Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How Not to Fall in Love Tour + Review

How (Not) to Fall in Love
How (Not) To Fall In Love
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publishing Date: 02/03/15

Summary from Goodreads:
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?

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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, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

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My Thoughts: 
Unlike what the title and cover seem to portray, 'How Not to Fall in Love' is more than a romance story. It does play a small, adorable role, but there is a lot more happening with Darcy and her story. It is more like a coming of age story, I think, than anything else. A story of how mousy, quiet Darcy learns to make a stand and fight for love and family.

Darcy's mother was so ....awesome? I both hated her weaknesses but could also completely understand where they were coming from. I think I felt more sympathy for her than for Darcy, who ended up being a rockstar through it all.

I was hoping for more of the 'street full of eccentric characters' vibe. I am really hoping that Ms. Lisa Brown Roberts writes another story featuring characters from Broadway. That would be just...AWESOME! I can easily rate this story with 4 awesome stars. I can only complain about 1. the story feeling a big disjointed as it progressed (probably the scope or setting was more broad than I am used to) and 2. Lucas began to feel 'too' perfect as the story moved from the lovey-dovey to the mystery. If I were you, I would read this one. 

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  1. This has my name all over it. I love the riches to rags contemporaries, with that touch of romance. I think Lucas might irritate me a little after a while, but I need more light and fluffy standalones and this sounds perfect. Thanks for the lovely review Alyssa <3

  2. Pick it up! It is super cute!!