BAMF Review: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

Posted August 27, 2016 by BAMF in BAMF Reviews, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

BAMF Review: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown RobertsThe Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 6th 2016
ISBN: 1633755045
Pages: 400
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True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.




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Disclaimer: We received an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

We had a bit of mixed feelings on this one. Dani finished the book, but Jamie stopped at 85% after a certain event, which is heavily discussed in the video in a spoiler section and will be discussed in the spoiler section below. While Jamie admits that there were some cute moments and “redeeming” qualities, because of the event in question, she is not rating this one in a favourable manner. Everything that Dani liked, Jamie also liked, but she cannot in good consciousnesses be positive about this novel and therefore is negative about everything with regards to THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH.

Dani really liked all the Star Trek quotes that started the chapters. They gave her an understanding about what was about to happen in the chapter and gave her insight into whether or not hormones had control over Viv’s body or if she was going to try to follow her heart. She also really liked that Viv was a book blogger because it was nice to see what we do represented on page. We book bloggers put a lot of work and effort into maintaining our blog, social relationships, school work and everything else that life throws in our direction, so it was awesome to see that (semi-)adequately represented. (Jamie points out in the video that it doesn’t represent US per say because we both run two blog and Dani has started another strictly for romance reviews.)

On top of this, it was GREAT to see the feminist side of romance novels and that feminists DID enjoy romance novels. There was a good critique of past romance novels and what the current ones had. Also, Viv had a book club for this type of discussion and it was great to see women discussing their interests and supporting one another while still realizing that they could love.

Dani also LOVED Dallas. Like if she could yank him out of the page, she would. Not only was he a hot nerd, but he played the cello and could literally kick ass. He is Dani’s newest book boyfriend/fantasy lover and she’s not ashamed to admit it. He is the reason for the majority of the love that Dani has for this book.

However, there is a MAJOR issue with this book, which will be discussed below in the Spoiler Section. And on top of that, the book was too long (over 400 pages!!!) which meant that the beginning was very slow. It was painful to sit there through the beginning because so much was explained to us instead of just going forward with the story. As well, Viv was very stupid at the beginning (much like Roberts’ other heroine that Dani has previously read), so Dani was not impressed with this at all. As well, the text speak and “hip” language was very off putting. It wasn’t believable that these teens would text this way since we have smartphones now that means we can use full words and sentences. Jamie however does say “what’s your damage” because she is apparently a surfer girl in her heart even though she lives no where near a place where you could surf.

Spoiler Section

Want to know why Jamie DNFed the book? Read here! However, this is a MAJOR SPOILER for the novel and has trigger warnings for sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Next time, see Dani and Jamie review THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder.