Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love

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 l...

Title:Lucky in Love
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ISBN:1338058010
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:333 pages

Lucky in Love Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Feb 02, 2017

    Cuteness!

  • alexandra
    Dec 17, 2016

    THIS BOOK. IS SO CUTE. MY EMOTIONS ARE EVERYWHERE AND I JUST *FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL* there were so many things i loved about this book and i can't stop smiling. full review to come!

  • Alyssa
    Nov 07, 2016

    I liked this book but didn't love it. Unfortunately the romance seemed flat to me. Seth was like a cardboard cutout or something. :/

    ***Review to come***

    Eeeeeeee! Need need need need!!!! LOOK AT THAT COVER!!!!

    This is going to be wonderful, just like West's other six books books (I have not read

    yet). :D SO EXCITED!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jan 09, 2017

    Maddie's spent most of her life focusing on working really hard in school so she can get enough scholarships to pay for college. When she wins $50 million in the lottery on her 18th birthday she thinks that will solve all of her problems: she can afford college, her brother will get his act together, and her parents will stop fighting. Suddenly Maddie becomes the most popular girl in school and everyone wants something from her, but she's too naive to tell who's taking

    Maddie's spent most of her life focusing on working really hard in school so she can get enough scholarships to pay for college. When she wins $50 million in the lottery on her 18th birthday she thinks that will solve all of her problems: she can afford college, her brother will get his act together, and her parents will stop fighting. Suddenly Maddie becomes the most popular girl in school and everyone wants something from her, but she's too naive to tell who's taking advantage of her. She starts buying sports cars, $1,000 jeans, transforming into a new person, and hanging out with the popular crowd. Meanwhile, her cute coworker at the zoo keeps treating her like the same old Maddie...

    I really wasn't that into the romance here because it was such a small part of the story. What was there was kind of cute, but most of the book was Maddie either waiting for her college admissions letter or figuring out what else she could spend absurd amounts of money on.

    I think people who like the typical "summer" kind of YA contemporaries (idk how to explain but this is totally a group in my mind) will have fun with this, but the amount of money Maddie was just throwing around actually made me feel gross. Like there is SO MUCH ELSE she could do to help people with that money besides throw a party on a yacht. And most of the book is her shopping or talking about money (which in itself makes me uncomfortable). So I guess this story just didn't click with me.

    I couldn't get a very strong feel for Maddie's character, but I did like her friends! They had strong personalities and carried a lot of the story. And the overall plot is predictable, but still fun because Kasie West's writing always pulls me in. So it's a fast read I'd recommend if you're really into reading a lot of YA contemporaries.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jan 19, 2017

    Every time the lovely Kasie West releases a new book, I love life a little more.

    I may not grade her novels as highly as I probably should, given the wonderful time I spend with (almost) each and every one of them, but think of this rating as a strong three stars.

    It’s no wonder her books are considered perfect reads for readers who are ‘‘reluctant.’’ Her works are indeed so fast-paced, you’ll feel compelled to read them in one sitting. The only thing that will stop you is your innate need to sle

    Every time the lovely Kasie West releases a new book, I love life a little more.

    I may not grade her novels as highly as I probably should, given the wonderful time I spend with (almost) each and every one of them, but think of this rating as a strong three stars.

    It’s no wonder her books are considered perfect reads for readers who are ‘‘reluctant.’’ Her works are indeed so fast-paced, you’ll feel compelled to read them in one sitting. The only thing that will stop you is your innate need to sleep.

    So I do dare suggest you start this very early so no dilemma (stay awake, sleep?) presents itself to you. These book-related dilemmas are the worst.

    If you are familiar with Kasie West’s style, you already know LUCKY IN LOVE is quick, light and cute.

    I’m so glad I don’t have to write ‘‘cliché’’ this time. In every one of her previous contemporary YA novels, I was able to pinpoint clichés two chapters in. Not this time. There is the ‘‘friends to lovers’’ situation, but the way it’s developed makes it look very natural.

    Seth is definitely more adorable than any other book boyfriend the author breathed life into. Also, he’s Asian! Thank you for making your books a tiny bit more diverse, Kasie. Much appreciated.

    *Sidebar*

    About Seth, I understand his annoyance at being constantly asked where he *really* comes from, especially since he was born in America, but you know a lot of people aren’t aware of the effect that that question has on all people who do not look like the American type. No one ever told them it bothered them to be asked that before, so how could they possibly know? Maybe you should do that, Seth, instead of mentally cursing them. But if you want to avoid situations that can *maybe* turn into confrontations at all costs, then just shrug it off. I, myself, ask that question from time to time. I’m curious, and no one ever told me it bothered them. Does that make me ignorant, or just someone who likes to learn about other people’s ancestries?

    *End sidebar*

    Since Maddie is a little naïve, she’s manipulated into spending her money – well, giving her money away, basically – quite a few times. While it is, at times, frustrating, it helps Maddie grow into someone more responsible and aware of how the world works. Thirty million dollars is a lot, lot, lot of money.

    I predicted most of what happens in this novel, so I wouldn’t say you’ll be blown away by anything, really, but you will be entertained for sure. Happy reading.

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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    May 30, 2017

    About: Lucky in Love is a young adult fiction novel written by Kasie West. It will be published on 7/25/17 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, contemporary, and romance. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading Lucky in Love on 5/25/17 and finished it on 5/30/17 at midnight. This book is an excellent read! I love to read books with characters who are flawed and then when given ti

    About: Lucky in Love is a young adult fiction novel written by Kasie West. It will be published on 7/25/17 by Point, an imprint of Scholastic, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, contemporary, and romance. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading Lucky in Love on 5/25/17 and finished it on 5/30/17 at midnight. This book is an excellent read! I love to read books with characters who are flawed and then when given time or lessons, the characters overcome the flaws. This book is light hearted and easy to read. The romance is light and perfect for modest teen readers. The main character works part-time at the zoo; therefore, this book is an ideal read for readers who loves animals. I like how positive this book is and I think it will make a good impact on young adult readers. The main character can definitely be a role model.

    A recipe on how to relax: “You need to empty your mind, and relax each muscle group until you feel like you are going to melt into the floor. Then you just let it all go. All the expectations, all the unneeded worry, all the things other people want for you but you don’t want for yourself.” p218

    In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Madeleine or Maddie, a high school senior who has goals and total control of herself. She makes a friend pact with two of her best friends to stay focused in school and not let a boy get in the way. Her curfew is only use for study group with her friends. She believes success comes from hard work. She’s the glue that keeps her family together. She worries for her brother and parent’s happiness. Since her dad lost his job and her mom works two jobs to cover the bills, her family has been in a constant conflict. One night, an impulse decision changed her life. A distraction that could solve her family’s problems or could change her life for the worse.

    “I shouldn’t have hugged him. He was warm and I fit perfectly against him, like he was made to hug just me forever.” p280

    I love a perfect ending and this book has it. I have a big grin on my face at midnight last night and it was so hard to go to sleep after that. I enjoyed following Maddie’s train of thoughts. I like that she wants her brother to succeed and her parents to be happy. I like that she’s motivated to succeed through hard work. I love her spitting out random facts. I love Seth Nguyen and his humor. He has so much humor. I love his retort to people who makes racist comments because he looks Asian, such as how he doesn’t have an accent or asking where his parents were born from a stranger. I love the story surrounding the pennies. I enjoyed the lessons learned for Maddie. I like how Maddie doesn’t take anyone’s words but demand hard proofs. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

    Pro: light romance, friendship, family, humor, fast paced, easy to read, light hearted, social issues, diversity, lessons learned

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.

    xoxo,

    Jasmine at

    for a detailed review.

  • Elise (The Bookish Actress)
    Jul 11, 2017

    This is nothing particularly special, but it's just the easy-to-read contemporary story I needed.

    First things first: wow, this needed editing.

    This might be an unpopular opinion or something editors do, but

    ? When you don't use contractions, your dialog doesn't sound more sophisticated. It just sounds fake and ridiculous. Hear me out. If someone came up to me in casual conversation and said "I am going to the park," I wou

    This is nothing particularly special, but it's just the easy-to-read contemporary story I needed.

    First things first: wow, this needed editing.

    This might be an unpopular opinion or something editors do, but

    ? When you don't use contractions, your dialog doesn't sound more sophisticated. It just sounds fake and ridiculous. Hear me out. If someone came up to me in casual conversation and said "I am going to the park," I would think they were a pretentious asshole. Or possibly high. If you say "I'm going to the park" I wouldn't think anything beyond "oh, you're going to the park." Do you see what I'm saying? It's fake and it's stupid.

    Anyway, beyond the writing,

    The characters aren't terrible, the romance is sweet, there are well-written family dynamics and all that.

    !! I have to admit that I was kind of expecting girl hate?? But no. There's actually a rich girl who becomes a true friend to Maddie. Also, there are a couple of good comments made by Maddie's love interest, the adorable Seth, about racism. I liked that!! It was a minor thing but I really liked it. And there's a popular reviewer on this page who I finally unfollowed because she made a lowkey racist comment in her review about this, so... yay, I guess?

    Two things bothered me here. First of all, it's cliche. Obviously. But I really feel like this was cliche in a bad way. When I think of a good cliche story, I think of bed sharing and fake dating. Those are cliches, but they're

    cliches. This story is just...

    The other issue is Maddie's whole character-regression thing.

    I get that she's rich now, but if you saved money your whole life, I feel like you'd think about it a little more. Fine, people are different. All I can say is Maddie's throwing-around-money started pissing me off quickly. Kasie West wrote it in a fairly realistic and sympathetic way, but

    . Fancy dinner is one thing, but it was

    obvious the car and the yacht was all going to go wrong.

    But I can't even really complain about this, because

    It's not meant to be serious or high-quality. It's a fun YA contemporary story. She churns out three per year. Hopeless romantics will enjoy it maybe more than me. If you've liked Kasie West before, I'm sure you'll enjoy this too.

    (also this cover makes me so happy every time I look at it I feel my pores clean out)

  • Sophia
    Jun 10, 2017

    um, an asian love interest? count me the heck in


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