Jul 23, 2017

Lucky in Love by Kasie West || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Lucky in Love by Kasie West || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour!

SERIES
n/a
PAGES
333, hardcover
GENRE
Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER
Scholastic
PUBLISHED
July 25th 2017

 

Lucky in Love by Kasie West || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

 

  SUMMARY  

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 --

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?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 3 out of 5

I’VE HEARD MANY wonderful things about Kasie West. Perhaps for this reason, I may have set a higher expectation for Lucky in Love–my very first book by Ms. West. While I did enjoy this contemporary romance, I wasn’t swept away.

The story starts off quite well, actually. Ms. West introduces a vibrant cast full of humor and charm. Madeleine is a senior in high school with a bright future ahead of her. Senior year is demanding, but she still makes time to work at a local zoo, where she spends time with Seth, her cute and charismatic co-worker. Seth’s character was such a pleasant surprise and a joy to read. I’m honestly quite flattered that Ms. West included a lead character from my culture. That makes me so happy.

The turning point of the story began when Maddie won the lottery (see summary). The mix of conflict threaded throughout the story shifted from family and friends, to focus heavily on finances. For the better part of the story, I felt like I was reading about the woes of becoming a lottery winner. Maddie went from invisible to the popular girl at school and everything seemed to become quite financially irresponsible. I understand that Ms. West presented these pitfalls for Maddie to err, learn, and grow. However, the journey to maturity was unrelatable, and therefore uncompelling.

On a more positive note, I really enjoyed Ms. West’s writing style, focusing generously on dialogues to drive the story forward. The story moves with ease, unhindered by heavy descriptions, and gives readers direct windows to each of the character’s soul through their easy bantering and clever quips. I also enjoyed the zoo setting, where Seth and Maddie got to know each other in an unpretentious fashion, unlike her high school setting. Those moments were infrequent but I relish each romantic trysts.

Even though it's likely my own doing, expectations et al, that I could not enjoy my first book by Kasie West as much as I’d hope. Still, I would recommend it to anyone who’s already a fan. Lucky in Love is an earnest perspective on an ordinary teenager who comes into an extraordinary future. Yet through all the extravagance, she remains true to the light of who she is, and uses that to guide her to true friendship and love.

{Thank you to the author and publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Find Kasie West: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

  GIVEAWAY  

Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win 1 ARC of Lucky in Love! Runs through July 31, 2017. US only.

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