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When Life Gives You Lemons Instead Of Lattes

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  46 reviews

What if losing everything you have is exactly what you need?

Kylie’s summer after high school graduation was supposed to be celebrated in Europe, not some podunk town in Ohio. But when the FBI shows up at her parents’ California beach house looking for her father, the life she’s known, suddenly disintegrates. 

With the family assets frozen and her father on the run, the

Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 12th 2020 by Toad Tree Press
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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not going to lie to you guys.. Kylie, who just happens to be the main character, was hard for me like. In the beginning, she was beyond selfish and acted like a brat to everyone. Some times I just wanted to slap her into reality because she was being completely horrible to everyone.

I mean, I get it. Her dad is on the run and the FBI took everything from them. So she moves from being rich to being poor rather quickly. K
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

This book reminded me so much of Schitt's Creek, which I love. An exceedingly wealthy family has their money and assets seized by the FBI and must relocate to a small town and learn to live without their luxuries. Kylie is a typical spoiled rich girl who thinks she's above her new neighbors and can't wait until all this is sorted out and she can go home. It was difficult to like Kylie at first because she can be so mean and I couldn't wait for her to get a reality check. Luck
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance lovers!
This book was a pleasant surprise, especially because of how disappointed I was at the beginning. The beginning really made Kylie out to be a total brat, and I'm really not good at reading books in which I hate the main character. Thankfully, Kylie got serious character development, and it Cam fairly fast.

This book follows Kylie, a teenager who's father is accused of embezzling. Her family goes from a lifestyle in which they have everything they wanted, to having to pinch pennies. They move out
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes really missed the mark for me. I'll start with a couple things I did like and then get into why I didn't enjoy it over all. There may be some minor spoilers in here, because it's hard to go over pros/cons without them, but I think this may help someone trying to decide whether to read this.

-The relationship between Kylie and her sister Harlow. They really love each other, and Kylie's protectiveness towards Harlow is clear from the beginning of th
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So here we go. I give this book 3 and a half stars.

This book is about Kylie, a young girl who just finished high school and is looking forward to going to university. Her family is loaded with money but one day the FBI comes in and freezes all their accounts and takes everything away. This wile her dad is nowhere to be found. They’ve got no place to live so her mom decides to go back to her hometown to live in the house of her grandmot
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book from the author.

This book gave me major Schitt's Creek vibes. Not complaining though, I absolutely love that show! I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist Kylie, is annoying and frustrating, to say the least, and this makes her loathsome at the onset of the story. But that's okay. I could understand why she was acting the way she was and I could see where she was coming from, as much as what she was doing exasperated me. Sometimes it isn't as important to
Joanna Bennett
Sep 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy to review.

Well guys, this started off a little rocky and then got better and then completely crashed and burned for me. I thought about dnfing a few times but continued hoping that it would get better. Boy, was I wrong.

The main character, Kylie, is one of the biggest narcissists I have ever read about. It’s all about her and she doesn’t care about anyone else, probably besides her sister. At least their bond was nice. She was always harping on
Jessica Julien
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, quick read, and the perfect palette cleanser type novel.

I really enjoyed the flow of the novel and the character relationships. There is a great sisterly love that many readers can relate to and a family tension a lot have probably felt. There were a few outbursts from the main character I was a bit put off by, but her snotty rich b*tch behavior is definitely a stereotypical act that had me rolling my eyes. I'm glad we saw the characters grow and change and learn to love. A very
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I really wanted to like this one as I've read some good YA lately, but I just couldn't do it. Too much content (lots of swearing, references to sleeping around, drinking until she passes out, etc.) and I really disliked the protagonist still at over a third way through the book. DNF. ...more
Caitlyn DeRouin
I was initially drawn to this book because of the title (I love a little play on a proverbial phrase), the cover (super pretty!) and I love a good coming of age story.

When the FBI shows up looking for their missing father who is accused of fraud, Kylie, her younger sister Harlow and their mother head to the only place that they can. The small town in Ohio where their mother grew up. This small town is the last place that Kylie wants to be the summer after graduating, especially without any of t
books are love
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall I really liked the book. The storyline was sweet and engaging and the characters grew especially Kylie.

Let’s start with the story. Kylie’s father is not a great guy at least from the beginning to me he wasn’t and that was due to how the book began. Kylie, her sister Harlow and her mom find themselves without anything but a suitcase of stuff due to her father and on their way to her great-grandmother’s house that was left to her mom to live. All three need to learn to adjust to life with
gwendalyn _books_
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it

When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes
by, Rayna York, @rayna.york
which is being hosted by YA Bound Book Tours
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: July 2nd 2020
What if losing everything you have is exactly what you need?

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Ryan York latest book, “When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes”,
A contemporary coming of age, family
Dr. Leanna Floyd
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes is a captivating story about a family’s struggles as they navigate through drastic changes that they have to endure at the expense of someone close to them who betrays their trust. When the FBI shows up unexpectedly at the home of the James family, their lives are turned upside down, and life as they know it will be ripped out from under them. Readers will be rooting for this family to overcome their setbacks, and they will be waiting with bated breat ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book, and I don't even know how to begin. It was amazing, breathtaking, heart wrenching and entertaining. It was a journey that had both the highs and lows that make you appreciate everything around you. The characters were interesting, you didn't know whether to like them or not. That is until things started to change.

At first you can't help but hate the main character, she was every cliché rich, bratty, teenager, but it's her journey to self-discovery that makes y
Indie Book Reviews
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kylie is used to the good life – a luxurious home, a buzzing social scene, and plenty of money for whatever she needs. Her Dad isn’t around much, but pays for everything she could want, and best of all, never tells her “no”. OK, her relationship with her mum could be better – the woman needs to lighten up and appreciate what she has, right? Still, she has her cute little sister, she has some great friends around her, she’s done with school and planning some time in Europe – life is pretty sweet. ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was...definitely an experience for me. I will admit that it wasn't my favorite but it definitely had its moments, especially towards the end. Kylie, our main character, was not very likable. My feelings for her for the majority of this book can be best summed up by some words I'm not supposed to say in polite company. Sis was basically the personification of an eye roll. But fear not, I'm pretty sure she was supposed to be this way, even though it was a little much for my liking. She a ...more
Megan Miller
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok

This book just wasn't it for me. What started out as a decent premise quickly turned into a tropey nightmare. The good news is that it did get mildly better toward the middle or so.

Some positives: Harlow, Charles, Otto. And that's it.

Okay, quick roundup of everything I just couldn't get on board with in this novel:

Namely, the main character.

From the very beginning Kylie is the worst kind of main character to read. She is entitled and narcissistic and just straight up a bitch. It was hard to
Megan Oneail
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Huge thanks to NetGalley for the advanced reader copy!

If Clueless and Heart Of Dixie had a lovechild, I'm pretty sure this would be the outcome of said tryst. The plot is incredibly creative and I love how the author was able to balance the tone of the book so well, mixing the comical aspects of suddenly losing everything with the more sobering realities of how money and status can influence your lifestyle.

That said, I'm torn on this book. While I was invested enough to finish (I genuinely wante
Mary Ann
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes by Rayna York is an engaging, hard-to-put-down YA novel that follows a sassy teenager from living the high life in California to dialling it way back in small town, Ohio.

I fell in love with the voice of the main character, Kylie, right away. Though she was self absorbed (at the start), she was authentic. Her protectiveness toward her younger sister warmed my heart. And Otto’s refreshing interest in something besides partying and scoring with a girl ma
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Life Give You Lemons Instead of Lattes by @rayna.york was the feel good book I needed this year!💕

Kylie a spoiled 18 year old grates on my nerves quite a bit, but the more you dive into her character the more she warms up to you! Kylie, her mom and little sister Harlow have their lives completely turned upside down because of their father’s illegal misdealing’s, and they are now in a rags from riches situation.

As Kylie gets used to her new small town and living without credit cards and Loubo
Kasey Connors-Beron
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who here has seen Two Broke Girls? Amazing show (Kat Dennings, aka Max, is the BEST) with a simple plot: survive life in NYC.

The complicated part is that Caroline is a rich girl who is brilliant but immensely pampered that loses all her money when her father is arrested and their assets are seized.

That is Kylie in a nutshell. It is frustrating being in her head (conceited and has no idea what real life is like) but it’s an accurate portrayal of the character’s history. She should act like a spoi
Sharlene W
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I picked up this book because the plot sounded interesting and up my alley, but I feel like this book just didn't hit the mark for me. I gave it a 2 out of 5 stars. There were some plot points that they didn't give an answer to, or just completely forgot about.

The main character Kylie is a really spoiled, bratty character who is used to getting whatever she wants. She is not a likeable character and although I feel bad that
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. I’m blown away by this book. I loved it so much.

I saw some of the not so good reviews about this book, and thought I’d be disappointed as well. But I’ve just finished reading and totally disagree with those reviews. I couldn’t put the book down. I was completely riveted until the last page.
Sure, Kylie acts like a brat in the beginning....but the whole point of the book is to show her grow up and get her head straight. That would be impossible if she was mature and responsible from the st
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Elizabeth Plunkett
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Life Gives You Lemons Instead Of Lattes by Rayna York reminded me so much of some of my favorite books from high school. I loved the cute covers and storylines that were sweeter than a pumpkin spiced latte. When Life Gives Lemons Instead Of Lattes has a cute cover and sweet story, and levels up with a modern take on this genre. York addresses class, growing up and family differences in this novel.

Eighteen year old Kylie has lived a very privileged life in Santa Barbara until one day the FB
Jamice Robinson
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is a hard one to review because I almost didn’t finish it but I’m so glad I did. At first I could not stand Kylie, and after finishing the story I know understand that you aren’t supposed to like her at first and Rayna York does a fantastic job of making you feel that way. Kylie is very entitled and selfish character at first, but thinking back I suppose I would be like that if I had to walk in her shoes. As the story progresses she grows as person and although she’s nowhere near perfec ...more
Cote Cabrera
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are my own

Okay this one is hard for me to review. But I feel like 3 stars is good. At the beginning of the book I despised the main character, Kylie, she was such a brat with an awful personality and I completely hated the way she treated her mom. But as the story moves along and we begin to discover all the problems inside her family, I was able to understand her but still she is a very unlikeable character. I appreciate where the sto
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Rayna York grew up with hippie parents that liked to adventure. Where change was the norm, books were her constant—a way to escape. As an adult, many careers came and went, but writing has always been her passion. Everything I knew to be true is her first published novel.

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