Title: The Replacement Crush
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Published: September 6th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
“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.
3 of 5 stars to The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
This a more mature YA compared to the ones I’ve read before. In fact, the scenarios were something common in NA novels so it felt like I was actually reading one. This isn’t necessarily a good thing though, as I’m not really a fan of NA.
However, “The Replacement Crush” still has glaring YA elements to it such as a stubborn heroine that wouldn’t back down on her plans in spite of warning from her friends that she’d crash and burn, a lot of dating not quite cute guys, conflicts caused by jerk ex-crushes, swoony new crushes saving the day and all that. And as most YA contemporaries go, it was a cute read. It wasn’t annoying (or more like the heroine wasn’t annoying) unlike some of the books I’ve read in this genre before so I guess, it gets additional points for that.
What I love about this most is the championing of romance novels and the honesty behind the stigma the genre has amassed over the years. The author was quite spot on when she said people tend to look down on the romance genre and stereotype its readers. It was a relatable aspect to the story, something that I know the author really made time to include. Bonus, the heroine is a book blogger too. And she likes romance as much as the next girl (yes including the ones with half naked guys on the covers). Reading about her experiences is like looking back at my teenage years. There was a lot of awkwardness and embarrassment but she pushed through. The secret blogging hit home as well. I never did want my family (mostly just my brothers) to know I blog about romance and the half naked guys on the covers (lol) so yeah me and Vivian kind of clicked.
Anyway, I’m just rambling here. Three stars for this one.
**Cover Art: 3/5 stars. Cute artwork.