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    My favorite LBR novel

    Another home run by one of my all-time favorite young adult authors, Lisa Brown Roberts. In fact, THE BOOKWORM CRUSH is her best to date. This spinoff of THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH features Dallas’s best friend Toff, aka Flipper, and Viv’s best friend, Amy. Amy is on a mission to win a social media contest and meet her idol, romance author Lucinda Amorrato. Amy totally bombs it, literally and figuratively, on her first challenge, and it’s Toff to the rescue. He helps her escape from the police after her yarn-bombing of a park bench goes wrong. While the two have known each other forever, Toff only sees Amy as Viv’s nerdy book friend, but Amy has crushed on Toff for years. She’s shy and socially awkward, but she’s not a pushover. She reminds me so much of my own teen daughter I instantly loved her. But if she wants to win this contest, she’s going to need some swagger, and no one brings the swagger like Toff. She enlists him to coach her, knowing how dangerous this can be to her heart. Toff has his own demons, though. His father is getting married again. To Viv’s mother. And a much a he loves seeing his father happy again, he isn’t happy about the wedding. He just isn’t sure why. The more time Toff and Amy spend together, the more Amy realizes her silly crush might just be something more, and the more Toff wonders how he never really noticed Amy before now. She has a fire and a spirit he admires. And when she starts to bring that swagger he so carefully coached, well, he feels things he never felt before. Things that are as exciting as they are confusing. Plot The main plot is definitely the romance between Toff and Amy, but the contest is a strong subplot as is Toff’s future on the pro-surfing circuit and his coming to terms with his dad’s upcoming wedding. Told in dual POVs, we get deep inside both character’s. Every subplot supports the main plot, building tension, conflict, and complexity, making this more than just a lighthearted romance, though it is definitely that. But the subtle weaving of the subplots into the main plot makes this a story with depth. Each plot and subplot has enough contention and setbacks to keep the story moving and riveting. The Characters The characters are amazing. These may be my all time favorite young adult characters. Toff is adorable a clueless surfer, albeit a bit of a player, but he never leads girls on. Which is why Amy’s reaction stuns him more often than not. And Amy is everything. Not only is she sweet and shy, but also passionate and driven. When she finds her swagger, she also finds strength and determination, never willing to just settle for whatever her longtime crush is willing to offer her. He love of books and devotion to her favorite author is endearing, but watching her come out of her shell made her someone to root for. Top Five Things I Loved About THE BOOKWORM CRUSH 1. Amy. She’s funny, passionate, strong, brave, and smart — everything I want in my teen heroines. 2. Toff. He’s cute, funny, easy going, and a little clueless, but adorably sweet. And when he makes the big romantic gesture, he goes big instead of going home. 3. Surfing. I’m no surfer, by any stretch of the word, though I’ve tried it more than a few times. But my former roommate was a surfer and the whole surf culture is like a time warp for me. The lingo, the life, all of it brings back some of my favorite memories from that time in my life. 4. Books. As both a reader and a writer, books are life. The book-centric nature of this story wrapped around my heart and hugged it. 5. Growth. I loved watching both Toff and Amy grow through the story. Amy became the fierce competitor she always was, and Toff learned to accept that life and love evolve. Bottom Line My favorite LBR novel and the best YA contemporary I’ve read in 2019. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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    Fun and Flirty

    I ship Bonnie and Clyde so much! I have been waiting for this book and it did not disappoint. The other books I've read by Lisa Brown Roberts have all given me the feels I've been looking for with rich characters, interesting and realistic story lines and a nice slow burn and a pg romance. Sprinkle that with typical teen angst/drama and some humour and you've got such an enjoyable experience on your hands. As I neared the end I was already looking forward to re-reading it just because it was _that_ enjoyable.
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    Cute YA

    Thank you Entangled and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Bookworm Crush By: Lisa Brown Roberts *REVIEW* 💖💖💖💖 The Bookworm Crush is a spin-off from a book I haven't read, but it's fine as a standalone. Amy and Toff-seventeen, young love, etc. Toff is a hottie. Amy lacks self confidence. This story is fun and engaging but predictable. I liked the bookstagram bits and what not sprinkled throughout the story. I think this book is a charming and entertaining read for the older end of the young adult spectrum.
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    Loved it!!

    I missed the Replacement Crush so I didn't know the backstory of Amy and Toff but I need that book in my life ASAP!! I LOVED everything about this book. Usually YA tends to be lighthearted and low in angst but high in drama. There were so many times reading this that I forgot that these were high school students. There is so much emotion that I read this book in one sitting. The strength shown by these characters sucked me in and wouldn't let go. I can't wait to go back and read The Replacement Crush!!
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