I loved everything about this debut novel; absolutely everything. From the first page I was pulled into this magnificent story about love, friendship, family and second chances. This story is 400 pages long, but was still a quick read for me.
The author did great job in just about everything. She builds a story in an even pace that is neither fast nor slow; steady and even progress. With each chapter something new happened and that made me eager to continue reading the novel.
Although the title is about falling in love, this story is so much more than just another YA romance novel. The love story between Darcy and Lucas is an integral part of the story, just as as much as Darcy’s relationship with her mother, uncle and other secondary characters. The author didn’t put emphasis on any one plot line and relationship (e.g. love story between Darcy and Lucas) while ignoring the other parts. No, on the contrary she combines the plot lines in Darcy’s relationships with all characters evenly.
Darcy Covington is amazing character. She is a fighter who is forced to step way out of her comfort zone and to do something to save her mother from “drowning”. The way she is doing that is amazing. She is not some flawless super girl, but she is trying the hardest she can. All other characters are also done magnificently, three dimensional, alive. There were times when I wished I was part of their circle.
The ending is realistic and due to that I found it very satisfying. Actually any other ending would be wrong. After reading How (Not) to Fall in Love I am putting Lisa Brown Roberts on my auto-buy list.
The experience of reading How (Not) to Fall in Love can be compared to sipping a great cup of tea (or coffee) while smooth music is playing in the background; in other words it was just amazing. I highly recommend this story.
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.