How (Not) to Fall in Love
Lisa Brown Roberts
Published: 3rd February, 2015
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.
What I liked: I really thought this was a cute novel to read with some fluffy moments between Darcy and Lucas. Darcy is a girl who has grown up with money, never short on any cash no matter how much she spends, has a fancy car, and goes to the most elite private school nearby that money can find. In essence, the girl that many other girls want to be. But while Darcy comes off like that in the beginning, she changes over the story and shows her true colors, as a girl who despite having a dad who just up and disappears on the family is strong enough to get through it. My favorite part of this book though? Even though her family has lost her money and everything Darcy has a best friend who doesn’t care and likes Darcy for who she is. A girl best friend named Sal. I love Sal because she stayed with Darcy even through everything that was happening to Darcy. Talk about a real best friend right there! The story was done well and the characters were the ones who made it happen. I really loved that. And Darcy, Darcy was a very strong person with everything that was happening to her. She did her best to help her and her mother out and did it without griping or wondering why it had to be her. That was something I hadn’t expected out of her at the beginning of the book when I started it.
What I didn’t like: I felt the ending came too soon. I wanted to know what happened with her dad. He bailed on his family and in the end we never really find out if he’s going to actually come back. Also, the road trip they did is a road trip I’ve done myself once before, and it took nowhere near as long as Darcy said it would. Bad weather included it wouldn’t have taken 11 hours to get there. It took us about nine and a half, stops included. So that felt off too.
Overall Review: With a slow burn romance that builds up over the course of the novel as Lucas and Darcy interact I found this story to be very entertaining and fun. All the characters that Darcy meets because of her father’s company going broke were characters who I enjoyed (for the most part). Darcy’s story was more about growing up than about love, and I found that even the subplot romance was sweet and fun. While I would have loved to have learned more about what happened with her dad I found that I really enjoyed this story overall.
Recommend?: Certainly! This was a good book that I really enjoyed!
My Rating: 3.9/5
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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