Kenny rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of "chick lit", but I've seen my share of romantic comedies, and "Not My Type" ranks up there with the best of them. The witty, laugh-out-loud dialogue combined with the hilarious life-insights and ingenious metaphors, put this this novel in the "Crazy, Stupid Love" category rather than the "Wedding Planner" class. The characters, while not always immediately loveable, are nonetheless immediately engaging. And I think that's one of the main themes of the novel: first impressio ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Janette rated it it was amazing
When I know an author, I tend to think the characters are a lot like the author. That is why I think that Robinson Wells is a robot, that James Dashner kills things, and now I think that Melanie Jacobson is funny and self-aware--because her characters certainly are. I also think that she at some point either had a crappy job or dated a rock star.

No spoliers here, but Not My Type was a fun, clean romance written in an easy, engaging style. Loved the kissing scene--although I'm hereby putting in a
Susan Auten
Aug 16, 2011 Susan Auten rated it it was amazing
I am lucky enough to be a beta reader for Melanie. I've read all four of her books (two are under contract but not in print, yet), and this is by far my favorite. And I like her others very much. Not My Type takes Melanie's writing to a new level--full of lovable but relatable characters, hot chemistry, and a really fun plot--you will not be able to put it down.

So go do yourself a favor and pre-order this baby. You won't regret it.
Katie W
I have another favorite author!! I loved The List and this one was even better! I love the characters--they're so real--they have faults just like anyone else.

Pepper Spicer (and yes, all her siblings have spice names, which was very creative) is down on love--and on life. Working a dead end job, living at home and sharing a room with her 7 year old sister, a broken engagement and heart. Her dad challenges her to a task that could change her life around. And things happen that aren't exactly as p
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
When I saw Melanie had written another book I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle. I enjoyed her first book a lot and knew I would be in for a treat. I wasn’t disappointed. I thought this was a fun read, with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. It took me a little while to warm up to Pepper. She didn’t really act 23 in my opinion, but she does grow throughout the story. Tanner is yummy, I really enjoyed his character. I thought Pepper and Tanner had great chemistry and my only complaint it that I ...more
I started out actually despising the main character in this book. Her attitude and actions were disrespectful, childish, annoying, ....I could go on. I thought to myself...there is no way I'm going to like this book. How can I with disliking "Pepper" (the heroine) so much. Pretty soon I found myself being sucked into the story, loving the humor, and WANTING to know what was going to happen. Before I knew it I was LOVING it and couldn't put it down. I loved watching Pepper mature and grow and lea ...more
Melanie Jacobson
Jul 27, 2011 Melanie Jacobson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Uh, so yeah. I'm saying it's awesome. This is my most favorite of the four I've written. AND IT'S ALMOST HERE. Hooray!
Ranee Clark
Nov 07, 2012 Ranee Clark rated it it was amazing
Audience: Adult
Genre: LDS Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: 272 pages

Rating: ***** (LOVED it)

The Pros: The wit. The snark. The awesome voice. Considering I follow/stalk Melanie on Twitter, none of that surprised me. I LOVED Pepper as a character. Every character was so great, especially the love interests. Yes. Interests. The romantic arc was fabulous, but what I thought was awesome was that this story really revolved more around Pepper and her journey than it did about Peppe
Gina Denny
Jan 05, 2012 Gina Denny rated it really liked it
Melanie Jacobson does it again. Another funny, sweet, LDS romance that you definitely do not need to be LDS to read and love.

This time, we leave behind the confident, charismatic characters of "The List" and are introduced to the shy, the awkward and the self-conscious. Which, frankly, I am sure most of us can relate with better, anyway. Broken engagements, emotional baggage, insecurities and flaws abound, but still leave us with lovable characters that you just want to cheer for. Or give a big
Jolene Perry
Sep 09, 2011 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-reads
This felt a LITTLE slow in starting, but Pepper is SO lovable, that it wasn't slow, I just knew there was a romance in here somewhere and I wanted it RIGHT THEN!

A GREAT book. Some of the thank you notes had me laughing out loud, and the last one teared me up.

And the guy . . . yum . . .

The author did a GREAT job with him. He was flawed, more logical than feeling (or so it seemed) but was so, so good.

And I was really, really worried that the book would blow up in a predictable way (it is after al
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Sep 29, 2011 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved this book. It amused me greatly. All the way through. And if you know me, you know I love a happily ever after ending. That was EXACTLY what I got. No, really. That's the last line of the book. "Happily Ever After." Did I totally just give everything away?

Here is one of my favorite lines from the book:

"Mrs. Lehman, the bean sprout police, had returned for another tour of duty. Seriously, how anyone could be so passionate about a lack of bean sprouts was beyond me. Boo his
Susan K
Sep 03, 2016 Susan K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second MJ book, and I know I will be reading more of her books in the future. Her mix of humor, real characters, and just enough romantic tension make for a wonderful read! Her setting, in Salt Lake City, with an LDS single adult background, and in the midst of family life and life events, would be enjoyed by anyone with her witty descriptions and characterizations. Portraying the efforts of Pepper to get her life on the right track, out of her romantic woe is me funk after her broke ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Dlora rated it it was amazing
Really not a five-star in terms of stellar writing but definitely a five-star in terms of my enjoyment and laughter. Pepper Spicer cancels her engagement when her long-time fiancee pushes off the wedding date--again--because of his chance to be on a reality TV music show. And now months later she is managing a sandwich shop, paying off her debts for the cancelled wedding, and wallowing in depression and snarkiness. Her parents (who I adore) try out tough love: either she looks for better employm ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Annalisa rated it liked it
I have to admit that what drew me most to this book was Sarah Eden's comment printed on the back of it under the reviews. It was a cute modern lds fiction story and really had me thinking about gratitude and writing Thank You notes during this season of Thanksgiving. It is kind of snappy and has some great one liners in it.

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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-
Jan 20, 2012 Alisa rated it it was amazing
LDS Fiction. Melanie Jacobson is fast becoming one of my favorite LDS authors. She is so much fun to read and creates characters that are flawed and loveable! Pepper is 23 and coming out of the depression that followed her 4-year failed relationship. Her parents give her an ultimatum: to write weekly thank you notes and look for a new job or they will "assume that living at home is holding you back because we're keeping you too comfortable."

Her first interview is a dismal failure; her only conso
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Apr 30, 2012 Tressa (Wishful Endings) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lds, 2012
Pepper has been in a funk for months, after her long-time boyfriend/fiance cancelled their wedding for the second time. Her parents feel they have been plenty patient, but no more. They have issued her a challenge and she takes it to escape the consequences. Things are scary out in the real world with risks and challenges. Is Pepper really ready to face them all?

I loved the characters in this book. The two main characters were both realistic and witty and the supporting characters were great too
Oct 31, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess that both the cover and the first few chapters had me a little wary. Pepper starts out as less than lovable and very whiny but then develops into a very attractive character. The thank you notes are the catalyst to her growth as she begins to turn her life around for the better. I loved the chemistry between her and Tanner- it came across so well that I could almost feel it! The characters are very well developed and the plot won't disappoint. It's a very sweet, clean romance a ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be quite enjoyable. The first chapter or so I wasn't sure I would like the main character, but she matured well and kept me rooting for her. There were some really funny parts that made me laugh out loud. Overall a really fun read.
Kristina Brownell
Nov 17, 2014 Kristina Brownell rated it liked it
Melanie Jacobson is arguably my favorite LDS author. Every book makes me laugh out loud and every ending puts a silly, satisfied grin on my face. Now...having said that....this is my least favorite so far. The beginning was slow and the humor surrounding the main character fell flat for me. I almost quit reading. However, I'm sooo glad I didn't! The last half of this book is 5 stars. I loved it. So, hang in there if you're bored for the first 60pgs. It is worth it.
Sep 03, 2013 Tausha rated it really liked it
Cute, fun read. I struggled in the beginning with the main character Pepper. Her attitude just put me off, but it was fun to watch her grow. By the end I had grown to admire her and her spunky humor. Tanner "the hero" of the story was great! There were some great lessons taught also...especially about gratitude!
Feb 19, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this whole book. The characters were enjoyable and the book had a great storyline. I'm a sucker for fun books with strong and witty female characters. I also love good banter between love interests. This was a delightful book with great romance.
So cute! I loved this. This was my first book by this author but I am going to read more. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first and I loved how she changed and her perspective changed. I will read this again!
Feb 11, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Pepper Spicer is a 23 year old that broke off her engagement 7 months ago. She is in a funk and just can't seem to pull herself out of it. Her father, a family therapist challenges her to pursue her dream career and write a thank you note each week for one year. He encourages her to count her blessings instead of focusing on what she has lost, including a ton of credit card debt for the wedding that she cancelled after her fiance postponed it for the second time for convenience sake. Pepper's fi ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Jami rated it really liked it
Another fun romantic comedy, an enjoyable quick read. My age is beginning to show though--I identified with the parents in this story much more than the main characters.
Pauline Hansen
Sep 28, 2013 Pauline Hansen rated it it was amazing
This book is so smartly written. There are many facets to the main plot, plus sub plots, and Melanie handles them all expertly. This is my favorite of hers.
Sep 24, 2011 Brigitte rated it really liked it
Fun book- couldn't put it down. I think this author would be a fabulous neighbor to have. I've read she has two more coming out, I can't wait to read them. :)
Sarah Boucher
Jul 31, 2014 Sarah Boucher rated it really liked it
At My First Ever Writing Conference, I met the lovely and talented Melanie Jacobson. As she signed my newly purchased copy of Not My Type, she paid me the nicest compliment: "I know you'll love Pepper, because you have the same sassy Pepper demeanor!"

It made my day! Especially now that I've plowed through Not My Type, and know the ins and outs of Pepper Spicer. She's not only sassy, but holds her own in the face of snarky boys and bosses with questionable ethics. Pepper refuses to wallow in the
Brooke -Brooke's Books
May 13, 2013 Brooke -Brooke's Books rated it it was amazing
LDS Romantic Fiction. Fun read!

May 01, 2012 Annissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I LOVED THIS BOOK! If I could give it more stars I would. The author is so witty and clever it makes for a fun read!
Mar 11, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. I loved Pepper. I loved her growth. I loved most the humor. Melanie, you make me smile.
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“Here's an exclusive, Tanner Graham. I love you like crazy."
"My favorite kind of story," he said. "I already know how this one ends."
"Happily ever after.”
“No," he said, leaning back to take my face in his hands and dropping another soft kiss on my lips. "All I've wanted since you limped out of my life the first day I met you was to have you back in it. Does that scare you?"

I stood on tiptoe to return his kiss. "Not even a little bit. Thank you, Tanner Graham."

He smiled. "For what?"
"For being patient. I'll make it worth it."
"You've always been worth it," he said punctuating his opinion with another kiss...

Tanner smiled down at me, tightening his hold. "Thank you."
"For what?"
"for being you. I love you, Pepper.”
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