Title- How (Not) to fall in Love
Author- Lisa Brown Roberts
Publisher- Entangled Publishing
Release Date- February 3, 2015
Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.
Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.
Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.
Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?
“ Because you’re stronger than you realize and you have potential to be heroic”
How (Not) to fall in Love is a sweet heart-warming story about family, friendship and love. I did not expect this book to have the message it did in the end and I think a lot of young readers can learn from this.
Darcy’s father disappears leaves her and her mom to stand on their own two feet. The problem is Darcy’s mom can’t handle it and mentally checks out. This is when Darcy decides she needs to grow up and take care of things on her own. I love that she took charge and didn’t sit back and watch her world fall apart.
I loved the secondary characters as well!!!! Charlie was such a sweet man who wanted to be a part of his family’s lives, even if his brother didn’t want him to be. I love that he would send a salt shaker to Darcy every year and she kept each and every one of them! The salt and pepper shakers play a role throughout the whole book which I enjoyed as well. It took me a while to figure out Lucas, it always seemed like he was hiding something. I am still kind of unsure of his relationship with a girl named Heather, and what they really were to each other. I like that Lucas was always there for Darcy too, always trying to be her knight! Also, how can anyone not like his little sister Pickles?!?! She was too stinkin cute and always spoke her mind!
There were some times where I found myself skimming some parts of the book, but all in all I really enjoyed it and it did engage me from beginning to end.