Review: How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy

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I received this book for free from NetGalley, Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner DominyHow to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy
Published by Entangled: Crush on May 4, 2020
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Sports
Format: digital e-book
Source: NetGalley, Entangled Teen
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Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her - no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

First Person, dual-POV

This is the second book with characters from the same school, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read the first book and have understood everything.

Mai and I were nothing more than a science experiment. We joked about it. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, she said. A chemical reaction that bubbles.

by Anthony

Addictiveness: 5/5  This was wonderful! It was a fun, cute, fast-paced read that had me reading in one sitting. I couldn’t let go of this book. As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 I loved them all. They were so easy to love, connect and understand.

Mai was a wonderful heroine. She was a nerd. Valedictorian of her class, an overachiever that had her future all planned out. Even though she may sound boring, she wasn’t. She had a wild side that she let out sometimes. Also there were no loopholes in her character arch and it was easy to understand why she was like that. She had a great personal growth during the book and she was really easy to love and connect.

Anthony was a perfect book boyfriend. That boy was dreamy. He was very chilled, laidback, always looking for a good time. He was popular, a star athlete, but very cute and fun. He also had a perfect explanation for being like that and his personal growth was beautiful to follow. He was so easy to love and understand.

Secondary characters… so many amazing characters. I can see this series going far, because there are many interesting characters to be yet explored. There are also some that I’m still on the fence with, like Mai’s parents and brother. Ethan… what a complex characters that I totally hated here, but I also can see him getting his own book in the future.

Villains and/or antagonists… we can say that Mai’s family might be sort of an antagonist, but at the same time, I believe their biggest conflicts were their internal wars. Their fears had different effect on both Mai and Anthony.

They were all lovable characters!!!

Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 4.5/5, buy 5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was a great one. I loved the title, it really caught me. The subtitle was very pertinent to the story and the fact that we had “Anthony”on the cover worked because this wonderful plan was his idea. The art work was cute. If I could find something bad to say, I guess I would love to have one more standing out color on the art: maybe the grass or his eyes. I would definitely buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!

Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 4/5, setting 4/5, subplots 5/5, twists 4/5  Awesome opening and perfect ending. Very believable plot, with great dialogues in a fast-paced romance. Good setting, enjoyable subplots with a bit of a twist at the end. Highest level of enjoyment!

I loved this story. The plot was cohesive, but interesting. The story kept me guessing until the end.

If I were to find fault on anything, I would say I wish the book was a bit longer.

Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 5/5, steam 1/5  This was a cute, sweet romance. The couple’s chemistry was undeniable. They were really hot for each other, but at the same time they were sweet together. Their romance had the perfect pace and their bad dates were wonderful and lots of fun. SWEET LOVE!!!

Writing Style: 4.5/5 Well developed characters, cohesive plot, fun romance and amazing dialogues. What else could I want? Amazing writing!!!

Freshness: 3/5 There was nothing new on this story. It had everything that all teen stories have out there. The usual clichés. But at the same time, it is so well written that it doesn’t really matter. Why. change what has been working? As fresh as mint tea!!!

With Anthony, there was no pressure to be perfect. But he had a way of looking at me that made me feel like I was.

by Mai

Wow!!! I loved it!

This was my first book by the author, but it definitely won’t be my last.

I haven’t read the first book, I didn’t even know it had one, but I will do it now. Even though I understood everything of the story, I know reading them in order will enhance my feelings and connection with the characters.

A cute romance that I would love to see progressing!!!!

31/35 STARS –  4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 3 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5

Action 3/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 4/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5

Would I recommend? Yes, for everybody that likes YA cute romance!

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes, I would.

Would I read more from the author? I definitely will.

You MAY read this because you enjoy YA reads; you SHOULD read this because the romance is cute; you MUST read this because the characters are wonderful!!!!!

four-stars

About Amy Fellner Dominy

Hi! I’m the author of novels for teens and tweens as well as picture books for toddlers. I love writing stories that will make you laugh, sigh, swoon…and if I break your heart I promise to patch it up by the end. 🙂
I live and sweat in Phoenix, Arizona with my hubby and a puppy who is training us.