Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Book Review: How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy

Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?

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I always enjoy a good romance and I think the author delivered a good teen romance. The character's personalities and goals in life are opposite but in a good way. I enjoyed the push and pull of attraction the two leads had together. I liked that the male lead wasn't a jerk, sometimes I've read books where the guy is mean to the girl but this lead was kind a majority of the time. Well, except when she broke it off....and she deserved it. lol

I was absolutely charmed by the 'bad dates' idea and enjoyed those quite a bit and kind of wanted to see more of those. It was clever and fun. I found myself gushing along with the two on their dates.

The writing and prose is good. I like how the author took time to put depth into the issues the leads go through and actually discuss them. Sometimes I feel like some contemporaries gloss over those moments and I feel the author did a good job tackling those problems. I especially loved the moment the male lead had with his mom. There aren't enough of those moments in books that I've read.

There were a few scenes where I did skim through some text because the pacing, while is good, I tended to want to get to the juicier parts. That wasn't too often, no more than a few paragraphs. Still it happened but wasn't a big issue for me. If you like incredibly fast pace, you won't find it here, I'd probably consider it more a of a leisurely pace which is fine. It also could have been because I just finished a fast paced book prior to this book so it might have changed my expectations when I started this book. 

Overall, this is a charming teen romance. Pick it up if you love the push and pull of attraction between the characters.

3.4 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them. Visit Amy online at or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy.