Book: How (Not) to Fall in Love
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Page Count: (Final paperback is 352)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
My Rating: ★★★
Synopsis: 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.
“How (Not) to Fall in Love” by Lisa Brown Roberts is a sweet contemporary. While it is advertised as a romantic in nature, falling in love really isn’t the main component. Darcy loses almost everything in her life and she must learn what it takes to survive on her own and remain faithful to her beliefs.
Going into this book, I thought it would be more about a girl fighting her feelings against a guy, which is simply not the case in this story. Yes there is a romantic element between her and Lucas which takes time to blossom, the key part of this story is focused on her struggle in her new situation and the search for her dad, which was still enjoyable.
Darcy really grew as a character, having to make decisions no teenager should have to make. She remained strong when all of those around her didn’t have faith.
Overall, this book was quite enjoyable and had a nice ending. I feel like the book would be better received if the title was changed and less of an obsessive focus was placed on Lucas so we could concentrate on Darcy’s growth and growing relationships with everyone from Charlie and Lucas to her mom and dad. I would definitely recommend this for a quick, sweet contemporary read.
-I would like to thank Entangled Publishing for sending me this ARC. It was greatly appreciated.