Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Entangled:Teen
How (not) to Fall in Love is unconventional, contemporary romance at its finest. A sweeping journey of self discovery and empowerment, we learn that change is hard, it’s made of tears and anger, of joy and love, and sometimes it feels as though the future is bleak but it’s through our struggles that we learn to truly live.
- Darcy is brilliant. She takes charge, makes plans, and works diligently to save her family when everything around her is falling to pieces. She takes the brunt of abuse on social media and through her classmates and sometimes she breaks down and cries. Darcy learns to cope and fast. She’s brave. When she’s afraid, she pushes her own insecurities aside quoting the profound words of her father. Lies, mysteries, and hard truths come out but Darcy never loses hope. Darcy is a little awkward, she fumbles around guys, is a bit of a klutz, and when it comes to matters of the heart, is completely clueless. It’s as infuriating as it is adorable.
- There are tons of endearing elements that make this story quirky and creative. The Stonehenge obsession, the salt & pepper shakers, the indie coffee shop and ragtag thrift shop make everything feel personal and inviting.The characters come to life and each have their own wonderfully unique habits.
- Lucas is a stud. He has a Lancelot complex, a huge heart, and sweltering good looks. He’s flirty and playful, he understands Darcy on a level that is a shade higher than friendship and just as sweet. Their times together are easy and flow with cheesy dialogue. Lucas has a sad past but like Darcy, he’s a fighter. They have both been hurt and can read each other’s emotions and expressions better than anyone else. Lucas helps those he can, is not judgemental and extremely compassionate. A total keeper.
- Lucas and Darcy together are like hot chocolate. Warm and inviting but sometimes too hot or too cold. It’s only when the time is right that the temperature is perfect. Darcy pushes Lucas’ buttons. She’s headstrong and doesn’t let him help her when he wants to. She wounds his pride and soothes his hurt feelings with her corny jokes. Lucas has a habit of saying the wrong thing and insulting Darcy’s pride but the way he crowds her space one moment and then is so gentle and uncertain the next is mouth-wateringly sexy.
- This is a coming of age story to the max. Almost every character is going through something and must search within to find parts of themselves they didn’t know existed. The growth is astounding. Darcy transitions from a young girl without a care in the world to a resilient, beautiful woman.
- I would have liked to see more of Darcy’s friendships at school. Even her best friend, the drama queen, felt fleeting and abrupt. There were hardly any parts at the school and it made Darcy seem even more alone. The brief encounters were full of hilarious commentary and heart warming interaction but there just wasn’t enough of it.
- The business aspects and parts with JJ were kind of unbelievable. The disappearance of a major business owner and personality should have been more dire and police-worthy but instead it was more of a shrug. The complete trust they place in JJ without getting more answers from other sources was a little mind boggling especially when it came to finances.
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