book review – the bookworm crush by lisa brown roberts

i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

The Bookworm Crush

The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts


★★★.5

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?

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.

the bookworm crush by lisa brown roberts

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 bookworm crush by lisa brown roberts

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.


have you read the replacement crush, the bookworm crush, or other lisa brown roberts books? what did you think? do you have a favorite book with a character who’s a bibliophile? let me know in the comments and leave me some book recommendations 😀

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