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Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Pub Date: July 25, 2017 by Point
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.
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My Thoughts 🧠
Every time I read a Kasie West novel, it never fails to make me fall in love with the characters. I haven’t read all of her books, but there really is something captivating about West’s writing style that hooks me right off the bat.
It’s been months since I last read a Kasie West book, the last one being By Your Side, and it’s always refreshing to read her stories. It’s like home, something you’ll surely go back to. For Lucky in Love, I love how the message comes across as realistic. Some would say it’s not about the money, but most of the time, it really is about the money.
Maddie is a very relatable character. She’s smart and gunning for the big named universities. She likes to be in control and she basically has her life mapped out. Her family isn’t exactly poor, but they’re not doing well either until she won the lottery.
The lottery brought out constant changes in Maddie’s life but I think she didn’t change one bit and I loved how grounded she was, though a little too naive which was understandable. I probably would have made the same mistakes she did if I was in her shoes. Her character didn’t exactly have developments in the story, it was more about realizations in life.
Seth is probably one of the best love interests in Kasie West’s works, but then again, I haven’t read them all. I’m also glad that the author has started to incorporate diversity in her novels, and that racial stereotypes, especially for immigrants were tackled in the book, albeit not deeply, still I think it’s a great step.
Going back, Seth is pretty easygoing and it’s not really hard to like him. It’s like he was basically born to be likable, he doesn’t even try at all. I really love Maddie and Seth’s chemistry, especially during their first date and the whole thing leading to it. It was just so adorable!
Overall Thoughts 💡
I quite enjoyed how relationships in Lucky in Love weren’t all perfect. I think that’s one thing that made the book very relatable. Both characters’ families aren’t perfect. Maddie’s friendship with Blaire and Elise didn’t go smoothly as well.
Overall, this book might not be my favorite from Kasie West but I really enjoyed each page. It’s sweet, light, and a bit thought-provoking altogether. If you’re a fan of contemporaries, Lucky in Love is a book you wouldn’t want to miss!
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This review was first published in The Bibliophile Confessions on July 21, 2017. A review copy was provided by the author. All opinions are my own.