Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blog Tour + 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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Review: I have been on such a contemporary kick lately that I was thrilled when I got the email about this blog tour. I had seen a little bit about the book prior to the blog tour sign up, so I already knew that it was likely that I would want to read it if given the opportunity to do so. As far as I know this is Lisa Brown Robert's debut novel, and I am a big fan of reading authors who are not only new to me, but new to publishing books in general. I think that this is a wonderful way to find new, amazing authors to speak with and continue reading in the future. Overall, I really did enjoy this book very much. I'm not sure, even after reading it, that the title expresses the main idea of the story as much as I would like, but that isn't something that is a huge problem for me either.

I was a little concerned at the very beginning about how I was going to like the main character, Darcy, if I am being honest. She is a rich girl who goes to an elite private school, so I knew that she was probably going to be a bit spoiled. Sometimes I have a real problem with characters in this situation because they end up being too stereotypical for my liking, but that was no the case with this book. Instead, we receive a wonderful coming of age story where Darcy becomes so much more than I thought of her in the first few chapters. She grows immensely throughout the book, even if it was not fast or easy for her, and by the end of the novel she was definitely a main character that I could support.

The characters in general were a wonderful high point in this novel. There were a lot of wonderful secondary characters, though it was quite clear that Roberts put a lot of time and energy into developing them as well. I loved how unique and quirky some of them were, and the characters were a big part of what had me intrigued and wanting to keep reading without putting the book down. I think that Darcy's parents were both handled very well, though being very different. Her estranged uncle was certainly interesting, and you can't help but love Lucas (it helps that he is super attractive, too!).

As I said early, this was a really nice coming of age story, better than any I have read in quite some time. The book had flaws, and there were some things that I was not the biggest fan of, but overall it was enjoyable. I did think that there were a few times when things seemed to move forward slowly and drag out a little more than they needed to. This can be fairly common with contemporary novels like this though, so it was not anything that bothered me too much or turned me off from finishing the book. Overall, the patience is definitely worth it. 

I was a little bit disappointed with the ending as well as it seemed to be a bit rushed, and then a few things were left unanswered, or at least it ended before we got a chance to wonder about the questions we might have. I wanted to know more about what happened once Darcy's father does return home. Along with that, I would not have minded having a bit more time with Darcy and Lucas once they were together. You all know I am a big fan of love and romance in my books, after all. Still, despite those couple of negatives, I thought that the book was a wonderful, enjoyable read. I would certainly suggest it to other contemporary fans.

Rating: 3.5 / 5.0

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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