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I’ve always been an avid reader, but I have been struggling to finish books lately. Some books have been a little too scary / intense / overly sexy for me to relax with at the end of the day. Some books have heroines I don’t have patience for. I turned to one of my (secret) favorite genres, YA (young adult). A great YA book is like a nice, light meal. You feel satisfied, but not overly stuffed.
The Replacement Crush was free on Amazon when I added it to my Fire tablet, so I figured I might as well give it a try. I was instantly drawn into this book and finished it in 3 days.
Vivian is a book nerd who works at her mother’s bookstore. Most of her romantic experience involves reading books, not dating guys. She is taken advantage of by a guy who only sees her as a summer fling. After this, she decides that the chemistry she could have with a hot guy is too dangerous, so she comes up with a list of potential boyfriends that she knows she would only have lukewarm feelings for. She thinks she can avoid being hurt again this way.
Enter Dallas, a Vespa riding, muscled, glasses wearing, coding genius. Of course, he and Vivian have chemistry since that is the opposite of what she is looking for. The situation is complicated more when Vivian and Dallas must spend time together creating a computer system for the bookstore. Vivian ignores her feelings for Dallas and continues with her mission to find a replacement crush that she does not have a sizzling attraction to. Will Vivian realize that chemistry isn’t bad, but jerky dudes are? You’ll have to read it.
This book was very enjoyable, except for an instance of violence that Vivian experiences. I related to her love of books and fear of experiencing a relationship that is not with a book boyfriend. There are interesting minor characters that sort of get lost as Vivian becomes more entangled in her quest. The book was also well written. My favorite lines were “Love was dangerous. Unpredictable. I was better off reading about it.”
I would recommend this book as a cute, fun read and would give 4 out of 5 stars.
Also, hey Netflix, this could be one of your original movies.
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