"A smart, charming teen romance." —Kirkus Reviews
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
Viv Galdi has had her heart broken by Jake, a boy who hooked up with her for a week over the summer only to ignore her once school started up. To get over Jake, the high school junior decides to crush on someone with less "zing" to protect her heart, devising a list of mediocre crush candidates careful to avoid including Dallas, an attractive "McNerd" who's new at school. Roberts (Playing the Player) hits all the expected notes in this straightforward romance: Viv and Dallas resist and misunderstand each other for the bulk of the novel, even as they flirt and as Viv tests the waters with her crush candidates with advice from Dallas. Avid readers will appreciate the many literary threads Roberts weaves into the story: she gives Viv and Dallas jobs in Viv's mother's independent bookstore, her mother writes "a semi-famous series of mystery novels" under a pseudonym, and Viv is a book blogger and runs a romance book club. Though the novel sticks to a fairly predictable course, it's upbeat and entertaining throughout. Ages 12 up.
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This story is great and simple. I love how it ended, it suited the book so well!
I hope I can find something similar soon. Anyone who likes nerds, this is a must read. Typical teenage love story where one doesn't realize they love the other until they run away, but good ending. Well done