How (Not) to Fall in Love

How (Not) to Fall in Love

by Lisa Brown Roberts

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622665259
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Entangled Teen
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 289,615
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Lisa Brown Roberts has held a variety of day jobs to support her writing habit, many of them involving writing, but not the fun kind. She currently works in higher education during the day and writes feverishly at 3:00 in the morning, on weekends, and any other time she can convince her family to go play outside and leave her alone. Except for the cats. They can stay, because every writer needs a cat (or two) on her lap.You can find Lisa on Twitter@LBrownRoberts or www.lisabrownroberts.com

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How (Not) to Fall in Love


By Lisa Brown Roberts, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Lisa Brown Roberts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-525-9


CHAPTER 1

September 1


"Hey Darcy! You'd better get outside. There's a tow truck hooking up your car."

I stared at Ryan, with whom I'd been in lust since seventh grade, trying to make sense of his words. It took a moment to realize he was not, in fact, admitting he'd been madly in love with me for the past five years, but was instead jabbering about my car.

"Tow truck? My car?" It was like he spoke Klingon and I didn't have a universal translator.

"Yeah." His blue eyes flashed with excitement. "You should hurry. They can really screw up your transmission." He tossed his messily perfect bangs out of his eyes. "I guess they're serious about us not parking in the handicapped spots. But dude, that's harsh."

Handicapped spots? I never parked in those. My brain finally kicked into gear and I slammed my locker shut.

"Thanks." I took off down the hall, out the main doors, then cut across the manicured soccer field toward the parking lot. As I ran, my stomach roller-coastered. Did I really park illegally? Dad would kill me if he had to pay to get my car out of an impound lot.

My Audi was already loaded onto the tow truck by the time I got there. A swelling crowd of my classmates milled around, pointing and exclaiming. The one using great dramatic expression and lots of gesturing was Sal, my best friend and queen of the theater club, AKA "DQ" for Drama Queen. Sal was always on the verge of being in full costume, like today in her weird grandma prairie dress and suede-fringed boots with fake spurs. She looked like a demented cowgirl, especially with her short, spiky black hair and goth makeup.

"I demand to see a warrant! You can't just come onto private property and take someone's car. My father is a lawyer and—"

"Can it, kid," said the tow truck driver. He hopped off the back of the truck where he'd been adjusting the cobweb of chains trapping my car. He paused before climbing into the truck, then his voice boomed loud enough to reach the whole crowd. "When the bills ain't paid, the car goes away."

I froze. Bills not paid? That was impossible. My dad was Tyler Covington, the face of Tri! Umphant! Harvest Motivational Industries. He had his own TV show. Just on PBS, but still. Money couldn't possibly be an issue.

No one had noticed me yet. Maybe I could duck behind the other cars and hide until the tow truck left. Unlike my dad and Sal, who both thrived on an audience, I was queen of the mice, always skittering around corners and on the watch for potential traps.

Sal spotted me. "Darcy!" Everyone turned to stare. So much for avoiding the spotlight. "Darcy, come tell this man this is your car. Show him your driver's license or something!" Sal was freaking out like it was her car being towed.

The tow truck man leaned out of his window. "Like I said, if you don't pay your bills, you don't keep your car." The truck roared to life, slowing as it passed me. The driver tossed an envelope out the window. As it fluttered to the ground, Sal ran to grab it.

"When you come get your car out of the impound lot," the driver called, "bring cash. We don't take bad checks." He laughed and cranked the steering wheel hard, making my Audi wobble like a toy as he exited the parking lot.

The hive of students buzzed with excitement as Sal rushed over to hug me. Her thick black eyeliner magnified the panic in her worried brown eyes. "Oh my God, Darcy. I can't believe this. What an ass. This can't be right. He can't just take the car from—"

I held out a hand for the envelope. "Let me see it."

She handed it over and I tore it open.


Notice of Intent to Sell

This notice informs owner TYLER COVINGTON that vehicle 2013 Audi VIN 214081094809148 has been repossessed due to nonpayment after notice to cure was sent via certified mail. This vehicle will be sold in thirty days at auction. All proceeds will be used to pay off the loan. To redeem this vehicle, bring full payment in form of cashier's check to High Plains Deals impound lot, 1301 Mountain Avenue, Denver, Colorado.


A few kids wandered closer to us, oozing curiosity. Sal glared at them. "Back off. Give her some privacy, dorks!"

Something was wrong. Horribly wrong. This couldn't be happening. But it had, in front of the entire school. The parking lot was full, with everyone leaving for the day. I imagined Ryan's face when he heard my car had been towed because it wasn't paid for, and I felt sick.

Ugh.

Things like this didn't happen at Woodbridge Academy. WA was the most elite private school in Denver. Ninety percent of the kids came from wealthy families. The other ten percent were scholarship students.

"I can't go back in there," I whispered, tilting my head toward school where my books waited in my locker. My hands shook as I crumpled the repossession notice and tried to unzip my messenger bag. Sal took the paper and refolded it neatly. She unzipped my bag and tucked the letter inside, then put her arm around me.

"We're getting out of here. Now." We hurried to her car, a yellow Beetle with daisy hubcaps and DRAMAQN on the license place.

She tore out of the parking lot, slowing only to flip off a couple of football players who yelled at her to slow down. The Beetle squealed around corners, hopping the curb more than once.

"God, Sal, chill out. This isn't a NASCAR race." I was going to hurl if she kept driving like a spaz.

She glared at me and then refocused her stare over the dashboard. "We have to get you home. Your parents need to call the tow truck company and get your car back before that asshole ruins it towing it around like a load of trash."

My stomach clenched. Did mistakes like this really happen? Did banks screw up that badly?

Sal shifted gears angrily. The way she drove her car it'd be lucky to last another year.

"Sal." I hesitated. "What if it's true? What if we do owe a bunch of money on my car? And somehow didn't pay the bills?"

She glanced away from the road to gape at me. "Are you nuts? Your family is freaking loaded, Darcy. This has to be a mistake." She chewed her bottom lip. "You can probably sue, you know. For damages to your car, pain and suffering, all that jazz. I'll ask my dad about it."

I rolled my eyes. Sometimes her never-ending drama wore me out.

"Forget it," I said. "I'm sure my dad will fix this."

"Exactly," she agreed, blowing through the stop sign at the end of my block. Her car lurched to a stop in our driveway.

"Thanks for the ride," I said, "but maybe I'll sue you for whiplash."

She didn't laugh. "Just get inside and get this handled. I've got to get back to school for auditions."

"Sorry." I felt a twinge of guilt. She didn't need to drive me home; I could've called my mom.

"Don't apologize. That's what best friends are for, right?" She grinned at me then peeled out of the driveway. I wondered how many speeding tickets her lawyer dad made go away.

I opened the wrought iron gate on the side of the house, looking for my dog, Toby, but he wasn't waiting for me like usual. I hurried past the swimming pool, already covered in anticipation of winter, and through the French doors into the kitchen. I had to find my dad to get him to call and get my car back.

Something was off. I didn't smell dinner cooking, which was weird since Mom, who could have her own Food Network show, always had exotic ingredients simmering on the stove.

Toby came running from the dining room, wriggling with happiness, and I dropped to my knees for a dog hug.

"Hey, boy. What's going on?" I looked into his devoted Labrador eyes as I rubbed his chocolate brown fur. "We'll run in a little bit. I need to find Dad first." I opened the pantry to grab him a Scooby snack. He caught it easily when I tossed it in the air.

"Mom?" I called, as I left the kitchen. I was starting to get worried. "Dad?"

No answer.

I wandered into the dining room. We only used it for dinners with Dad's premier clients and family holiday extravaganzas. The rest of the time it lurked empty yet imposing. The sleek, spiky silver chandelier made me think of knife blades poised above us while we ate, but Mom bought it during a European shopping spree, so we were stuck with it.

"Mom?" I yelled louder this time. Toby barked for emphasis.

I heard muffled voices from the library. It sounded like Mom and Dad talking, not Mom and one of her perky tennis buddies having their post-game Perriers. That was a relief. I couldn't deal with perky after the drama in the parking lot.

I flung open the door. "You guys won't believe this. Some jerk took my ..." I trailed off when I saw it wasn't Dad with Mom, but J.J., Dad's business partner.

"Darcy." J.J. turned toward me, flashing his movie star smile. It was almost as blinding as my dad's trademark grin.

"Sorry to interrupt," I said, backing toward the door. "I thought Dad was in here." I glanced at Mom, who sat in a leather wing chair, her fingers twisting her gold serpentine necklace. Why did she look like she was fighting back tears? I glanced at J.J., whose smile had vanished.

Something inside my stomach twisted and I reached down to pet Toby, wanting to keep him close. "Everything okay?"

J.J. and Mom exchanged one of those condescending we-have-to-tell-her-something-but-let's-not-tell-her-too-much looks.

"What is it?" My stomach knot twisted tighter. "Is Dad okay?" Visions of fiery plane crashes played on the TV screen of my mind.

"Sure, sure. He's fine," J.J. blustered, not looking at Mom. "But he's, ah, had a change of plans. He won't be home tonight."

"But he's got the game tonight. He can't miss that." Dad was the official team motivator for the Denver Broncos and never missed a game. I stared at Mom, who was staring at J.J. She still hadn't looked at me. I heard echoes of the cackling tow truck driver's laugh and a nibble of fear tickled the base of my neck.

"Mom? What's going on?" Now they both stared at the ground. Toby leaned against my leg and let out a soft whine.

"I need to talk to Dad," I said. "Because this crazy thing happened at school today with my car."

J.J.'s head jerked up. "What happened?" His voice was sharp, surprising me.

"Were you in an accident?" Worry creased Mom's face.

"No." I rubbed Toby's head. He leaned into my hand, making me feel safe like he always did. "Worse. This jerk tow truck driver took my car from the school parking lot, in front of everyone." I cringed, reliving the humiliation.

J.J. and Mom stared at each other, their expressions making goose bumps rise on my arms.

"But I thought her car was paid for," Mom whispered, her eyes fixated on J.J.

J.J. glanced at me. "Darcy, your mom and I need to talk. Alone."

I swallowed. Normally I'd leave without question, but something was seriously wrong. "No."

Mom raised her eyebrows. "Darcy. Please."

The knot in my stomach had morphed into a balloon now, swelling with anxiety and worry. "No," I repeated. I never argued with adults, but I was freaking out and needed to know what was going on. "Dad's not home for a Broncos game, which he never misses. Some jackass stole my car right in front of me. What's going on?"

"Don't say jackass," Mom said softly, but her heart wasn't in it.

J.J. loosened his tie and walked to the window, staring out at the trees bending in the breeze. I waited. I'd win this battle, no contest. I spent most of my life waiting and watching other people. Most of the time I was like a shadow no one noticed.

"Your father," Mom started, then stopped to swallow and compose herself. Her cloudy gray eyes met mine. "Your dad is taking a little vacation." She fiddled with her watch. "He's been working too hard. He needs a break."

My heart sped up. A break? Was that code for something else? A break from us? From Mom? I looked at her red-rimmed eyes. God, I hoped this didn't mean divorce. I glanced at J.J., who still stared out the window.

"So is he going up to the cabin for a few days?" I asked. "Or staying in L.A.?"

"Honestly, I'm not sure what he's doing." Mom turned to look at me. "He called J.J. from the airport to say he'd be back next week sometime."

"He called from L.A.?" I looked at J.J., willing him to turn around and tell me what he knew.

Mom spoke again when J.J. remained silent. "No, he called from our airport. As soon as he got off his plane, he got in his car and hit the road."

"He what?" That didn't make any sense. What was Dad doing? My heart raced even faster. He was a freak about keeping his word, never being late, never missing appointments. Missing tonight's game was completely unlike him.

"You have to tell her," J.J. said, his voice low. "It's already started, with her car."

The fear I'd been tamping down tore through me now as he turned toward us, his expression hard and unreadable.

"What's started?" I hated how weak and tinny my voice sounded. Why couldn't I sound strong and passionate like Sal or my dad?

"We ... There might be ..." My mom tried to speak but couldn't finish, tears choking her voice.

"Harvest is going broke, Darcy," J.J. bit out the words. "Which means your family is, too. So don't plan on getting your car back anytime soon."

I stumbled backward as if he'd slapped me. His words echoed in the room as Mom collapsed into sobs.

"I ... but I ..." I struggled for words, fear and confusion shutting down coherent thought. "But," I tried again, my voice rising in panic. "My dad ... Where's my dad?"

J.J.'s mouth thinned into a bitter smile. "That's the million dollar question, isn't it?"

No one spoke, all of us staring at each other in frozen silence. I couldn't believe what J.J. said. My dad wouldn't just go AWOL. Every minute of his life was scheduled and planned. And broke? What did that even mean?

"I need to go," J.J. said. "Since Ty's not here for the football game, somebody needs to greet his clients in the stadium box." He wiped a sheen of perspiration from his forehead.

"You'll let me know?" Mom whispered. "If you hear from him again? And tell him to call me. Please."

J.J. frowned at Mom. "He hasn't called you?"

Tears spilled down her cheeks as she shook her head.

He heaved a deep sigh then lumbered across the room. He closed the door behind him without saying good-bye.

For some reason, I thought of this old movie with a badass guy who does slow-mo acrobatics to avoid flying bullets. He has to choose whether to take a red pill and wake up to reality, or take a blue pill and stay in a fake world. That was me right now. Did I want to take the blue pill and live in denial of whatever was happening with my dad? Or did I want to take the red pill and have the truth crash down on me?

I was such a wuss. I'd pick the blue pill every time.

CHAPTER 2

"Sweetie, can you please get me a glass of ice?" Mom's eyes blinked like windshield wipers on warp speed. "We need to talk."

So much for taking the blue pill.

"Sure." I left the room, Toby trailing behind me. I knew Mom sent me for ice so she could try to compose herself.

What J.J. said about us being broke didn't make any sense. Maybe he was exaggerating; he did that a lot. I knew because I babysat his twin sons all the time and he freaked out about stupid stuff, like the time his kids used his designer shoes as boats during bath time.

The water glass trembled in my hands under the fridge dispenser and ice cubes clattered to the floor. Toby crunched the dropped ice noisily, saving me the trouble of cleaning up.

I stared at the glass. The Tri! Umphant! Harvest logo swirled around it from top to bottom in gold lettering.

T-houghtful

R-esponsible

I-nitiative!

U-nleashes

M-agnificent

P-ositive

H-arvest!

I sighed. Those words were more important than any prayers or political beliefs in our house. As an AP English student, I despised the phrase with its incorrect punctuation, crazy capitalization, and fuzzy meaning. As my father's daughter, I pretended to believe every word. There had to be something to it, right? Why else would so many people pay to listen to my dad talk about it?

I brought the glass to Mom and sat across from her. She stared into it before speaking. "I don't really know what's going on," she said. "I'm hoping your dad will be home soon, and everything will be okay."

"But what J.J. said about us going broke. Did he mean it? How is that even possible?"


(Continues...)

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How (Not) to Fall in Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Saptarshi More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 / 5. ***I received a ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*** This book is one of the best contemporary books I have ever read. I stick to the paranormal genre most of the time, so this was a nice change from the books I usually read and I really loved it. This was a sweet heartwarming story of a girl finding her way and discovering herself during a hard time in her life. My favorite part about this story was how it didn't focus entirely on the romance aspect but also included other real life problems that Darcy was facing. I loved how during everything that was going on, Darcy never lost hope and continued to be strong. She didn't just give up when it got too hard, but she worked through it and solved the problems life threw at her. For a seventeen year old, Darcy was very mature and handled everything pretty responsibly and sensibly. She wasn't afraid to ask for help when she needed it, and she let others help her along the way, instead of just trying to do everything by herself. I really enjoyed seeing how much Darcy had grown from the beginning of the story to the end. As for the supporting characters, I really loved Darcy's uncle and Lucus. Both were great characters and were always there for Darcy. I really enjoyed how Lucas and Darcy's relationship slowly developed from strangers to friendship, and eventually to something more, although at times it did seem to drag on a little. The overall story was very interesting and kept me hooked until the end. I really loved reading this story and watching how Darcy matured throughout this book. The slow developing romance between her and Lucas was very sweet and heartwarming. Most of all though, I really loved how strong Darcy was and her ability to face and handle so many tough situations that she was in, bravely and responsibly. This was an amazing book and I definitely recommend it!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
4-1/2 Stars. Neither the cover nor the book blurb really do this fabulous book justice. It isn't nearly as dark and brooding as the cover and the story is so much more than the synopsis. The title is what hooked me, but the strong writing is what kept me turning the pages late into the night. Darcy is the daughter of a successful motivational speaker who takes off on a sabbatical, leaving his business and family behind. Darcy's world is turned upside down, not just by her father's departure, but by the fallout, as her dad becomes late night talk show fodder, her car is repossessed, and she finds herself needing a job for the first time in her life. She reconnects with her uncle who owns a thrift shop and befriends his assistant, Lucas. The fact that Lucas is ten kinds of hot and has a girlfriend who looks like a supermodel doesn't help. Through it all, Darcy discovers more about herself, her family, and what it means to be triumphant. Plot The plot centers around Darcy and her crumbling world, with a strong romantic subplot. And while the title is How (Not) to Fall in Love, this isn't a typical teen romance. It's so much more than that. Darcy has a lot on her plate and she steps up to it more than once, proving she's more than just a spoiled rich girl who's had life easy up until it falls apart. World Building The author does a remarkable job of creating such believable settings. Everything from the high-powered world of motivational speaking to the bohemian neighborhood where her Uncle Charlie lives come alive in vivid detail. I love the details of her uncle's thrift shop and Liz's coffee house. In both cases, I felt as if they were real places that I'd love to visit. Characters The characters were all really well developed. More so than almost anything I've read recently. Darcy, Lucas, Charlie, Liz, even Darcy's parents all had incredible depth. The characters are the best part of the story, but more than just awesome characters. The plot is strong, it's just that the characters bring it to life in refreshing fashion. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About How (Not) to Fall in Love 1. Darcy. She's resilient, unspoiled, and full of spunk. I loved watching her grow throughout the story. 2. Charlie. I love his free-spirited nature and how much he cares for Darcy. 3. Lucas. I love how he sees more in Darcy than she does in herself. 4. Pickles. What's not to love about a pint-sized ball of determination? 5. Liz. Everything about this 40-ish hippy barista is awesome. Bottom Line How (Not) to Fall in Love was a surprise hit for me. I love the story, the characters, the settings, really everything. One of my favorite young adult reads of 2015. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, didn't want it to end! And Lucas. O.M.G. I need more time with Lucas!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“How (Not) to Fall in Love” is the perfect palate cleanser that mixes romance with deeper issues, making it light but intelligent.  Part romance, part mystery, and part family drama, it covers quite a wide range of subjects. All of the characters are wonderfully flawed and do not fall prey to stereotypes, even though the other characters try to project them onto those who are different.  They are well-developed and the dialogue is realistic and snarky.  The male love interest is actually a decent guy who sets a good example for the type of relationships girls and boys should expect to have.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case with young adult romances, so I’m always appreciative when it happens. Mental illness and the effect it has on family members is also tackled and handled in a very sensitive manner.  There are no miracles to make it go away, and the path is not an easy one.  The realistic nature is something many people will be able to relate to, and it will also serve to help educate those without personal experiences. While there is some adult content, none of it is explicit enough to keep middle readers from being able to read it and appreciate it, and parents can feel at ease with how everything is handled.  This makes it a wonderful choice for romance lovers of almost any age. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Darcy Covington's life is perfect until it's not. Suddenly her father is gone and they have no idea where he is. He's being accused of mismanaging his company. People who were friends have turned against them. They lose everything and are targets of small minded people. As her mother turns to alcohol, she must be the strong one. When she renews her connection with her Uncle Charlie, she finds people who love her and are there to help. Will her father find his way back home? The characters are amazing. I enjoyed seeing Darcy grow as she faced new challenges and fought on. She was a contradiction of strength and need, but she accepted the changes in her life and kept moving forward. Lucas and his Lancelot complex made for a tender, touching romance. I loved How (Not) to Fall in Love! It was filled with heartbreak and loss, but it also showed the resilience of the human spirit. Lisa Brown Roberts did a wonderful job with this book!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars When I first read the blurb for this one, I knew I had to give it a try! Not only am I a huge fan of sweet young adult contemporaries, but I loved the sound of the privileged, wealthy girl crushing on the blue collar mechanic. I didn't expect this book to place as much of an emphasis on familial relationships than it did. Watching Darcy navigate uncharted waters in an effort to keep her life from falling apart is a huge part of this book. She never expected to fall for a cute boy or develop the relationships she did, but they ended up really making a huge impact on her life. At the beginning of the novel, Darcy's life is thrown into chaos. What started out as public humiliation of having her car towed from school, became more and more serious as time went on. Her father is MIA and his company floundering without him. Never having to want for anything, Darcy and her mom now find themselves struggling to stay afloat and find a job to bring in the income. I can't even imagine the fear that Darcy felt throughout this. While she is not a kid, she is still saddled with some pretty heavy responsibilities that someone her age shouldn't have to bear. Instead of having her mom there for support, her mom turns to alcohol, leaving Darcy to fend for herself while her mom spirals further into a depression. My heart broke for Darcy, as she shouldn't have been the one to become the adult in this situation. Thankfully, Darcy reconnects with her uncle Charlie, whom she has not seen for years due to a rift between him and her father. Charlie was such a great character and I love how much he supported Darcy. She ends up seeking solitude in his shop and their relationship was a great addition to the story. I also really liked Liz, who owns a coffee shop where Darcy gets a job. She is also supportive of Darcy and I felt Darcy needed as much support as she could get. The romance in this one is pretty slow going, as Darcy and Lucas end up in the friend zone for quite some time. They do become good friends though, so I liked their familiarity with one another. They did have their share of tense, awkward moments, as both of them are too afraid to admit how they really feel for one another. I did feel once they were finally together, their relationship progressed quite quickly though. I really liked Lucas's character. I thought he was sweet and he really did care for Darcy. He is absolutely the best kind of friend to have- someone who doesn't judge when they see the worst parts of your life, instead choosing to be there and going above and beyond to help out. I did feel this book was a bit on the longer side. There were a few points I felt the storyline really dragging and wanted the pace to pick up a bit. Otherwise, I did enjoy this one. It was cute and sweet, and I liked seeing Darcy take charge and follow some of her father's advice. I was a little surprised by the way the storyline with her father played out, as well a bit heartbroken, as it couldn't have been easy for Darcy to deal with. Still, she is one determined girl and I liked that she followed her heart and did what she felt she had to do in order to find answers.
MHarris725 More than 1 year ago
 So, unfortunately I did (not) fall in love with How (Not) to Fall in Love.  It wasn't a terrible book, but it definitely didn't make me want to shout.  It's a really light read, so I could see myself maybe handing this to teens in the summer or something. How (Not) to Fall in Love is the story of Darcy and Lucas falling in love, during a really rough time in Darcy's life.  Darcy's situation with her parents is where the book earned it's two stars from me:  her dad has disappeared, abandoning her and her mom, and her mom turns to alcohol as a crutch.  Very sad but sadly true:  some teens are dealing with a parent or two who are not managing to hold it together.  They might have a parent with mental illness or a parent suffering addiction or a parent who has checked out of the family.  I did appreciate that Lisa Brown Roberts shows a teen being a teen (getting her first job, trying to keep up her grades, falling in love) while also trying to be an adult for her family (her first paychecks go to the family budget, trying to find her dad is a higher priority than the new boyfriend). I flew through this book.  As I said, it's a lighter read.  Yes, hard subjects are touched upon, but I feel like they all wrapped up rather tidily.  An example of this is SPOILER (see very end of review if you don't mind a slight spoiler).  The entire book takes place over only about two months' time, so you don't see any major character growth.  How (Not) to Fall in Love is told entirely from Darcy's point of view, and the reader does see some growth in her character, but it's very predictable growth.  I don't remember being surprised by a single decision Darcy makes.  I almost feel like Lisa Brown Roberts could pull a Gayle Forman and write a companion/follow-up book from Lucas' point of view, like Forman did with If I Stay/Where She Went. Overall, I was a little disappointed.  I think that this plot would be strong enough to stand alone without the love interest.  Like if Darcy was telling her story about this particular time in her life and getting through it with the help of family and friends.  I did like Lucas... he's not a "bad boy" who actively adds stress to Darcy's life.  I just think Darcy would have come across as a stronger person without needing a love interest.  I don't begrudge my time spent reading How (Not) to Fall in Love, but I also don't think it's going to be up for any awards. Spoiler:  An example of this is Darcy's mom's "struggle" with alcohol.  She goes from being an uberattentive parent to a fall-down drunk to a successful AA member in the span of two months.
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Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic contemporary win for 2015! How (Not) to Fall in Love was wonderful and substantiated my love, once again, for YA contemps. No wonder I read more in this genre than any other… it’s just so much fun! Easily my favorite. There’s nothing like engulfing yourself in a super sweet story that takes you away from reality for a bit. Just long enough to fall in love with the characters and their stories. Darcy Covington, daughter of famous motivational speaker Tri Ty, never had to worry about much of anything. With more money than they knew what you do with, Darcy and her family lived very well off. Until the day her dad disappears with no explanation, her car gets repossessed off the school parking lot, and her mother falls into a deep depression, turning to alcohol to soothe her inner torment. Darcy’s entire world was flipped upside down, literally overnight. She’s lost her car, her father, and her social acceptance at school. She’s now the laughing stock at school, trying to find a way to get some money together to get her car back, as well as becoming the “head of household” as her mother falls deeper and deeper into her own misery. My favorite part of this story is definitely these unique and entertaining characters. From Darcy’s super caring and sweet Uncle Charlie, to the adorable “repairman” Lucas, all the way down to Liz and even Darcy’s mother. All had dealt with such struggles at one point or another and got through them, all so eager to help Darcy get through hers. Add in the adorable salt and pepper shaker storyline (I love when stories have little add stories like these within them. Makes it so much more memorable and important, in my opinion.) and you’ve got yourself a complete story full of adorableness. How (Not) to Fall in Love really surprised me. I was expecting a cute, fun contemporary… and though this is cute and fun, it’s really SO MUCH more than that. This group of characters is amazing and the story is so strong and powerful. I loved the warm and fuzzy feelings this story brought out in me, as well as a few tears here and there. I would definitely 100% recommend this story if you’re looking for a 2015 contemporary read to make you smile, force you to think, and leave you feeling happy and complete.
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"How (Not) to Fall in Love" by Lisa Brown Roberts was a very sweet read that was fast and easy to read. I found myself to be addicted with this story. Darcy Covington's dad disappears and causes Darcy's world to go into chaos. Darcy seems to have a level head on her shoulders because she deals with everything going on in her life so well. I really wish I personally could handle things as well as Darcy. I think this story was written really well. It was creative and fun. I loved the characters. I thought they were great. I felt like this was more of a coming of age story than anything. Each character has to go through something and has to conquer whatever is going on in their lives. I loved being able to watch the characters grow and become more mature versions of themselves. It was very lovely to read a story that is pretty realistic. This story is so sweet. I just loved it. Getting to know each character was great. They were so much fun. Roberts is great at writing characters. I think the characters really made this book so I hope Roberts continues focusing on having fantastic characters.
ObsessionwithBooks More than 1 year ago
Review: 4/5 How (Not) to Fall in Love was such a fun, sweet feel-good book that I devoured in a short amount of time, it had everything I find myself enjoying in a contemporary YA novel. When Darcy Covington’s motivational speaker, high-profile dad disappears it sends her life into chaos; her once comfortable life is no longer – her car is repossessed, her mother is on a downward spiral and everything she once believed of her father is being questioned. I thought Darcy was wonderful! She handled the drama and upheaval of her cushy life with dignity, she was strong and resilient and I loved her initial awkwardness around hottie Lucas, it was endearing. I have a new book boyfriend! Lucas {swoon} is a dreamy, perfect in every way fix-it guy. He was the ideal match for Darcy and understood what she was going through, he was a tad pushy at times but he did it out of kindness. I enjoyed their banter, sweet stolen moments and the way they looked out for one another. As the book progresses we see Darcy go in search of her father, we watch a successful family being uprooted from their comfortable life, we get some fabulous side characters who are each supportive and wonderful, we get alcoholism and also betrayal. It all came together perfectly and by the end of the book I really wanted more. Uncle Charlie was wonderful, I loved his hippie thrift shop and Liz was fabulous, Pickles was a cutie and I came to like Darcy’s mother despite her checking out for a little while; they were a great support network to one another. The writing is engaging and kept me hooked from the first page, I flew through this book and can’t wait to read more books by Lisa Brown Richards. Overall, a wonderfully uplifting story about love, hope and growth. Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review How (Not) to Fall in Love.
Ktl14 More than 1 year ago
How (Not) to Fall in Love was a really great read! The relationship between Lucas and Darcy was cute and believable.The story-line and characters were also well executed. Overall, definitely worth reading!
teengraceland More than 1 year ago
“How (Not) to Fall in Love” by Lisa Brown Roberts is a sweet contemporary. While it is advertised as a romantic in nature, falling in love really isn’t the main component. Darcy loses almost everything in her life and she must learn what it takes to survive on her own and remain faithful to her beliefs.  Going into this book, I thought it would be more about a girl fighting her feelings against a guy, which is simply not the case in this story. Yes there is a romantic element between her and Lucas which takes time to blossom, the key part of this story is focused on her struggle in her new situation and the search for her dad, which was still enjoyable.  Darcy really grew as a character, having to make decisions no teenager should have to make. She remained strong when all of those around her didn’t have faith. Overall, this book was quite enjoyable and had a nice ending. I feel like the book would be better received if the title was changed and less of an obsessive focus was placed on Lucas so we could concentrate on Darcy’s growth and growing relationships with everyone from Charlie and Lucas to her mom and dad. I would definitely recommend this for a quick, sweet contemporary read. -I would like to thank Entangled Publishing for sending me this ARC. It was greatly appreciated.
RatherBeReadingYA More than 1 year ago
I received How (Not) to Fall in Love from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Darcy’s father is a famous motivational speaker who travels the country and even works with the Denver Broncos. He’s highly successful and Darcy has pretty much has everything she could ask for, until the day her car is repossessed at school — in front of everyone. Darcy’s sure it’s all a misunderstanding, but when she goes home, her mother and her father’s business partner JJ are forced to admit that the business is nearly bankrupt and her father has disappeared. Darcy’s parents are pretty much failures at life. For most of the book, I have no respect for either one of them. Her father runs away from his failing business, leaving his wife and daughter to fend for themselves. Her mother takes up drinking, which seems to be a new thing for her; it’s not like she was an alcoholic all along. Apparently having to get an actual job and support her daughter is just too much for the woman. Sorry you have to be an adult and do adult things. Luckily, there’s Uncle Charlie, who Darcy hasn’t seen in ten years because her father thought he was a loser and disowned him. (Honestly, Darcy’s dad seems like a real peach even before the whole abandonment thing.) Charlie may not be rich, but he owns his business and can at least manage to keep a roof over his head. With nowhere else to turn, Darcy goes to Charlie. Through him, she meets his girlfriend Liz, who hires Darcy to work at her coffee shop, and Lucas. Lucas and Darcy’s relationship is slow to build. They’re friends for a big chunk of the book, which is probably what Darcy needs most anyway. There’s interest, of course, but Darcy’s so busy trying to keep moving forward that that it takes awhile for a real romance to develop, even though her dog Toby adores him. Lucas is patient and understanding, and it doesn’t hurt that he knows how to do things that Darcy’s never had to do. He can fix things, including Darcy’s not-so-new truck, and he’s around to to help Darcy out when she needs it. Plus his little sister Pickles is adorable! Darcy adapts to her new life a lot more easily than I thought she would. She could have easily been a princess and balked at having to take on a job and do the things her mom should be doing, but I suppose she has no choice. Someone in the family has to bring money home, make sure dinner gets cooked, and eventually find a new place for Darcy and her mom to live. She even rides the bus regularly to save gas money. How (Not) to Fall in Love is Lisa Brown Roberts’s debut. Hopefully it’s only the first of many books from her. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
leaninglights More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really didn't expect this book to be as great as it was! It's not that I was expecting it to be bad, but I simply didn't know what to expect. I've only heard a few things from fellow bloggers, but what I heard was positive, so I decided to pick it up for review. This book is Lisa Brown Roberts debut and I think it was a very successful first effort! The book was a poignant and unique coming of age story. We have Darcy, who is seemingly spoiled and rich, with her perfect life and high-end car. I really didn't think I was going to like her at all and was worried that would deter me from completing the story. I am pleased to say, however, that Darcy won me over. I am a Darcy fan and I loved her journey - she wasn't at all how I was expecting, in the best way. She was smart and adaptable, brave and courageous... strong and patient. I was so proud of her throughout this book. There are a lot of awesome side characters that make this story whole. I think one of the strongest aspects of the book was the ensemble of characters. From Darcy's MIA dad to her troubled mom, to her estranged uncle and his mysterious thrift shop employee (who is H-O-T hot), to Pickles and the adorable coffee shop owner and her adorable dog, there is someone for everyone. My only minor complaint was regarding the pacing. There were times when things took awhile to evolve and develop, and I felt the action and climax of the story was a bit delayed, but still good. If you can settle in and simply enjoy the ride that Darcy goes on, I think you will enjoy this coming-of-age story and fall in love with all the characters along the way!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darcy’s father is a famous self-help guru. He makes millions telling people how to get ahead in life. However, one day he just up and disappears, the company is in shambles, and Darcy’s privileged life becomes not so privileged anymore. Her estranged uncle calls her up and insists she come visit him at his thrift store. Darcy finds solace there, surrounded by the small community and the people there. However, months pass by and Darcy is left picking up the pieces and taking care of a mother who has fallen off the deep end. Darcy definitely goes through some growth in this story. She starts off pretentious and snooty, but once everything crumbles around her something clicks. She no longer looks down on certain things, she goes out and gets a low paying job, she cooks dinner for her and her mom, she sets up an estate sale in order to get money for a new place to live. She even goes out on a quest to find her father. So the fact that she went from this fancy life to doing everything herself was a huge change for her. From the synopsis I thought that Darcy was literally hiding out at her uncle’s thrift store, like living there. Instead Darcy goes to visit him, gets a job next door at his girlfriend’s coffee shop, and that’s it. Sure, she relies on her uncle and Lucas (the hot handyman/boy) and is always around them but it’s not like she’s staying there or anything. My favorite part in the whole book was probably the “hippie” uncle. He is so zen-like in his approach to everything. He doesn’t hold a grudge against his brother who kicked him out of his life, severing his connection to his only niece. For no reason I might add, other than he’s a hippie and the father didn’t want the hippie germs infecting Darcy. Every year for her birthday her uncle always sent her half of a salt & pepper shaker set. Her card would always have a drawing of what the matching set would look like. Quirky, but when she finally goes to see her uncle, she realizes that he’s kept all the matches to the set. He was hoping that one day she’d get curious where the other shaker was and she’d seek him out. Yeah, the uncle was awesome. Best part of the book. The romance I could have done without. I honestly didn’t get the two of them. He’s described as a young Jack Sparrow. So of course I envisioned a kid dressed as him the entire time. Not only was he described as looking like the pirate, but that was his nickname, Captain Jack. Darcy is immediately infatuated with him and crushes on him, hard, for the entire book. At first he has a girlfriend who he has tunnel vision for. Then he would throw her signs and try to kiss her but then something would disrupt the moment. It was a little confusing since he appeared to be in a relationship with someone else. Then it’s known that he’s no longer seeing his girlfriend. However, at that point Darcy’s not sure if he really likes her or if it’s all in her head. I mean, the guy asked around and put up fliers to help find a new place for you to live, he stays late with you when you work the night shift, and drives you home so you don’t have to take the bus at night…. and you are not sure if he likes you? I liked that the issues were real. The mother went from being a housewife to trying to desperately find a job. She lost her way and became a drunk. However, the mother does some growing in this book too… once she hits the bottom that is. The only one that didn’t work for me at all was the father. I kind of wish Darcy didn’t look for him. Is that mean? I mean, he takes off, leaves his family to pick up the pieces because he can’t hack his job anymore, and Darcy just has to go out and save him. I don’t know, the daddy issue really bugged me. Maybe I’m just cynical but I would have been totally fine if the family said good riddance and moved on with their new poor life. This is a great story for anyone looking for a young adult contemporary where the main character grows throughout the book. Everything is wrapped up into a HEA package at the end. However, there were a handful of things that didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel like the relationship should have turned out the way it did. I mean it’s call How NOT to Fall in Love. I don’t get it. Should you not fall in love when your scrambling to pick your life up off the floor or fall in love with the guy who started off throwing you mixed signals when he had a girlfriend? I honestly don’t know.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 How (Not) to Fall in Love is a coming-of-age story of a girl that found her true self in the least likely of places.  Darcy Covington has it all, money, a famous father, and a mother who enjoys the richness that money can buy. But that soon changes the minute her famous father disappears from their lives. No one seems to know where he is, and his company is going bankrupt. Not knowing what to do, she faces the backlash of the media, and the stares of her classmates. It all seems to be falling apart for Darcy, and her mom. She wants her dad back, and with the company taking everything away, she needs to find a way to make money in order to support herself, and her mom. But help comes when she least expects it the minute her uncle, Charlie, offers his help. As a thrift shop owner, Charlie, does not have a lot of money, and that is one of the reasons why his brother, Darcy's dad, completely ignored him for years. Yet, Charlie's personality is one that offers comfort, and laughter to Darcy that she questions why her dad prevented her from seeing her uncle all this time.  As she starts to spend more time with Charlie, Darcy meets Lucas, a rather charming and handsome guy that works for her uncle. Not wanting to deal with anything that can distract her from finding her dad, she tries her best to stay away from Lucas, but she soon realizes that Lucas might not want to stay away from her after all. There are secrets that they both have, as well as things in common, and the more time they spend together, the more Darcy starts to learn about herself and what's truly important in live.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, the character development was on point! I liked how Darcy and Lucas's relationship took its own time to development without feeling forced at all. They both had to face challenges, but everything is well wrapped at the end. I did, however, had an issue with just how fast the ending was. It felt a bit rushed right at the end, I really would have liked to see a little bit more of Darcy's relationship with Lucas. Needless to say, everything else in the book worked for me. The story is well-written, and the characters are relatable. The story as a whole felt real, and that's what kept me from stop reading it. Now the characters do have their distinct personalities, Lucas is sweet, handsome, and helpful. He is one of those characters that I would love to meet in real life, and his little sister, Pickles, is hilarious. I love the interaction that they have, it shows just how much he truly cares for those around him. On the other hand, Darcy is not stuck up by any means, maybe a little bit in the begging when she gets her car taken away and she is worried more about the embarrassment that has caused her. But she does change over time, she learns to be brave, and accept her new life. She doesn't give up, and at the end, she proves that she is willing to do anything to keep her family together. Overall, I highly suggest reading this book, it will not disappoint. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***