Published by Entangled: Teen on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself… if she has the courage to follow it.
Title: How (Not) To Fall In Love
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Published By: Entangled Teen, February 3rd 2015
Challenges: Blog Tour for YA Bound Book Tours
Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.
Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.
Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.
Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.
Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?
This book turned out better than I was expecting. I wasn’t expecting it to be bad. But it definitely surprised me. I thought it was just gonna be a cute and interesting story. And it was, but it was more than that too. I will definitely be checking out Lisa Brown Roberts’ future books.
The thing I was most surprised with this book was with Darcy. She turned out to be better than I could have imagined. At the beginning it sounds like she could be a stuck up, bratty, spoiled, rich girl. And she’s totally not. I actually really loved her and I enjoyed going through her journey with her.
The romance is more of a secondary plot than a main plot. Which was fine with me. But I wouldn’t have minded more romance to it. But I think that it fit well with the book. But maybe a different title would have been better?
I really enjoyed most of the characters except for J.J. When he first came into the scene in the first chapter, there was something off about him that I didn’t like. And it only grew worse. And the only other thing that bothered me was Darcy’s dad just going AWOL. I felt so bad for Darcy and her mom because he didn’t have the decency to talk to them before J.J. But whatever.
The only reason this is a 4 star review is because I wanted more romance to it. I went in thinking it was going to be a cute contemporary romance and it was. But I wanted more of it. I also wanted more explanations for some of the issues. But all in all, I really loved what I read. And I’d definitely recommend!