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Lucky in Love

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  14,588 ratings  ·  2,335 reviews

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,

Hardcover, 337 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Scholastic
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I generally don't read YA contemporary romances, particularly one with kind of a silly lottery-winner premise. But then I saw in the blurb that the love interest's name is Seth Nguyen.

SETH NGUYEN. OH. MY. GOD. AN ASIAN GUY AS A LOVE INTEREST. This has almost literally never happened before in an YA novel.

Plus, the book takes place in Santa Ana/Tustin, California. I LIVE LIKE LITERALLY 5 MINUTES AWAY.
Tustin wasn’t a huge city, but in Southern California, cities bled together. Tustin ran into S
♛ may
noun: disappointment

the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused when ones favourite contemporary author cannot fulfill readers hopes or expectations.

Oh, look, I relate.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve outgrown Kasie West’s books, like theyre all cute and predictable and ish but I’ve just been so royally pissed at how terrible they are that I cant even enjoy the cuteness of them.

My face throughout the ENITRE book:

~none of these are spoilers as they ar
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And that book, my friends, is the definition of trash.

This review is almost 2 weeks late, but oh well. So... disappointment strikes once again. And it sucks because it's a Kasie West book. That author is my go-to author for when I want cute, light reads. However, I can't believe that the author who wrote P.S. I Like You and The Distance Between Us is the same author who wrote this disaster.

Sad, sad, sad.

Let's start with the annoying MC, Maddie. Maddie comes from a poor family, they can barely
1.5/5 stars
"Sometimes regardless of what we want, reality takes over."

Okay, so imagine you are me. Not the lame, tries-to-be-funny-but-fails me, but the awesome me who likes to read and thinks she's as cool as Inej Ghafa. Now imagine how devestating it is to you that in the past six months, you’ve only read five books because you are stuck 50 lightyears deep in a pit you have dubbed The Great Reading Slump of 2017™. But it's New Years Eve and you are waiting for the year to change o
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, in-czech
a girl wins a lot of money and starts buying stuff. the end.
Simona B
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Aj the Ravenous Reader
As usual, I breezed through it. It’s always so easy and chill with Kasie West’s books. Like your favorite ice cream on a sugar cone. But what I liked more about Lucky in Love is that it’s so much more than your guilty pleasure YA romance. I love that the main character,Maddie and her friends are a bunch of nerds. Their nerd talks are too cute.

“Starving is an overused word that diminishes the importance of those in the world that actually are starving.”

Their dedication to their studies is alm
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
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 posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 t
Jun 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
um, an asian love interest? count me the heck in
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! ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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
Maggie ☘
*1.5/5 even-Seth-couldn't-save-this-book stars*

I was really annoyed with the naive, unintelligent (though the story will try to tell you just how clever she is), whiny MC with no backbone making one stupid decision after another. And it didn't seem realistic at all, since her family had some money problems before she won the lottery. She wouldn't have acted like this, spending so much money on yacht parties to impress others, expensive muscle car, famous and expensive brand of clothes, diamond j
Anja H.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it

“Sometimes regardless of what we want, reality takes over.”

Besides the fact that Maddie, the main character here, had me wanting to repeatedly and aggressively bash my head against a wall most of the time, this was kinda cute. Nothing special though.
Definitely not my favorite Kasie West book! I seem to like her older books better than the recent ones...
I just couldn't handle the way Maddie spent her money and how naive she was. I couldn't relate to or sympathize with her at
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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I am still fairly new to Kasie West’s books, but I seem to enjoy every single one I read. Lucky in Love is no exception with its creative concept about a girl who wins the lottery. I really enjoyed the main character and her wisdom about money, and the theme of family is so sweet. As usual, this book is so adorable and the perfect book to relax with this summer.

Lucky in Love is such an original story! It tells the story of a girl who is struggling economically, but
Elle (ellexamines)
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: summery contemporary fans
Recommended to Elle by: kasie west fans everywhere
This is nothing particularly special, but it's just the easy-to-read contemporary story I needed.

First things first: wow, this needed editing. A lot of the sentences are pretty awkward. This might be an unpopular opinion or something editors do, but can ya authors use contractions? 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 book was low-key giving me stress talking about money, college, and parents problems. Especially because I also live in California, like the protagonist. Too close for comfort.

Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order:
• Aw, I really like Seth. He is pretty much the only thing going right with this book. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a love interest that is Vietnamese before (for that matter, I seldom even see Vietnamese side characters or main characters).
• It somewhat remin
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky in Love? More like: Lucky I'm very glad I didn't buy this book.

1 I don't know how I got through the entire book star!
It’s official. This is the stupidest book I’ve read in my entire existence

Anyway, how would I describe this book in GIF?

How would I describe this book in words?
Terrible, horrible, awful, not good, very bad.
And here I am thinking I've read stupid books, but no this book should get an award for being the stupidest, most lamest book in the history of YA contemporary books.
Danielle (Love at First Page)

Ohh this is a cute one! With such a likeable love interest. <33
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

Well, This was not what I wanted. I don't know if it's just me, but I started with a few really good books from Kasie West, they normally tend to be fun, quick reads and I usually like the characters. Sadly this just wasn't for me.

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1. I legit could not stand Maddie, she's very woe is me. I don't give a shit the money changed her.
2. Her parents are just shit, yep your 18 year old daughter wins the lottery and you're like yep cool
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate writing negative reviews, especially for an author I am an avid reader of, but this was an obnoxious book. Maddie, who we are led to believe in the beginning of the book, spends so much of her money stupidly. She also did not have a backbone with people she really did not care about. A yacht party for people she did not know or barely knew, and a ridiculous shopping spree for the party. There were moments where I thought it was turning around, around 60% but then that stupid necklace purc ...more
May 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
what the...???

does all these books come out of her bum bum or something? Holy mother of water bottles like OKAY THANKS FOR GIVING ME MORE CUTENESS IN MY LIFE!!

Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
"This is your new reality Maddie. I guess you can call it the price you'll have to pay for the huge blessing you received."

Maddie is a focused student, who on a whim buys a lottery ticket. Lo and behold, she wins! And now that money is no longer a factor all her worries should magically disappear right?

The Story- I should have listened to Emi when she skeptically asked me if this should really be our first book of 2018. I refuse to let this set the mood of 2018. I don’t know what happened to
Lonna | FLYLēF
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
2.5/3 STARS??? IDK

I basically just screamed "MAKE GOOD CHOICES DAMMIT" at Maddie throughout the first half because holy financial irresponsibility, Batman!

Was it realistic? Yeah, I thought so. Did it still stress me tf out? Most definitely.

Also, I wanted more fluff. The tradeoff just wasn't there for all of the anxiety this gave me. I demand more cute moments between Seth and Maddie because they're adorable together dammit!
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this wasn't as good as the other books I have read from this author. The premise was actually engaging and it was a fairly realistic portrayal of what I imagine would happen if a teenager won 50 million bucks. I thought the increasing pressure from her 'friends' and her developing trust issues was done well. The main issue I had was with the main character's voice. She read more like a 13 or 14 year old not an 18 year old. It was quite off putting. An okay book. ...more
Krista Regester
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was this good? Naw.
Am I gonna binge all of Kasie West’s other books? Yep.

Seth really saved the character day on this one – he was the only thing I could enjoy and everything else was blah. I hate it when 18 year olds are written like 13 year olds.
May 31, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-read-soon


Tom Lewis
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adjectives that describe Kasie West books – delightful, cheery, fun, flirty, playful, happy. They all apply to this one as well. 4.5 stars.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Basically as soon as I finished this book I forgot everything that happened. It was cheesy, the dialogue was strange and didn't flow, and a lot of the scenes made me cringe.

Its good if you want something light but otherwise, hard pass.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-2017, ebook, ya
This one didn't do its magic ...more
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