Sunday, August 13, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Title: Lucky in Love
Author: Kasie West
Genres: YA, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 333
Pub Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars




**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Synopsis: Can’t buy me love…

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—

She wins!

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 coworker 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?
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Kasie West is a beloved YA author. I was late to the party and binge-read all of her books within the past few weeks. This is my most recent read, and I noticed it doesn't seem to be as popular as most of her other books. I don't get it, because I thought this was really sweet!

Lucky in Love had everything I expect from Kasie West: high school drama, cutesy love story, quirky teen protagonist, family issues, etc.

The first thing of note (to me) is the premise of a newly 18-year-old girl winning the lottery when she doesn't even seem to know what it is or how to play. I mean, come on, what is this girl going to do with 50 million dollars? I had to know! I think Kasie West accurately portrayed how an average teen would spend that kind of money as well as the negative complications that can come along with having so much money at your disposal; and so publicly.

Maddie was an adorable and lovable protagonist. She was so trusting and sweet that it made my teeth ache. The poor girl just never knew what was coming, lol. I enjoyed her dynamic with her friends, family, and love interest. All of the characters were surprisingly well-written for such a short, light story.

The romance, as always, was cute and clean. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, raunchy novel, but it is refreshing to read a clean romance every now and then, and Kasie West's are some of the best! I also completely loved the fact that Seth was Vietnamese. It is rare to see an asian love interest in YA (or any book not set within the country) and I appreciate the diversity.

Also, one last note... and this is something I appreciate about a lot of Kasie's books. She never villainizes the popular girls at school. Kasie writes stories where everyone seems to fit in together even while having differences. I always enjoy this step outside the box.

Overall, this book was great! Is it deeper than the ocean? Not really, but it is a lovely, romantic beach read that will make you smile. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy YA romance with a bit of humor and an interesting plot.
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