Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Review & Discussion

: Scholastic
Genres: Contemporary
Release date: July 25th, 2017
Dates read: November 17th-21st, 2017

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5

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?

(Spoiler-free) Review:

This is only the second Kasie West book I’ve read, but both of them have felt like a hug at the end of a long day. Lucky in Love wasn’t perfect or my favorite contemporary or anything, but it was fun and relaxing to read and had so much charm. I have read other books about characters winning the lottery in the past, but I definitely enjoyed this one the most out of all those! The characters were great, the storyline was fun, and the romance was so cute!

I loved Maddie, our main character. She made a few rash decisions with her money but it was never out of selfishness, only dedication to others. A lot of times I find myself reading books and although I like the characters, I feel like if I met them in real life I would hate them, but with Maddie I didn’t feel like that at all. I was completely rooting for her and she seemed very real to me, and I also liked how she didn’t let her wealth change who she was, which is definitely a trope in books about winning the lottery. Seth was also such a great character, I could totally see why Maddie had a crush on him! He was so sweet and his scenes with Maddie were adorable!

On the other hand, I wasn’t really a fan of Maddie’s friends. All of them bothered me throughout the novel, especially when they accused Maddie of changing who she was when Maddie honestly hadn’t done anything wrong. I feel like they weren’t redeemed enough in the end for me to truly end up liking them. Also, this comes from me being a very practical person, but throughout the story I was dying for Maddie to just talk to a financial adviser, and I was so relieved when she finally did.

I’m so glad I picked this book up when I did because it’s exactly what I needed right now. It was cute and fun, nothing too heavy, and I’m already dying to dive back into one of Kasie West’s books. Lucky in Love is definitely a must-read for fans of Kasie’s previous books!

Have you read Lucky in Love? What did you think?

Happy reading,


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