Friday, January 5, 2018

My Thoughts: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Love, Life and the List
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: December 26th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062675774
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source:  e-Arc for Review

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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I don't know about you, but I'm always super excited when Kasie West comes out with a new book, and I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on Love, Life, and the List as soon as I possibly could! (This obviously wasn't soon enough, thanks to my always growing TBR. Sigh.)

Let me start by saying that I thought the storyline for this book was super cute. I love the idea of having a bucket list to help you get yourself out of a funk that life has thrown you in. This is something that I may have to consider doing myself this year. I think I enjoyed this part of the book even more than the romance parts, if you can believe that, and I would have loved to see Abby add even more things to her list.

I really like the characters that Kasie creates in her stories, and I have to admit that the main character in this book, Abby, is one of my favorites, mostly because I found her snarky attitude to be very relatable. She made me laugh more than a few times throughout the story, and I always appreciate a good laugh, and I enjoyed watching her growth over the course of the story as well. I loved her relationship with her family as well, especially with her granddad.

Overall; if you're a fan of Kasie's contemporary novels, you're definitely going to enjoy Love, Life and the List! It's a really quick read that is full of fun times and cool characters. Having finally read the book, I will now be anxiously waiting to get my hands on Kasie's next book, Listen to Your Heart, which is set to release in May 2018!

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