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Peek Inside The Replacement Crush

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 missions-An Vivian’s zing meter-into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where she works, Dallas wages a counter-mission. Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

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2017 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction Finalist
2017 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award for YA Fiction

True love can’t be strategized.

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.


"Roberts has written another smart, charming teen romance...An entertaining, nicely nuanced depiction of teen relationships and challenges." - Kirkus Reviews

"Avid readers will appreciate the many literary threads Roberts weaves into the story: shegives Viv and Dallas jobs in Viv's mother's independent bookstore, her mother writes "a semi-famous series of mystery novels" under a pseudonym, and Viv is a book blogger and runs a romance book club...upbeat and entertaining throughout." - Publishers Weekly

"A light love story, full of fun, flirty, and friendly characters. Teens will see themselves in these characters and will root for a Dallas/Vivian match from the first chapter. A recommended choice for romance shelves." - School Library Journal

5 stars: "Oh goodness, I'm not sure there are enough words in the English language to articulate how much I loved this book. It was all the romance of Lisa Brown Roberts in true form, sprinkled with a Gilmore Girls and The O.C.-like crossover setting, and a nerdy love interest that reminded me of Dylan O'Brien with glasses. Yes--this book was spectacular." -Moriah Chavis, A Leisure Moment

5 stars: "In short, I loved it, from beginning to end. I read it in one sitting, and I couldn't put it down - it was that good." -Sophie, Where are the Books

5 stars: "Can we take a moment to acknowledge the fact that this book dedicates to book bloggers? This is a book blogger's dreams brought to life!" -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755055
Release Date: Sep 6, 2016
Page Count: 368
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: friends to lovers

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3.5 stars!

Nerd hot was most definitely a thing.”

After a heartbreaking brush-off from a long-time crush cum night time summer affair, book blogger/ high school junior Vivian "Viv" Galdi, comes up with a plan to move on by turning her attention to a ...more

By Norah July 09, 2016

"True love can’t be strategized."

This was such a cute story! I loved both Dallas aka our McNerdy, and Viv. Viv is pretty much myself. She has a cat named Hiddles. She loves Star Trek. She loves to read and runs a blog... Wait... was this story about me? Well, minus the super adorable (.. ...more

By Giselle September 15, 2016

Vivian is madly in lust with the bad boy of her town. When he dumps her, her heart is devastated. She vows never to let her lustful hormones get in the way. Her solution? To come up with a Replacement Crush. Someone she has a solitary no chemistry with. That is until a new boy comes into town with h ...more

By Rebekah September 02, 2016

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This book was just so cute! Add a side of nerdy-ness and you've got the perfect beach read. Those who are fans of a fun, cute, contemporary books then you should totally pick this one up!

Vivian and total Trekkie and book blogger lives with her mom and works wi ...more

By abby March 28, 2017

Vivian is a book blogger.

She's obsessed with romance novels and spends her free time surrounded by them, from running a lonely hearts book club to working part-time at her mom's bookshop to raving about hunky heroes anonymously on the internet. Up until now, seventeen-year-old Viv's knowledge of lov ...more

By Jaime July 15, 2016

The Replacement Crush is the perfect summer read! Light-hearted and fun, it was definitely a cute read and one I really enjoyed.

Vivian spent the summer making out with her long-time crush and is looking forward to the first day of school where they’ll eat lunch together and kiss between classes… bu ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) June 11, 2016

If you like slow burn romances with a tons of metafictional elements and LOL moments, then you'll definitely want to check out The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts.

Vivian is a bookstore employee, a book club organizer, and a romance novel book blogger, so as you can imagine, this book amount ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ December 28, 2019

The Replacement Crush was smile inducing and absolutely adorable! With a book blogging girl, an adorkable and swoon worthy guy and a group of friends who I wished were mine too, The Replacement Crush was such a huge hit. The story was set in a cute little beach town and with so many of the scenes ha ...more

By Cindy ✩☽♔ June 12, 2016

I adore this book. It is such a cute summer read, light, funny, perfect for reading a lovely afternoon in a coffee shop or a sunny day at the beach.

If I were to equate this to another summer classic it would be a banana split. You know what you're getting, but you still savor every bite because, al ...more

By Moriah August 01, 2016

*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

“Nerd hot was most definitely a thing.”

Oh goodness, I’m not sure there are enough words in the English language to articulate how much I loved this book. It was all the romance of Li ...more

By Sophie January 03, 2020

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was a dead cute and fast read - perfect for the summer. Vivian is a blogger and Star Trek fan, who adores working with her mam in the local bookstore. She has had a crush on Jake for ages ...more

By Genesis Sheli September 14, 2016

This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

Would I finally get my happy ending or was this going to be an ugly-cry ending?

Vivian is a book blogger, book nerd and Star Trek geek. She has every book lover's job: working at a book store, owning a successful blog, and holding book club me ...more

By Vanessa November 13, 2019

This is such a glorious book! I'm telling you, it has all the feels packed into an adorable little package. I can't believe that this has been sitting on my kindle for the past two years and I never got around to reading it before now. This book is bookworm gold.

Okay, so reading books out of order ...more

By Scrill May 15, 2017

"‘I need to think about it,’ I said, picturing Spock’s stern gaze. ‘I need to handle this logically.’ We slid into our chairs and Jaz gave me her patented you’re-insane-but-still-my-best-friend look. ‘Logically? Who falls in love logically?’"

Oh my, half-Vulcan heart, this book was so stinking cu ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Vivian's mother is a writer who also owns a bookstore. That means Vivian has her dream after school job. She spends as much time at the bookstore as she can and her favorite genre is romance. She writes about it on her blog and she runs a book club. Vivian prefers reading about love in books, her ow ...more

By Tressa March 21, 2017

THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH was somewhat unexpected. The heroine is a bookworm who finds that the new guy who helps out at her mom's bookstore connects with her over Star Trek, among other things. There's a great group of friends, a fantastic mother/daughter relationship, some serious book geekishness wit ...more

By chloe March 06, 2018

So, so cute! RTC <3 ...more


4 “I want a McNerdy” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen!

Well, Lisa Brown Roberts... I’m becoming a fan.

A few weeks ago (maybe a little longer) I read “Resisting the Rebel” by this same author, and let me tell you, it was sooo good and sooo hot! Go read it. Here’s my review in case you’ ...more

By Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions) September 07, 2016

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

* ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and this is in no way influenced my rating. *

This book was cute and fun to read. At first I had my doubts but I'm glad I gave it a try and it ...more

By Celeste May 09, 2018

Ok I realise this book has problems, and really it's more like a 3.5 star read if i felt like being objective, which I don't, because whatever faults there were with this story, it kept me smiling pretty much through out.

One of the main issues I had with this book is that it felt too long for a ya t ...more

By Socially September 06, 2016

I was given a free copy for an honest review
Adorably cute romance, about crushes, love and lust and heartache. Quick read... you won't be able to put it down. ...more

By Melissasfandomworld July 23, 2018

Okay, so this was a really really cute and funny contemporary story about teenage-love-drama. And normally I’m not all that into the drama, but the way it was written with the addictive writing style, the humor, and the amazing characters.. It just makes this story work. I was hooked right from the ...more

By T.H. June 05, 2017

I'm a huge, huge fan of Lisa Brown Roberts and I might have gotten a little swoony when I met her at the RWA conference here in San Diego last month. Obviously I jumped at the chance to read and review The Replacement Crush and I was not disappointed. Vivian Galdi is broken hearted after a hot coupl ...more

By Lissyiszy November 28, 2016

One word to sum up the book is: Adorkable. I especially enjoyed this book, not because of it's sweet, lovely romance but the addition of the humor and nerd references definitely added bonus points for me. I loved how the main character is a book blogger and how she makes references to romance book h ...more

By Lisa (lifeinlit) September 18, 2016

Vivian, the daughter of a bookstore owner, has lived her life surrounded by books. She even has a book blog where she reviews books... romance books, for the most part. She keeps this part of her life pretty quiet though, as the idea of reading romance books comes with its own insinuations in her be ...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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