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Lucky in Love Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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The story follows a girl who is super smart and knows all the facts. On a depressed whim she buys a lottery ticket and actually wins. What happens next is what I would imagine would happen to any high schooler who wins the lottery.
While I enjoyed the premise and the cute interactions of the love interest it seemed to focus more on the problems and her inner monologue. Still a good read for those who enjoys West's books but definitely not my favorite.
And even though it wasn't my favorite I still really enjoyed it! These are some of the few YA contemporary books I enjoy, so if you don't usually read this genre, I would recommend starting with Kasie West books!
When her eighteenth birthday turns into a total bust, Maddie decides to indulge in a little self-pity and a lot of whimsy when she buys a lottery ticket. Much to her dismay, the ticket wins big.
Before her win Maddie's family is struggling with debt and barely managing with her overworked mother and unemployed father constantly fighting about money while Maddie's older brother has taken time off from college to pay some of the loans he has already accrued. Maddie's lottery money and her natural caregiver tendencies should solve all of their problems but, as Maddie learns, money can't fix everything--especially people who may not want to be fixed.
Maddie also learns the hard way that money has the potential to change everyone she's ever met as acquaintances and even strangers start asking for loans, friends question her behavior, and rumors start flying about her in the tabloids. Maddie's one refuge is the zoo where her coworker Seth Nguyen seems to have no idea that Maddie is now a multi-millionaire.
Seth is charming, funny, and perfect the way he is now--when he doesn't know Maddie's secret. As they grow closer Maddie knows she has to tell Seth the truth. Soon. The only problem is that being honest with him might also mean losing Seth before he and Maddie have a chance to get closer in Lucky in Love (2017) by Kasie West.
West's latest standalone contemporary novel is narrated by Maddie as she navigates her sudden change of circumstance along with all of the other uncharted moments that come with being a senior in high school. Her love of animals and work at the local zoo add a fun dimension to Maddie's character and the plot.
Thanks to the lottery, Maddie learns to put herself first and also accept things she can't control or change. In the midst of the lottery chaos Maddie also develops a sweet relationship with Seth--her Vietnamese-American coworker at the zoo. He gives her some much-needed perspective with his focus on film making and going with the flow even in the face of disheartening micro-aggressions and more overt discrimination. He remains easygoing and fun even when it feels like Maddie's life is in chaos. Seth is a sweet and mellow counterpoint to hyper-focused overachiever Maddie.
Lucky in Love strikes the perfect balance between reality and wish fulfillment with a charming story sure to leave readers smiling. Lucky in Love is a winning ticket for any readers looking for a frothy and ultimately cheerful story about growing up and chasing your dreams--with or without a lottery win to back you up. Highly recommended.
Possible Pairings: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman, Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
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