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Love, Life, and the List Hardcover – December 26, 2017
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About the Author
Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.
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Abby was such a fun heroine, and her friendship with Cooper highlighted all the qualities that made her HER. That's what made their relationship feel real and sweet and oh so fluffy. While I floundered a bit trying to feel the enormity of the close-knit, best friends group dynamic when 2 of the 4 friends were gone for all but two chapters, I'm also glad we got so much time with just Abby and Cooper because their friendship shows all the foundation work for a great romance.
Also, more than just showing the intense, already established friendships, Kasie West brings new people into Abby's life. Lacey and Elliot give Abby the swift kick she needs to get out of her rut with Cooper and with Life, capital L. I found it interesting how Kasie West compared and contrasted the importance of new and old relationships - relying and finding solace in what you've always known, and finding new experiences you didn't know you needed. That's really what this book was about. And that journey applied to Abby and Cooper; and in smaller doses Lacey and Elliot and Rachel (I don't know about Justin, he was in one scene at the end, but I hope we get to know him and the group as a whole better in the companion novels!).
I also LOVED Abby's relationship with her mother and grandfather. Especially her grandfather. It's a relationship not commonly seen in YA, so that was fun.
I also appreciated that the "list" premise also wasn't super big stretch here as compared to other teen books, where an absurd list ridiculously drives the entire plot.
However, the thing I enjoyed most about this book was the interactions between Abby and her grandfather. They were super cute and actually made me laugh out loud, which doesn't happen often for me. I also appreciated that an elderly character was portrayed in an honest and real way, and actually had a good relationship with the surrounding characters.
Finally, this was probably the first Kasie West book where I didn't really care for the male lead at all. I understood why Abby liked him, but he just seemed kind of weak despite everything. His excuses were rather pathetic, although sadly realistic.
Basically, I give this book points for not following most teen novels where teen sarcasm, a list, and elderly characters are concerned.
Overall, a rather refreshing and, all in all, cute little read.
I definitely am not the biggest fan of books where there is unrequited love at the beginning, even if I know it is most likely going to end happy, so that would probably be my one complaint.
Other than getting angry at Cooper for not realizing what was right in front of him for 300 pages, I did seriously love this book. I loved how sarcastic Abby was, and her emails between her and her dad had me cracking up at some points.
I lied, there is another complaint, and that is I WANTED MORE. I feel like that is always how it is with contemporary books, I need more of the side characters, and I need more of the happy ending.
❤I loved all of the quotes that could be printed on a t-shirt... " Chocolate milk makes everything better." - that one was my favorite!
❤ I love how Abby took criticism and used it to improve herself.
❤ I loved the list itself!
❤ I loved how Abby learned so many life lessons by the time she finished her list.
❤ I loved the sarcastic Grandpa and all of his old fashioned catch phrases.
❤Also, Abby's relationship with her Grandpa
❤Clean books are the best books
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Author: Kasie West
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
I do love Kasie West books, but when I first starting reading this one, I was a...Read more
That was so dang cute! Kasie West is the queen of YA romances, I always enjoy her books. This is the perfect escapist novel!Read more