Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: 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?
The Bookworm Crush was as bookish and adorkable and sweet as can be! It’s a cute story of finding one’s inner strength and figuring out what matters most.
Amy is a Bookworm with a capital B and romance is her lady jam, so I’m already in love with her character. I instantly connected with her and could relate to who she is as a person. She’s a quiet badass from the start but of course she doesn’t see how great she is. Her character development to bring out that inner badass – that hidden confidence in herself – is so well-done and organic.
Toff is popular and a people person. He’s good looking and a gifted surfer. Too much of a jokester though, which at times makes him unlikable because it greatly affects Amy emotionally and mentally. There is depth to Toff that was interesting to see unfold.
As the story progress I think Toff too finds more about himself than he realized. His character is just as complex as Amy’s. Both must brave uncharted territory and there’s a shared fear that neither of them realizes. It makes their romance that much sweeter and I think challenges them to face the problems that happen.
There’s just so many good moments to love about this book, like the scenes with Amy’s little trouble-making brother and the funny nick-names Amy, Toff, Viv and Dallas have for each other. You also have a great cast of characters, a solid plot that has many intricate strands woven together, emotional tension that keeps you on edge, and a wholesome romance that tugs at all the bookish heartstrings.
The Bookworm Crush was a good standalone novel and I enjoyed reading it.