Lucky in Love by Kasie West – A Golden YALit RomCom Sure to ‘Win’ the Heart of its Reader

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher Provided ARC – thank you, Scholastic
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Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary, Teen Secular
Rating: ★★★★★
...West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.
Times are tough inside the protective walls of Maddie’s house. Her parents are fighting constantly thanks to a one-income household, and Maddie’s brother is falling farther and farther away from returning to school. On her 18th birthday, Maddie’s big plans fall apart when none of her friends show up. In the wake of this, she impulsively buys a lottery ticket (at the cost of her favorite sweet treat), and the following morning, she discover, she wins!

Overnight, everything changes. No longer does Maddie – nor her family, have money troubles. The
responsible girl now believes everything will be ok. But Maddie soon learns money and comfort doesn’t heal wounds or fix problems. The only person Maddie comes to trust is her cute co-worker, Seth who coincidentally also seems to be the only guy who doesn’t know about Maddie’s new found fortune.

If there’s one thing I adore it’s a fluffy contemporary read, and Lucky in Love is no exception. As cute (if not more so) as its outward appearance would suggest, West strikes gold (and plenty of good luck) in her latest novel. Bubbly and bright, happy and hip, Lucky in Love is the kind of novel one wants to read over the hot, humid and hazy summer days.
“Magic cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.” - Kasie West
Not only is the writing practically perfect (more on this later on), the characters also sparkle. From Maddie’s tender albeit mature heart to Seth’s swoony (*ahem* secret) crush on the girl, these two are adorable. What gives their relationship even more interest and good vibes is the setting. I enjoyed reading a story about two people working at a zoo. It lent vibrancy and a unique sense of “place” to the already darling tale. Some of the story does fall into some of the common tropes, but if you’re anything like me, this will be an incentive rather than any form of annoyance.

As I alluded to earlier on, Kasie’s writing is fantastic. Every one of her novels (I’ve now read four in total) have this kind of special, enticing energy a reader cannot ignore. This kind of storytelling and writing makes it impossible for a reader to put her books down. Lucky in Love refuses to break this streak. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and emotional. Her stylistic writing makes this a page-turning romcom that just might make its reader cry at the turn of a final page. (Tears that are only of the happy sort.)

Witty but weighty, West’s words flow with ease and effortless charm on these pages. Her novels are the kind I’d wish to write not only because they are wonderful, but also they’re surface adorable yet look closer, and you’ll discover so much more. All this to say, Lucky in Love is perfect from start to finish, imperfections and all. It’s a winner of a story with winning characters who possess hearts of gold. ♥

Synopsis: Maddie’s not impulsive. 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? - Goodreads

Coming Next from Kasie West: Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself. - Goodreads | Add on Goodreads | March 2018

Sincere thanks to the publisher, Scholastic (IReadYA) for providing a complimentary copy of this book.


  1. This sounds adorable! I added it to my wish list on audible. I am in love with the cover. I always need a fluffy read, after I am doing reading a scary book :)

    1. Fluffy reads are my favorites. Hope you enjoy - and let me know how the audio is! I listened to my first audio book a while back and I loved it. :) Thanks for visiting!

  2. Kasie West is my go-to author for the fun, fluffy read. I enjoyed this one as well and can't wait for more of her books in my life.

    1. ME TOO, Alica. Cannot wait to see what else Kasie has in store for us. :)

  3. I think Seth was my favorite character ever. His secret crush made me super happy and giddy. He's awesome.
    I agree that Kasie West's writing style has something special that makes this and all of her stories (which encompass so many important themes) have a perfect balance of happy, cute, and emotional. The character growth in her books is also one of my favorite things!

    1. He is awesome, Sophie. I loved that Seth LOVED Maddie even if she was clueless. :)

      Kasie's novels do indeed encompass important themes. That's a rare talent and is one I wish I could capture. The happy-go-lucky nature of her tales always collide with "big" issues/topics, and she does each one so well. So excited to see there's MORE books coming from her. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.


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