11 February 2015

Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway | How (Not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

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How (Not) To Fall In Love
by Lisa Brown Roberts
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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Darcy Covington and I had a love-hate relationship all throughout the novel. She can be quite stubborn when she wants to – but one thing I love about this young girl is the strength of her character. The way she fought all her demons, went through all the trials fate has thrown her way and get out of it a much stronger, mature and amazing young woman. It’s great to see her character developed and grow up in the pages of this book.

It started when her car was repossessed publicly at school, her father has gone MIA on her and her mom, and her world has started to fall apart. I understood her denial at first – nothing is wrong, her father is going back and he’s going to make things fine. But when she finally realizes that this was not going away, she finally accepted the fact and tried to make the best out of it.

What came out good of her misfortune is her reconnection with her father’s brother, Charlie, an eccentric thrift shop owner whom she never saw since she was a kid but never seemed to forget about her. He still sends her stuffs during her birthdays. Then there’s the handsome Lucas.

Amidst all the frustrations, distractions, and heartaches – is there a time or a moment for her to fall in love?

I like the gradual build up of their emotions despite the chaos. It didn’t feel pity, or forced. You can feel her trying to fight it because her plate is full, and him trying to wait until all of her troubles are over – but well, you can’t stop true love from happening. Lucas – how can you not fall in love with someone who is as hot as him, not to mention he has that white-knight complex. A hero who is ready to save you during times of need – whether you like it or not.

This book tells us that there will always be rainbow after the storm. But while it’s raining hard, you can always dance in the rain. Some things will frustrate you, some will probably break your spirit – but always remember that you are not alone in your battle. All you have to do is ask for help, and help will come. Everything will be fine in the end as long as you don’t lose hope.

“Truth, Darcy,” Lucas said. “How’s everything going? For real.”

I stumbled and he put out a hand to steady me, which didn’t help since the sudden warmth of his touch made me even more klutzy.

“I’m okay,” I said, once I’d figured how to walk again.

“You’re lying,” he said conversationally, like he’d asked me about the weather. He tossed his long dark hair out of his eyes and I swallowed, trying to maintain my composure. “You’re worried about something. More than usual, I mean.”

My lips parted in surprise. “How can you tell?”

He shrugged. “I just can.” I gazed down at Toby, whose tail wagged at warp speed. “It might help to talk about it,” Lucas said, his voice soft.

I glanced at him, startled at the intensity I saw in his eyes. I turned away, pretending to be interested in the jumble of model airplane kits in the window of the run-down hobby store.

His hand brushed mine, lacing our fingers briefly, but before I could catch my breath, he released my hand and took hold of Toby’s leash. He cleared his throat. “That’s what friends are for, right?”

Friends. Right. Of course. I let go of the leash, letting Lucas take over. “Yeah,” I said, my voice a little wobbly. We walked in silence and I wondered if I’d hallucinated the whole almost-held-my-hand thing.

“If you don’t tell me what’s up, I’ll just ask Charlie.”

I took a deep breath. Inhale calm. Exhale obsessive need to analyze potential hand-holding event.

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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