Thursday, February 12, 2015

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway: How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown Roberts


How (Not) To Fall In Love
Release Date: 02/03/15
Entangled Teen
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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I think the title of the story was very misleading. There's more to it than about falling in love but finding out one's true self and in this case, it is Darcy. She considers herself mousy Darcy despite her upbringing which I totally love her for. What I like about her is that she as able to come out of her shell but it took her life being turned upside down for that to happen.

Then there's Lucas. I really liked his character. I thought it would be that bad boy type/good girl but it isn't. It's very refreshing actually. Lucas was very sweet, understanding, at the same he has a little hero complex. But for a very good reason. Their relationship started slow but of course Darcy liked him immediately. You wouldn't know about Lucas feelings till later. I also loved Pickles. She is just too adorable. I especially loved how she taunts Lucas and his relationships. That was too funny but you could feel the love between them. There is something in Lucas past but it wasn't like heroes nowadays wherein it would kind of mess with their future or with their counterparts. I was totally okay with that.

Then there's the parents of Darcy. I was disappointed at them mostly through the whole book but it got better at the end so no worries there. Although the trouble did start with Darcy's dad leaving. I also had a feeling about J.J. but I won't spoil anymore about it.

The spacing takes a while but you can see that Darcy's character development and how she socialized with other people more. And like I mentioned the title was very misleading. I thought it would revolved around Lucas and Darcy but it wasn't. Overall, I enjoyed reading their story.

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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