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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,309 ratings  ·  628 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.

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company
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Lala BooksandLala
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emma Mills delivers another heart warming YA romcom with Lucky Caller! 💕

Thanks to Fierce Reads for sending me a copy- this was such a sweet read with the perfect balance of family, school, romance, and extra curriculars. Emma Mills writes such relatable and well rounded main characters- Nina was a treat to read. I really connected with her...I don't know, lack of passion or direction? I feel like a lot of the MCs I read in end-of-highschool YA have either a) type A with a very clear idea of thei
This felt like a meh read in written-by-Emma Mills disguise.

Except not really, because THIS IS NOT AN EMMA MILLS COVER.

When I am reading an Emma Mills book (how many times can I say Emma Mills in one review), I expect FUN. I expect CUTENESS. I expect QUIRKY groups of FRIENDS and a CHARMING ROMANCE and a

Instead, this made me feel two things:
1) That maybe Emma Mills books are too similar. (If you described each and every one of her protagonists on paper, I think you'd have four identical descript
may ❀
full review posted

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

so, let's address the cover change that NO ONE was expecting. i love the initial covers that she had, honestly emma mills is the LAST PERSON in the world who needed a cover change for her books but after seeing the new covers all together, i mean,,,,,,,i cannot deny that they are CUTE

(and ok maybe i'm slightly bias because i'm a graphic design in-training and illustrated covers are my favourite thi
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Unfortunately, this one wasn't a new favorite Emma Mills book for me. While I did still love the writing and got very sucked into the story, I really struggled to connect to the characters. I also felt like there were certain parts of the story (Nina's relationship with her dad in specific) that didn't feel especially resolved in the end and overall this one really just left me feeling... underwhelmed. It wasn't terrible in the slightest, but I just didn't feel the magic with this one like I hav ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
ahhh, yes. the curse of changing covers so it doesnt match the other books. its a completely different feel and aesthetic and i think it threw me off because i didnt enjoy this as much as i usually do with her stories.

i mean, this story is cute and wholesome, which is to be expected with an EM book. but i just couldnt feel that spark i normally do. i dunno. maybe its because the plot doesnt really build up to anything. its very one note throughout. very sleepy. which isnt necessarily a fault, i
3 stars 

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Lucky Caller is my first book by Emma Mills and I'll definitely be reading more. I loved her writing style and this book gave me the same vibes as Jenn Bennett's books, which I love. I'm sad that this wasn't a total win for me, the first 80% had so many slow moments, but the last 20% I absolutely adored. 

Nina is the middle sister and is going through a lot of changes in her life. Her mother is getting re-married, which means they'll be moving, and she's a senior in high school. She g
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This book is so sugary sweet that you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with sixteen cavities and a toothache after finishing it. I don't usually read fluffy books but once in a while I feel the need to heed the siren call and take a break from my darker fare.

LUCKY CALLER is a YA title about a girl named Nina. Nina has an older sister named Rose and a younger sister named Sidney, and their mom is about to get married to her boyfriend
h o l l i s
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..
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?”

I'm going with 3 stars for this one! I adore Emma Mills, and (with the exception of her first book - I'm sorry, First & Then), I've really enjoyed all of her books. Some, like Famous in a Small Town and Foolish Hearts, I love with my entire being. Others, like Thi
Maggie ☘
Emma Mills is really one of the (if not the) best YA contemporary writers out there right now!

We follow Nina, who lives with her mom and two sisters (great sister dynamics!), her father calls once a week but is largely missing from her life. Nina's mother just agreed to mary Dan (The Dantist) and we see Nina's relationship with him change in such a beautifully subtle way, loved it!

We also follow Nina in a school group project - making a radio podcast. Where Nina meets new people and developes
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020

there were moments where i laughed and smiled, typical emma mills style, but it was almost all entirely boring. i skimmed the last 100 pages or so (or more, actually) because i was uninterested in everything.

i didn't like emma's previous book, famous in a small town, as much as i did her other books, but i was hoping this would have made up for it. i'm hoping whatever books she has coming up in the future will live up to my hopes because emma became one of my favorites.
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.
may ➹
this cover wasn’t it and neither was the inside 😎😎

3.5 stars

- liked the sister relationships because I always love those, and there were other wholesome family moments
- quick read just as all Emma Mills books are
- I was entertained but it didn’t feel like a very strong book, especially plot- and romance-wise
- overall enjoyable but not Mills’ best
Another cute contemporary story from Emma Mills! I think my favorite is still foolish heart but I liked this one more than famous in a small town. Is it bad to compare authors work?
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 R ...more
Uhh I liked it? but not that much??

Lucky Caller was definitely not what I was expecting it to be—I based my expectations for it based off of Mills' sophomore novel, This Adventure Ends , which was a book I liked a lot because of how relatable and genuine the characters were, and the general 'enjoyablility' of the book. So of course, when I heard this book was coming out, I was super excited for it and got an ARC of this book as soon as I could. Unfortunately, I didn't love it as I was expec
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 D
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books.

I’m honestly not sure where Emma Mills now falls on the list of the YA contemporary authors I read, as her most recent release marks the second book of hers that I found just okay (and more on that momentarily). Lucky Caller had a promising premise: Nina takes a radio broadcasting class her senior year, finds herself in a randomly formed group that somehow includes her childhood friend Jamie who she’s been trying to avoid, and winds up in th
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
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff, ya-fiction, 4-star
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!
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
This was just...not good. Definitely my least favorite Emma Mills novel thus far. After being disappointed in Famous in a Small Town, I hoped that I’d love Lucky Caller like I did Foolish Hearts and This Adventure Ends. Unfortunately, this book was a major letdown for me.
ila ✨
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
[actual rating: 4 stars] i love Emma Mills (without a doubt, my favourite discovery of 2019), and her books are my go-to when i'm feeling sad or down, or when i hit a reading slump. i love everything about them. now, Lucky Caller is not on the same level as Foolish Hearts and Famous in a Small Town (which are her best books, in my opinion), but it's still a pretty fun, sweet, and charming read. such a breath of fresh air. (on a side note, is childhood friends-to-strangers-to-lovers my new fav ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 ✨ | 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙨—𝙬𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩, 𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙮. 𝙄𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙙𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨. 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧.

This was enjoyable and a fast read (obviously since I literally finished it in one setting). It’s a story about family and friendship. I liked the relationship between Nina and her sisters; reminded me of my own sister. And I like the way how Nina and the members of the radio team slowly became friends. The romance was sweet but
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

We were an ongoing moment-one I hoped I would never see the end of.

I liked the story revolving around the radio station but I think the whole book lacked some depth, especially in the first half. The second part of the novel was definitely more enjoyable and it's where most of the action took place.
As always with Emma Mills's books, I really liked the characters she created. All of them are just great, main and side characters alike, and the relations that Mills depicts feel so rea
lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

me, after finishing this book [disappointed, having expected better from the author of one of my favorite young adult contemporaries]: … is this what it feels like to fall in love with someone and not have them reciprocate your feelings?

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Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Star Rating: —> 3.5 Stars rounded up

Not my favorite Emma Mills book, unfortunately. In fact I think I liked this least of all her books. Thats not BAD though. Just... I felt the least amount of connection to the characters in this one. It was pretty damn great though. It was enjoyable as all EM’s books are. Lovable characters, cute, fun plot, great familial relationships, new friendships.

Sugary sweet. It was wonderful!



So— i just bought this (yay!), but can’t help but fee
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.
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,
M. (Inside My Library Mind)
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind

“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 thei
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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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