The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown RobertsThe Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

The Replacement Crush

byLisa Brown Roberts

Paperback | September 6, 2016

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"A smart, charming teen romance." -Kirkus Reviews

After book blogger Vivian Galdi's longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian's zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. She lives in Colorado in a...
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Title:The Replacement CrushFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.11 × 5.47 × 1.01 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633755045

ISBN - 13:9781633755048

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great story! The Replacement Crush is the second Lisa Brown Roberts' novel I've read, and I've come to love the way she tells a swoon worthy, hilarious romantic tale while still including lots of serious issues that are often absent from young adult contemporary titles. Vivian Galdi is a book blogger, slight star trek nerd, and a lover of romantic novels. However, when the picture perfect romance she's envisioned doesn't work out with the guy her heart has fallen for, she decides to go about finding a new crush the logical way. Her hormones have let her down once before, so she's determined to stay to the course of choosing someone who doesn't make her swoon, and so she must avoid the new guy, Dallas or McNerd as she's prone to calling him, at all costs. Vivian will soon discover on her journey that love doesn't usually ever work out the way we want it too, and that by refusing it she just might end up hurting herself and others along the way. I adored Vivian and Dallas right from the start, and I found myself really invested in the budding relationship developing between the two of them. I also really enjoyed the colorful cast of characters that rounds out The Replacement Crush, and in particular I loved Vivian's brother/sister type relationship with her friend Toff. Jaz, Vivian's best friend, is a hilarious addition; and her antics with her celebrity stalking definitely had me cracking up throughout reading the whole story. However, I'd have to say that my absolute favorite part of this novel was the fact that Lisa Brown Roberts chose to write a book blogger heroine. Vivian was definitely a character I could find myself relating to, and while at first glance it might seem like her quest is rather shallow, circumstances arise throughout the rest of the novel that adds a much more serious element. All in all, I completely loved this one, and I'm only sad that it took me this long to get around to reading it. An adorable, quirky romance, a plethora of Star Trek references, a colorful supporting cast of characters, and emphasis on double standards and slut shaming all made this one a win win in my eyes. And I'm always a fan of a young adult novels that actually features a positive relationship between the main protagonist and their parents (in this case her mother), since we all know that seems to be a rare occurrence these days. If you're a contemporary fan, I highly recommend picking this one up, and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Vivian and Dallas are adorable, and easy to fall for, and Lisa Brown Roberts does a fabulous job of bringing them to life on the page. The Replacement Crush was a delight, and an enjoyment from start to finish! My Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved it! I could have done without the language, but overall I really have no complaints at all with this one, and I can't wait to read more of Lisa's books in the future.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding read This is absolutely one of my favourite teen romances. So fun and full of passion, and will be very difficult to put down
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lots of Trigger Warnings in This One Trigger Warning: Attempted Rape and Domestic Violence. First of all, this book is too long. It is 400 pages when it needs to be maybe 200 to cover everything that needs to happen in it. We get way too much telling and info-dumping at the beginning that made it really tough to get into this one. On top of that I thought the premise in the summary sounded better than when it was actually done on paper. But that's not why I DNFed. Because until 85%, I was actually okay with the story. There was a slow burn romance and a lot of cute moments between our MC and her love interest. It was maybe a 2-3 star read depending on how they got together at the end. But then. But THEN. THERE IS AN ATTEMPTED RAPE SCENE IN WHICH THE LOVE INTEREST "SAVES" THE MAIN CHARACTER. Look. I am not a fan of rape for shock value, which is what this was. And I am definitely not a fan of violence of any kind just so the main character can be "saved," which again is what this was. There was absolutely no need for this scene in this book. Now I'm going to "spoil" scenes in this book that "lead up to this" but I want you to understand why this is not okay. The attacker, Jake, is a bad dude. We are told this repeatedly throughout the novel. Not only does he start off by "dumping" our main character after sneaking out to make out on the beach (and pressuring her into sex, which she says no to repeatedly), he then tells people they had sex and uses that as leverage to get sex from another girl. He writes "slut" on both of these girls lockers when they deny him and confront him. He then also threatens our main character when she calls him out again. His nickname is "Jake the Snake." The attempted rape is literally overkill. Honestly, everything past him dumping the main character was overkill. But there was absolutely no need to have him almost rape the main character. What did that add to the story? Nothing. We knew he was a bad person, we knew he had no respect for these girls, we knew that the main character was never going to forgive him and there was no way we the reader would ever forgive him. So what was the point? To shock the reader? To have the love interest save the main character? None of these reasons are good enough to have an attempted rape scene in this novel. It didn't fit the story and it added unnecessary drama and triggers for people who were anticipating a slow burn romance novel. I couldn't continue from here. It doesn't matter why the characters got together at the end -- or even if they did -- because it is forever tainted by the fact that he had to "save" her from being attacked. And I am forever angry that this was included.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable and quicky novel Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. When I was invited to join this blog tour, I thought this sounded like a cute idea for a novel and I was not let down. I read this novel in one day and stayed up well into the night to finish it as I just could not put it down. When Vivian goes back to school after the summer and having spent the last few weeks sneaking out after curfew to meet her long time crush for make out sessions, she learns that she was just a fun way to spend the time, not a long term commitment. Broken hearted, Vivian comes up with a plan to help her forget Jake and calm her pesky hormones. I found her plan to find a replacement crush quite ridiculous but it made the story fun and interesting regardless. Since she refuses to include anyone that she might actually enjoy, that keeps Dallas off her RC list. Even though you can tell they both like each other, they acted as silly teenagers do and completely ignore that fact. This is the second novel in a few weeks that I have read that has the MC thinking about/commenting on the guys muscles and how big/defined they are. I seriously must have gone to the wrong high school as all the guys at my school were normal, scrawny guys. The relationship between Toff and Vivian gave me life. It was so nice to read a novel where the female main character and a male character were friends and had no underlying sexual tension or were just that, friends. He was the big brother she never had and I absolutely adored it. I was also really pleased by the fact that Dallas and Toff were friends and that Dallas never once showed a hint of being jealous of Toff and Vivian’s friendship. This quirky, fun novel will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you dying to finish in one sitting.
Date published: 2016-10-16