Published by Entangled: Teen on September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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True love can’t be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
I really loved this book! I wish there were more books like this. You know the ones where the main character is a book blogger. Or the main character’s parent is an author. Or a book that its setting takes place mostly in a bookstore called Murder By The Sea. Or a romance with a really hot McNerd. Oh my damn, hot nerds. Yes, please!
I felt really connected with Vivian. Maybe it was the fact that she was a book blogger. Or maybe it was the fact that she’s just super relatable. But while reading her character, I felt like I wanted to be more like her. I want to work in a bookstore. I want to hold a physical book club (other than just online). But then I also wanted to be her mom. And I loved how present her mom was throughout the novel! It was so refreshing to read a book where the mom actually plays a pretty significant role!
Then there is Dallas a.k.a Hot McNerd and oh boy we need more of his like in novels! He is dreamy and steamy and oh, where can I get one please? Seriously Dallas is at the top of my fictional boyfriend list! It was like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was smart, great with computers/technology, nerdy, strong, hot, and can totally kick some major ass! Mm Mmmm Mmmmm!
The only thing that I wish there was more of was if it was written more epistolaric. We got to see some of Viv’s blog posts, but I feel like there should have been MORE blog posts from her. I mean she is a book blogger, so I feel like we didn’t really see a whole lot of that side of her.
And there is one potential scene that could deter some readers, but I think it is handled and written very well. View Spoiler »There is an attempted rape scene. But the way that Lisa Brown Roberts handled it, was very good. « Hide Spoiler
If you’re in the mood for some nerdy, bookish, romance…look no further because this book is definitely worth the read! I can’t wait to see more from this Lisa Brown Roberts!