Review & Giveaway: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

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.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

One of my first thoughts after finishing this book, was that the title should be a bit different, namely "How to Fall." That seems more appropriate concerning all the plot lines, and not just the love story. The romance to me felt like only a small part of Darcy's life and not covering enough of everything else that was going on in her life after her father bailed on them.

Getting her car repossessed was a wake up call for Darcy. Finding out that her Dad completely bailed on everyone and everything, only made it ten times worse. Add the fact that her mother is kind of zoning out of the situation, it seems all the responsibilities fall onto Darcy's shoulder. This definitely showed her more mature side. She's not one to sit and wait around for things to happen. No, she goes out and makes them happen. Even though most of the time she has no real clue at what to do, and gets sick and tired of always having to be strong.

Luckily she still has her uncle, her new boss, and the cute handyguy. These are three people who've only entered or reentered her life after her life got into trouble. You can clearly see that their intentions towards Darcy are only good and after every bump they are there for her. It doesn't take long for Darcy to feel more at home at the other side of town, than in her own richy neighbourhood. Most of her old friends can not relate to her situation, and therefore stay away from her.

To me this story was mostly about Darcy finding out what it means to stand on her own two feet. It's clear from the beginning that she's a strong girl, though at times she surprises herself in the way she deals with certain situations. Though with these new friends, she also learns she doesn't always have to do it on her own. She is not alone, and there are still people who care for her and love her.

Like I said, this didn't feel like a pure romance story. There is Lucas, and he's awesome. I really liked the fact that it was no instant love between them. They did like each other from the beginning, but more as friends and then it grew into something more. This is where it got very clear that Darcy is still only a teenager and not an adult. While she has all these new responsibilities making her more mature, the giddiness and foolishness she feels around Lucas shows her true age. The way they interacted was often adorable.

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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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