Published by: Entangled Teen
Release date: 3rd February 2015
I got it from: Netgalley
Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping
spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s
car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As
her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he
bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift
shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the
wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not
sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here
among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to
see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.
This is one of those brilliant contemporary romances - one that deviates from the norm, just enough to make it interesting. It's a YA/NA cross-over I'd say - Darcy is only 17, but the events of the story force her to act a lot older and that gives it a bit of a NA feel. It's not full of steamy sex scenes though so it's perfectly suitable for a YA audience.
Right, classification out of the way, what about the writing? This is a debut, so there's no past books to go on, but judging by this one I'd say Lisa Brown Roberts is an author to watch out for. Her characters are brilliantly lifelike and eminently likeable. Her world is realistic and interesting, her pacing is excellent and her dialogue is just the right mix of heart-felt, snarky and irreverent.
Darcy is a wonderful character and I fell for her in a big way. Brown Roberts has created such a realistic life for her that I could definitely see myself with this girl as my best friend (if I were 20 years younger and lived in the US!). She's not the only brilliant character though - all of the people we're introduced to in this book feel real. I'm reminded a little of Sarah Dessen's writing - the mix of family, friends and first love is where Brown Roberts really excels, topping it off with a hint of mystery and a life-changing situation. I really want to see what she brings out next.