I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 6th 2016
Genres: Non-Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: e-Book, ARC
Source: Chapter by Chapter
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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.
The Replacement Crush was such a fun read! I wanted to pick it up because, of course, it’s about a book blogger! That being said, it’s definitely outside of my normal genre, so I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t disappointed!
The cast of characters was amazing.
First off, Vivian was a spectacular main character. She was relatable (especially to us book bloggers), and in some ways I actually kind of wanted to be her. Her mom is a full-time writer and owns a bookstore. She works in the bookstore all the time. She runs a book club and a book blog. And she’s not struggling with school or anything silly like that.
The only problem with her life? She totally fell hard for a douche of a guy who wasn’t even ashamed to tell her that he’d used her. And in the process of blaming her hormones, she concocts this hairbrained idea of finding a date that doesn’t set off her hormones again. As you might imagine, this causes all sorts of problems (more on that later).
But what I really loved about this book was the other characters. Viv was great, but if she’d been the only great character The Replacement Crush would have really sucked. Viv had friends, and they were a significant part of the book. Viv had enemies (well, an enemy). Viv was a part of the community (I mean, we have homeless guys and horny old ladies as side characters, people; and they were developed characters).
And there was parental involvement. Not just Viv’s parents, but the love interest’s parents. And not just “Oh, my mom said ___.” No, Viv’s mom was as much a full-blown character as anyone else.
Of course, I must discuss the love interest. Dallas is awesome. Honestly, he might have been a little too awesome, and by the end that was sort of bothering me a little tiny bit. But then again … this is fiction, right? A little bit of perfection is allowed 🙂
The plot was about more than just the romance.
The Replacement Crush could very easily have turned into a romance-only kind of book, but it didn’t. Much like how the characters were all alive, the other aspects of Viv’s life were well-formed.
Almost more than the romance, this book was about Viv developing and learning about herself. Even though her plan was a terrible idea (haven’t we all done stupid things?), she definitely learned from the experience. I don’t want to give away any details — read it yourself!
There’s also a genuine conflict, and it served as a bit of a catalyst for other developments. It was very nicely executed, and I thought the entire situation was truly believable. Sadly, it’s something I can easily see happening in real life. Again, not going to go into details there.
Oh, the communication failures
Vivian was completely oblivious to half of Dallas’ flirtations. Yeah, she noticed some of them, but there were plenty of times that he was totally leading her along and she had no idea. It was delightful and painful to watch.
Viv has a penchant for pissing people off. While mostly realistic, I did feel like bits and pieces of that were overdone for the sake of the plot. Then again … Haven’t you ever felt like you just keep messing everything up? Even if you weren’t making things quite as bad as you thought you did? From that perspective, I thought it worked.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a quick light-hearted romance.
This really was a lot of fun. The pages flew by, and I couldn’t wait to finish. This is a great choice for anyone looking for this kind of read! 🙂
About the Author
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, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.