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Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her--no matter how hard she might crush on him. She's valedictorian; he's a surf bum. She's got plans, he's got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled. Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do. Good thing Anthony's got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date--something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are--wins. Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea). Or a cooking class where they don't even get to eat the food (her idea). It's all about the competition, and it's meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn't supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai's future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?

242 pages, ebook

Published May 4, 2020

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Amy Fellner Dominy

9 books259 followers
Hi! I'm the author of novels for teens and tweens as well as picture books for toddlers. I love writing stories that will make you laugh, sigh, swoon...and if I break your heart I promise to patch it up by the end. :) New in YA Romance, the follow-up to Announcing Trouble: HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH. May the worst date win!

I live and sweat in Phoenix, Arizona with my hubby and a puppy who is training us.

Learn more about all my titles at www.amydominy.com. You'll also find a link there to sign up for my newsletter with exclusive news, excerpts, and giveaways.
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Author 1 book140 followers
May 5, 2020
The dynamics of How to quit your crush are really interesting. Both Mai and Antony have had a difficult upbringing. They are worlds apart but opposites attract.

Mai is focused and driven. Antony isn’t aiming for academic excellence. The pair seem impossible, even after sharing a sweet memory. They both sign up for the same project and decide to try and quit their feelings for each other by having a 2-week fling. Their differences are apparent, but so is their connection.

This is a fun read with a difficult backstory. It’s part of a series however can be read as a standalone.

The first 10% of this book was a bit of a struggle for me. The set up was a little slow, but the story is really good and I’m glad I stuck with it.

4 stars out of 5.

*ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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1,079 reviews494 followers
April 25, 2020
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My apologies, but I'm going to have to gush a bit here: what a great, often hilarious, emotionally intelligent (and just plain intelligent) read this was! I love Amy Fellner Dominy's writing. Her world building, her sassy, snappy characters, and witty dialogue always have me coming back for more. She gets better and better with each new book. (I guffawed when I read her tribute to her long-suffering husband in her Acknowledgement, and what he has to endure when she is in the process of writing a book. Amy Fellner Dominy, simply put, has a way with words! Some of the one-liners just floored me, they were so brilliant.

Mai (Maya) Senn and Anthony Adams - what a pair! They appear to have absolutely nothing in common. She is brainy, goal-oriented and focused. She also has a "good girl" complex. Anthony doesn't like rules or plans. But for some reason, these two have sizzling chemistry and can't stay away from each other. In the end, Mai realizes that, despite their glaring differences, Anthony helps her to be "her more authentic self," to take risks and challenge herself physically as well as mentally.

Both of these adorably sweet new adults are facing uncertain futures: work, college, travel. But both are haunted by events in their pasts that affect the way they approach decision-making in their lives. Maya was adopted (she was left at an orphanage in Guyana, South America when she was a baby.) At first, she was the usual outgoing, rambunctious child growing up, but one day she wandered off and got lost on a family hiking trip when she was seven years old and she still has not gotten over the fear that popped into her fearful little head that her parents might have been relieved that she was gone and could then look for a better, more well-behaved child. Since then, she has curbed her natural outgoing instincts and has toed the line, trying to blend in with her adopted family. But Mai's exuberant, witty personality can only be smothered for so long - her undeniable attraction to Anthony is the catalyst that forces her to admit that she has been making choices that fit in with her parents' expectations, rather than her own.

Anthony was always "chill" about everything, but he used to be more goal-oriented and involved with life -before his father died of prostate cancer. Anthony never wants to be so invested in or excited about anything again, because it hurt too much when people died, dreams ended or plans failed. Anthony's mother is struggling with her husband's death just as much as Anthony is, but in the end, they both come to the realization that you can't live in fear of being hurt again. Yes, take precautions, make wise decisions - but keep taking those chances, say yes to love, and live life to the best of your ability.

I enjoy reading YA and NA books for this very reason. Life teaches us many lessons:, and as we get older, most of us become more cautious and less enthusiastic about risk taking. But Anthony and Mai are vivacious, intelligent young lovers who needed to learn to make decisions for themselves and to take risks that are both physically and mentally challenging. Mai's parents may not approve of Anthony, but Mai finds the courage to defy and shatter their expectations by taking a stand and putting her needs first. I love that the ending is very realistic - but oh so satisfying. I was always happy to return to this book after diligently slogging through my set work hours each day. The witty banter pulled my spirits up so many times during this Quarantine.. I absolutely encourage everyone to read this book. All the stars and then some!
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2,763 reviews1,338 followers
April 16, 2020
Announcing Trouble was hands-down the best YA book I read last year. So you can imagine how stoked I was to get my hands on How to Quit Your Crush. I was pumped to get some more time in this world, with these characters, and this completely delicious storytelling.

Amy Fellner Dominy did not disappoint. The magic that I found in Announcing Trouble was not a fluke. I was just as enchanted with this story, every bit as charmed by the writing, and completely in love with the characters. There is such an authentic feel in the way these stories are told – the voice is not too old, and not too young. It feels so realistic and, since my heart will never tire of falling in love for the first time (hence, my romance addiction), I was utterly addicted Hooked from the first page to the last.

Mai and Anthony were so much fun. They’re both carrying around a fair amount of baggage, so there are some heavier undertones to their story. Their interactions were a delight – full of sparky banter, heartfelt caring, and a flirty physical chemistry that set my heart aflutter. I loved how the characters grew and matured over the course of the story. I loved how they sorted through their own baggage and gave themselves space to grow separately so they could be better for each other together.

How to Quit Your Crush proved Amy Fellner Dominy to be a new favorite author, and a new favorite YA voice for sure. This was another piece of YA perfection – delivering more heart fluttering, smile-inducing swoons than I ever could have asked for. There is so much goodness tucked into these pages, and I can't recommend it highly enough! ~ Shelly, 5 Stars
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850 reviews598 followers
May 2, 2020
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This was such an adorable story that intrigued me from the very start. The amusing synopsis is what hooked me but I stayed for the wonderful characters and excellent storytelling.

I was really a fan of the author's writing style. It was easy to follow and felt very natural. The plot of the story was intriguing from the start and worked itself out quite well.

I enjoyed these characters so much. Mai is a character that travels the straight and narrow, always has a plan, and meets the perfect expectations set by her parents. Anthony is a character that is still reeling from the loss of his father three years ago, struggling to let anyone in. Both of them really had such different and distinct personalities. I loved how much depth the characters had as well as their incredible character growth. I liked that while this was a romance book, the main characters still had things that they had to overcome as individuals in the story.

Mai and Anthony couldn't be more different but they chemistry that they have together just worked. I loved how they both really brought out the best parts of the other without even trying. Their relationship had a lot of ups and downs but the fact that they both cared about the other was ever-present in the story. Mai and Anthony had this pull towards each other that they couldn't get away from. They had the cutest banter and such a strong connection.

The fast-paced flow worked well for this story but I wish that the book had been a little bit longer. I felt that the ending was a little rushed. I honestly didn't feel like I got enough closure.

Overall, this is an entertaining opposites-attract story that was packed with plenty of emotion. This was a sweet YA romance with humor, insightful moments, and a romance that will put a smile on your face. I'm excited to read more from this author.

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2,017 reviews230 followers
May 11, 2020
How to Quit Your Crush is a standalone young adult contemporary romance by Amy Fellner Dominy. It is set in the same world as her YA contemporary romance, Announcing Trouble. I really enjoyed Announcing Trouble and was super excited to dive back into this world to get Mai and Anthony’s story. But don’t worry- if you are new to this world, you don’t need to read Announcing Trouble first to be able to enjoy How to Quit Your Crush. And I think I enjoyed this one a little more than Announcing Trouble (though it was close!)

Mai and Anthony were characters I wanted to know more about after I finished Announcing Trouble and I was super excited when I heard they would be getting their own story. This was a classic case of opposites attracting. However; with Mai and Anthony they both admit to their crush, but they want to get over the other one. Insert one genius (??) plan to try and out “bad-date” each other. What follows is a super cute, completely hilarious romp over a series of bad and even worse bad dates. I absolutely loved the two of them together. They are so opposite in many ways, but they still have plenty of levels and topics to connect on.

How to quit your Crush is pure fun, perfect for spring and summertime! I loved the banter that Mai and Anthony share, but there are plenty of genuine warm and fuzzy heartfelt moments that made me really connect with each of them. Watching them try to decide they were truly over the other made me smile and shake my head several times, and seeing some of the things they would do just to be near each other had me rooting for these two hard core. If you are looking for a cute, funny romance How to Quit Your Crush is a winner! I loved this book!
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6,316 reviews215 followers
April 29, 2020
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

How to Quit Your Crush was such a cute book. In it, you will meet Mai and Anthony. They were sort of together but now they aren't. Oh wait, they are.. but then they aren't? If you are confused, then that is the correct feeling. These two were trying to not be together when they really wanted to be. It was a constant roller coaster with them involved.

The reason why they couldn't be together was probably the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. First off, Mai's family were like a bunch of robots. I also didn't like how judgey her brother Ethan was from time to time. Then the whole, you should be with this family friend because it will make everyone happy in the end is a bunch of bull.

After meeting Mai and Anthony, I had a feeling that things were going to work out between them. I honestly really wanted them to be together and laughed when they had a competition of bad dates. The whole point was to make them not be attracted to one another but failed consistently.

In the end, they had their drama but it ended up annoying me more than putting a smile on my face. It was still cute though and an easy book to read.
June 7, 2020
22 May 2020
TAKE THAT LOCKDOWN ANXIETY. I finally finished a book. And I should have finished this ages ago because it was actually very good.

Edit 7 June 2020

Note: I was supposed to post this a month ago (May 5th to be exact). And I am so sorry I didn't. But I'm posting it now because I've really enjoyed both books in this YA contemporary romance series. You can read the first book's review here. And just so you know, I should mention this book contains familial grief.

The timing of this book’s release cannot be ignored, at least by me. I may have graduated over a decade ago myself (Class of ’09!), but I know a lot of young people missing out on a “proper” graduation. My cousin officially finished her American undergraduate degree from South Africa, where she (like me) is stuck in lockdown with some of our family. I volunteer as a biology tutor, and my student lost her chance to do her A-levels as things stand.

All this is to say…the experience of reading a book that kicks off at a graduation after-party is…odd. It seems surreal given the current world we find ourselves in. Not good or bad, and I wouldn’t have opted to postpone the publication of the book, but I also think we need to take this moment to recognise how education has been disrupted, along with the traditions that go with it, and how young people must be feeling right now.

Now that that’s over… I already knew the stars of How to Quit Your Crush from Announcing Trouble, a book that delighted me more than I expected it to. As you can imagine, I went in both nervous and with high expectations. It’s genuinely nerve-racking to read a second book by an author you’ve enjoyed before. (Not Amy’s actual second book, mind you.)

While this book didn’t catch my attention right from the first sentence like Announcing Trouble did, once I’d eased my way in and refreshed my memory on some of the details I’d forgotten since August 2019, it became clear that earlier book wasn’t a fluke. Amy has a style of writing that’s at once engaging and very accessible. Even though it took me a while to finish the book because I’ve been generally struggling to concentrate on things, Amy made it a little easier.

The Opposites Attract trope is a great one. It inherently introduces tension between characters and adds to the satisfaction of the moment they realise they do belong with each other. On top of that, it also makes you question your own prejudices, and whether you should give people outside of your immediate sphere a chance. (Spoiler: you should.) I loved seeing how Mai and Anthony bounced off each other with their banter, complemented each others’ natures, and helped each other grow. That’s what great relationships are made of!

And just like with Announcing Trouble, this book had an extra dose of depth to it that I didn’t expect. For example, Mai’s journey involves family expectations compounded by the fact she was adopted, along with coping with a phobia. So while you’re treated to banter and swoons, you also learn about different experiences.

Overall, I had fun with this one. Maybe not as much as I did with Announcing Trouble, but that could just be because of all the weirdness going on right now. It was a welcome break into a world where we’re not all in lockdown.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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519 reviews86 followers
April 19, 2020
How to Quit Your Crush is a good read for me. I loved the fast pacing and the storyline the most. I have yet read Announcing Trouble where it all started with Josie and Garrett. But it’s okay if you didn’t read it because it really is a different story but the characters are from the same school.

This book follows a story about Maya and Anthony. Both are having crush towards each other but Maya knows Anthony is not good for someone like her. The background of her family confirms that. Her parents are both scientist and always focus on the future of their children. But Maya likes Anthony and Anthony likes Maya.

Maya knows that her parents wouldn’t allow her to be in relationship with someone like Anthony. Anthony is totally different than Maya. His life and his plan for his future. I guess that’s why the opposites attract.

Knowing that they need to end whatever feelings they have for each other, they both working on a plan where they will have a two-week fling and after that they will end whatever the thing is between them. But the question is, are they going to successfully end it?

I found myself addicted to this story and it such a great YA Contemporary with high school romance. I loved the characters so much and they feel so realistic. I wish there were more about them. I liked reading about Maya and Anthony. However the book is too short and I can't enough of it.

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me a copy of How to Quit Your Crush in return for an honest review. This book will be available on May 4th, 2020.
May 3, 2020
I enjoyed this, but I wanted to enjoy it more than I did. It was fast paced and enjoyable but I found the back and forth between characters emotional POVs annoying, the constant repetition of oh I shouldn’t but, we can’t be together but...., it was irritating. I found it just detracted too much and stop me enjoying it more.its a shame because I loved the previous book in this series (this can be read as standalone) and I’m sure I will love future books as much again, just not disappointed in this.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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3,439 reviews233 followers
April 20, 2020
Mai wanted the "bubbles" to stop. Anthony wanted to extinguish the flame. They embarked on a two week "fling" in order to crush their crush, but their plan may very well have backfired on them.

Announcing Trouble was such a hit for me, and I jumped at the chance to get back into this world. I was always curious as to why Mai and Anthony didn't work out in the last book, and therefore, was interested in getting the full story. I must say, I was surprised by some of the things I learned about these two, and I really loved getting to see them get their HEA.

Anthony was known to be the go-with-flow fun party boy. He didn't take his grades too seriously, and didn't seem to have any concrete post graduation plans. It seemed as though losing his father had a huge impact on Anthony and the way he thought about many things, such as relationships and his future. It was really his journey, that gripped me and didn't let go. I felt those tears welling up almost every time he started to unpack his baggage. I also loved learning about all these different sides of Anthony, which he kept hidden. He was a lot more complex, than I had anticipated, and it was a treat peeling back those layers.

Mai also carried some baggage. She hadn't always been *this* Mai, the merit scholar winning valedictorian with the five-year-plus plan. It was a combination of things, which resulted in this version of her, but I discovered it was partially driven by fear. That aspect of her story sort of broke my heart, but it made me more happy to know she had Anthony in her corner.

Now that I got all the big emotional stuff out of the way, I have to talk about how fun this book was. Mai and Anthony were a great pairing. They had chemistry and sparks, and the banter between them was noteworthy. I thought the dates were fantastic, and they were also used well. The dates let us learn about and understand Mai and Anthony, while also allowing these two to grow closer.

I cannot forget to mention how much I enjoyed myself on the trail. Anthony inserted himself back into Mai's life by volunteering for the same service project as her, rehabbing a desert trail. I live in the northeast, and am not well acquainted with the desert. Therefore, I found my time out there quite interesting, and I like that Dominy really worked some of the location into the story.

Overall: This book had it all! It had great characters, swoony romance, fabulous banter, emotional depth, and even a grand gesture, which combined to yield a perfect escape for me.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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4,846 reviews294 followers
May 7, 2020
If you are in the mood for a YA romance that is finally about standing up for yourself despite your family's approval, then How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy is the read for you. I have to admit that this was another slow-burn romance which seems to be the theme around here lately in the books I have read recently. I have to admit I wasn't keen on the main female lead but at least she finally came to her senses at the end after a bout of jealousy kicked through, but took her long enough. I also hated her parents especially when it was revealed what they both said while they thought she was sleeping when she was seven and got lost. I was so angry at them as it's like how dare they say that about their daughter, don't they have a caring bone in their bodies? Anyway, How to Quit Your Crush is about Maya aka Mai who has just recently graduated high school and is on her journey to bigger and better things - so she decides a clean break is what she needs and before things can go any further she breaks up with Anthony - her secret boyfriend. Thinking that the relationship wasn't important, she believes she can just move on without a thought but life and fate have different plans as she still loves Anthony and vice versa. Over the summer, the pair end up working at the same Community Cares project and decide that the only way they can move on is to make each other hate them and so they propose a two-week fling in which the other tries to ruin their views of the other. Of course, as we know this will have an opposite reaction as they become closer to one another learning each other's dark secrets. Can Maya stand up to her family before it's too late or will she lose the one person who has loved her for who she is true?
Find out in How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy - a love/hate light YA romance by Entangled Crush.
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1,131 reviews96 followers
May 17, 2020
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How to Quit Your Crush was an adorably sweet young adult romance that had me swooning like a little school girl falling for her first crush! Mai and Anthony were an unlikely pair and even though she was convinced that he was the WRONG guy for her, I just knew that he was Mr. RIGHT and she would eventually realize that he might just happen to be her happily ever after. With every moment these two shared I found myself falling even more hopelessly in love with them. Every part of this story was beautifully heartwarming and I couldn't get enough as butterflies invaded my entire body.

Amy Fellner Dominy might happened to be a new author to me, but I am so freaking happy that I stumbled across this book and decided to give it a try! I love a good young adult romance and she definitely delivered one of my new favorites! I might have even bought myself a copy of her companion novel, Announcing Trouble (published prior to Mai and Anthony's story, but both stories can of course be enjoyed as standalones), which I am kind of excited to start reading hopefully soon...especially if there is a chance we might get to see a little bit more as to how their story first began.

If you are a fan of young adult romances, then you need to give this story a chance because you won't be able to resist Anthony's charm and you will surely fall in love with his and Mai's journey towards a happily ever after! Readers of ALL ages (young adult and up) will absolutely adore each and every tenderly sweet moment that the author brings your way!
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458 reviews33 followers
May 4, 2020
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

You can read the full review also on my blog https://booknotesbyathina.blogspot.com/

How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy is a sweet summer story about Mai and Anthony and their efforts to stop being attracted to each other.
Obviously things do not go as planned (not a spoiler!) and that's when the fun begins.

I liked the dynamics of the book and how different but at the same time similar our characters are. They both had difficulties in the past that made them who they are now. I also really liked the writing style of the author and I'll probably try to read more of her work.
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497 reviews7 followers
April 12, 2020
I cannot tell you how happy I was when I got a notification that this book was up on NetGalley! I loved the first one and couldn’t wait to delve back into this world but this time focusing on the lives of Mai and Anthony.

This can be read as a standalone but it will spoil Announcing Trouble!

I found myself completely addicted to this story and ended up reading it in one sitting. I could not put this book down and I was so desperate to find out how their story finished. This book made me laugh, it made me smile and it also made me tear up.

I absolutely love these characters and Amy Fellner Dominy has a way of making them feel so realistic and relatable. It’s almost as if these characters, including Josie and Garrett are actually a part in my everyday life. I love the use of dual perspectives as it really helped me understand each characters motives and reactions!

My only qualm with this book is how short it was. I could have easily have read hundreds of pages more of Mai and Anthony’s story. I would have loved to have seen more ‘worst dates’ as I’m a sucker for them!

Overall this was such an enjoyable, light-hearted and cute romance that I recommend reading (but read Announcing Trouble first!) I cannot wait to see what Amy Fellner Dominy comes out with next!

Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 9 books204 followers
May 11, 2020
I love this book so much. I love the characters, the flirty banter, and just the whole story. It’s an enemies to “lovers” story with a little something extra. Mai is driven. And that’s an understatement. She has a plan for everything, knows what she will do with her life down to the most minute detail, and absolutely doesn’t take risks. There are reasons for this, reasons that make Mai so much more than a one-dimensional character. Anthony is the complete opposite. For his own reasons, he is an inherent risk taker, he has no plan for his future, and lives life in the moment, never knowing what tomorrow may bring. What these two do have in common is an inexplicable attraction to one another that is one part chemistry and one part something neither of them truly understands. With Mai leaving for college soon and Anthony heading out on a quest with no particular plans beyond this, these two need to get each other out of their systems. They agree to a two-week immersion to really prove to themselves and each other why they’re so wrong together. Each plans alternating dates they absolutely know the other will hate, resulting in truly hilarious moments. But instead of pushing them further away, it appears to have the opposite effect. These two couldn’t be more different, but you know what they say — opposites attract!

The author does a great job of plotting the story so it never drags. The “hate” dates add comedy throughout and keep the story from even devolving into a sagging middle section. Instead, the pacing is spot on, and the character development and sprinkling of moments that help us understand the characters’ backstories is never tedious.

The Characters
The characters are the best part, and that’s saying something. Mai was hard for me to really identify with it first, but it didn’t take long for me to really get her on a much deeper level. As the only adopted child in her family, she not only looks different than her parents and brother, she feels different. She knows she was chosen, but she also knows she was abandoned by her birth parents. Her need for roots is so understandable, I just wanted to reach out and hug her so many times. Anthony recently lost his father to a short battle with cancer, proving that nothing in life is permanent. He believes in never looking to the future when you can live in the now, because the future isn’t guaranteed. While I’m more like Anthony naturally, rather than through circumstance, I found myself really empathizing with Mai. I was rooting for these two so hard from nearly the first chapter.

Top Five Things I Loved About HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH
1. Mai. She’s so uptight she’s practically a statue, and yet there is so much underlying all of that which makes her easy to love.

2. Anthony. He’s my “live in the moment” soul mate, and I was pulling for him to unwind Mai the whole time.

3. Hiking. I live in Southern California, so hiking is pretty much a way of life here, too, although not nearly as hot as in Phoenix! I loved the trail scenes the most.

4. Chemistry. Mai and Anthony have it in spades and it was raw and refreshing.

5. Witty banter. The dialogue was among the best I’ve read in a long time.

Bottom Line
An adorable romance with amazing characters and many laugh-out-loud moments. One of my top reads of 2020 so far.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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1,724 reviews185 followers
May 19, 2020
HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH is a sweet, heartfelt, swoon-worthy romance. The characters are endearing and easy to like, with plenty of charming banter, and a story that pulls on the reader's emotions. A delightfully entertaining read from beginning to end!

These characters were really great! I loved Anthony! Oh, my word! This boy! He made me laugh so much! He was all charm and bad-boy swagger (the innuendo and lines that came out of his mouth!) mixed with this good heart and a serious addiction to Mai. He also had some challenges that he was in denial about and needed to work through. Then there was Mai. The poor girl had issues. I really wanted to shake her a few times to force her to be honest with herself, her parents, and Anthony. I totally understood how she felt and her choices, but it was painful to witness. I also really liked Josie and some of the other characters and felt the author did a good job with them all.

I would say that this book was cute and fun, and it was, but it was also so much more. The romance was just plain delightful, with plenty of fabulous banter and chemistry. Then there were some more serious aspects of this story, parts that really tugged on my heart. I enjoyed how the author balanced all these different emotions... places that were light with humor and romance, and others that were heavier. There were also meaningful moments between family members, friends, and then Mai and Anthony.

I could have done without the swearing and suggestive content, but that would be my only complaint.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're looking for a story that is heartwarming, will make you laugh and swoon, and has great characters, I'd recommend this one. It left me with a smile and that great happily-ever-after feeling.

Content: Some profanity and swearing (quite a few s-words), and innuendo/suggestive comments, but nothing descriptive.
Source: I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher through Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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8 reviews
April 24, 2020
**Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC! I am truly going to cherish the copy I own and read it again at least a few more times!**

Despite the Wattpad-romance cover, this book is excellent!

Mai is determined, a planner, and she expects to be what she is expected to be, a Senn, however she is adopted and feels out of place sometimes.

Anthony is a slacking high school student who is and hangs out with jocks, he also experienced a tragedy— losing his father to cancer.

The synopsis defines their new relationship as baking soda and vinegar, when combined, bubbles erupt.

Mai and Anthony have emotional and physical attraction towards each other, yet neither of them are willing to admit it— so, they begin a "fling" in which they spend 2 weeks attempting to de-attach from any feelings for each other whatsoever. However, throughout their "journey" they find themselves entangled in a web of a feelings.

This is nothing but a cute, impressively realistic, light-hearted, and hilarious novel about love; running away from it, finding it, and finally— falling into it!

I rate this book FIVE STARS.

The only thing I can complain about is how short it is, (150 pages) but it's perfectly paced, and carefully crafted with sweet articulation skills.

Well done! Definitely one of the best Young Adult romance books of 2020!
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1,163 reviews62 followers
May 5, 2020
**Cassie's Review

As soon as I saw Fellner-Dominy was releasing another YA novel, I knew I needed to read it. I didn’t even read the blurb. So it was a pleasant surprise to be put in the same world as Announcing Trouble, and my excitement somehow grew even more. The author nails the fragile but exciting precipice of adulthood again with, How to Quit Your Crush.

Maya seemed to be a manifestation of anxiety. I found this critical (and it caused a few adorable scenes) in today’s world. Not just teens, but people of all ages, now more than ever it seems, are coming to grips on how to cope with anxiety, and it was neat to see it unfold so healthily in a book. Her growth in understanding those who think differently is another notable occurrence.

Anthony was a little sweet, a little profound, and a large boundary pusher. His paradoxical characteristics make him a unique and intriguing hero. His carefree nature (although much of it is exterior) often collide with his inability to move on from his dad’s untimely death. I enjoyed watching the layers peel off, and the wisdom come upon him. The way he sees ordinary “junk” was my very favorite part of him.

This book was excellent. Did it beat out Announcing Trouble? My sports-loving heart says no, but I am still so thankful to have read it. This author has a special touch with YA novels, and I hope to see more in the future.
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1,281 reviews41 followers
May 3, 2020
This book blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to love it so much!

This was a little tale of opposites attracting in the cutest way. Maya, aka, Mai, is a type a personality. She has a plan for her future. A future that doesn’t have room for high school baseball star, Anthony. But for some reason, the two of them can’t stop thinking about each other.

“If you weren’t such a pain in my ass, I’d kiss you right now.”
“If you weren’t such a pain in my ass, I’d let you.”

It started during spring break of senior year. They hung out for a while on the down low, but Mai breaks things off because they are too different and won’t work... but during graduation, they meet up again and sparks fly. Neither of them can let the other one go... So, when they both volunteer at the same two week event, they decide to get it out of their system... They will hang out in secret and go on the worst dates possible, hoping that the attraction will die out and they can happily go their separate ways. They don’t expect that two weeks of time to bring them closer.

Mai is terrified of letting her parents down. She knows they won’t approve of her relationship with Anthony. That made me so mad while reading this. Anthony is this great, really sweet guy and deserves a chance, but Maya cannot get past her fears.

Ultimately, I LOVED this book! It was funny and sweet. You will definitely root for Anthony and Mai throughout this book! This was an adorable, wholesome ya romance.
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829 reviews117 followers
April 25, 2020
Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.

I actually really liked this but did not end up loving it as I expected. The chemistry was on fire, the banter was swoony, the writing (unsurprisingly) was amazing. But mother eff, this was probably the most frustrating book I've ever read. I don't know why, but the back and forth about Mai and Anthony's feelings with each other just pissed me off. The repetivive "we can't be together because we have nothing in common but holy sh*t we can't stop thinking about each other and kissing". Ugh. I'm sorry. I really, really wanted to love this but I just couldn't. BUT. If you enjoyed Announcing Trouble (like I did), you should definitely check out this one.

I received an arc to read and review via Netgalley.
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9,145 reviews55 followers
May 8, 2020
Every decision that Mai makes in her life is based on what those she cares about would think. Whether it comes to her studying, her plans for the future and the boy she likes. Anthony couldn’t be more different as he takes every day as it comes, his plans for the future include travelling and not school or a job.

Despite the differences between them they are drawn to each other. The come up with the perfect plan which includes two weeks of dates that are sure to turn into a horrible time but they may just find out what they are doing doesn’t matter as long as they are together.

They both have pasts that are impacting their present decisions which find themselves on opposite ends on the spectrum but together they find the perfect balance. As individuals these characters are compelling but being a couple makes them that much better.
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1,023 reviews
November 2, 2021
loved this book so much

This book is one of my favorite contemporary YA novels. It has the standard signature of Entangled Teen Crush where you have awesome characters and some more. I loved Anthony in this book. He is so sweet and a genuinely good person. He is real and has his struggles but cares so much. He’s a genuine person and I love how he grows. Mai is an awesome character. She just is so good. I loved how she believed and grew. Her past of being adopted and trying to belong is such a real thing. Now the whole idea and premise is so unique. I love when flings turns to real and this book is so real. The dates are hilarious and I love how both characters just can’t help but be in love.

The romance was amazing. It is so sweet and has the best push and pull. I love how they just fell for each other and saw the best. Love doesn’t make sense but it makes you better. And this book showed it. Mai and Anthony loved each other and they care. The kissing scenes are awesome but it’s the emotion.

This book is so good. Go buy it you will love it
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2,619 reviews
May 1, 2020
This was a super cute read.
Mai is smart and has a plan for her future that does not include rekindling her romance with Anthony, the cute baseball player who lives in the moment. They decide on one last fling to get their feelings out before moving on with separate lives.

Mai and Anthony are so opposite, but it works for them. He helps her conquer fears and see that she doesn't have to follow her parents lead if she doesn't want to. She helps him figure out what he wants for the future and supports his art. They have great chemistry and their banter is funny. I did feel like Anthony did most of the work in the relationship, but Mai did make big strides in standing up for herself.

Quick paced, fun, and enjoyable read!
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2,797 reviews243 followers
May 5, 2020
How to Quit Your Crush is a good sweet read. This is Mai and Anthony's story and we get both their POVs. I love that we could get in both their heads. Mai is goal focused and a hard worker. Anthony is kind of a free spirit. He doesn't really have after school plans. Mai has a crush on him but he doesn't check off any of her boxes when t comes to her list of Necessary Qualities in a Boyfriend. They have great chemistry. They come up with a plan to spend two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. I loved them together and was so rotting for them to be together. This book was the first one I read by this author and I will definitely checking out more now.
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May 8, 2020
How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy is a sweet, fun, and delightful young adult contemporary romance and part of the Entangled Teen Crush series. Mai Senn is the high school valedictorian, and all round high achiever. Anthony Adams is an artist, and has no plans to go to college. Despite these two being opposites, they can't stay away from each other, even planning bad dates to get over each other. I really enjoyed this sweet story and all the emotions both Anthony and Mai went through. Teenagers can be so black and white about their opinions, but watching them see the gray shades is fun. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the genre.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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993 reviews158 followers
May 11, 2020
Absolutely loved this story.
Anthony and Mai are complete opposites and they don't make sense on paper. Now, if they could only convince themselves of that and so they decide to have a 2 week fling to make each other hate the idea of being together. I LOVED this premise!
Anthony. I swooned so hard over this guy. And you just love him more and more as the story goes on.
Mai is a level headed, goal oriented gal ready to head off to college after graduating.
There are so many lessons that can be learned in this story and it's perfect for teenagers.
I just had so many feels and by the end, I was an emotional pile of mush.
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Author 12 books330 followers
April 9, 2020
Another winner! I was lucky to read an early version of this and I just love Anthony and Mai, I loved them from the last book, and couldn't wait to read their story. I appreciated seeing what the characters from Announcing Trouble were up to also, it was like visiting old friends. More witty banter, charged emotion, and kissing! Great escape reading.
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Author 3 books39 followers
May 24, 2020
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy.*

Super cute and light read. I loved how they both seemed so different on the surface but that wasn’t the reality. The dates were super fun and I loved their snarky flirty interactions.
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748 reviews58 followers
April 19, 2020

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

First Person, dual-POV

This is the second book with characters from the same school, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven't read the first book and have understood everything.

Mai and I were nothing more than a science experiment. We joked about it. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, she said. A chemical reaction that bubbles.

by Anthony

Addictiveness: 5/5  This was wonderful! It was a fun, cute, fast-paced read that had me reading in one sitting. I couldn't let go of this book. As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 I loved them all. They were so easy to love, connect and understand.

Mai was a wonderful heroine. She was a nerd. Valedictorian of her class, an overachiever that had her future all planned out. Even though she may sound boring, she wasn't. She had a wild side that she let out sometimes. Also there were no loopholes in her character arch and it was easy to understand why she was like that. She had a great personal growth during the book and she was really easy to love and connect.

Anthony was a perfect book boyfriend. That boy was dreamy. He was very chilled, laidback, always looking for a good time. He was popular, a star athlete, but very cute and fun. He also had a perfect explanation for being like that and his personal growth was beautiful to follow. He was so easy to love and understand.

Secondary characters... so many amazing characters. I can see this series going far, because there are many interesting characters to be yet explored. There are also some that I'm still on the fence with, like Mai's parents and brother. Ethan... what a complex characters that I totally hated here, but I also can see him getting his own book in the future.

Villains and/or antagonists... we can say that Mai's family might be sort of an antagonist, but at the same time, I believe their biggest conflicts were their internal wars. Their fears had different effect on both Mai and Anthony.

They were all lovable characters!!!

Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 4.5/5, buy 5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This one was a great one. I loved the title, it really caught me. The subtitle was very pertinent to the story and the fact that we had "Anthony"on the cover worked because this wonderful plan was his idea. The art work was cute. If I could find something bad to say, I guess I would love to have one more standing out color on the art: maybe the grass or his eyes. I would definitely buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!

Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 4/5, setting 4/5, subplots 5/5, twists 4/5  Awesome opening and perfect ending. Very believable plot, with great dialogues in a fast-paced romance. Good setting, enjoyable subplots with a bit of a twist at the end. Highest level of enjoyment!

I loved this story. The plot was cohesive, but interesting. The story kept me guessing until the end.

If I were to find fault on anything, I would say I wish the book was a bit longer.

Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 5/5, steam 1/5  This was a cute, sweet romance. The couple's chemistry was undeniable. They were really hot for each other, but at the same time they were sweet together. Their romance had the perfect pace and their bad dates were wonderful and lots of fun. SWEET LOVE!!!

Writing Style: 4.5/5 Well developed characters, cohesive plot, fun romance and amazing dialogues. What else could I want? Amazing writing!!!

Freshness: 3/5 There was nothing new on this story. It had everything that all teen stories have out there. The usual clichés. But at the same time, it is so well written that it doesn't really matter. Why. change what has been working? As fresh as mint tea!!!

With Anthony, there was no pressure to be perfect. But he had a way of looking at me that made me feel like I was.

by Mai

Wow!!! I loved it!

This was my first book by the author, but it definitely won't be my last.

I haven't read the first book, I didn't even know it had one, but I will do it now. Even though I understood everything of the story, I know reading them in order will enhance my feelings and connection with the characters.

A cute romance that I would love to see progressing!!!!

31/35 STARS –  4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 3 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5

Action 3/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 4/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5

Would I recommend? Yes, for everybody that likes YA cute romance!

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes, I would.

Would I read more from the author? I definitely will.

You MAY read this because you enjoy YA reads; you SHOULD read this because the romance is cute; you MUST read this because the characters are wonderful!!!!!

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20 reviews1 follower
April 24, 2020
Firstly, this title got me hooked the second I saw it. We have all been through our high school with crushes so it made me interested to know how this story will work out. Secondly, this book is an adorable YA contemporary romance which pulled me in and I fell in love with Mai (Maya) and Anthony.

Maya and Anthony or two characters readers will resonate with immediately. Both are crushing hard on each other but both know that being in a relationship will not work out as they come from two different worlds. She is the valedictorian of her class and she has big plans for her future whereas Anthony is an athlete who never makes plans and lives each day as it comes.

This book had so much tension and chemistry and everytime Anthony and Maya were together they heated up every scene. It’s a funny and quirky read which you will not want to put down. The author did an Amazing job with this book. She made two weeks of their fling feel like a whole month. I was so invested with their story that I hated when it came to an end. I wish I could read more about them.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely!! I would recommend it to everyone who loves a cute romantic YA read. I am so in love with this story that I have ordered Announcing Trouble which is about Josie and Garrett’s love story.

I received How To Quit Your Crush on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A big Thank You to the author and Entangled Publishing for this opportunity. All thoughts are my own.
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