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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

How (Not) To Fall in Love

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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 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...

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 thou... ...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 rom... ...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 at first but completely fell in love with her as the story went o...

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...

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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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