About This Book:
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.
*Review Contributed By Karen Klein, Staff Reviewer*
Maddie leads a normal teenage life. The only exception is her family's money problems. So when Maddie unexpectedly wins the lottery, she thinks her problems are solved.
OMG, I have all of Kasie West's books but this is the first one I actually read. I am drawn to books about lottery winners so I was pretty sure I was going to like 'Lucky in Love' but I Loved it. The story was just so good.
One of the things that stood out for me was how Maddie handled everything. I think it would have been easy, since Maddie was a good student and good person, to make her above splurging and using money for crazy things. However, West made Maddie true to life. Any teenager who won that much money would surely go a little crazy. I also liked how Maddie's parents and brother were portrayed as good people but they still had issues. They relied on Maddie emotionally and then monetarily too much. I also thought it was important that those around Maddie began to treat her differently once she won a lot of money.People with money and/or celebrity are treated differently in our society. That's just how it is.
Now lets talk about Seth. He was one of my favorite things about this book. His character was so wonderful. He wasn't an athlete, or super good-looking but he had an amazing personality and funny demeanor and people are drawn to him. This is what made him super a fantastic guy. Also, it was nice that Maddie and Seth's relationship developed slowly from a crush to something more. As relationships often do.
The conclusion left me wanting a bit more. I would have liked a few ends tied up but in general it was a good ending.
'Lucky in Love' is a fun, cute, and quick read that appeals to more than just young adults.. I plan to save a few of Kasey's books for any future reading slumps I may have. If I have the willpower.