Synopsis from Edelweiss:
In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.
Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming co-worker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
About: Lucky in Love is a young adult fiction novel written by Kasie West. It will be published on 7/25/17 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, contemporary, and romance. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading Lucky in Love on 5/25/17 and finished it on 5/30/17 at midnight. This book is an excellent read! I love to read books with characters who are flawed and then when given time or lessons, the characters overcome the flaws. This book is light hearted and easy to read. The romance is light and perfect for modest teen readers. The main character works part-time at the zoo; therefore, this book is an ideal read for readers who loves animals. I like how positive this book is and I think it will make a good impact on young adult readers. The main character can definitely be a role model.
A recipe on how to relax: “You need to empty your mind, and relax each muscle group until you feel like you are going to melt into the floor. Then you just let it all go. All the expectations, all the unneeded worry, all the things other people want for you but you don’t want for yourself.” p218
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Madeleine or Maddie, a high school senior who has goals and total control of herself. She makes a friend pact with two of her best friends to stay focused in school and not let a boy get in the way. Her curfew is only use for study group with her friends. She believes success comes from hard work. She’s the glue that keeps her family together. She worries for her brother and parent’s happiness. Since her dad lost his job and her mom works two jobs to cover the bills, her family has been in a constant conflict. One night, an impulse decision changed her life. A distraction that could solve her family’s problems or could change her life for the worse.
“I shouldn’t have hugged him. He was warm and I fit perfectly against him, like he was made to hug just me forever.” p280
I love a perfect ending and this book has it. I have a big grin on my face at midnight last night and it was so hard to go to sleep after that. I enjoyed following Maddie’s train of thoughts. I like that she wants her brother to succeed and her parents to be happy. I like that she’s motivated to succeed through hard work. I love her spitting out random facts. I love Seth Nguyen and his humor. He has so much humor. I love his retort to people who makes racist comments because he looks Asian, such as how he doesn’t have an accent or asking where his parents were born from a stranger. I love the story surrounding the pennies. I enjoyed the lessons learned for Maddie. I like how Maddie doesn’t take anyone’s words but demand hard proofs. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: light romance, friendship, family, humor, fast paced, easy to read, light hearted, social issues, diversity, lessons learned
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and By Your Side. Her books have been named as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California with her family, and you can visit her online at http://www.kasiewest.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.