Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Published: July 25, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
You guys don’t understand the cognitive dissonance that I’m facing right now with this book. Kasie West is one of my favorite authors and having to give her such a low rating physically hurts me. I wanted to love this book so much and there are parts of it that I did love but it was very underwhelming for me. My main disappointment in the book stemmed from the whole lottery story plot, which happens to be the main plot point. How incredibly lucky and happy would you be if you won the lotto? So many things, so many opportunities are now available to you because of it. At the same time, it’s a big burden and I felt that it was one that the main character couldn’t handle.
I liked Maddie, when she was just Maddie, not millionaire Maddie. She was a family person and she knew her priorities, like school, college, and her friends. She was smart and hardworking. She spent her time with family, friends, studying, and working. She was actually really awesome. This changed when the lottery came in. Her studying slipped a little. I mean, okay, she was a little to rigorous and needed a break but still. She thought that the lottery could fix her family and in some ways it did, especially financially. At the same time, it made things worse. She was less inclined to listen to the sound advice from her best friends when she won the lottery and that bothered me.
What really bothered me was how gullible and kind of irresponsible she was when it came to her money. She calculated that she could spend $1,000 a day and still be fine. I loved that she kept working at the zoo and I know it’s her money and she’s entitled to do whatever she wants with it. I just didn’t agree with her purchases. I also couldn’t stand that she let people walk over her. She was definitely too trusting and easy swindled. While I didn’t like those aspects of the book, I loved Seth. He was funny, easy going, and overall just likable. You can see why Maddie fell for him. Kasie’s books always has an underlying deeper message with her books and I just felt that this one could’ve been more in-depth. It felt like those messages were not touched upon enough because there was a bigger focus on the lottery.
Overall, the book really has you thinking what you would do if you won the lottery. After reading this, I told so many people about it and asked them what they would do with the millions. The book was enjoyable enough to keep me reading but I didn’t fall in love with it.