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Lucky Caller

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  164 reviews
When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company
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emma NOT the cover i expected



may ❀
so basically,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i am an emma mills stan first and a person second.

rtc when i recover from cuteness


!!! T H I S !!!
!!! C O V E R !!!

It breaks my heart a little to say this, and rate this book with only a three, but this is my least favourite Millsy.

There were still moments of out-loud laughter, though not as many. There was still a cool friend group, though it didn't feel as strong or fleshed out. And there was still a moment -- or two -- that teared me up, but.. maybe too late in the game. The book was a bit shorter, the scope a bit smaller, and events and connections lean heavily on some not-present-day recollections, so..
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I loved the start of this but I didn't like the ending. It was so fun to read tho I really couldn't stop!
This happened to me so many times and I should be upset that I loved this so much only to be disappointed by the end but I'm really not.

I loved every character in this but especially Jaime, he was one of the sweetest boys I ever read about and I love him! I wish we had his pov and I would scream my lungs out if we get a book totally about him!
I love Rose, Sidney and the mom, I love
julianna ➹
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i need you all to know that this book caused my depression because (a) who allowed emma mills to create characters and relationships that i become wholly attached to and then like... end the book... ... ,, .., (b) i forgot how absolutely emo i can get over childhood-friends-to-lovers like ???? ??? ??? ?? ? (c) this made me feel painfully sad that my life isn't as delightful and filled with clever banter as these characters (d) this is officially my favorite soft contemporary of all time, and i ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, I think. This novel is very Emma Mills, if such a thing can be said. Her writing, character work and storytelling remains very similar to her other work, and I liked it (and the thoughts the story inspired).
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
It should be illegal to write books that are this cute.

GR review to come, or read it early HERE.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So sweet and romantic. I'm really glad I've discovered this author. I'll try to find her previous work because this one was just my kind of book. The characters are realistic- there are more and more teenagers whose parents are not only divorced, but also live in different cities or even states. There's also wonderful portrayal of sister love.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Samantha (WLABB)
There are many reasons why Emma Mills is one of my favorite YA authors, and this book is just one of them.

Once again, I have finished reading an Emma Mills book, and I was left floating on a cloud of happiness. Seriously, this was me, after reading Lucky Caller:

I guess, the plot of this story was Nina's radio show, and how a plan to attract more listeners sort of took on a life of its own. It was quite hilarious, did a nice job driving the story, and, you know, o, what a tangled web we weave and
michelle (magical reads)
4.5 stars

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**I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Henry Holt!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

Lucky Caller was, of course, one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, so I screamed when I got an ARC in the mail! (A million thanks to Henry Holt for sending me one, I am forever grateful.) The cover is so gorgeous and perfectly matches the vibe of this book. Although I’m sad the author’s backlist books are getting new covers,
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This was adorably cute and I loved the friendship group throughout the entire book! Like all Emma Mills books, Lucky Caller manages to perfectly balance the drama and the heart to create a world you don't want to leave.

The relationships in this story just completely hook you - Nina's relationships with her siblings, her relationship with her broadcasting group, with her parents - it just all so good! Plus the romance was an adorable second chance, friends-to-more hybrid that gave me
Oct 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Emma Mills is just so good at being Emma Mills. This love was a little slower burn for me than her others have been but she’s one of the only authors who can make me laugh out loud repeatedly and her friend groups are always, always so much fun, and romances so sweet and endearing. Instabuy 4eva.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grade: A+
An e-galley was provided by Macmillan via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: At this point, I love Emma Mills's books so much that my reviews probably aren't unbiased. But I don't care because she writes the stories I would've loved as a teen and the stories I love even as a twenty-something. They're soft, and realistic, and beautiful. They're like sunny June afternoons on the hill outside my house, like Christmas morning, like waffles on
Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
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“That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less significant.”

The Premise
I loved the premise this book was based on. As part of their class about radio, Nina, our protagonist, and her classmates have to produce and broadcast a radio show for their student radio station. I thought this was such a nice concept and I think it translated into the book so well. I loved seeing the bits about their show and parts of
Nov 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
if the publisher could send me an arc of this i would gladly appreciate them and send them all my love
rachel ☾
quick thoughts :

• I liked this a lot,, but I didn’t quite love it.
• it made me laugh out loud multiple times and pulled a smile out of me even more times
• it was light and sweet with a touch of emotion… but it’s just somehow a forgettable read
• I loved that Nina, our mc, was so down-to-earth and real. I love a flawed character.
• She was so scared of upsetting people, a real people pleaser at heart, and she reminded me a little of myself at times. which I always appreciate!
• but I just didn’t
Gretchen Alice
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Emma Mills so much, you guys. This was swoony and lovely and funny in all the right ways. I stayed up late to finish it and then re-read all of the kissy bits this morning. That's how you know it's good.
Aug 19, 2019 is currently reading it
Pre-Reading Review 8/19/19
Am I disappointed this is not a classic Mills cover? Yes.
But am I still in love with her? Also, yes. GO OFF, MILLS! Let's do this! 2020 can't come fast enough!
Wing (bibliomeds)
Apr 12, 2019 marked it as to-read

so... life is basically irrelevant until the day this book is out.
Jen Ryland
Very cute contemporary about a high school radio show.

Even if there is no actual 90s music involved.

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Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bring-it-on-2020

”You gotta keep trying if you want to be the lucky caller.”

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills made me happy. I know that sounds like a simple thing to say, but in my’s pretty darn huge! Fans, friends (old and new), sisters, parents, Hapless Princes (well just the one), and love fill the pages of this book. Adorable, awkward, still beating after all this time kind of love!

Our story begins with Nina and Jaime, childhood friends that for some reason or another have drifted apart. They’re paired
faith ✨
08/09/2019: Well this cover is surely . . . different than Emma Mills' other covers for her books, but I'm still excited as hell

06/27/2019: God I need this in my life

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Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

Don't worry. I will still GLADLY devour this as soon as it comes out. BUT STILL.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
added this to my tbr list faster than lafeyette can rap guns and ships
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Emma Mills ever stop writing the most perfect YA rom-coms? I bloody well hope not!

Full review to come but ADD THIS TO YOUR TBRs RIGHT NOW.
Apr 12, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
I know I'm way behind on reading Emma Mills' books, but this book uses words like 'complete disaster' 'awkwardness' and you know I'm all about those things eeee
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the queen is back and she brought a magnificent creation once more.
emma composes her scenes in a way you can resonate with the pages. the character flushes, i flush; they get embarrassed, i get even more embarrassed?
although it is not my favourite book from her, i loved the relationships, the wondering and the romance.
Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
i have been seeing this cover around so much, NEVER GAVE IT A SECOND LOOK and oh just realized this is an emma mills cover.


i am so shocked, because this is so noT an emma mills cover on brand and idkw what to do with it.

Its not weird but it just so different than her other gorgeous cover MY FEELINGS ARE SO CONFUSED? ARE YOU CONFUSED? HUH!
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Another amazing Emma Mills book right when I needed it.

What I love about her stories is that on the surface, they seem sort of no frills. Lucky Caller is sort of direct in its way. The story focuses on Nina and her family, her friendship with Jamie and her radio class. Obviously the story is so much bigger than those three things, and yet the book has sort of razor focus that makes the story skip by so quickly.

What you'll get from this book: humor, slow burn romance, hard family dynamics and
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emma Mills does it again! My heart was filled with warm and gooey feels when I read Lucky Caller. It was sweet and relatable and everything I wanted in a cute romance.

Lucky Caller was the perfect teen story. The emotional yet not too serious family matters were handled well. I loved how Nina and her sisters were respectful and supportive of each other. And who knew a radio broadcasting class could be so much fun? I cringed at the awkwardness between the new friends, aww'd at their friendship
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Emma Mills is the author of several novels for Young Adults.

She holds a PhD in cell biology and is known for her YouTube channel, Elmify. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the "life skills" channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.

Mills lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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“And my mom told me that part of growing up is just … learning that people come in and out of your life, and that there are all kinds of levels of friendship, all different types. And maybe you’ll make a friend, and you won’t see them again, but it doesn’t devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less … significant, you know?” 0 likes
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