My rating: pink3

Hi, everybody! It’s time for another review, and this one is on The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts. The book focuses on Vivian, a book blogger whose heart gets broken by her longtime crush, Jake. After that, she has made it her mission to find the perfect replacement crush- someone safe for her to date with having the passionate feelings that blinded her in the first place. But the new guy in town, Dallas, will try to change her mind about that. When I first heard about it, I was really excited to read it, mainly because it was about a book blogger. I really love reading about book nerds. In fact, it was Katy from the Lux series that kind of inspired me to blog. I honestly didn’t know book blogs existed until then. Plus, I loved hearing Katy gush about books that even I’ve  read, like Sweet Evil. But now that I’ve read The Replacement Crush, my excitement has been traded with a meh-feeling. While I did enjoy some parts of the book, there were others when I’d just question the logic altogether as well as a few other things.

When I started reading the book, I was in the process of enjoying it, liking how it was building up with the world surrounding our protagonist, whether it was her history, the relationships she had with people, or her blogging ways. But once it got to that ridiculous scheme of hers, I kind of lost that connection I had to the book. I mean, sure, there were moments when I’d like reading the book again, like when she was at book club, or reading those insanely funny reviews she’d write, but most of the time, I’d be wondering why. I felt as if her whole mission was contradictory and that if she were actually thinking logically, she could see that. But instead, she went on with it because she just wanted respite from her hormones. Honestly, she could have easily put that effort into something more productive than finding a safe crush that she would have zero chemistry with. Does that statement even make sense? The whole point of a crush is to have feelings for them… Oh no, I am not going into rant mode! I’ll just stop right there before things get hectic…

There was also the fact that I wanted to see more from the book in general. Like the fact that her mother had a more solid presence in the beginning of the book, but by the end, we don’t really see or hear from her. And then there was her supposed best friend, Jaz. I might be judging too harshly, but I feel as if Vivian should talk to Jaz about her tendency to share personal information with others. I wouldn’t care if it was only once or twice, but it kept on happening to the point where she was unrepentant by it. Where is the solidarity that comes with friendship? Did it just go out the window in order to continue the plot? All I’m saying is that there were other ways for secrets to come out other than letting her best friend blab them all…

Okay, this is starting to sound more like a rant again, so I’m just going to stop there. While I might not have liked The Replacement Crush, if you like contemporary books dealing with heartbreak, then you might enjoy this book. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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