The Bookworm Crush

The Bookworm Crush

by Lisa Brown Roberts


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637078
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 87,127
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.31(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lisa Brown Roberts has held a variety of day jobs to support her writing habit, many of them involving writing, but not the fun kind. She currently works in higher education during the day and writes feverishly at 3:00 in the morning, on weekends, and any other time she can convince her family to go play outside and leave her alone. Except for the cats. They can stay, because every writer needs a cat (or two) on her lap. You can find Lisa on Twitter @LBrownRoberts or visit her at her website

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The Bookworm Crush 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
THHernandez 21 days ago
Another home run by one of my all-time favorite young adult authors, Lisa Brown Roberts. In fact, THE BOOKWORM CRUSH is her best to date. This spinoff of THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH features Dallas’s best friend Toff, aka Flipper, and Viv’s best friend, Amy. Amy is on a mission to win a social media contest and meet her idol, romance author Lucinda Amorrato. Amy totally bombs it, literally and figuratively, on her first challenge, and it’s Toff to the rescue. He helps her escape from the police after her yarn-bombing of a park bench goes wrong. While the two have known each other forever, Toff only sees Amy as Viv’s nerdy book friend, but Amy has crushed on Toff for years. She’s shy and socially awkward, but she’s not a pushover. She reminds me so much of my own teen daughter I instantly loved her. But if she wants to win this contest, she’s going to need some swagger, and no one brings the swagger like Toff. She enlists him to coach her, knowing how dangerous this can be to her heart. Toff has his own demons, though. His father is getting married again. To Viv’s mother. And a much a he loves seeing his father happy again, he isn’t happy about the wedding. He just isn’t sure why. The more time Toff and Amy spend together, the more Amy realizes her silly crush might just be something more, and the more Toff wonders how he never really noticed Amy before now. She has a fire and a spirit he admires. And when she starts to bring that swagger he so carefully coached, well, he feels things he never felt before. Things that are as exciting as they are confusing. Plot The main plot is definitely the romance between Toff and Amy, but the contest is a strong subplot as is Toff’s future on the pro-surfing circuit and his coming to terms with his dad’s upcoming wedding. Told in dual POVs, we get deep inside both character’s. Every subplot supports the main plot, building tension, conflict, and complexity, making this more than just a lighthearted romance, though it is definitely that. But the subtle weaving of the subplots into the main plot makes this a story with depth. Each plot and subplot has enough contention and setbacks to keep the story moving and riveting. The Characters The characters are amazing. These may be my all time favorite young adult characters. Toff is adorable a clueless surfer, albeit a bit of a player, but he never leads girls on. Which is why Amy’s reaction stuns him more often than not. And Amy is everything. Not only is she sweet and shy, but also passionate and driven. When she finds her swagger, she also finds strength and determination, never willing to just settle for whatever her longtime crush is willing to offer her. He love of books and devotion to her favorite author is endearing, but watching her come out of her shell made her someone to root for. Top Five Things I Loved About THE BOOKWORM CRUSH 1. Amy. She’s funny, passionate, strong, brave, and smart — everything I want in my teen heroines. 2. Toff. He’s cute, funny, easy going, and a little clueless, but adorably sweet. And when he makes the big romantic gesture, he goes big instead of going home. 3. Surfing. I’m no surfer, by any stretch of the word, though I’ve tried it more than a few times. But my former roommate was a surfer and the whole surf culture is like a time warp for me. The lingo, the life, all of it brings back some of my favorite memories from that time in my life. 4. Books. As both a reader and a writer, books are life. The book-centric natu
ReadYourWrites 27 days ago
It's been a really long time since I've read a YA contemporary romance. Reading The Bookworm Crush makes me wonder why it’s been so long. From the beginning, this story and these characters had my heart. I can completely relate to shy bookworm Amy and her having a secret crush on surf-dude Toff. I swear reading page after page just made my heart swell more. I honestly don't know what to say about The Bookworm Crush. I ship Toff and Amy so hard. Their chemistry is off the charts amazing. They truly bring out the best in each other. Toff sees something in Amy that neither she nor anyone else does. She’s fiery and has a passionate spirit. Amy is used to being in the background, the sidekick. Toff makes her stand in the spotlight and spread her wings. For Toff, things have always come easy. However, his life is starting to change and he isn’t liking it. He freaks out when he learns his father and best friend’s mom are getting married. Amy is there to help him process his feelings and realize that his mother whom he desperately misses isn’t being replaced. I loved that Amy and Toff became true friends with their physical relationship building slowly. There was truly so much to love about The Bookworm Crush. I wasn’t expecting to love this story so much and I definitely wasn’t expecting to cry. Lisa Brown Roberts has truly written a wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of her books. It should be noted that The Bookworm Crush has characters from The Replacement Crush but is a standalone read. ~ Favorite Quotes ~ “She was a bookworm, not a daredevil.” “Books save lives.” “I’m only part devil. The rest of me is pure angel.” “When I say I’ll do something, I do it.” “There are these inventions called books. I’ve heard they’re even better than TV.” “It was always fun to read about the quiet girl winning over the sexy player.” “Surfer + Bookworm = #allthefeels.” “Amy was a unicorn girl-he knew it deep in his bones.” **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Shelf-Rated 3 months ago
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. *E-Arc provided in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen for the copy!
HugsandKissesforBooks 3 months ago
A lighthearted story that takes on a few serious issues! Bookworm Crush, by Lisa Brown Roberts and Entangled Teen, opens as Amy is sneaking around town at night. She sneaks out to decorate for a social media challenge so she can win a meeting with her favorite author. The winner also receives a scholarship. Toff happens to drive by as Amy is running scared because she heard a noise and falls. He stops to help Amy, not knowing that he’s Amy’s crush. Since it’s past curfew, a police officer pulls them over to question the reason they aren’t home. They feign a relationship, pretending that they lost track of time. Amy’s terrified of getting in trouble but Toff plays it cool and the police officer lets them go. Toff takes Amy home and her brother notices the two of them as she’s sneaking into the house. Her brother Brayden assumes they’re dating. This is the beginning of Toff having his eyes opened to Amy. He coaches her for the author competition and helps Amy build her “swagger”. His confidence rubs off on her and together they create fun, interesting social media posts. Meanwhile, Toff’s father is remarrying and Amy’s father is looking for a job. This lighthearted story takes on a few serious issues and character growth, 4 stars! * I received a copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
ReadWithLee 3 months ago
I absolutely love this book and the story of Amy and Toff. I was lucky enough to receive an e-arc from Entangled Teen. I finished it today because I couldn’t put it down. I love friends to lovers type books, it is my weakness so of course I had to read this one. The story mainly revolves on the two main characters but it also includes Viv and Dallas who are their friends and from the first book by the same author although I have yet to read that one. I added it to my TBR because I really want to know how viv and Dallas came together. All in all this story has humor, romance, conflict, and a hot surfer who is a bit clueless about some things. We get to watch Amy and Toff grow more as friends into whatever you want to call them and then to lovers. It’s not easy trust me, but what is a book without conflict and arguments? I relate to Amy A LOT. A total book nerd just trying to share my love of books but still feeling like I don’t belong and that I’m too weird. She’s still strong and fights for what she believes in when it comes to her personal life and the book world. She’s not afraid to be who she is even if she is still trying to figure that out.
Laura_F 3 months ago
I missed the Replacement Crush so I didn't know the backstory of Amy and Toff but I need that book in my life ASAP!! I LOVED everything about this book. Usually YA tends to be lighthearted and low in angst but high in drama. There were so many times reading this that I forgot that these were high school students. There is so much emotion that I read this book in one sitting. The strength shown by these characters sucked me in and wouldn't let go. I can't wait to go back and read The Replacement Crush!!
Lisa_Loves_Literature 4 months ago
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.
onemused 4 months ago
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.
sm0120 4 months ago
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!
FizzaYounis 4 months ago
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.