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Chasing Lucky

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows its not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesnt plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy,
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot help myself. I keep dancing, my heart is singing, Im head over heels for these sweetest characters, hooking story-telling, love at first side charm of Beauty. This book makes you feel like you just recently chased your lucky stars and makes your heart pound faster.

Winona and Josie have no idea when they take their first steps to their hometown theyd left five years ago, they just entered to the highway to hell. Even I could hear AC/DCs blaring lyrics as a threat.
✨ A ✨
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-release
Me: *Sees mysterious Jenn Bennett book*
Me: *clicks want to read before I get to Bennett*

I'm a simple girl.
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads


Buzzword: Jenn Bennett.
Candace Robinson
Im never let down when I read a Jenn Bennett contemporary so my expectations were pretty high when I started Chasing Lucky! And luckily, it was just as awesome as all her other contemporaries!

I really liked Josie and being in her head. She had an interesting back story with her secretive mom. Also, as a side note, Id like a book on Josies mom! Anyway, Josie was a photographer and I connected to her right away!

Lucky was the most adorable little thing ever. He has baggage and I wanted to give him
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

A cute YA contemporary about falling in love, learning from our mistakes, and the importance of communicating with loved ones.

17 year old Josie Saint Martin is returning to her hometown of Beauty, after leaving town dramatically five years ago with her mother. Since then they have constantly been on the move, but now they are back to run her grandmother's bookstore whilst she is travelling. Josie has plans to go and live with her father on the west coast, to start her career as a
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me: i'm over ya contemporary

jenn bennett: h-

me: yes
Caitlin Reads
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite young adult authors and Chasing Lucky might be my favorite book yet by her. This book takes place in Beauty, Rhode Island which is basically Newport. Jenn's description of the setting was on point and made me feel like I was just starting a summer in Newport. Josie has just returned to the hometown she left with her mother when she was 12. She has spent the last 5 years jumping from town to town never staying in one place long. When she walks into the bookshop ...more
Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧

I mean, preorder the first minute I see it available, obviously. It's Jenn Bennett, I'd gladly read her grocery list.
sarah xoxo
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
review to come!
(I can't handle all this cuteness <3)

4.5 stars

Thank you to Simon Pulse for this ARC

Release Date: 5 May 2020
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.25/5 Stars

Jenn Bennett is definitely one of my favourite contemporary authors, but I was a bit disappointed with this new novel of hers. I truly felt like something was missing in this book and in my opinion there were just a lot of miscommunication and unnecessary drama which is something I don't particularly enjoy.
On a more positive note, I really liked Lucky as a character. I think he was
Susan's Reviews
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Another great story from one of my favourite YA authors!

Josie Saint-Martin and Lucky Karras were inseparable as children, but Josie's mother and overbearing grandmother have a huge argument, and the next five years are spent traveling from one town to the other as her mother finds work as a book store manager. Josie is miserable, always on the move, and she misses Lucky. How will he ever
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020
Another Jenn Benn YA swoon romance to love! Plus theres so much to love about the mother-daughter relationships, a cute Stars Hollow-like town and social status conflicts.

Im always left wanting more in the best way possible!
Bruna Oliveira
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Having read all of the author's previous YA contemporary books and loving two of them - the other two not so much - my expectations for this one were high and I'm so glad to say that I was not disappointed. This was exactly the kind of book I was expecting from the author.

This one is about Josie, who is returning to her hometown with her mother, after jumping from city to city for years. Only that
Fictional World Dreamer
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
WELL..... that was....... my first read by Jenn Bennett!

So here I am, a few days later and I'm still assessing the story. It was a great story in so many aspects. When I read the synopsis I was immediately obsessed and wanted to read it immediately.
Let just say I wasn't expecting to fall hard for these characters I wasnt expecting this story to affect me.
But it did! I had been in a book slump for almost month! Nothing I picked up worked for me but Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett.

The narrative
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
At this point, I think I could read Jenn Bennett's grocery list and give it 5 stars.  I can't stress how much I love her books.

What was there to like in Chasing Lucky?  Everything.  The setting, the people, the photography, the drama, and the curse.  I loved it all.

Josie and her mom left Beauty five years earlier after a fight with her grandma.  Josie had no warning and they just left.  Her best friend, Lucky, had recently been in a fire and she couldn't even see him.  They were gone.  She tried
Kathy - Books & Munches
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: buybuybuy
The only thing I needed to know was the author's name.
The rest doesn't matter, really.

Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
I cant believe I have this skglslskaks.

Thank you Simon & Schuster and Simon Pulse for the ARC.

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Brooke H
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Despite being underwhelmed by all of Bennetts other books Ive read, I do still enjoy something about them?? I mean I keep reading them. Idk. I still want this. 😂 ...more
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimps

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

3.5 Stars
Chasing Lucky started out strong for me. I really loved the whole curse thing that was going on and what it meant for Josie and her mom to move back to Beauty, Rhode Island. I do have to mention that I was thrown off pretty quickly, though. There was an unexpected time jump and I wasn't quite prepared for it. I don't know if that was the weird formatting of the ARC I received or that it felt weird
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Another fabulous book from Bennett, and once again, she has created wonderfully flawed characters for me to love.

Full review to follow

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
It kills me to DNF Jenn Bennett, because I've love love loved all of her other YA contemporary novels, but this one just is not for me. I've read almost 100 pages, and I'm not sucked in at all. (I actually maybe actively don't like it thus far.) The thing is that I loved the other Jenn Bennett novels for the fluffy parts and the banter; I loved them in spite of the more melodramatic bits. This one is entirely the melodramatic bits. I would absolutely recommend this to readers who enjoy melodrama ...more
Josie is back in the town her mother grew up in. They left because of the 'curse' chasing them. She has plans on how she wants the rest of her life to go. Once back at the family bookstore though, she reconnects with Lucky, who she knew from her childhood. Like all Jenn Bennett, there are complicated families and a wonderful slow-burn contemporary romance.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

My second Jenn Bennet book, and it was pretty much what I expected it to be: a moderately cute romance, with easily flowing prose, but vaguely annoying characters. Essentially, a book Ill never reread.

Seventeen-year-old Josephine Josie Saint-Martin has spent the last four years hopping from city to city with her footloose, sex-addict mother Winona, never staying in one place long enough to put down roots. They left their homeplace of
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
2.5 stars ✨ I love Jenn Bennett, but this...was not my favorite. Full RTC.
Mary Bronson
Thank you to Netgally for giving me an ARC of the novel to give my honest opinions.

I thought this book was so good!!!! Once I got started it was hard to put down. I read this book in 1 day. I just loved the characters so much. They are all flawed, but they try to keep doing their best and pushing on. I loved Josie and Lucky as characters. How they went from best friends to not best friends and trying to get their friendship back.
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-general
New Jenn Bennett = immediate add to TBR shelf.
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's the thing, I felt as if I have read this Bennett book before but it's still 5 stars because yes.

Chasing Lucky follows Josie Saint-Martin, a photographer who has moved back to her hometown with her mother. They are to run the family bookstore for a year while her grandmother and aunt are in Nepal. Josie is concerned because her mom has not been able to settle down for more than a few months and has an ongoing issue with her mom (Josie's grandmother). Josie just wants to finish high
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An adorable, heartfelt rom-com perfect for fans of GILMORE GIRLS. Ive been a fan of Jenn Bennetts since her debut, ALEX APPROXIMATELY, came out. Her stories are always a delight with characters who feel real, dialogue that sparkles, and snarky banter that melts her readers hearts while making them laugh out loud. CHASING LUCKY was no exception. In fact, this is hands-down my favorite of her books yet. From its sweet romance to its charming, sea-side setting, this book has everything I love in a ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-releases
I am so thankful I was able to get an e-ARC of this book. The story of Josie and Lucky was amazing and certainly filled with life lessons like acceptance, standing up for yourself, and so much more.
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Jenn Bennett is the author of over a dozen books, including the young adult titles: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award nominees, and have been included on annual Best Book lists for both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives near ...more

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