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The Bookworm Crush

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This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for a dream scholarship, and the only way to win is to transform from sidekick to the heroine of her own life. But that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she's secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

346 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 3, 2015

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Lisa Brown Roberts

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Lisa Brown Roberts’ award-winning YA romantic comedies have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Lisa's teenaged self tweezed off all her eyebrows, crashed a car into a tree while trying to impress a guy, and accidentally went to prom with someone else's boyfriend. When she couldn't fix any of this in real life, she made up imaginary happy endings in her diary.

Not much has changed.

Lisa lives in Colorado with her family and many, many books.

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February 11, 2023

This sequel to The Replacement Crush discusses the story of Amy McIntyre and Toff Nichols. There are a few references to the first novel in this one. Still, we can read this novel as a standalone romance novel.

Amy is a bookworm who is very shy. Her confidence level is shallow. So she is scared when she gets an opportunity to interview her favorite author. She appoints Todd, who is a local surf celebrity, as a confidence coach. But a few late-night practices with Todd changes the relationship dynamics between them. The author tells us what will happen to the relationship between them and whether Amy successfully overcomes her fears.

What I learned from this book
1) Are bookworms all introverts who are clueless about real life?
This is one of the most common misconceptions about bookworms. Just because a person knows to meditate for a long time with his eyes open (another way of defining reading) doesn't mean that he is clueless about the real world.

I have seen a few people urging bookworms to go outside into the real world and meet real people. Just because a person reads books right now doesn't mean he never goes outside and talks with real people. This is a trick used by nonreaders on readers by trying to act superior to remove their inferiority complex due to their lack of reading habits. It is sad to see such hackneyed writing in a book about a bookworm by the author.

We can view the author's opinion from another angle. There are a few people who love books and are introverts who prefer to talk to fewer people. But in my experience, they are very few, unlike the way the author discusses them in this book. The problem arises here when the author generalizes it and projects such behavior on all book lovers. We are expecting a little maturity from the authors. That is just one side of the problem.

Now let us come to yet another side of it. What is wrong with being an introvert? Why are people trying to alter people's behavior in a toxic way? I believe that being an introvert is equally as good as being an extrovert or an ambivert. It is a general misconception that we should be extroverts to become successful.

Who told the author that introverts live alone in the flats without traveling anywhere? A few of my friends who traveled the most are introverts. One of them even has visited more than 100 countries. In fact, introverts often get more out of travel because they are always well aware of their surroundings and where they fit in. We should appreciate how people want to live by respecting their decision and privacy instead of trying to alter them unnecessarily.

There are multiple problems in the way the bookworms are represented in this book. I just tried to view it from three angles here. We can actually dissect the author's opinion from more than a dozen angles, as there are many more dimensions that we can interpret her opinion. As it is beyond the scope of this review, I am not discussing it here.

"But talking to her in the bookstore this morning had reminded him why she belonged in his friend zone. Amy was smart. Bookish. Sweet but kind of clueless about real life, believing that reading a book would somehow make him feel better about his dad's wedding."

2) What is the tricky relationship between the sense of humor and a person's character?
One of the easiest ways to know a person's character is by seeing what he tells in the disguise of a joke.

Always be cautious with the people who always play the 'just kidding' routine with you. He is actually playing the passive-aggressive game with you. He might be using hurtful humor to test your limits and responses for further manipulation.
"He drummed his fingers on the countertop, pursing his lips like he was making a tough decision. "How much can you pay me?"

"P-pay?" she sputtered. What was his damage?

"Winning doesn't come cheap, Ames."

She glared. There was a big difference between funny and cockywhich he usually was—and jackassery. He'd just crossed the line."

I’m kidding.” Toff leaned across the counter, blasting her with another dimpled smile.”

3) What is the one thing you should do if you are having a lot of setbacks in your life right now?
It is natural to have a phase in our life where we have to face a lot of setbacks. Instead of getting disheartened by the problems, we should learn to ask these two questions

A) What is the best thing that I can learn from this situation?
B) How can I prevent me repeating this mistake again in my life?

These two questions have the power to alter our life in the best possible manner.

“I know about life sucking, Caleb,” she muttered. "Trust me, I know. But I choose to believe…I have to believe there's a reason for everything."

My favourite three lines from this book
“Apparently they don’t teach manners in hell.”

“Let’s stop pretending .”

"She tried to keep to the shadows as her feet pounded the pavement like empire-crushing Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Cammie Morgan combined into one fierce warrior."

What could have been better?
I expected a little more in-depth bookish conversations in this book instead of the cliche opinions about the bookworms.

3/5 If you are looking for a clean, bookish romance novel, this will be a decent choice.
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515 reviews
October 28, 2019
A very cute sequel/ spin off to 'The replacement crush' by Lisa Brown Roberts. This time Amy MacIntyre, Vivian's best friend and co-blogger, gets her own chance at HEA. Amy has had a crush on Toff Nichols, Vivian's future stepbrother, for a very long time, but they seem to have very little in common. Toff is a gorgeous surfing champion with plenty of charisma and 'swagger', and absolutely no interest in books. When Amy decided to participate in a social media book contest, she asks Toff to become her 'coach' and teach how to become a winner. Toff knows that all Amy really needs is a bit more self-confidence. He is intrigued by the challenge and is gradually drawn into Amy's world which turns out to be surprisingly interesting.
This was a very enjoyable read. To be honest, the author had me at the word 'kniffiti' (Amy's first challenge in the context), and then I just couldn't put the book down, until I knew how the romance is going to develop and what obstacles they will have to overcome.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher (Entangled: Teen) for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
December 10, 2019

There were legit reasons she prefered book boyfriends over reallife boys.

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Did you ever wonder if there’s a cute romance book between a bookworm and a surfer boy?
Well, look no further, because this is the one.
A book full of bookish quotes, bookish tropes and a lot of cute romance. A book full of bookstagram and bookyoutubers and book clubs.
It was so adorable and it made me really, really happy. Definitely recommend.
Just look at this:
Maybe up her fake girlfriend game?
Pull a Lara Jean from All the Boys I've loved before and kiss him?

Or this:
Amy grabbed one of her latest favorites, a gay romance about the prince of England falling in love with the son of the United States president.

Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
She didn't need a hero to swoop in to save the day.
Escape plan or not, she could save herself.
She hoped.

Amy is the typical bookworm you could imagine. Clever, but really shy. Loves books and would love to discuss books with the world, but can’t leave her introvert comfort zone. But then there’s a competition and Amy knows - now or never. After a risky plan goes wrong, Amy is saved by Toff (short for Christopher - cute, right?), who shows her that she can do a lot if she’s just a little braver, a little bolder. Not just in the real world, also on the internet.
And even though Toff is supporting her as “her coach” (Hahaha yeah, “coach” right?) she is having a huge character development within the book and I love it! She learns to believe in herself and it’s so wonderful to see her shine ❤️
Also Toff - this stubborn surfer boy. When it comes to love he’s a little bit slow. He does mistakes (everybody does, duh) and he realizes what he did, but always when it’s nearly too late to solve the problem and ask for forgiveness. But Amy (my babe💙) is a forgiving, loving, bookish cinnamon roll and that’s why even though it isn’t such a huge one like Amy’s, Toff has a little character development that makes him truly adorable.
The side characters - starting with Braydon, Amy’s little brother and ending with a French chef - all had a purpose and pushed the story forward. The author did a great job with that.

Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Amy and Toff. Bookworm and Surfer boy.
Oh, this was so cute.
It was adorkable, absolutely ADORKABLE 💜
But even if it had some drama in it, I had the feeling that we would have way less drama and misunderstandings in the world if we all acted like Amy or Toff.
Even though they talked like really adults about problems, I still felt all the angst of teenage love.

Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The bookish quotes, the adorable teenage love and all the feels made the book so enjoyable, but what also really helped was the fast paced writing style that urged me to read further and never stop.
I had fun reading it and it really made me happy.
So, if you ever need a bookish romance novel, just take this one. 💛

Also, Amy is all of us:
She owned all twenty-five of Lucinda's books in hardback,
thirteen in softcover,
and five foreign editions,
even though she didn't read German or french.

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1,063 reviews479 followers
March 16, 2021
Well written, often amusing, but overly long. Amy and Toff are a cute couple, but polar opposites. He is a surfer god, and she is a book nerd, intent on winning a contest to meet her favourite author. I thought their collaboration on making Amy more popular on instagram, etc., was adorable. I loved the references to her favourite books, and the Elizabeth and Darcy/Pride and Prejudice parallels were enjoyable. This is more suited to younger teens. Good clean fun with the odd make out session thrown in. I rate this a 3.8 out of 5.
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March 1, 2020
For YA romance book,this book is OK. This is actually rom com book. What works for me is that stupid cute innocent banter between Toff and Amy. Bonnie and Clyde. Although the story is not believable with all of that insta lust, for YA fans, it still OK.

I wish there is more depth with this book. Some kind of twist with more moral message. Well anway.... it is still a enjoyable read.

3 stars
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Author 6 books604 followers
September 30, 2019
Hello, lovely readers!

It’s not the easiest time to be a romance writer, yet here I am, five-starring my own book, but more important, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-ing romance.

I’m deeply aware of the important cultural sea change brought about by the #metoo movement and its impact on my favorite genre.

It’s more important than ever to write stories about those who earn love by opening up, risking vulnerability, and giving without expectation of receiving.

If you’ve read any of my books, you know how I write my heroes—good guys one and all, beta boys and squishy alphas. Some of my heroes have more swagger than others (like Toff in THE BOOKWORM CRUSH) but none of them are alphaholes.

The road to an HEA or HFN isn’t easy, in books or IRL, but the more honest the relationship is, the more likely it is to last. Flirty banter and sparky chemistry helps, too. 😉

I’ll always believe in love—love borne out of friendship, honesty, respect, humor...and yeah, butterflies and swoons.

And I’ll never apologize for writing romance.
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505 reviews306 followers
November 5, 2019
Surfer Boy + Bookish Girl = Cutest Story Ever!

I laughed, cried, sighed and fell madly in love, so it's no surprise that The Book Worm Crush became an instant favorite! This story was the perfect mix of being cute and fluffy while also being deep and emotional. And with characters that leaped off of the pages and easily stole my heart, sigh, I absolutely loved this book. If you're looking for one last summerish read or if you love ya romance that is swoon worthy then definitely pick this one up!
God, he was a cliché . So was she, with her ridiculous crush on him. Maybe they belonged together after all, like the Instagram commenter suggested.
Yeah, right.

Amy is a heroine everyone can root for. She was sweet, shy, loved books, and she was not only a book blogger, but a bookstagrammer too. So I understood how she felt about wanting to win a contest to meet and interview her unicorn author. She knew that she had to step out of her comfort zone if she wanted to win. And who better to help coach her on winning and being confident then local surfer celebrity, Toff. It shouldn't matter that she'd crushed on him since they were little kids. Or that she got even more shy and nervous when he was around. But after the book started off with a huge bang, go raccoons lol!, I knew Amy had it in her to step up to the game and even possibly win.
She wasn’t sure how much longer she could pretend to be immune to Toff— fake, real, and everything in between. Her resolve was fading, which was no surprise.

When Amy and Toff were together, I couldn't stop laughing. There was a whole lot of banter and joking around going on. And even though Toff was the confident, flirty one, I couldn't stop grinning any time Amy would throw him off his game. Their interaction was smile inducing and I felt like I was in on all of their inside jokes. Btw Bonnie and Clyde was the cutest nicknames ever! As Toff helped Amy with the contest challenges and becoming more confident, I loved watching their friendship grow. Even if there were a lots of bumps along the way.
He willed her to look him in the eye, hoping she could tell he was serious for once. She took a breath and met his gaze. The energy between them shifted, like an electrical storm descended right over their table, crackling with lightning bolts.

Toff was charismatic, insanely talented, and absolutely gorgeous, but he had a guarded heart. He got through life joking around and not being too serious. And surfing, competing and girls were his life. But when Amy came crashing into it, she started to shake everything up. And as we slowly got to know Toff inside and out, I found myself falling even harder for him. Yes Toff had some growing up to do, but his progress pulled at my heart and made me love and root for him that much harder.
Being with her felt so good. Easy. Fun. Fiery.

You guys, I loved every single tiny thing about The Book Worm Crush. Not only did we get to switch back and forth between Amy and Toff, but there was also so much book talk. And while this story was absolutely adorable, it had a strong emotional side too. I kept finding myself getting hit with all of the feels. I was sitting on a beach reading and couldn't stop crying. And then later on I was not just crying, but sobbing. This story truly has it all!
As Toff sat across from her, she drank him in. Suntanned and smiling, blue eyes sparkling, he made her heart skip a beat. Confused or not, she was going to enjoy this. Enjoy him. Them.

So if you're a fan of ya, romance, gushing about books or falling in love then definitely add this one to your tbr. With all of the book love sprinkled throughout the pages, I think book lovers will be just as obsessed about this book as I was. And while this book is a spin-off from The Replacement Crush, you definitely don't need to read that book first. This can easily be read as a standalone, but I fell madly in love with that book too. So I recommend them both! So when you pick this book up please come and obsess with me. I desperately need to talk all about Amy, Toff and of course penguins too!

PS I loved Amy's younger brother, Brayden! He was sneaky, hilarious and constantly cracked me up. He is someone I'd love to read about when he's older. I can't even imagine all of the trouble he'd get into as a teenager lol.
Happily Ever After, Happy for Now, whatever this was, Amy was embracing it.
No regrets.

PPS There's a video scene and it was so funny that I re-read that chapter four times. Yup, it was that fabulous!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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913 reviews192 followers
February 25, 2022
buddy read with mina!

andddd the streak of bad buddy reads continues for mina and i... somehow we always manage to choose the bad books haha, but hopefully this is the last of that!

but anyway this was bad. not so bad it's good, like some of the books i read. it was just bad. it was cringy, it was childish, it made me want to curl up in a ball and quit reading forever if i read the word "swagger" one more time. all in all, wasn't a great ride, though i did have fun slamming it with mina!

i really can't work out why i ever put this on my tbr in the first place, it's such a ridiculous concept too? and sometimes the inner monologue of Toff (and what kind of nickname is Toff i swear) was really damn entitled-white-male, which wasn't cute at all.

really didn't enjoy this :// though at least it was easy to read and we flew through it.
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683 reviews244 followers
February 22, 2022
buddy read with Darcey

No more books with high schoolers. Repeat after me. No more books with high schoolers. Also, if I read/hear swag or swagger once before I die

What a pain this was. It was simple, and it read fast, thank the universe for that. It’s written in such a way that the characters sound and act so young, younger than they supposedly are. And I wouldn’t have minded that, after all, I kinda got used to it, but then they ended up having sex, and it felt so wrong because in my head the MCs were 13-15 instead of the supposed 16-18.

I should’ve taken notes while reading this because I know I had opinions on things, but now I’m just… It took my low expectations and dug itself a little bit more.

Oh, one of the complaints is the nicknames- As my BR told me, we didn’t read the first book so we may have missed some things, but… At first, I thought Toff is a stupid name (still think that), but I got used to it, and then I found out his name is Christopher 😶😐😳🤯 yeah, make the mc a special snowflake by giving him such a unique nickname. Also, they call him Flipper too. Why? I have no idea, but maybe you do if you read the first book. If you know, share the knowledge with me. There was also the thing that most people called Dallas, the guy from book 1, McNerd. I guess it's what his girlfriend started calling him, which is ok, cute-ish, but why are other people calling him that? It’s weird.

If I see swag/swagger one more time I'm going to flip. It was used 54! times
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1,000 reviews76 followers
October 31, 2020
Tāds burvīgi piemīlīgs pirmās mīlestības stāsts. Vismaz manai gaumei cukurvates tieši tik, cik vajag. Kad introverts satiek ektravertu un pamanās izvilnināt no otra labāko, lai līdzsvarotu viens otru.
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392 reviews262 followers
September 22, 2019
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

3.5 stars

when i received an email from entangled teen telling me that the replacement crush was getting a spin-off novel, i was so excited. but then i realized that i remember absolutely nothing about the book except for how cute it was, and i was worried that it would ruin my reading experience for the bookworm crush. fortunately, other than the setting and the characters, the bookworm crush has a plot fully independent of that of the previous novel, and the author threw in explanations whenever necessary.

people who love us always find a way to show it while they’re here, somehow. i think they still find a way, even when they’ve moved on to the stars.

amy, the protagonist, is a huge bookworm, and i could really relate to her (the bookworm part, not the being sweet part. i’m more salt than sugar, thank you very much.) i love books about bibliophiles, especially those who share about their reading experiences online, and it’s so amazing seeing amy become more confident through sharing her love of books on social media. she’s also super sweet and treats her friends and family with so much kindness and love, my heart practically melted. and also, i screamed every time she makes a bookish / film reference. red, white and royal blue was even mentioned – the author has sure done a lot of research on the latest ya novels:

amy grabbed one of her latest favorites, a gay romance about the prince of England falling in love with the son of the united states president.

the romance was also extremely cute. i loooove the opposites attract and fake relationship tropes and they are done so well in the bookworm crush. toff is a popular and confident surfer who spends about 95% of his time at the beach and never reads, while amy is a huge bookworm with a great love for romance novels, but is really shy and always lets her friend, vivian, do all the talking on their blog and booktube channel. amy and toff complement each other so well – toff slowly coaxes amy out of her shell and teaches her to believe in herself and speak out, while amy introduces toff to the wonderful world of reading. i was rooting for the two of them from the very beginning. ♡

i loved the whole plot and romance and setting, but sadly something really bugged me out and it was that none of the characters actually acted like teenagers. they sometimes say and do the most stupid things, and sometimes i forget they’re eighteen-year-olds because they act like they’re twelve. that put me off and really affected my enjoyment of the novel, so i can only give this book a 3.5 star rating in the end 😦

the bookworm crush was overall a very fun read (except for the teenagers not really acting like teenagers part), and i hope i’ll get to read more of lisa brown roberts’s work soon! the book will be released on the october 1st, 2019, and i can’t wait for the rest of the world to give it a try.

this review first appeared on my book blog, marshmallow pudding:

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1,043 reviews2,398 followers
October 30, 2019
The Bookworm Crush is my first book by Lisa Brown Reynolds and now I want to go back and read the first book in this world!! This was super cute! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a really sweet and fun Young Adult novel and this one certainly hit the spot. Huge props to the author for making me fall in love.

Here’s what I loved:
The trope is an absolute favorite of mine. The fake relationship trope is like my catnip. Not to mention books about booklovers are an absolute favorite. I can relate so much to the character and it makes the reading that much more enjoyable. This one was executed very well.
I love the main characters. Toff is such a cool dude. The hot surfer type character who Amy has secretly been crushing on forever. Again, super cute!
The plot is solid, the romance was good, and its an all around fun little book. The reference to popular books throughout the narrative was very impressive. The author really impresses with her knowledge.

Overall, this was a win. A solid YA that reads like YA and made me remember first loves and secret crushes. Two thumbs up!
4.25 Stars
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1,069 reviews138 followers
October 18, 2019
GUH, this book. It's probably an older teen YA book because of some serious-times making out and lead up to sex, even though the actual sex scenes are fade-to-black. The characters are approximately 17 (summer before senior year of high school). This is one of those prime examples where YA really needs two separate categories, one for young teens and one for older teens.

As a 33 year old lady I super loved this book. Amy is a ride-or-die romance reader, and there are allusions to several popular YA novels sprinkled throughout this book. She's also a book blogger and bookstagrammer, so there's plenty of bookish acronyms and jargon slung around in this book. Like any truly great romance, this book is about Amy finding her "swagger" and coming out of her shell as much as it is about her fake relationship (trope alert! squee!) and budding romance with Toff.

Ohhh, Toff. The sexy surfer baby-alpha. He also does a fair amount of growing up throughout this book, though I didn't love his character arc quite as much as I loved Amy's. Then again, I definitely relate to the bookworm who lacks self-confidence a lot more than the swaggering (is that a word?) champion surfer, so make of that what you will. Roff and Amy together are so cute, and I love how he teases her fire out of her. This book made me grin like an idiot several times, and also hurt my heart and had be on the verge of tears a couple of times. Upon finishing it I immediately went and bought the companion book, so that's pretty much a guaranteed 5 star rating for me!

This is basically the second book in a series, as it's a spin off of the author's previous book, The Replacement Crush. It can be read as a stand alone, but there are some minor spoilers for the "first" book.

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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June 13, 2020
The follow-up to The Replacement Crush; Toff and Amy are the main characters in this sequel. It was a good read, because I liked the “continuing adventures” of the teens from the first book.
*Red Flags*
I would hesitate to recommend this book to the audience for which it was intended, young adults. There is a lot of underage drinking and some rather descriptive instances of teen sex. Adult guidance is needed with this book.
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346 reviews38 followers
July 21, 2020
4.5 || Es war sooooo süüüüüüüss!!
Ich musste mehrmals lachen und mochte alle in dem Buch. Da war auch kein Drama das ich total übertrieben fand oder so. Fühlte sich durchaus echt an. Schreibstil war sehr angenehm. Muss mehr von der Autorin lesen. Für mich war das die perfekte feel good Lovestory. Ich liebe es! Falls das nicht klar war.
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501 reviews16 followers
May 4, 2020
So I accidentally picked this one because I loved the cover and the title not realizing it was a YA romance about 18 year olds. I read it anyway and it was very cute and very sweet.
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569 reviews115 followers
November 10, 2019
This was such a cute, fluffy and endearing contemporary romance story! Loved it! After falling in love with this author's story telling when I read an ARC of the replacement crush, I was so excited to see the author was going to tell Toff and Amy's story as well in the Bookworm Crush. It was definitely not a disappointment. Whereas I still love the Replacement Crush a bit more though, this was still a truly wonderful read that I'd recommend to any romance reader out there, from the bottom of my romantic craving bookworm heart.

This is a book you can pick up any time, any place and 'loose yourself in'. So far, I've read 3 books of Lisa Brown Roberts and I loved them all. I dare say I have a new author to put on my favorites list when it comes to ya contemporary romance and I really can't wait to dive into her other books that I haven't read yet.

If you like a cute, light on angst, fluffy and sometimes a teeny tiny bit steamy romance story, this book is the one you need to pick up next. Lisa's way of story-telling had me hooked from the very first page and it was such a joyful feeling to follow Amy and Toff's story. It literally brought a smile to my face numerous times. Just the perfect pick when you're in need of an addicted lighthearted read!

Go check out this author's other books as well!
You can read my review of the Replacement Crush, the companion novel to the Bookworm Crush, here:

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July 24, 2020
It talked about everything from twitter to Instagram, the thing is internet is not the only thing important about a bookworm but an actual book is. Not even a single instance where Amy is reading and how she feels when she is reading. Such a hoax in the name of a book based on bookworms. If I had to read a romance only I'd pick literally any other book cuz this was highly disappointing and boring.
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June 20, 2020
If I could give it 10 stars, I would!!! This book has a lot of feels! I would totally recommend this book to everyone!!
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1,523 reviews76 followers
October 30, 2019
Thank you Entangled and NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Bookworm Crush
By: Lisa Brown Roberts

*REVIEW* 💖💖💖💖
The Bookworm Crush is a spin-off from a book I haven't read, but it's fine as a standalone. Amy and Toff-seventeen, young love, etc. Toff is a hottie. Amy lacks self confidence. This story is fun and engaging but predictable. I liked the bookstagram bits and what not sprinkled throughout the story. I think this book is a charming and entertaining read for the older end of the young adult spectrum.
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436 reviews543 followers
October 12, 2019
4.5 stars

This was so so fun! I read it in 4 hrs and stayed up way too late reading!
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1,839 reviews416 followers
October 28, 2019
OMG! I loved this book to death! This is the book written for book bloggers and readers alike. Especially those in love with romance books. Amy was so much myself as a teen, except it was just reading in my teenage years, and now as an adult there is all the social media and blogging that I totally would have been into back then, since I'm loving them now. Reading about all the assignments Amy had to complete in order to win the contest to meet her favorite author was just like hanging out with my fellow book bloggers. I loved how all the supporting characters were just as vivid and interesting as the main characters, and having them there really just enhanced the story and filled it all in. I have to say that sometimes it is nice to have what you think of as normal families like Amy's, because there are still families out there like that. Parents that are happily married, a younger brother that is a normal younger brother, etc. But to have real life issues right along with that. As someone who grew up with a pretty normal family, issues like one parent losing a job and needing to find one actually is something I did deal with. So it was nice to read about that, and get a chance to read of a teen with a similar lifestyle and dreams as when I was one.

I was supposed to read the book that this is a companion to when it came out, The Replacement Crush, but I never had the time. After meeting Viv and Dallas in this one though, I know that I need to make the time to go back and read their love story as well. I'll be sure to share this book with my readers and bloggers in the school where I'm a librarian, and to recommend it at the bookstore where I work.

This review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.
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946 reviews33 followers
February 3, 2020
2.5 stars.

TW: mentions of past parent death from cancer

Amy is ready to compete for a chance to meet and interview her favorite author. To do that, she has to break out of her shell and step into the spotlight to be noticed. She has never been good at that, content to live in the world of her books. So, she turns to a competition coach. Amy has always had a crush on Toff which makes it difficult for her to focus when he agree to help her. When feelings start to come into the picture, Amy has to sort through her feelings and whether or not Toff feels the same way.

At the beginning, I was overwhelmed with this. Amy showed off just how big of a bookworm she was. References were made left and right. There were few sentences in there that didn't have some reference to pop culture. I can handle pop culture references, but that was too much. Luckily, it seemed to taper off as the story went on and was more focused on the competition and budding romance, but overall there were just too many references to me.

The romance though was something I enjoyed. Amy and Toff's relationship was a slow-burn. These two opposite individuals who slowly grew to like each other after spending so much time together. Toff really helped Amy grow and break out of her shell. He found a way for her to find that confidence in herself. It was cute and really what kept me reading this book.

Other than the romance and some of the relationships (mainly Toff and his dad), this book feel a little flat for me. There was nothing to really draw me into for long. With the constant references to pop culture it easily pulled me out of the story wishing the author would find another way to show how quirky that Amy was.
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2,296 reviews165 followers
October 27, 2019
The Bookworm Crush is such a cute book. As a bookworm and bookstagrammer myself, I loved the whole premise of this story. Fun bookish and pop culture references, talk about book reviews and arcs, book bloggers and vloggers- if it made my heart happy at this age, I can’t imagine how much I’d love this as a teen-age bibliophile!

For the most part, this was a light-hearted, fun read that any bookworm will enjoy.
But there were also some heavier, more emotional parts dealing with, and coming to terms with, grief. I thought I was safe reading the last 15% at work, but man did Toff pull at the heartstrings!
I loved that we got both Amy and Toff’s points of view in this book. It made some of the things Toff did a little easier to accept, being in his head and knowing his reasons, instead of just seeing them from Amy’s pov.

I liked seeing how Amy really blossomed in this book. It was partly thanks to Toff’s coaching, but mostly just on her own, as she grew more confident and more sure of herself. I enjoyed the back and forth between her and Toff, and how he helped her see what was inside her all along. And I loved how Amy made Toff see that romance and relationships weren’t a bad thing!

I think all bookworms will enjoy this one, no matter your age!
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