I received this book for free from Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on October 29, 2019
Cover Design: Elizabeth Turner Stokes
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: Digital, Paperback
Source: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
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This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.
Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn't spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.
The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she's secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.
He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?
To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.
But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?
Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Third Person, dual-POV
This is a standalone book with HEA, but it is a spinoff of The Replacement Crush, where both main characters are secondary characters.
He needed to be around her like he needed air, wanted to make her smile and laugh more than almost anything, but putting a label on those emotions was harder than he’d expected.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was an easy read with lovable characters and a plot that kept me interested until the end. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Complex characters very well written with lots of layers to them. They were so easy to relate.
Toff (Christopher) was a surfer wishing to become pro as soon as he finished high school. The son of a retired pro-surfer/board shaper he lived the surfing life style and was a very laidback young men. He was cute, friendly with already quite a group of groupies after him. He couldn’t be called a manwhore, but was a big flirt and didn’t really have relationships, only casual flings. He was adorable! A very polite, fun, cute 17 year old boy that lost his mom earlier and was getting ready to watch his father remarry. Even though he loved his future step-mom and adored his future step-sister, it was a process to get used to this new family. He had a wonderful personal growth throughout the story.
Amy was wonderful. She was a book blogger and reviewer, yeah, more relatable impossible. lol She was a bit nerdy, quirky, cute but used to be sort of a wallflower. She has had a crush on Toff for a long time, but has never imagined herself as someone that could date him. Toff’s best friend and her best friend were a couple which had her being around him a lot. The one time she decided to do something daring and different than her usual rules she almost got in trouble and was saved by her crush. Amy had a wonderful family and was such a mature young girl. I loved all book/movie quotes and her quest to meet her favorite author.
Dallas and Viv, their best friends and the main characters of The Replacement Crush, had important secondary roles here. Brayden, Amy’s brother is also a huge part of this book.
Villains.. antagonists… this is a cute, fun story and there is no villain or big antagonist here. Their huddles are themselves and being teenagers. They are discovering themselves and are on the brink of adulthood and they are learning about love, friendship and building bonds.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I’m in love with this cover. How could I, a bookworm, not choose this book by only looking at this cover? This is Amy! In fact, this is a moment of the story that happens often. The title is perfect, the subtitle catchy, the font and colors used wonderful. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 4.5/5 This is a YA contemporary romance that felt fresh and unique. Of course, this is a formula used a lot for romantic comedies, the nerdy, quirky girl that gets the cute popular boy. But it was so well written and it had the perfect pace that it felt original. As fresh as ice cream in a summer day!!!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 3/5 Amazing opening for an adoring ending. Believable plot, with fun dialogues and wonderful pace. Good conflict and interesting subplots. There was not major twists or unexpected moments. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 2/5 This is a coming of age, friendship story. This is a story of two kids that grew up together, but were never part of the same circle until their best friends decided to date. They became friends and learned that they truly enjoyed each other. They learned to trust each other and fell in love. Is sweet, cute, but it has a bit of spice for a YA. Even though the sex is never really described in details, it’s there. Sweet love!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 Amazing characters relatable plot, adorable romance and sweet love. Crafty writer!
I really loved and enjoyed the story but if I have to be picky…
I guess the plot had no surprises, no twists! It was wonderful but expected!!!!
Ms. Roberts wrote interesting teenagers without the usual behavior problem. The focus of the story was always on self-discovery and personal growth, never on convoluted problems.
Even though it says standalone, this story is a spinoff of another great YA romance.
Sometimes the simplicity is the best choice and this book is the perfect example!!!
33/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4.5
Action 2/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 4/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Definitely! For everybody that wants sweet romance with amazing characters.
Would I re-read this book/series? I would reread this!
Would I read more from the author? I’m really looking forward to.