The Bookworm Crush
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?

The Bookworm Crush Details

TitleThe Bookworm Crush
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherEntangled: Teen
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Young Adult

The Bookworm Crush Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    A very cute sequel/ spin off to 'The replacement crush' by Lisa Brown Roberts. This time Amy MacIntyre, Vivian's best friend and co-blogger, gets her own chance at HEA. Amy has had a crush on Toff Nichols, Vivian's future stepbrother, for a very long time, but they seem to have very little in common. Toff is a gorgeous surfing champion with plenty of charisma and 'swagger', and absolutely no interest in books. When Amy decided to participate in a social media book contest, she asks Toff to becom A very cute sequel/ spin off to 'The replacement crush' by Lisa Brown Roberts. This time Amy MacIntyre, Vivian's best friend and co-blogger, gets her own chance at HEA. Amy has had a crush on Toff Nichols, Vivian's future stepbrother, for a very long time, but they seem to have very little in common. Toff is a gorgeous surfing champion with plenty of charisma and 'swagger', and absolutely no interest in books. When Amy decided to participate in a social media book contest, she asks Toff to become her 'coach' and teach how to become a winner. Toff knows that all Amy really needs is a bit more self-confidence. He is intrigued by the challenge and is gradually drawn into Amy's world which turns out to be surprisingly interesting.This was a very enjoyable read. To be honest, the author had me at the word 'kniffiti' (Amy's first challenge in the context), and then I just couldn't put the book down, until I knew how the romance is going to develop and what obstacles they will have to overcome.Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher (Entangled: Teen) for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • chloe ♡
    January 1, 1970
    i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.3.5 starswhen 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 iown.3.5 i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.3.5 starswhen 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.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 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.this review first appeared on my book blog, marshmallow pudding:https://marshmallowpudding.home.blog/...
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Surfer Boy + Bookish Girl = Cutest Story Ever!I laughed, cried, sighed and fell madly in love, so it's no surprise that The Book Worm Crush became an instant favorite! This story was the perfect mix of being cute and fluffy while also being deep and emotional. And with characters that leaped off of the pages and easily stole my heart, sigh, I absolutely loved this book. If you're looking for one last summerish read or if you love ya romance that is swoon worthy then definitely pick this one up! God, he was a cliup!Ever!I Surfer Boy + Bookish Girl = Cutest Story Ever!I laughed, cried, sighed and fell madly in love, so it's no surprise that The Book Worm Crush became an instant favorite! This story was the perfect mix of being cute and fluffy while also being deep and emotional. And with characters that leaped off of the pages and easily stole my heart, sigh, I absolutely loved this book. If you're looking for one last summerish read or if you love ya romance that is swoon worthy then definitely pick this one up! God, he was a cliché . So was she, with her ridiculous crush on him. Maybe they belonged together after all, like the Instagram commenter suggested.Yeah, right. Amy is a heroine everyone can root for. She was sweet, shy, loved books, and she was not only a book blogger, but a bookstagrammer too. So I understood how she felt about wanting to win a contest to meet and interview her unicorn author. She knew that she had to step out of her comfort zone if she wanted to win. And who better to help coach her on winning and being confident then local surfer celebrity, Toff. It shouldn't matter that she'd crushed on him since they were little kids. Or that she got even more shy and nervous when he was around. But after the book started off with a huge bang, go raccoons lol!, I knew Amy had it in her to step up to the game and even possibly win. She wasn’t sure how much longer she could pretend to be immune to Toff— fake, real, and everything in between. Her resolve was fading, which was no surprise. When Amy and Toff were together, I couldn't stop laughing. There was a whole lot of banter and joking around going on. And even though Toff was the confident, flirty one, I couldn't stop grinning any time Amy would throw him off his game. Their interaction was smile inducing and I felt like I was in on all of their inside jokes. Btw Bonnie and Clyde was the cutest nicknames ever! As Toff helped Amy with the contest challenges and becoming more confident, I loved watching their friendship grow. Even if there were a lots of bumps along the way. He willed her to look him in the eye, hoping she could tell he was serious for once. She took a breath and met his gaze. The energy between them shifted, like an electrical storm descended right over their table, crackling with lightning bolts. Toff was charismatic, insanely talented, and absolutely gorgeous, but he had a guarded heart. He got through life joking around and not being too serious. And surfing, competing and girls were his life. But when Amy came crashing into it, she started to shake everything up. And as we slowly got to know Toff inside and out, I found myself falling even harder for him. Yes Toff had some growing up to do, but his progress pulled at my heart and made me love and root for him that much harder. Being with her felt so good. Easy. Fun. Fiery. Safe.Right. You guys, I loved every single tiny thing about The Book Worm Crush. Not only did we get to switch back and forth between Amy and Toff, but there was also so much book talk. And while this story was absolutely adorable, it had a strong emotional side too. I kept finding myself getting hit with all of the feels. I was sitting on a beach reading and couldn't stop crying. And then later on I was not just crying, but sobbing. This story truly has it all! As Toff sat across from her, she drank him in. Suntanned and smiling, blue eyes sparkling, he made her heart skip a beat. Confused or not, she was going to enjoy this. Enjoy him. Them. So if you're a fan of ya, romance, gushing about books or falling in love then definitely add this one to your tbr. With all of the book love sprinkled throughout the pages, I think book lovers will be just as obsessed about this book as I was. And while this book is a spin-off from The Replacement Crush, you definitely don't need to read that book first. This can easily be read as a standalone, but I fell madly in love with that book too. So I recommend them both! So when you pick this book up please come and obsess with me. I desperately need to talk all about Amy, Toff and of course penguins too!PS I loved Amy's younger brother, Brayden! He was sneaky, hilarious and constantly cracked me up. He is someone I'd love to read about when he's older. I can't even imagine all of the trouble he'd get into as a teenager lol. Happily Ever After, Happy for Now, whatever this was, Amy was embracing it.No regrets. PPS There's a video scene and it was so funny that I re-read that chapter four times. Yup, it was that fabulous!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Elley Murray
    January 1, 1970
    GUH, this book. It's probably an older teen YA book because of some serious-times making out and lead up to sex, even though the actual sex scenes are fade-to-black. The characters are approximately 17 (summer before senior year of high school). This is one of those prime examples where YA really needs two separate categories, one for young teens and one for older teens.As a 33 year old lady I super loved this book. Amy is a ride-or-die romance reader, and there are allusions to seve GUH, this book. It's probably an older teen YA book because of some serious-times making out and lead up to sex, even though the actual sex scenes are fade-to-black. The characters are approximately 17 (summer before senior year of high school). This is one of those prime examples where YA really needs two separate categories, one for young teens and one for older teens.As a 33 year old lady I super loved this book. Amy is a ride-or-die romance reader, and there are allusions to several popular YA novels sprinkled throughout this book. She's also a book blogger and bookstagrammer, so there's plenty of bookish acronyms and jargon slung around in this book. Like any truly great romance, this book is about Amy finding her "swagger" and coming out of her shell as much as it is about her fake relationship (trope alert! squee!) and budding romance with Toff.Ohhh, Toff. The sexy surfer baby-alpha. He also does a fair amount of growing up throughout this book, though I didn't love his character arc quite as much as I loved Amy's. Then again, I definitely relate to the bookworm who lacks self-confidence a lot more than the swaggering (is that a word?) champion surfer, so make of that what you will. Roff and Amy together are so cute, and I love how he teases her fire out of her. This book made me grin like an idiot several times, and also hurt my heart and had be on the verge of tears a couple of times. Upon finishing it I immediately went and bought the companion book, so that's pretty much a guaranteed 5 star rating for me!This is basically the second book in a series, as it's a spin off of the author's previous book, The Replacement Crush. It can be read as a stand alone, but there are some minor spoilers for the "first" book.An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was so so fun! I read it in 4 hrs and stayed up way too late reading!
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    ”She was a bookworm, not a daredevil.”I feel as if I just read a book about my life—book blogger/reviewer life and all. I, too, am also way more comfortable with my nose in a book. They’re just so much easier to deal with than regular people! All jokes aside, this was beyond adorable.Our heroine, Amy, is without a doubt my spirit animal. She’s nerdy, loves books, and she’s a major book reviewer! In order to meet her favorite author, Amy must participate in a competition. It’s where eve ”She was a bookworm, not a daredevil.”I feel as if I just read a book about my life—book blogger/reviewer life and all. I, too, am also way more comfortable with my nose in a book. They’re just so much easier to deal with than regular people! All jokes aside, this was beyond adorable.Our heroine, Amy, is without a doubt my spirit animal. She’s nerdy, loves books, and she’s a major book reviewer! In order to meet her favorite author, Amy must participate in a competition. It’s where everything starts to happen. Enter Toff—the boy she secretly has a crush on but he has no idea.”That was the problem with crushes—they weren’t rational."One night changes everything and they decide to start a fake relationship (one of my favorite tropes!!). I enjoyed all the swoony moments that happened between Amy and Toff. The book references were so fun to read about it because let’s face it, I’m a huge booklover. Always have been and always will be!If you’re looking for a light-hearted romance, Toff will the one you're looking for!*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    RTCHuge thanks to Entangled Teen for providing access to an arc in exchange for an honest review.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    When shy bookworm Amy whats to step outside of her comfort zone in order to win a contest to meet her favorite author, she enlists the help of confident surfer boy, Toff (who just so happens to be her lifelong crush, it's fine). As Amy gains traction in her online contest, she also has to confront the unavoidable tension between her and her "coach". Life doesn't always hand you your Darcy. But sometimes it does. What a cute read! I haven't read Roberts other novels, but this story was really eas When shy bookworm Amy whats to step outside of her comfort zone in order to win a contest to meet her favorite author, she enlists the help of confident surfer boy, Toff (who just so happens to be her lifelong crush, it's fine). As Amy gains traction in her online contest, she also has to confront the unavoidable tension between her and her "coach". Life doesn't always hand you your Darcy. But sometimes it does. What a cute read! I haven't read Roberts other novels, but this story was really easy to read and fun. I really enjoyed the characters and the alternating perspectives of Amy and Toff. I was able to read this one basically in one go, and it hit all of the contemporary romance checklist items that I needed. There's humor, book references galore, great family dynamics, and of course plenty of romantic moments. This plot was done very well. I will be recommending it book lovers, bookstragram addicts, and those looking for a breezy romance with heart.
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    Original reviewThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen!The Bookworm Crush is a Young Adult Contemporary about Amy, a bookworm, and Toff, a surfer. The Bookworm Crush is a spinoff of The Replacement Crush, but can be read as a standalone.The Bookworm Crush is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Brown Robers and I really liked! I love reading books where the protagonist is a bookworm and I’m a sucker for the fake dating trope! The book was such a/>The/>This Original reviewThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen!The Bookworm Crush is a Young Adult Contemporary about Amy, a bookworm, and Toff, a surfer. The Bookworm Crush is a spinoff of The Replacement Crush, but can be read as a standalone.The Bookworm Crush is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Brown Robers and I really liked! I love reading books where the protagonist is a bookworm and I’m a sucker for the fake dating trope! The book was such an easy and fun read.I really liked the main characters. Amy is such a book nerd, and she wants to win this contest to meet her favourite author. I think it was so cute how much effort she put into the contest. Toff is your typical surfer guy but he’s also really nice and wants to help Amy. I think Amy and Toff had an amazing connection.The Bookworm Crush was a good Contemporary read and I didn’t expect anything else because it’s published by Entangled: Teen. I really like their books. I recommend The Bookworm Crush when you’re looking for an easy read with some cute romance!
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  • Mary Seaman
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by EdelweissThe Bookworm Crush was a cute, rom-com that I think book lovers will enjoy. It had young characters that were dealing with grief, fears, and understanding the complexity of love. Some of the references/writing was cheesy and I found some of it predictable. However, I think it's a book that avid readers will enjoy since it relates to the bookstagram world. An easy, lighthearted read.Content warnings: grief, sex, and lot's of book/movie references
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  • Lisa Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, lovely readers!It’s not the easiest time to be a romance writer, yet here I am, five-starring my own book, but more important, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐-ing romance. I’m deeply aware of the important cultural sea change brought about by the #metoo movement and its impact on my favorite genre. It’s more important than ever to write stories about those who earn love by opening up, risking vulnerability, and giving without expectation of receiving. If you’ve read any of my books, you know how I writ Hello, lovely readers!It’s not the easiest time to be a romance writer, yet here I am, five-starring my own book, but more important, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-ing romance. I’m deeply aware of the important cultural sea change brought about by the #metoo movement and its impact on my favorite genre. It’s more important than ever to write stories about those who earn love by opening up, risking vulnerability, and giving without expectation of receiving. If you’ve read any of my books, you know how I write my heroes—good guys one and all, beta boys and squishy alphas. Some of my heroes have more swagger than others (like Toff in THE BOOKWORM CRUSH) but none of them are alphaholes. The road to an HEA or HFN isn’t easy, in books or IRL, but the more honest the relationship is, the more likely it is to last. Flirty banter and sparky chemistry helps, too. 😉I’ll always believe in love—love borne out of friendship, honesty, respect, humor...and yeah, butterflies and swoons. And I’ll never apologize for writing romance.
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  • Babel
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable. And a bookish girl's dream come true.I smiled and fangirled all throughout this story because it is sweet and relatable on so many levels. The first chapter is hilarious and throws the main characters into a whirlwind of a totally serendipitous, unexpected and charming relationship. He is a hot surfer with more charisma than a hypnotist and she is a redheaded booknerd in need of swagger. In the most spontaneous yet perfect match, they embark on a mission together to win a b Adorable. And a bookish girl's dream come true.I smiled and fangirled all throughout this story because it is sweet and relatable on so many levels. The first chapter is hilarious and throws the main characters into a whirlwind of a totally serendipitous, unexpected and charming relationship. He is a hot surfer with more charisma than a hypnotist and she is a redheaded booknerd in need of swagger. In the most spontaneous yet perfect match, they embark on a mission together to win a book contest on social media in order to meet the girl's unicorn author. Oh, the swoony plot. Loads of literary references, a pedestal for romance books, a girl who breathes book reviews and recs, the world of hashtags and bookstagram come to life. That's something I am also very much into, so it made me sigh and smile and just gush a bit.The contest takes Amy and Toff on photography missions and dares, along with flirty dialogues and embarrasing instances for the poor shy girl. I loved everything. The total crush she has on him but tries to hide, and the easy-going and lovable temperament he shows as well as his athletic good looks.It doesn’t stop there, though. He is going through a tough emotional time, and this girl and her books are going to be there for him. Just as he is for her with confidence boost and megawatt smiles. There are plenty of adorkable moments filled with bookish delights, romance genre talk and surfer boy seduction. Touching moments too, about family and love and anger and friendship. I'm sad to say that the swoony guy started to behave too much like an alphahole and a whimp towards the end, instead of the other way around as it should. That killed the mood somewhat. However, it matches with his teen problems and angst, and it shows off Amy 's new vigorous swagger. Good for her! She really spreads her wings and even gets not only what she deserves on her own merits, but the book-worthy boyfriend she wanted, flaws and good deeds and all. A perfect homage to book-loving fantasies with a healthy dose of empowerment and romance.
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  • Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a free eARC from Netgalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: The bookworm crush by Lisa Brown Roberts (3.5 stars)The bookworm crush by Lisa Brown Roberts Genre: YA, Romance, contemporaryRating: 3.5/5 stars(Synopsis from Goodreads) 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 t (I received a free eARC from Netgalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: The bookworm crush by Lisa Brown Roberts (3.5 stars)The bookworm crush by Lisa Brown Roberts Genre: YA, Romance, contemporaryRating: 3.5/5 stars(Synopsis from Goodreads) 
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?(Review)(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)I screamed at all the bookish references, the fake dating trope along with the references as I really related to the book within the first few chapters.This book is literally what I wished for in a romance and I am just- DEAD at how cute Amy and Toff are together. My heart was clenching and swooning so much, my favourite scene had to be the one where Toff is on pain meds, he was SO CUTE in that scene.I really swooned a lot and really enjoyed and related to the story. All fans of fake dating and bookish references should definitely check this book out!
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  • Paige Bernard
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as a free eARC from Netgalley. This is my honest thoughts and opinions. After having read The Replacement Crush last month and enjoying the cute rom-com feelings I gave TRC 4 stars and I was excited to have more of a focus on the bookish side of things. That bookish side bumped this book to 5 stars for me. This is a book for bibliophiles about bibliophiles. Audibly laughing out loud in spots and having that sense of connection to the protagonist Amy, as she attempts to navigate a fake I received this as a free eARC from Netgalley. This is my honest thoughts and opinions. After having read The Replacement Crush last month and enjoying the cute rom-com feelings I gave TRC 4 stars and I was excited to have more of a focus on the bookish side of things. That bookish side bumped this book to 5 stars for me. This is a book for bibliophiles about bibliophiles. Audibly laughing out loud in spots and having that sense of connection to the protagonist Amy, as she attempts to navigate a fake relationship (fake dating trope will always give me life) with her ‘forever’ crush Toff. Amy is an avid romance reader that advocates for romance novels and seeks assistance from Toff, the alpha-male to provide her with the confidence she needs to reach her goals. I loved her character and her development and the pop culture references were amazing. Subtly and explicit. However, if you don’t enjoy pop culture references, just be wary there are a lot in the first section but they do taper off as the plot picks up. Toff is struggling to come to terms with his dad taking new steps in his relationship as Toff is still grieving the loss of a parents and I felt it was dealt with really positively. Also, yes, Toff is mega-hot surfer dude that is 100% not my type but I fell for that cinnamon roll anyway! Can he get any cuter? Probably not. I’d burst. One final thing that cemented this book home for me was the use of consent was so prominent and the conversations around it were fantastic! I want to sing the praises of consent and how important it is to have on page for readers. Thank you Lisa for adding such a crucial component to the story!I stayed up until 4am reading this because I became so invested in the characters and how their story was unraveling.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    “Crushes were a curse, shutting down brain cells, derailing plans.”This was absolutely adorable. The Bookworm Crush was such a cute read. It had a sweet slow burn, fake relationship romance with two adorable characters and a very fun plot. I loved how the story highlighted both of the main characters passions - romance books and surfing. It was super fun to be able to relate with all the book loving references!Amy McIntyre is adorably shy and reserved. She’s a hopeless romantic, a dreamer, but m “Crushes were a curse, shutting down brain cells, derailing plans.”This was absolutely adorable. The Bookworm Crush was such a cute read. It had a sweet slow burn, fake relationship romance with two adorable characters and a very fun plot. I loved how the story highlighted both of the main characters passions - romance books and surfing. It was super fun to be able to relate with all the book loving references!Amy McIntyre is adorably shy and reserved. She’s a hopeless romantic, a dreamer, but most of all a reader. And she has the hugest crush on the most popular surfer in Shady Cove.Toff Nichols is extremely good looking and popular. He’s the top surfer in Shady Cove and total troublemaker and player with a heart of gold.“She rolled her eyes, but he pulled another smile out of her, which felt like a win. Weird. She was the one trying to win something, not him.”Being the booknerd that she is, Amy enters a competition for a chance to meet her favorite romance author, however, she lacks the confidence to complete the prompts on her own. Enter Toff, who is pure confidence. Amy takes a risk and ask for Toff to help her win the competition. Here begins the cutest relationship ever. I loved how their relationship progresses from friends to more. The story is told in dual POV so we get to be inside both Amy and Toff’s heads as their feelings for each other grow - especially Toff’s. If you enjoy the fake relationship as well as friends to more trope, you’ll definitely enjoy The Bookworm Crush! *A huge thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing me with an eARC for review. All thoughts are my own.*
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  • Jeraca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review. Amy is a shy, timid person who loves to read romance novels and run her book club. When it comes to books, and anyone who has the same love for books, she opens up and is a completely new person. But her personality is about to change, because she NEEDS to win this competition to meet her all time favorite author. And to do that, she needs confidence, swagger, and a lot of followers on social media. The best person who can I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review. Amy is a shy, timid person who loves to read romance novels and run her book club. When it comes to books, and anyone who has the same love for books, she opens up and is a completely new person. But her personality is about to change, because she NEEDS to win this competition to meet her all time favorite author. And to do that, she needs confidence, swagger, and a lot of followers on social media. The best person who can teach her how to do all of that is her long-time crush, Toff. The friend of her friend, the almost brother to her best friend. The guy she's seen from afar, but never got the courage to talk to before. And she's determined to become a new person - maybe even brave enough to tell Toff her true feelings?Toff is a big deal. He loves to surf, he's good at surfing, and everyone knows who he is. He wants to go professional and surf with the circuit, even though his dad wants him to go to college. When he catches Amy running from the cops, he's amused and when Amy asks for his help, he's game to play. What he doesn't expect is to like hanging out with bookworm Amy. She's fun, she's sassy when she lets loose, and she's easy to talk to. But Toff is afraid of commitment, so when reader fans think they are dating, he wants to pretend they are. Life is going well for him, he's liking this new friendship/relationship that he has, and he doesn't want to screw it up. But good things don't always last, and Toff needs to deal with some deep feelings about commitment and love before he can even THINK about being the best person for Amy...I always adore books about fellow book lovers, and Amy is the true definition of a book lover - to the max. While I always like these novels, I seriously LOVED this one! There was just enough of book loving, adventures, romance, and humor, while also having some serious topics that need to be conquered in this book. I was so entrapped in this book that I didn't even realize how much I was smiling and laughing out loud until my boyfriend asked me what was so funny. The relationship between these two characters is sweet and cute and fun and overwhelming of feelings. Every book lover who has a book boyfriend will fall in love with these two - especially Toff because he is pretty amazing. There are a lot of great messages in this book that can relate to a lot of readers, and I was no exception. This is a book that I'm keeping because I know that I will want to read it over and over again - that's how great this was. I really can't explain in more detail why I like this novel. There were so many reasons, but I'm just stunned by how much I loved it, and I DEFINITELY will be recommending this book to other book lovers when it's released!I am so, so glad I got a chance to read this novel, and I now need to find more books, past and future, of this author to devour them :)
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  • Ivana
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun YA romance between a bookworm and a surfer. The book hooked me from the start with a funny meet cute involving kniffiti (vandalism but with knitting; the knitting version of graffiti) and the police. I stayed up way too late, interested in how our superdorky protagonist, Amy, was going to win a social media publishing house competition with the help of her confident surfer friend, Toff (LOL @ name). Toff becomes Amy’s “swagger” coach, and boosts Amy’s self-confidence, while Amy he This was a fun YA romance between a bookworm and a surfer. The book hooked me from the start with a funny meet cute involving kniffiti (vandalism but with knitting; the knitting version of graffiti) and the police. I stayed up way too late, interested in how our superdorky protagonist, Amy, was going to win a social media publishing house competition with the help of her confident surfer friend, Toff (LOL @ name). Toff becomes Amy’s “swagger” coach, and boosts Amy’s self-confidence, while Amy helps Toff cope with some personal problems.I got invested in the pretty plot-heavy story, but a few things about it did bother me. Although the author did use some slang properly (such as “shipping”), she wrote some dialogue that felt awkward and dated. The pacing at the end of the book was also a little off, with many plot lines quickly getting tied together in a bow. Still, this was a romance novel and I know that most of them end in a happily-ever-after. Overall, this was just alright—not groundbreaking, but also not terrible. *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    THE BOOKWORM CRUSH is an absolutely charming romantic comedy with all sorts of booklover homages. Amy McIntyre is @redheadrecs and she has had a crush on her BFF Viv's surfer brother-like friend, Toff, for a very long time. Amy is entering a social media contest to meet an other of choosing, and she is aiming for an author who hasn't done any appearances or signings in something like 20 years, so basically a unicorn. When she is completing the first contest task, she commits kniffiti and ends up THE BOOKWORM CRUSH is an absolutely charming romantic comedy with all sorts of booklover homages. Amy McIntyre is @redheadrecs and she has had a crush on her BFF Viv's surfer brother-like friend, Toff, for a very long time. Amy is entering a social media contest to meet an other of choosing, and she is aiming for an author who hasn't done any appearances or signings in something like 20 years, so basically a unicorn. When she is completing the first contest task, she commits kniffiti and ends up running away in the dark from sirens. Luckily, Toff catches her and gives her a ride, pretending to be her boyfriend when they are pulled over by the police. Knowing how confident Toff is and how great he is at competing, Amy asks him to be her coach for the contest.Together, they set out to win, with Toff's ideas stretching her out of her bookworm comfort zone. At the same time, Amy convinces him to try some new books (and movies based on books) that take Toff out of his own comfort zone- beginning with Pride & Prejudice. In the meantime, they find themselves being shipped online as an OTP.However, Toff, in particular, has a lot of hang-ups about romance and relationships as well as some growing up to do with regards to competing/injuries. Soon, their relationship seems to parallel Pride & Prejudice (Amy's OTP) in ways that make this book too adorkable to handle (in the best way).While this was very predictable, it was equally adorable and fun. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a new romantic comedy, and particularly to avid romance readers who will understand the lingo and love this new take on romance. This is a fluffy feel-good read that is definitely worth picking up.Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amanda Stelter
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen for my honest review. All thoughts are my own**I absolutely adored this book! I can't get over how cute and relatable it was. I do wish there were photos to go along with the Bookstagram photos mentioned. Because, like, I need. NOW! I do recommend this if you're a fan of cute YA romances. It's definitely one that I fell in love with, which is kinda tough for me. Me and YA romance have a weird things going on.
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  • Pascale
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I had never heard of yarn bombing or “kniffiti”. I absolutely thought it was a joke. I felt silly googling it, sure the author had made it up. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather when I discovered this is a actually “a thing”. This was a cute teen romance. It wasn’t really my style and I found it a bit of a struggle to get into, but it was okay. I think I wasn’t really the target audience for this one. I think teens would really enjoy it, though.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Toff helping Amy become more assertive. Their entries into the contest were fun to read about. The opposites attract came through well in the story. Book was a bit long and started to drag in points. Could have been shorter and still been a great read.
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  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    10-175 starsOh my gosh. This book is everything. I ship Toff and Amy so much.
  • MMill
    January 1, 1970
    Amy is all about books, and especially, romances. She adores HEAs and debating whether beloved characters are OTPs. She has a blog where she shares reviews, runs a book club and works in a book store. The girl is a total bookworm. And when her favorite author's publisher holds a contest for the honor of interviewing the author herself, Amy is beside herself and knows she has to win. However, she feels like she's missing some key ingredient: a confidence, a spark, a swagger. And it just so happen Amy is all about books, and especially, romances. She adores HEAs and debating whether beloved characters are OTPs. She has a blog where she shares reviews, runs a book club and works in a book store. The girl is a total bookworm. And when her favorite author's publisher holds a contest for the honor of interviewing the author herself, Amy is beside herself and knows she has to win. However, she feels like she's missing some key ingredient: a confidence, a spark, a swagger. And it just so happens that she she knows someone who is an expert in all three. Toff is a surf god. He's won all sorts of competitions and he's desperate to go pro. Girls fall all over him wherever he goes, and the little kids on the beach beg him for lessons. He hasn't ever taught someone how to channel his swagger before, but he's pretty sure he can handle it. And if he gets to spend more time with the adorable redhead with sparkles in her hair, he's in. He may not be much of a reader, but if anyone can coach someone how to win, it's Toff. Soon he's just as invested in the contest--and Amy--as she is. Will the bookworm end up winning more than just an interview with her favorite author...could she win her hot surfer boy's heart?This is the second book in a series, but it's my first read by Lisa Brown Roberts. This story absolutely works as a standalone, though I enjoyed it so much that I'd like to go back and read #1 (about Viv/Dallas, Amy and Toff's BFFs). I will say that I wasn't totally sure about this one when I started it. Amy seemed like such a prudish goody-goody, even though she's supposedly committing a crime in the very first scene --spoiler alert, it's decorating a sidewalk bench with knitting designs. See what I mean? That's like the tamest crime ever! I was a little worried she'd be too in love with the magical world of books to really be relatable in the real world. HOWEVER. I'm glad to say I was wrong. Amy absolutely grew on me as the story progressed, mostly because she turned on the sass and charm that was in her all along but that Toff gave her permission to set loose. And Toff is the cliche, cocky alpha-guy who is totally used to getting what he wants without having to do much work for it. He just smiles and people (mostly girls, yes, but even Amy's little brother....their little bromance is so cute). But it turns out that there's a lot more to him than just that charming exterior, and it was great to see him develop as a character, too.This is a fluffy YA romance, but it did tackle some more serious issues, too. Amy's dad is unemployed and the family is worried about making ends meet. Toff lost his mom to cancer at a young age, and his heart has never recovered. With Toff's dad planning on getting married again, Toff has a lot of feelings about whether moving on means leaving his mom behind. There is also a lot of discussion about the downsides of social media and whether what you see online is actually real. I liked the addition of some of these more complex topics because they added depth to a simple, sweet story and made it feel more complete.What a fun read! It was a great escape, and I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.**Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.**
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  • Fizza
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! This book is written for me, it’s written for all of us, all the bookworms in the world. I loved it so much. And I definitely ship “Tamed.” 😉 It’s a very well-written story that captures the heart and soul of being a book lover/fanatic. It talks about all of my favorite books. I’m a romance lover and there was no way I wasn’t going to like this book. I can honestly say that this book is one of the best YA romance novels I have ever read. It’s going to my favorites shelf.Amy is a typic OMG! This book is written for me, it’s written for all of us, all the bookworms in the world. I loved it so much. And I definitely ship “Tamed.” 😉 It’s a very well-written story that captures the heart and soul of being a book lover/fanatic. It talks about all of my favorite books. I’m a romance lover and there was no way I wasn’t going to like this book. I can honestly say that this book is one of the best YA romance novels I have ever read. It’s going to my favorites shelf.Amy is a typical bookworm. She loves to read. She is obsessed with her favorite characters and writers. She is an introvert who hates to leave her comfort zone. Now, she is about to do something that will test her in a way she has never been tested before. She will have to do things she couldn’t even dream of doing but it is all for the best. Because if she won this competition then she’ll get to meet her all-time favorite writer. And for a bookworm, nothing can be better than that.Toff is a typical jock. He is good at the sport of his choice aka surfing. He is good looking too. And girls gravitate towards him without him making any effort. You can say that he is a player but he doesn’t cheat or mislead anyone. So, he does have a few lines he won’t cross.Amy and Toff have known each other for a long time. Toff is best friends with Viv who is Amy’s best friend too. She is also a book lover like Amy. And two friends even have a vlog together. They both live, breathe and eat books.Amy has always had a crush on Toff and now, thanks to this new project she has taken on, she is spending a lot of time with him. Soon, they’re both going to realize that there is more between them than ‘just’ friendship.This is a really fun read. The characters are awesome and the story is so cute. I enjoyed every second of it and would recommend it to all the bookworms out there. Trust me, you do not want to miss this one unless, of course, you hate YA romance then, it’s your loss. 😉P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.
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  • Celia
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading this book and it was...sigh. I have been shying away from romances as of late - not for any particular reason - I still love them to death. I guess not feeling well had discouraged me from reading about... feelings haha. But anyway, some Tessa Dare books and The Book Worm Crush were apparently just what I needed to get out of the romance funk. I absolutely adored this book! For awhile I was a bit confused as where it fits into...it's not an adult romance, but it's not ent I just finished reading this book and it was...sigh. I have been shying away from romances as of late - not for any particular reason - I still love them to death. I guess not feeling well had discouraged me from reading about... feelings haha. But anyway, some Tessa Dare books and The Book Worm Crush were apparently just what I needed to get out of the romance funk. I absolutely adored this book! For awhile I was a bit confused as where it fits into...it's not an adult romance, but it's not entirely a young adult romance either. Perhaps it could fall into new adult...though those characters are usually in college and these individuals are starting/finishing their senior year. Either way - I enjoyed how very much their age did not matter because this book had so much substance to it. From the developing feelings between Toff and Amy to the crushing acceptance that people do move on (and deserve to). It wasn't just about love of a couple, but also of that between friends and family. Amy's brother Brayden provided many comic relief and he totally stole my heart toward the end of the novel when he stood up for his older sister. Ugh. Break my heart!Most of all I enjoyed the homage this book was to not only reading in itself, but to the genre of romance fiction. Amy is a fantastic heroine - she has always known herself, but grows more confident throughout the novel. Amy is a character who knows her worth and she is so damn smart - I loved her dearly. She also made me want to watch Pride and Prejudice (which I currently am). Toff made a fantastic transition in the novel between a boy who acts on his impulses rather easily to a man who comes to understand his own worth and feelings beyond what he originally understood. What's better than a fun character? One who grows so that you grow to love them *swoon*I recommend this book to all lovers of books and romance readers alike. There is definitely some intimate scenes and some steamy feelings - do with that what you will :)
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  • Lisa Mandina
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! I loved this book to death! This is the book written for book bloggers and readers alike. Especially those in love with romance books. Amy was so much myself as a teen, except it was just reading in my teenage years, and now as an adult there is all the social media and blogging that I totally would have been into back then, since I'm loving them now. Reading about all the assignments Amy had to complete in order to win the contest to meet her favorite author was just like hanging out with OMG! I loved this book to death! This is the book written for book bloggers and readers alike. Especially those in love with romance books. Amy was so much myself as a teen, except it was just reading in my teenage years, and now as an adult there is all the social media and blogging that I totally would have been into back then, since I'm loving them now. Reading about all the assignments Amy had to complete in order to win the contest to meet her favorite author was just like hanging out with my fellow book bloggers. I loved how all the supporting characters were just as vivid and interesting as the main characters, and having them there really just enhanced the story and filled it all in. I have to say that sometimes it is nice to have what you think of as normal families like Amy's, because there are still families out there like that. Parents that are happily married, a younger brother that is a normal younger brother, etc. But to have real life issues right along with that. As someone who grew up with a pretty normal family, issues like one parent losing a job and needing to find one actually is something I did deal with. So it was nice to read about that, and get a chance to read of a teen with a similar lifestyle and dreams as when I was one. I was supposed to read the book that this is a companion to when it came out, The Replacement Crush, but I never had the time. After meeting Viv and Dallas in this one though, I know that I need to make the time to go back and read their love story as well. I'll be sure to share this book with my readers and bloggers in the school where I'm a librarian, and to recommend it at the bookstore where I work. This review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.
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  • Stéphanie Louis
    January 1, 1970
    What I likedThis wouldn’t be me writing this review if I didn’t talk about the writing style. It was amazing. Easy to read, easy to get through and this book was so fast-paced that you can easily finish it in a few days or even on the same day if you have nothing else to do. But don’t do that! This book is so good you need to read it slowly so that it will never be over! Unfortunately, the end came pretty fast.I also loved the storyline. I mean of course as a bookworm you What I likedThis wouldn’t be me writing this review if I didn’t talk about the writing style. It was amazing. Easy to read, easy to get through and this book was so fast-paced that you can easily finish it in a few days or even on the same day if you have nothing else to do. But don’t do that! This book is so good you need to read it slowly so that it will never be over! Unfortunately, the end came pretty fast.I also loved the storyline. I mean of course as a bookworm you can be pretty sure, that I will pick up a book if there’s the word bookworm or something else related to it. And you can also be sure that I will at least like the novel. I’m glad that I did because the idea of this book was amazing and I loved every single thing! The romance was perfect, the characters were great, everything was relatable and it was such a cute book! So sad that it’s over but I will read more by Lisa Brown Roberts in the future. The Bookworm Crush won’t stay the only book!The Bookworm Crush is the perfect book for us bookworms and that’s why it’s worth more than 5 stars!Overall, this is the perfect book for you if you are an avid bookworm like everyone in this book blogging community. If you liked The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Nina Waxman then you will also love The Bookworm Crush!
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  • Leigha
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Amy is the sidekick to her own story until a chance of a lifetime puts her in the spotlight in this fun, quick contemporary romance.Amy reminded me of me when I was a teenager (which was, admittedly, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away). I always felt like the sidekick to my friends, and, similarly to Amy, I was okay I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Amy is the sidekick to her own story until a chance of a lifetime puts her in the spotlight in this fun, quick contemporary romance.Amy reminded me of me when I was a teenager (which was, admittedly, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away). I always felt like the sidekick to my friends, and, similarly to Amy, I was okay with playing the role. I’d like to think a chance of a lifetime (say me meeting Nora Roberts as a teen) would have pushed me into coming out of my shell, but I doubt it. Amy is a great role model, showing fear and doubting yourself should never define you or your dreams.Toff is a fun, flirty juxtaposition to the more serious, conservative Amy. Their banter (and subsequent romance) is entertaining, but not that memorable. I didn’t realize when I request this book it was a spin-off of The Replacement Crush. I never read the first one so I do not know if this book holds up or is lacking from the original. The couple from the first book do make several appearances in this one so people pining for the original couple should be happy.tl;dr A fun and quick romance focused on characters learning to embrace their dreams personally and publicly.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Amy LOVES to read and romance is her genre of choice. She's also super shy. But when the opportunity arises to participate in an Instagram challenge where the winner gets to meet and interview a famous romance author, Amy is all in. The only problem is her lack of confidence. So she solicits help from the local surfing champion, who also happens to be her long-time crush. What could go wrong?This s I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Amy LOVES to read and romance is her genre of choice. She's also super shy. But when the opportunity arises to participate in an Instagram challenge where the winner gets to meet and interview a famous romance author, Amy is all in. The only problem is her lack of confidence. So she solicits help from the local surfing champion, who also happens to be her long-time crush. What could go wrong?This sweet YA romance is full of nerdy book references, as well as quite a few other pop culture references. And those involved in #bookstagram will find many familiar things here to enjoy. Overall, I enjoyed this one. You should be aware that it's a sequel. Edelweiss didn't say that, or I wouldn't have gotten it. But there's one glaring obvious mistake right in the first paragraph and I almost stopped reading in protest. The very first paragraph has the heroine wishing for a magic wand like Professor Mcgonagal so she could put out some street lights. Seriously? What kind of booknerd are you? It was Professor Dumbledore (Ron Weasley is also acceptable) and it was a deluminator ("put-outer" is also acceptable). Gah!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    The Bookworm Crush is such a cute book. As a bookworm and bookstagrammer myself, I loved the whole premise of this story. Fun bookish and pop culture references, talk about book reviews and arcs, book bloggers and vloggers- if it made my heart happy at this age, I can’t imagine how much I’d love this as a teen-age bibliophile!For the most part, this was a light-hearted, fun read that any bookworm will enjoy.But there were also some heavier, more emotional parts dealing with, an The Bookworm Crush is such a cute book. As a bookworm and bookstagrammer myself, I loved the whole premise of this story. Fun bookish and pop culture references, talk about book reviews and arcs, book bloggers and vloggers- if it made my heart happy at this age, I can’t imagine how much I’d love this as a teen-age bibliophile!For the most part, this was a light-hearted, fun read that any bookworm will enjoy.But there were also some heavier, more emotional parts dealing with, and coming to terms with, grief. I thought I was safe reading the last 15% at work, but man did Toff pull at the heartstrings! I loved that we got both Amy and Toff’s points of view in this book. It made some of the things Toff did a little easier to accept, being in his head and knowing his reasons, instead of just seeing them from Amy’s pov.I liked seeing how Amy really blossomed in this book. It was partly thanks to Toff’s coaching, but mostly just on her own, as she grew more confident and more sure of herself. I enjoyed the back and forth between her and Toff, and how he helped her see what was inside her all along. And I loved how Amy made Toff see that romance and relationships weren’t a bad thing! I think all bookworms will enjoy this one, no matter your age!
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