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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,541 ratings  ·  475 reviews
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 -- fro ...more
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Published March 2011 by Covenant Communications
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-lit, chick-lit
I'm not going to lie to you. Confession number one: I do not read LDS literature anymore. I did as a young adult. I did a little in my college days. But I haven't even entered a Deseret Bookstore in about ten years. LDS literature has not been anywhere on my radar. Confession number two: chick-lit has never been my genre. I've read a few books here. I've read a few books there. But it's never been my fave. Confession number three: I know the author. We worked the Limited. And we we ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Oh my goodness I could not put this book down. I told my husband while in the middle of the book that I was probably going to have to buy this book.(which I only do with books I really want to read again, and again) This book was funny, interesting, and had a lot of things people like me relate to. However, in the last 3 chapters or at least the last small part of the book, I decided I did not like this book. Bummer, but seriously, she ended on cliche's and turned the heroine from a slightly ins ...more
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, lds-lit
Oh, goodness. What to say about this book . . . I wanted to like it. I really did. I'm not a fan of LDS fiction, but some positive reviews made me think this book might possibly veer from the norm. Uh, no.

Painfully predictable and cliched. That is my verdict. There were a few moments of humorous dialogue, but I just couldn't get past how unlikeable the main character was. She was so selfish, egocentric, and horribly stupid (despite how often she reminds you of her higher than average intelligenc
Katie W
Loved this book!!I I loved the cover, loved the setting, loved the characters, loved the story, etc.

Ashley has watched her mom and older sisters struggle through life because they married early. When she turned 18, she created The List to help her live life with no regrets--a list of things for her to do to really experience life before she gets married.

The summer before grad school is spent in California, living with her cousins and learning to surf and having a summer romance. Matt is the ba
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Jacobson you have just gained a new fan. I have had this book on my "to read" shelf for ages. I was wandering through that shelf praying that a great book would pop out for me to read. I saw this cover and decided that this book has waited long enough. I really liked it!

I pretty much fell in love with Matt right away. I thought he was so down to earth and as the story unfolds he truly turns into something I did not expect. You could see that he was really "playing a part" at times wit
Melanie Jacobson
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Look, I'm just saying, I think it's pretty fun. Like, pretty dang fun.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I somehow didn't realize this was a LDS romantic fictional book. Not that there is anything wrong with them, they just aren't always very well written and, well, if you've read them, you know; however, since I rode my bike up to the library with the seat far too low, making it much harder to bike up hill, I thought I had better give it a shot. It wasn't so bad for an LDS book. Very predictable, and really cheesy in parts, which I am sometimes in the mood for, so that was ok. Entertaining and lig ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I got this book I was warned it wasn't "deep".

I thought it would be perfect to save for our 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
Kathleen Vallejo
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sorry if this steps on anyone's toes, but this book totally reminded me why I hardly ever read LDS fiction. Corny and cheesy dialogue/scenes/you name it throughout the whole book. I'll admit, I read a lot of Anita Stansfield and Jack Weyland in high school and if you had given this book to me then, I probably would have liked it. But not anymore. I couldn't handle it. (I did finish it, but boy. Someone stop me if they see me checking out an LDS fiction book anytime soon. Please.)
Jana Barton
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The List is about a girl named Ashley who writes a list of everything that she wants to do before she ties the knot/ get married, but she has some complications along the way. I never thought that I would ever like a romance novel, but I loved reading this book. This book takes place in Hunting beach California, Ashley goes there to live with her cousins and to learn how to surf. I don't know how to surf but I have always wanted to learn how to, and in this book I felt as if I was the one learni ...more
Alexis Backman
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was definitely predictable, but I enjoyed reading it!
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I find the book The List by Melanie Jacobson to be excellent at having an unexpected ending, it teaches you to never give up on achieving your goals, and it’s very good at keeping your attention. However, there were areas in which the book was not quite as good, such as the attitude of one character and how she always butts in and ruins the perfect scene. I really liked the book and enjoyed reading it and thought it had a good message that many people could learn from.

One very positive quality
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I thought The List was going to be a cliché romance. It had all the elements--a girl planning for a summer fling, the hot guy who seems unreachable but has depth, and a situation that throws them together. I settled in for a fun read.

But The List surprised me. The writing was fun and quirky, the situations had a fresh twist on it, and I absolutely loved the ending, but for me, it didn’t feel quite finished. I mean, it ended and there was some closure, but I just wanted an epilogue.
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This was a really fun read. It reminded me a little of the movies Lucky Seven and You’ve Got Mail. Ashley really grew on my as the story progressed. I liked her witty personality and thought she grew quite a bit. I admit at first there were times where at first I thought she was a little cold, she had built up quite a wall around her. She had kind of a naive and negative view on marriage in my opinion. Luckily Matt comes along and really brings out a softer side and he was just great. The book h ...more
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I am 18 years old and I work at Seagull book so I've read a LOT of LDS romance novels. I didn't think this book was the typical "Mormon cheesy" It was predictable (but let's be honest, if you pick up an LDS romance fiction novel, that's what should be expected.) I loved Jacobson's sarcasm and humor. The book had my mom and I both laughing when we read it. My only recommendation is that if you're busy, don't start the book. You won't be able to put it down!
Alli Elggren
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Super cute, LDS Young Adult book we read for Book Club in November, 2012. It's a fast, upbeat read with a feel-good ending. The best part was that we had the author attend our Book Club discussion and she talked about writing and getting published. I ADORE the author and loved hearing her speak. I would recommend this book to any young woman who'd enjoy a fun, quick, clean rom-com:)
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I am not usually a fan of these LDS authors I read them whenever I am in need of a book I take what i can get. I really did enjoy this. It was a easy read and I liked the characters. My only problem is why do they write them to end so abruptly? I want to know more. What happens to the characters after they finally figure out they are meant for each other.
Leah Jensen
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I was laughing like crazy and sighing because it was just so perfect! The main character reminded me of myself a lot. The ending was alright compared to the rest of the book but I still loved it.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-in-2011
This is one of my new favorites in the LDS fiction (chick-lit) genre. I loved the humor and dialogue and the fact that it was an LDS book without being preachy at all. A fun read that I couldn't put down!
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this book was fabulous! reminded me a lot of 'icing on the cake' by elodia strain. it was funny and had some twists to it. i loved it.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the banter going on in this book. This author would be a fun friend to have.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a crush on Matt!
love love love it!
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
So this one was pretty cheesy and predictable, but I really liked the character development. It kept me giggling pretty hard at parts. A fun, quick read.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought it was well written, some sentences made me laugh out loud, but the game-playing went on a bit too long and it got ridiculous.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I laughed so many times while reading this book! The humor between the two characters kept the story flowing and made me want to keep reading.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for the games playing premise and the list was just silly. The author writes well, I just didn't care for her story.
Sarah Bowe
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute LDS romantic book. I really enjoyed the banter between the cousins. They had me laughing quite a bit.
Grace Tolman
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story.
Ashley is a 20 something year old LDS girl that is spending her summer in Huntington Beach before she goes back to BYU in Utah for her graduate schooling. She comes from a family where her mother and older sisters all married young and watching their lives and the regrets and struggles they had to face made her determined to not follow in their footsteps. So on her 18th birthday, she made a list of 25 things she planned on doing before she got married. She was working on t
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. Good, clean romance with some fun twists. Really likable characters that I happily cheered for but kinda wanted to strangle a few times because of their stubbornness or because they were being oblivious. I can totally recommend this to anyone who is a romantic at heart and enjoys a fun, clean chick lit type book!

LDS setting and lifestyle, so lots of LDS lingo, which obviously works just fine for me but might be a bit confusing for a non-LDS reader. So here's a few quick LD
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