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The Lucky List

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  171 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 

Emily and her mum were always lucky.

But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since.

Now, the summer before her senior year,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Middle school and up. The main character is between her junior and senior year of high school. There is no sex (references to going "beyond kissing" i…moreMiddle school and up. The main character is between her junior and senior year of high school. There is no sex (references to going "beyond kissing" is as far as it goes). However, this does deal with death of a parent and a girl discovering her sexuality so the audience should be mature enough to handle that.(less)

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Rachael Lippincott
Mar 05, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi friends! This book is my *solo debut*, and it has been close to my heart for a while now. I can’t wait for you all to meet Emily, and Blake, and the town of Huckabee. In the chaos of this year, it’s been an absolute joy to escape to, & I hope the pages hold the same magic for all of you. ❤️

It has:
📝 a summer bucket list filled with adventures
❤️ healing and coming to terms with a loss
✨ a swoony love interest
🐮 a small, charmingly chaotic town in PA
🌈 slowburn f/f romance

If you have any questions,
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
very cute but also i am once again asking you to use the word lesbian!!

Rep: lesbian mc, biracial Japanese American lesbian li

CWs: death of a parent
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
The Lucky List follows our main character Emily as she struggles with gaining closure from her mother's untimely death after her fight with cancer, friendships, and her sexuality. Emily is on very rocky terms with her friend group after cheating on her ex-boyfriend, so when she meets the new girl in town, Blake, they spend the summer together, checking off activities that were on her deceased mother's high school summer bucket list.

The most prominent theme of this book is grief. After losing her
Jun 05, 2021 rated it liked it
A tale of a small-town girl who lost her mother three years ago and still carrying that trauma.The turn-on for me in this book were-
• The Cover(I know I am a little bit weird when it comes to beautiful covers.But I just love this cover.Though I am not judging this book by it’ cover)
• Supportive parents
• A quest to find yourself
• Biracial LGBTQ+ main character
• A twist at the end(I guessed it beforehand)
• Friends and Family

This book was quite entertaining.But there were a few things I didn’t l
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This author co-wrote other books, but this was the first one she wrote by herself. It was a YA novel about a seventeen year old girl who dealt with realistic problems such as the loss of a parent, friendships, and questioning her sexuality.

Emily basically had no friends left to spend her summer vacation with before senior year began. She did something at her junior prom that left many of her classmates supporting her then boyfriend Matt. Her best and only friend was away at summer camp. When a
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It is so refreshing to see romance blossom between two women! The slowly built relationship between the two is predictable but it's so sweet and adorable that you don't mind it. I loved the adventures that they go together. The only thing that bothered me was the need that both protagonists needed a dead mom to be able to relate to each other. But overall this is the perfect summer read.

Thank you, NetGalley, Simon, and Schuster, and Rach
Jun 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
1/5⭐ I'm sorry. This book was just so cringey and reminded me of dumb roblox roleplays that would be so dramatic and unrealistic that I used to do in middle school (and the last 50 pages of the book were actually so bad and I was cringing really bad). I loved Rachael's book Five Feet Apart, So I was extremely disappointed by this read. Also, the book was really predictable which I did not like about it. ...more
Sara L.
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
How many times do we have to read that Blake is very tan!? OKAY, I GET IT SHE'S A VERY TAN CHARACTER YOU DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER! I think that was one of the parts in this book that drove me nuts.

Emily is very lucky, and so is her mom. But since three years ago when her mom died from Cancer, her luck has run out.
Now she has a bunch of things that she needs to get back in check in her life, including getting her boyfriend back and stopping her dad from selling their house. But
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'll start by saying that I'm not the target audience for this. This is Young Adult/Contemporary. I liked this author's Five Feet Apart a tiny bit more.

Emily, our MC, is trying to get the pieces of her life back together after her mother's death. Sounds promising, I thought. But she has no guidance from any mentor/adult/family/therapist/counselor, etc. She is left to figure it out on her own. As with this author's previously noted novel, I have to ask where the family is. Obviously Emily has on
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
annoyingly recently i’ve been in the mood for ya contemporary yet all the ones i’ve picked up have been incredibly boring or just underdeveloped??? and this one was actually quite ok!!

it definitely had the usual ‘i like it at the beginning but then the characters become increasingly annoying’ thing but it was still enjoyable!!

one thing is that with two prominent lesbian characters the word lesbian sure was used,,,,not at all in the book. AND i understood this with the mc because she was just f
Celia McMahon
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the debut solo book by one of the authors of Five Feet Apart (one of my favorite books EVER) and one of the tenderest, most endearing of her books. I went into this book almost completely blind. I didn't read any reviews and only scanned the synopsis. The thing is, I didn't need to know everything. Ifive-star knew I was going to love this book on the cover and the author alone.

Emily's mother died from cancer three years ago and since then, she hasn't been the same. She's been pushing and
Jun 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
how come no one told me about this book
Jun 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This was such sweet read. Emily and Blake are cute I really liked setting in small town.

The Lucky List is a Young Adult contemporary novel that I would classify as realistic fiction.

It is a coming of age story for 17 year old Emily (1st person POV) as she tries to get over the grief of losing her mom to cancer. This book takes place over the summer before her senior year of high school.

Something happened at Junior Prom between Emily and her boyfriend Matt. And now all of their friends are mad at her. I was curious to find out what had transpired. And this reveal was very relevant t
sirius proserpine
Everyone else go home, this book made me cry like a baby.

I’ve read both of Rachael Lippincott’s other books when they came out, and have given them both average ratings, so I have to admit that my expectations for The Lucky List weren’t very high. I was obviously very excited because it’s a queer novel, which is my jam on so many levels, but I was kind of worried about the execution and portrayal of queer folks (even though Lippincott is queer herself). All my expectations have been blown out of
Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I'm grinning like an idiot right now just thinking about this book. It was just so cute and deep too! I honestly think this is my favourite Rachael Lippincott by far and I can't wait to read her next books in the future.

The Lucky List follows the main character Emily who is still grappling with her mother's death three years ago. Since then, she's felt stuck, afraid and alone, feeling as though her luck has run o
Larry H
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pride-reads
4.5 stars, rounded up.

As I was reading Rachael Lippincott's new YA novel, The Lucky List , I was thinking, "I’m not crying, I’m just moistening my eyes." (Darned pollen!)

There was a time where Emily had never met a prank not worth pulling or a risk not worth taking. She felt like she and her mom were the luckiest people in their small town. Until three years ago, when her mom’s luck ran out and she died of cancer.

But the summer before senior year of high school, everything has fallen apart. E
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachael Lippincott has always been an amazing author, but her talent really shined in this book! A story dealing with grief, sexuality, and finding yourself. This is one of those books that I know I'll be rereading. ...more
Lisa Mandina
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of great twists in it, nothing major, just things that were unexpected even from the synopsis. It also seemed very realistic for how a teenager would act with both their friends and their family, based on not only the major life changes Emily has gone through with losing her mother a few years ago, but also just even being unsure of her feelings and wants in a relationship. And also how to deal with the changing friendship that seems to happen when people grow up and their in ...more
Feb 08, 2021 marked it as want-to-read-new
I'm almost a little tired of the Lippincott emotional porn books BUT

how am I supposed to say no to that cover
Phee Elizabeth
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
“My heart beats loudly in my chest, my shins tingling from the smack of the water, the burn suddenly more intense at the thought of a second jump. I feel…exhilarated, though. Like my body’s been asleep and I just woke it the hell up. Like I haven’t ever used it properly and it wants me to, long-dormant adrenaline coursing through my veins, making me feel like I can conquer just about anything. Making me feel the tiniest bit…invincible. My adrenaline rush forces a nod out of me, which provoked a ...more
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Emily Carter used to be lucky. Three years ago her life changed and she felt like her luck ran out. Now, most of her friends aren’t speaking to her, her dad is selling the house and her summer will be nothing but boring.

When Blake Carter moves to town, daughter of Emily’s dad’s best friend, the two start spending time together. Enter the summer bucket list. When Emily and Blake are cleaning through Emily’s mom’s things, they find the bucke
Rachel Noble
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021
If you’re a fan of YA novels, you need to read this book. Rachael Lippincott is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart which you have probably heard of and this is her newest novel.

Synopsis. “Emily wrecked things with her boyfriend Matt, who her deceased mom adored, but her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mom’s belongings away… And with her best friend away for the summer and her other friends taking her ex’s side, the only person she has to talk
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
*this book was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*

I enjoyed reading this book. This book is about a girl name Emily who has always been lucky with her mom until the luck ran out when her mom dies. In the summer, Blake moves to the town where she helps Emily achieve her mom’s challenges to feel connected to her. This was a heartfelt love story that really made you feel connected to the characters and the whole story. I thought the writing was well done and in the past
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The rattling of the balls trapped in the wire cage fill the room as everyone holds their breath in anticipation. The microphone screeches as the woman up front calls out “B-3.” She confidently pulls a red chip from the pile and marks the spot on her card. One away from Bingo! The clattering fills the room again as the balls travel around in their cage... one making its escape and into the hands of the woman calling out the numbers. She closes her eyes and wills this to be the number she needs. “ ...more
Karen Barber
Emily always felt lucky, and the bond she had with her mum was special. Unfortunately, Emily’s mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her luck ran out and Emily has not felt the same since.
When we first meet Emily she alludes to some of this trauma, and as the story progresses we learn more about her life and how losing her mum has affected her. We see her trying to come to terms with things changing…but this is, primarily, a story about one girl trying to figure out who she is.
The action takes
Verónica Fleitas Solich
It was good.
At times the story was incessantly entangled in situations that did not merit it, which disconnected me a bit from the situation.
Good representation and without a doubt, it has its emotional moments.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars 🌟
Barbara Schultz
3.7 rounded up
I read Five Feet Apart and totally enjoyed it. It was written by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis.
Goodreads has a nice note from Rachael Lippincott.
She states ~ that this is her “solo debut”
and she cannot wait for us to meet Emily and Blake in the town of Huckabee.
Emily is going in her senior and is missing her mom who died three years ago.

Blake is new to town and becomes friend. Emily’s dad is going to sell the house when Emily finds her mother’s bucket
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was sosososososo good. It made me tear up definitely towards the end of the book if we're being completely honest.

This was definitely a good summer read as it takes place during summer before senior year. It felt very personal and hit close to home, especially when it comes to how to move on after loss and dealing with growing up in a small town and facing difficult problems such as questioning ones sexuality and choosing to present oneself as what is deemed 'correct'. Although it sou
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Rachael Lippincott is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pittsburgh with her wife and their dog, Hank.

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