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Peek Inside How (Not) To Fall in Love

Darcy Covington never had to worry about money, until her father’s business hit the skids, and Dad bailed on his family. Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on

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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.


"A promising debut featuring a crackerjack heroine who doesn't need a hero to complete her sweet, rambling quest." - Kirkus Reviews

 "Darcy is probably the most courageous YA character featured in a contemporary novel that I've read." - Paperback Wonderland

"This gem of a book most certainly proves that the author has the writing chops to deliver a wonderful story about self-discovery, family, and first love." -Bookaholicism Book Blog

"It's an incredible story of growing up, facing life's troubles, falling in love, reconnecting with family, and finding what's truly important in life." -FicCentral Review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665259
Release Date: Feb 3, 2015
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Norah November 14, 2016

4.5 stars

Such an underrated cutie of a book! Absolutely loved the story, the characters, the whole atmosphere Lisa Brown Roberts created. A wonderful young adult book which deals with serious topics and the very hard process of growing up and being the "parent" to your own parents. Sometimes we have ...more

By Tink Magoo is bad at reviews February 14, 2017

4.5 Stars

It's not often a book gets me all teary but the end of this one was written so well but so sad that I could hardly see my Barry(kindle) through the developing eye leakage. It's often true that we don't know our own strength until we're forced to deal with things we never thought we'd have t ...more

By Susana February 17, 2015

4.5 Stars

Absolutely loved this!

Arc provided by Entangled Teen through Netgalley

Release Date: February 3rd 2015

I am not the most sentimental person in the planet.
In fact most people would probably just call me jaded... and that would be the nice ones.

I've almost stopped reading romances becaus ...more

By Shannon (leaninglights) February 03, 2015

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First Impressions: Wow! I really didn't expect this book to be as great as it was! It was a poignant and unique coming of age story. Darcy really won me over - I didn't like her ...more

By Bee January 18, 2015

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

How (not) to Fall in Love is a very sweet and touching story about love, family, friendship, courage and finding yourself when your life is all but perfect. I really, really enjoyed this book!

How (not) to Fall in Love is about Darcy. Her dad is a semi- ...more

By Lisa (lifeinlit) February 05, 2015

4.5 stars!

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 swe ...more

By Mandy January 28, 2015

I loved this book! Darcy's dad is a wealthy, famous motivational speaker. The book starts with Darcy at her exclusive private school and a tow truck towing her car out of the parking lot in front of everyone. When her best friend confronts him, he yells that if the bills were paid, the car wouldn't ...more

By Morris February 15, 2015

“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 stereoty ...more

By Flavia (OddCloud) March 20, 2016

Rating: 5/5

If I can gather my overwhelmed brain enough to review this, I will. For now, I will leave you with this 5 star rating as a clue and somewhat of a notice --> that I don't care about anything bad anyone has to say about it. I will blissfully ignore anything negative because this story fully ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) February 02, 2015

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World***:D

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 ...more

By K.L. February 01, 2015

Nu er året selvfølgelig ikke så gammelt endnu, men How (not) to Fall in Love og Lisa Brown Roberts er i hvert fald med i opløbet om at være den bog der overraskede mig mest i løbet af 2015. Jeg gik i gang med den uden de helt store forventninger, men blev positivt overrasket undervejs. Selvom enkelt ...more

By Veronica of V's Reads February 06, 2015

Darcy is a girl in a serious bind. Her car is repossessed, her mother is distraught and her father, uber-positive celebrity life coach and motivational speaker Ty Covington, is gone. AWOL. Radio silent. The first few days are terrifying, but that doesn't even compare to the terror of realization whe ...more

By Chu February 11, 2015

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Darcy Covington and I had a love-hate relationship all throughout the novel. She can be quite stubborn when she wants to – but one thing I love about this young girl is the strength of her character. The way she fought all her demons, went through all the trials fate has thrown her ...more

By Kara March 20, 2015

I really went out of my comfort zone to read this book, but I am so glad I did!

How (Not) to Fall in Love is a contemporary YA about a girl whose life is turned upside down when her high profile father bails, leaving her and her mom with no money and limited options. The thing I really liked about th ...more

By Sophia July 24, 2015

Amazing. I loved loved LOVED this novel! I loved how you see Darcy overcoming her family issues as the novel progresses, as well as the romance between Lucas and Darcy. They had so much chemistry I felt like I was falling in love with them! All of the characters are so lovable that I was crying and ...more

By Kathy February 02, 2015

It is impossible not to fall in love with How (not) to Fall in Love. This charming young adult novel is a beautifully written coming of age story that teaches some important life lessons without angst or drama. With a delightful cast of characters, a realistic plot and a sweet romance, it is a refre ...more

By Liz May 01, 2015

How Not To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown Roberts teeters on the edge of being New Adult, but still remains a Young Adult book. While I don't usually dip my toes into the younger waters, I did find this book to be enjoyable.

Darcy comes from a relatively wealthy family. She's in highschool and drives an ...more

By A Reader's Heaven March 11, 2018

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

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 scho ...more

By Halley August 02, 2016

4.5 stars.

I ended up loving this. As someone who tends to not fall in love with cutesy contemporaries very easily, I was very surprised to realize how invested I was in this story and it's characters. I loved Darcy's voice as our narrator as the story went on, though at first she did come off as a l ...more

By Paula January 26, 2015

Imagine growing up and having a life where everything you ever wanted, you got. A life where you never had to worry about how much money you would have at the end of the week , or how much you could spend on food in order to pay bills but survive at the same time. That was until Darcy's family went ...more

By Victoria October 24, 2016

I do have to get this out first - I absolutely hate the cover and the title of this book. The story has so much more to tell than what was chosen for the cover/title.

First, I love the way the romance was handled in this book. The way it was written, the way the two characters fell into it and kind ...more

By Dunja *a chain reader* August 01, 2016

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 bui ...more

By Danni February 26, 2015

(I was given an E-copy of this book from Entangled Teen to read and give an honest review, full review will be on my channel. Thank you Entangled Teen.)

I went into this book expecting a cutesy classic YA fluffy lighthearted contemporary that would give me the feels. But to my surprise, it was all of ...more

By Stephanie February 20, 2015

Darcy is now included in the list of my favorite heroine! :) sometimes we never know how strong we are until we're pushed to our breaking point and its either we fly or fall flat on our face. And with Darcy, she flew! Her inner strength amazed me. This book for me isn't romantic in nature, although ...more

By Maike March 15, 2015

4.5 stars ...more

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Lisa Brown Roberts

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Lisa Brown Roberts

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, or that time she crashed her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. It’s no wonder she loves to write romantic comedies.   Lisa’s books have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. She lives in Colorado with her family, in which pets outnumber people. Connect with Lisa at

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