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Life, Love, & Lemons

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  41 reviews
**This is NOT New Adult. This is NOT Erotica. There is no sex or even swearing. There is some heavy petting and drug references. Basically the book equivalent of a ABC Family show**

It’s so SQUEEEE-DORABLE – Ashleyn Poston, author of Radio Hearts

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Beautifully Broken Books (first published August 14th 2013)
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Amy Logg
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, arc, ya
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The story:
This story was refreshingly different to other YA contemporaries. I liked that the hero wasn't the typical jock, bad boy or popular guy. A punk kid working at a burger joint doesn't sound like the regular romantic hero, but it was so nice to read about a different type of character.

Told from Bentley's POV, we follow her and her family as they struggle with her father loosing his job, moving into a small apartment, leaving her private school f
Tracey (Life and Literature)
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
"You can only try and make lemons into lemonade for so long before you just have to say, screw the lemons, and bail."

Life, Love, & Lemons. The title describes this book perfectly. This was such a cute, fun read.

Bentley Evans world has just come crashing down. Her father has lost his job and to make ends meet they have had to leave their comfortable existence. No more private school and new expensive clothes. Their new life is on the complete opposite end of the scale to what it used to be li
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Screw the lemons" this book is totally Sweet Tea!

First off, this is the fourth Magan Vernon book I've read recently. I absolutely adore her humor, sarcasm, and wit. I fell in love with Ace and his guyliner in the My Alien Romance series (check out my review at and now I’m loving Kai and the lip ring in Life, Love & Lemons. I love how Magan's male characters are out-of-the-ordinary and unique.

Meet Bentley: rich girl, total snob, little miss everyone-loves-me. Well, at least
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, own
I've been wanting to read Life, Love, & Lemons ever since I first read the description months ago! It sounded like an adorable story, and I'm extremely happy to say that it definitely lived up to that expectation. :D

While at first, I wasn't a huge fan of Bentley...she did start off being a bit spoiled and bratty, I could tell that she was going to change and that she was trying to make the best out of a horrible situation. So, even though she was a brat at first, I did still admire her for tryin
N Swaffar
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
*A copy approved by publisher through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.*

☆☆☆☆ 4.5 Stars ☆☆☆☆

The blurb of the book was what pulled me in, I found the book at the right time when I was looking for a sweet book and this was flashing “read me, read me”. I know it was going to be sweet and very clean and sometimes it’s just the book I need. I’m really glad I read this book.

This story deals with your typical teenage issues and more. This book goes through a lot of things that teenagers goes t
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ Fragments of Life

My Thoughts:

The premise of Life, Love, & Lemons was similar to a few YA contemps that I've read in the past. Although the plot was nothing new, it was definitely packed in charm and humor. Magan did a good job in blending the light and heavy parts of the book. For the majority of the book, I didn't feel the heaviness of it until the last half. The humor balanced out the heaviness. Though the financial and emotional problems, as well as regrets and dark pasts,
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Fans of YA Contemporary!
Bentley is going through a rough time, to say the least. She went from upper class to rock bottom in the blink of an eye. From a pleasant private school to a school that requires a security check before entering. On her very first day, before she even makes it into the building, her Coach purse gets stolen out from under her nose. Bee (Bentley) sees nothing good in her immediate future. She worries that her friends St. Christopher’s will stop calling and hanging out with her, but she definitely ...more
Blondies Little Book Life
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am so honored to have been given this book by the author to read and review. This book for me was hands down one of the best YA novels I have read. Bentley and Kai are officially one of my favorite YA couples. Who knew a Goth/Emo guy could be so swoony. Their relationship was a breath of fresh air. Total opposites in so many ways but they made it work. This book was very well written and got me hooked from page one.

This book is told from the POV of Bentley and I absolutely loved her. She grew
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
"When life hands you lemons sometimes you just have to say screw the lemons, and bail."

Wow ~ When I first began reading Life, Love, & Lemons, I was worried I wasn't going to connect with Bentley, the main character. Ms. Vernon surprised me. I ended up loving Bentley and her story.

Bentley Evans is a young lady who has lost her private school education, fancy clothes, sushi dates, and huge house due to her father's being laid off. While at first I thought Bentley was going to be a whiny, entitled
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This was another great book by Magan Vernon. It's short and sweet and you will not be able to put it down!
This is actually the fourth Magan Vernon book I've read recently since I just came off her Alien Romance Series (definitely go check that series out). I absolutely adore her humor, sarcasm, and wit. Ace was the star of her "My Alien Romance Series" and I totally fell in love with him and his guyliner. And then it took of all of two seconds for me to fall for Straight Edge Kai and his lip ri
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was a book that I was excited to read. My dad also got laid off when I was 17 and we had to move to a less than ideal circumstance. I don't feel like I've read a lot of books about this, and so I was excited to see how she did
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Life, Love, and Lemons is one of those cute clean stories that is a breathe of fresh air. Sometimes you just need a cute story that deviates from your normal read and this was what this book was for me. I love my NA and adult and erotica but sometimes I just need to read a clean book that puts a smile on my face and this is what I had grinning and laughing at some of the things that happened in this story to our main characters.

Bentley had me on the floor laughing because she was just so out of
Aug 04, 2013 marked it as wishlist
I have seen a few people unhappy about this book as the male character Kai Rowe (apparently short for Malakai) has a similar name to a character in Sweet Evil called Kaiden Rowe.

You know what, similar names happen sometimes. An author would have nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by purposefully stealing another characters name. When two characters have the same name, you can pretty much guarantee that the author didn't know when they wrote the book.

Now I don't know if I will read the book
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great YA love story. Bentley and Kai don't have similar backgrounds, lifestyles or friends but there is something that draws them together. This is a story about a girl realizing that sometimes there are things more important than yourself. I enjoyed reading this novel, and think any high school girl can find a little of themselves in this story. When life gives you lemons, seriously make some lemonade. ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Magan has done it again! Another one of her stories that I loved. And holy book boys! Kai! Wow! Full review to follow for the blog tour.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars! Review to come!
This book is like summer. I expected the weather to be warm. In some days I’ll crave for an ice cream and I know what flavor I’ll pick. And I know how it’ll taste. Other times I want to go out and hit the beach, and I know that it’s going to be a refreshing feeling. You know those things you expect what summer represents. This is how this book for me. I know when I read Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon I’ll get my usual YA contemporary flavor. I know it going to be nice, sweet and still feel ...more
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)

Life, Love and Lemons starts with Bentley, a rich girl attending a private school who loses it all when her dad is retrenched and has to move into a tiny apartment without the luxuries of her former life. Her friends grow more and more distant with each passing day, her mom is out spending their last remaining money and her dad is sitting at home, not knowing what to do. Bentley feels lost and alone venturing this alien territory, but then she meets Kai Stone, who wears guyliner, s
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I got a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publishers for an honest review.

I read this entire book in one lazy day; it was fairly easy going read. I was interested in the story line- I liked the laid back but fun idea that the synopsis illustrated. While the book was sort of laid back it just didn't measure up to what I expected from this book which surprises me since it has so many really good reviews on Goodreads. I was really excited when I saw the high star markings from people who ha
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Life, Love & Lemons felt a lot like a fluffy teen chick flick. The highschool bullying was theatrical, Bentley's mother was unbelievably selfish and Kai was the perfect boy next door (minus the typical clean look though). Having said that, I find this book to be quite entertaining. All the chick flick feels worked well and were actually pretty nice.

Bentley Evans got handed a whole bunch of lemons and, even though she wante
A Million Books
Rich preppy mean girl who thought having the latest seasons handbag was all she needed needed, forced to move out of her four bedroom apartment into a not so nice one, and go to public school in a gang neighbourhood because her father got laid off- only to meet a guy with piercings and realise that life is more than a fashion catalogue and how much money is stuffed into your Prada purse... Familiar much?!

And even though Life, Love and Lemons was cliche, it still had something original about it-
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
(I received this book via NetGalley)

Life, Love & Lemons was a cute story about Bentley and how her life went from the most popular, top of the class girl to the new girl at the public school down the street. Her life is a bit of a mess, but she's taking it in stride and trying to do what she can with it. What I liked about this story was the sweetness between Bentley and Malakai, and their friendship despite their differences, they took what they had and made it work. I also enjoyed Bentley's gr
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a quick, brainless read. Not very deep, but entertaining. I loved the characters. Bentley is a rich girl turned poor when her father is laid off and unable to find a new job. The family has to move from their large house into a small apartment. Her dad spends most of his time wallowing. Her mother is always gone, trying to continue living her life of luxury. Her mother is just awful. Bentley is tough and resilient. It takes her a bit of effort to adjust to life at the rough public schoo ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Bentley's father loses his job, she can handle the cramped, musty apartment and her new job in the fast food industry, but she isn't sure she can navigate the life of an average teen in her new school until she befriends her next door neighbor, Kai. He isn't like anyone she has spent time with before, but together they set out to make lemonade out of the lemons life just keeps handing them. The ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

I have to admit that the blurb is what drew me in. Which is great since that's what its supposed to do right?!

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems li
Kirsty Bicknell
Life, Love and Lemons is everything a Young Adult Contemporary Romance should be; sweet, a little angsty and clean. True, there are some kissing scenes but the characters are 17 so I think this is to be expected!
When we meet Bentley her life is changing and she has to adapt to public school, working a part-time job, worrying about her father and living in a small apartment. I think that Bentley’s initial reluctance could be interpreted as snobbishness though, but I liked her resilience and attit
This was a solidly written book with a good story line and succinct chapters. The character progression of Bentley seemed fairly rapid from richy-rich private school girl with carefree shopping habits to other-side-of-the-tracks, needing to sell her car and work in a fast food restaurant to save for college. I didn't really get a great connection to her as a character but I admired her attitude of making lemon water out of the lemons life threw at her. I did enjoy the realistic portrayal of Bent ...more
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
What a cute story for young readers! This story was about Bentley who’s world just got turned upside down when she needs to change schools and move to an apartment after her father gets laid off. Bentley learns that her friends might not be the people she thought and sometimes you find love in the least expected place.

I really liked that the hero in this story wasn’t your normal guy; he was a punk rocker that Bentley could relate to. I also have a bit of a sweet sport for those rocker boys espe
Robin Christofaro
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bentley Evans is losing the only life she has ever known. Her dad lost his job and they are moving from their rich neighborhood and private school to a small apartment and public school. Could things get any worse? Apparently they can, and they do until she learns that sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem. Her new neighbor, Kai, an edgy guy that she thinks is nothing like her shows her that there is more to life than outward appearance and material things. When life hands you lemons, some ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Looking for a cute and fast read? This is it! Kai and Bentley were great to read about.

Bentley, having a life let down, was demoted in the world due to her dad losing his job. She made the best of it and was actually quite a trooper. She could still be whiny every once in a while, but what 17 year old isn't?!?

Kai was a great addition for Bentley. Granted, having him in her life got her some unwanted attention and enemies. Jealous ex-girlfriends are the pits!

Life, Love, & Lemons was a great stor
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Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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