Friday, 23 January 2015

Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Richards

How (Not) to Fall in LoveHow (Not) to Fall in Love

Author: Lisa Brown Richards
Series: -
Pages: 352
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: 3rd February 2015

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 4/5

How (Not) to Fall in Love was such a fun, sweet feel-good book that I devoured in a short amount of time, it had everything I find myself enjoying in a contemporary YA novel.

When Darcy Covington’s motivational speaker, high-profile dad disappears it sends her life into chaos; her once comfortable life is no longer – her car is repossessed, her mother is on a downward spiral and everything she once believed of her father is being questioned. I thought Darcy was wonderful! She handled the drama and upheaval of her cushy life with dignity, she was strong and resilient and I loved her initial awkwardness around hottie Lucas, it was endearing.

I have a new book boyfriend! Lucas {swoon} is a dreamy, perfect in every way fix-it guy. He was the ideal match for Darcy and understood what she was going through, he was a tad pushy at times but he did it out of kindness. I enjoyed their banter, sweet stolen moments and the way they looked out for one another.

As the book progresses we see Darcy go in search of her father, we watch a successful family being uprooted from their comfortable life, we get some fabulous side characters who are each supportive and wonderful, we get alcoholism and also betrayal. It all came together perfectly and by the end of the book I really wanted more.

Uncle Charlie was wonderful, I loved his hippie thrift shop and Liz was fabulous, Pickles was a cutie and I came to like Darcy’s mother despite her checking out for a little while; they were a great support network to one another.

The writing is engaging and kept me hooked from the first page, I flew through this book and can’t wait to read more books by Lisa Brown Richards.

Overall, a wonderfully uplifting story about love, hope and growth.

Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review How (Not) to Fall in Love.

Lisa Brown RobertsAbout 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.


  1. I really enjoyed this one as well! I loved Lucas! :)

    1. Lucas was wonderful! I really enjoyed his character.

  2. This was my WOW pick a few months ago and it sounds adorable!

    1. It was so great Nereyda! I can't wait to hear what you think.

  3. Lately I've been loving Entangled Teens new releases and I have no doubt this ones going to be a great, fun and light read. I need this one <3

    1. I've just read a few Entangled Teen books back to back and I thoroughly enjoyed them all, there are some wonderful titles being released - this was great!

  4. This sounds like a lovely story, I like seeing characters discover their true selves, even if they have to go through hard times to do so!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist


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