The Replacement Crush
by Lisa Brown Roberts
Release Date: September 6th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook
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True love can’t be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Having read previous books by the author before, I was really excited to read The Replacement Crush, the cover and the synopsis had me all over the book!
It's a start of a new year, in this case it's senior year for Vivian Galdi and her friends, and after having the summer of a lifetime she is excited to go back to school. Yet after spending the summer having kissing sessions with her longtime crush, she is surprised to find that her “crush” has decided to ignore their summer together for a new girl altogether. This completely destroys Vivian and that is enough to get her to plan The Replacement Crush in which she would focus on guys who she has little interest in, in order for her to not get her feeling hurt again. Little did she know that her plan was going to change her life forever. This all happens after a new guy in town shows up at her school, and when her mom decides to hire him to work at her bookstore. As the two start to spend time together, Vivian starts to realize that her plan might just be working too well, and if she wants an relationship she will have to change the course of the replacement crush before it's too late.
I really enjoyed reading the book, from the characters to the plot, Roberts did an amazing job creating a realistic story line that's very reminiscing of a typical teenager. Vivian is smart, outgoing, and seems to know what she wants. Her mom's love for books has made an impact on Vivian's life as she is also into books and has a book blog as well. Between going to school and doing all your typical extracurricular activities, she also has a job at her mom's bookstore. It is in that type of environment that she is surrounded by so many stories (romance stories) that have made her a hopeless romantic, so when her crush finally notices her she ignores all the warning signs of the playboy that is her crush and goes against her mom's back to hide her “relationship.” Surrounded by her group of friends who all have very distinct personalities, Vivian has their support, but do not necessarily agree with her going out with the school's playboy. With that said, when she meets Dallas, there is chemistry between them that is undeniable and even Vivian knows that. But sticking to her plan is what she wants to do, and not even the nerdy/hottie Dallas can change her mind.
On the contrary, Dallas is cute, funny, smart and can also play the cello. Definitely the guy who is too good to be true! However, he seems to be mysterious as well which made them that much more intriguing. I loved the way they both seem to be in-tune with each other, they has inside jokes and flirted with each other. Their relationship is very obvious, but it takes Vivian a while to realize just how much her plan was working against her from the very beginning. Anyway, there is a sensitive scene towards the end of the story that might turn readers off a bit, but it's part of the story and it all works out in the end. The ending is so cute, it will literally leave you wanting for more! I would highly suggest reading this book and any other book by the author, you will not regret it. :)
***ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.***
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