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How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, innocent-fun, ya-adventure, ya-romance

Darcy is a girl in a serious bind. Her car is repossessed, her mother is distraught and her father, uber-positive celebrity life coach and motivational speaker Ty Covington, is gone. AWOL. Radio silent. The first few days are terrifying, but that doesn't even compare to the terror of realization when his postcards begin to arrive: Dad my never return.

The family assets are frozen while Darcy's father's company Harvest Industries refunds thousands of tickets for upcoming Harvest shows on his speaking schedule. Without Ty Covington, Harvest Industries is...well, bankrupt. See, HE is the product, his endless hope and uplifting platitudes, and without him to share his good will with the people who attend his event, Darcy's family is flat-busted financially.

Thing is, Darcy doesn't care about the money. She sees how her mother drinks herself to sleep every night, and the ugliness of the media who speculate that her father took off with Harvest's money to an island in the sun. Darcy wants her dad back.

In the meantime, however, Darcy bucks up and gets a job. She reconnects with her Uncle Charlie--her dad's brother who'd been locked out of her life a long time ago--and learns more about relationships that MEAN SOMETHING. Plus, she meets Lucas, the college engineering student who fixes all the gadgets that arrive in Charlie's thrift store.

Lucas has a broken family, too, but he's past the initial grief and is able to give Darcy some perspective. They develop a bit of a tender romance, though this is secondary to Darcy's life missions: 1. Survive 2. Get her mother sober 3. Find dad.

See, she thinks she's found a pattern to the random postcards that arrive every few weeks. They originate in areas near Stonehenge replicas and Henge tourists stops all along America. As she plots the course, she begins to suspect where he may be, at a given time.

Darcy wants to find her dad more than anything. But hunting him down could nearly cost her everything.

It's a heart-felt story with excellent pacing and realistic plot. Darcy moves from mouse to lioness as she claws her way through the morass of bankruptcy, estate sales, eviction and starting over. Throughout Darcy hears echoes of her dad's many talks--the words she always felt were hollow and barren--and realizes that the hope in them is what she always found lacking. Now, when all Darcy only has hope to her name, she embraces the power of these positive thoughts and changes her life into something that works--even if it's a far cry from her previously posh life. The life lessons abound, but they aren't preachy. The book deals with alcoholism in a frank way, and touches upon mental illness near the end. The romance is wholly innocent, which was a source of humor in the book. Especially when Darcy's mom attempts what she believes is a "belated" sex talk.
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Started Reading
February 6, 2015 – Shelved
February 6, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary
February 6, 2015 – Shelved as: innocent-fun
February 6, 2015 – Shelved as: ya-adventure
February 6, 2015 – Shelved as: ya-romance
February 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

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