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 doesn't believe in luck. 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 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?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Welcome to my stop on the Lucky in Love Blog Tour! I’m so excited to be part of the tour for this newest release from one of my auto-buy contemporary authors (spoiler alert: it’s just as cute as West’s previous books). Read on for my full thoughts + a giveaway!
As expected, I thoroughly enjoyed Lucky in Love, and I flew through it in less than a day. Kasie West just excels at writing adorable, swoonworthy romances. The premise of Lucky in Love immediately piqued my interest– a girl winning the lottery on her 18th birthday and having to navigate all the challenges of newfound wealth while still making her way through high school? Yes, please. It presented lots of unique complications, and I loved seeing how Maddie dealt with these challenges and grew as a person along the way.
First, let’s talk characters. I found Maddie herself, along with her two best friends, Blaire and Elise, to be relatable. Their dynamic felt a lot like mine with some of my close friends in high school– I was a bit more outgoing than Maddie, but I definitely hung with the nerdy crowd and had a laser-focus about school. I liked that Maddie and Blaire were super similar, while Elise was very different from either of them; yet, their friendship still worked well and there was no shortage of love between the three of them, even when they didn’t always see eye-to-eye. And, like I said, seeing Maddie’s character growth as she navigated life post-lottery-win was one of my favorite parts of this book. I’m a sucker for YA books where the characters make mistakes and don’t always do the “rational” thing, because, hello, I had no idea what the hell I was doing when I was a teenager.
Anyway, all of this brings us to my favorite character in the book: Zoo Seth. Seth was such an adorably charming love interest, and I love love loved the classic Kasie West banter that he and Maddie shared during their shifts at work. Plus, yay for a Vietnamese love interest! Seth challenged a lot of the microaggressions people of color face almost every day, and I appreciated that those things were addressed in this book. I really don’t know what else to say about the romance other than it was completely adorable. The witty banter, the inside jokes, the cute dates… all just the cutest.
I thought the lottery plot was executed very realistically in Lucky in Love. We saw long-lost family members, strangers from school, and even Maddie’s closest friends and family using her for her newfound money. It’s a lot of pressure for anyone to handle, let alone someone who just became a legal adult! Again, though, Maddie learns from her money missteps, and she learns who she can trust over the course of the story.
I did find many of the plots to be incredibly predictable, which is part of the reason I knocked off a star from my rating. The “reveal” toward the end hardly came as a surprise, and therefore it was pretty underwhelming. Still, I enjoyed this one overall, and I can’t wait to read whatever Kasie West writes next. If you’re a fan of Kasie West, or if you’re just in the market for a cute, quick contemporary to binge this summer, you definitely need to pick up Lucky in Love!
“The girl who was prepared for everything, wasn’t quite prepared to leave what she knew. It was hard to study for the unknown.”
–Lucky in Love e-ARC, location 2033-2034
“‘Luck is for losers,’ I said. ‘We’ll have hard work.’
‘Says the girl who won the lottery.’
‘Says the girl who won you.'”
–Lucky in Love e-ARC, location 2790-2791
*These quotes are taken from an advanced reader’s copy, and are liable to change in the final copy of this book.
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