Summer has ended in the California seaside town of Shady
Cove. Local bookworm Vivian Galdi has had a summer fling
with Jake Fontaine, the sexy surfer, and her long time
crush, meeting in secret for make out sessions on the beach.
Now that its the first day of school, Vivian is hoping that
her summer fling, Jake will make their relationship
official. However, when Vivian and her friends arrive, its
clear that Jake is ignoring her. Not soon after, Jake gives
her the let down of her life when he tells her that he was
bored and she was available, which obviously leaves Vivian
So naturally, Vivian devises a plan to get over her
heartbreak, she must replace her feelings for Jake with
someone else. Vivian, with the reluctant help of her
friends Jaz and Amy create the "Replacement Crush" list
going off of Vivian's criteria. Her replacement crush must
be funny, smart, and not too high up on her "zing meter".
What she is looking for is safe crushes. So when the new
kid in town, Dallas Lane or better know to the girls as
McNerd who seems to catch pieces of their conversations
throughout the school day at the most embarrassing times.
Not to mention what he does to Vivian's zing meter.
Especially when the appealing McNerd turns out to be the
computer expert named Dallas that Vivian's bookstore owner
and mystery author mother has hired to help create a
database and inventory for the store. What makes things
worse is the Vivian's mother expects her to be the one to
work with him.
As Vivian and Dallas spend more time together, it is clear
that the two have more in common than their love of Star
Trek. Its obvious to everyone but Vivian and Dallas, that
they are perfect for each other.
THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH is author Lisa Brown Roberts take on
the teenage angst of boys, dating, and falling in love.
Vivian and Dallas were both very lovable characters. I am
not going to lie, there were times that I wanted to strangle
Vivian, but I believe that was the true intention of the
story. After all Vivian is a teenager that thinks something
is wrong with her because her hormones seems to have a mind
of their own. And how many of us can really say that we
have never done any of the things that she had done to
protect out hearts?
Overall THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH was a witty, funny and
seriously entertaining read. There were many times I was
cracking up and getting weird looks from those around while
reading this. Although it is not my typical genre, I
absolutely have no regrets with my time spent with this
book. Lisa Brown Roberts is a fairly newly published author
who seems to have breathed some life back into the moody
teen angst with this novel. If you haven't picked up
anything from this author yet, you seriously need to.
Readers will certainly not be disappointed.