Review| The Bookworm Crush

Title: The Bookworm Crush

Author: Lisa Brown Roberts

Release Date: October 28th 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Romance


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 the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, 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?

My thoughts

Okay this was the cutest frikkin story. When a social media book competition comes up that grants the opportunity to meet her favorite author, Amy McIntyre knows she just has to enter. But the competition would require her to step out of her comfort zone, something Amy is not sure she can do. So she decides to enlist heartthrob/secret crush Toff to help coach her on swagger and confidence, two things she’ll need to win.

She wished she had the confident swagger of the US women’s soccer team winning it all or the courage of the Notorious RBG pumping iron and throwing down Supreme Court decisions in her eighties, but she didn’t.

Despite his zero lack of knowledge in the book department, Toff turns out to be an excellent coach in regards to amping up her confidence. He does not like to read any books especially romance novels, Amy’s favorite genre. Yet somehow, the two of them are crushing it with Amys entries even being re-posted by the publishers. Soon, they even start being shipped by the book community which leads to them forming a fake relationship. Amy knows it’s silly, the two of them have nothing in common, but she finds herself starting to slowly ship them as well.

The question was, how long could she pretend she wasn’t secretly shipping herself and Toff?

This was told from the point of view of Amy as well as Toff which I found utterly delightful. Despite having the “cool surfer guy” exterior Toff was a total sweetheart. Besides the growing romance between the two, this book also touched on some rather deeper subjects which I really liked. Toff lost his mother at a young age and now his father is going to remarry and he is trying to wrap his head around that and Amy’s competition turns out to be a perfect distraction from all his problems.

He’d been trying to rock her world. But he hadn’t expected his world to be rocked, flipped upside down and inside out.

The Bookworm Crush gave me all the emotions, from grinning like a fool, to tearing up, to laughing out loud. There are soo many bookish references and I really loved that the book community was represented so well in this. Recommended for fans of fake relationship tropes, bookstagram, and happily ever afters. I’m giving this 5 out of  5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars

*E-Arc provided in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen for the copy!