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Lucky in Love by Kasie West

“Sometimes regardless of what we want, reality takes over. “

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. 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 —

She wins!

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?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

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Personal Thoughts:

Lucky in Love is a about a girl who won a lottery jackpot and the changes that money brought to her life.

Maddie is living a normal and simple life. At school she is one of the smart kid flying under the radar. She works hard to get good grades so she can get scholarship for collage. On the night of her 18th birthday when her best-friends ditch out on her, she ended up buying a lottery ticket after a convenience-store clerk convince her to do so. She can’t believe how much the universe is paying her back when few days after she found out that she won fifty million dollars. Suddenly her life change. She’s an instant celebrity. People in school wants to be friends with her. Relatives she never knew get in touch. She’s buying sports car, pricey clothings, and hanging out with the popular kids. Almost everything and everyone around her change except for one, Seth, her co-worker at the zoo, who seems oblivious about her winning, and treated her just the same old Maddie.

Lottery winner stories in fiction or in real life has its own appeal. How someone beat the odds, and how regular people from all walks of life, find their lives suddenly transformed by vast wealth can easily provide important lessons and examples for readers. And Kasie West’s latest novel, Lucky in Love manage to furnish the same.

Through Maddie, readers of Lucky in Love will see how instant wealth easily brings changes to a person and to the people around her. The changes that happened to Maddie after winning, shows how money influenced people’s life – from the way she view the world around her, and the way other view her. After winning a huge amount of money, Maddie thought that she doesn’t have to worry anymore about collage, or her family. But turns out even with so much money, she cannot guarantee her slot to collage, or her family being happy. There are issues that money alone cannot solve.

Maddie’s as an instant millionaire is quite believable. Though I don’t agree with most of her decisions especially with how she’s spending her money, I still find those parts realistic. After all, Maddie is a teenager who knows nothing about finances and investments.

As expected from Kasie West’s novel, Lucky in Love does not lack in terms of romance department. Seth, Maddie’s co-worker at the zoo will surely be love by readers. But what I really like about Seth presence in the story is the diversity he adds to the plot. Being an Asian guy who lives in America, Seth shows some issues of a non-American people is experiencing.

Overall, Lucky in Love is a quick, light and enjoyable read. Maddie’s story shows how instant wealth can easily change a person and the people around her, and that money is not always the answer to problems, it can solve some but it can also create new ones.

* This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher, Scholastic Press Philippines in exchange for my honest opinion about the book.

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