Welcome to our stop on How (Not) to Fall in Love tour for Lisa Brown Roberts. This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.
How (Not) to Fall in Love
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: February 3, 2015
Review Source: Entangled Teen
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.
First of all, I love, love, love the title and cover. The silhouettes, the sun shining behind them, and the font choice are a perfect combination for a young adult contemporary. If I saw this book on a shelf, I would definitely pick it up. I have a mixed review for this one, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. Why is it a 4 tree review and not a 5? I loved the book, but there were a few things missing I would've liked to see more of.
What I loved about the book were the characters. When we first meet Darcy she's spoiled rotten and a bit shallow. I wasn't quite sure if I liked her. You have to give her a little pass though, I mean, her car did just get taken from the bank because her dad stopped paying the bills and then disappeared. After really getting into the story and you could see Darcy changing and morphing into something a little deeper, I fell in love with her character. She's pretty strong for having to deal with so much and only being seventeen. The love interest, Lucas, was a character that I really liked as well. He was a little too typical for me since I've read so many young adult romances, but I think he was the perfect fit for this book. I could totally picture the two of them together and felt a little giddy inside when they were around each other.
So, what would I have liked to see more of to give it a five tree review. In a romance novel, even a young adult one, I was looking for more of the romance. It just felt a little too secondary for the plot of the novel. I wanted to see MORE from the romance department with Darcy and Lucas. It was almost there, but I just wanted MORE. I also felt that there seemed to be a lot going on for Darcy. I'm not sure if I would be able to handle a lot of the things that was thrown at her. You can only throw so many grown-up issues before you just have to wave the white flag for them.
Would I recommend this to my students? Sure! Like I said earlier, there are a lot of grown-up issues that I think the younger crowd wouldn't get or understand, but I could see some of my eighth grade girls enjoying this book.
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.
Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived
within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several fourlegged
prima donnas, and lots of laughter.
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