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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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.
What worked for me:
Maddie as a character was amazing. She was a very levelheaded and smart girl, although there were moments when I wanted to jump into the book and shake her. Overall I really felt for her. Being that young and all of a sudden having a huge amount of cash, it’s not an easy thing to adjust to. Maddie just wants to make those around her happy. She wants her parents to stop fighting and her brother to go back to school, and she thinks with money that she will be able to solve all her problems. West really brings Maddie to this point of hurt and betrayal. People seem to want things from her and Maddie doesn’t know who to trust or turn to and she slowly begins to realize that she can’t control or fix everything and especially not with money, and maybe letting those she cares about succeed or fail on their own isn’t going to bring her world crashing down. I loved how loyal and dedicated Maddie was to those around her. She was definitely a people pleaser and while I didn’t always agree I definitely understood her motive.
Another thing I really loved was Seth. He’s sweet and funny, and easy-going. He was the perfect love interest. I would have really loved to see more interactions between Seth and Maddie. West certainly knows how to write great chemistry between two characters. I would have loved if Seth was in it more, but the focus in this story really was on Maddie and how winning the lotto really affects someone. How much changes or how people change.
I do have to admit that reading this book stressed me out so much. Maddie was a great character but after living her life confined to a strict set of rules. Getting this money allows her a bit of freedom and boy does she take it. Fancy parties on yachts and a ridiculously expensive car, all these outrageous purchases had me so worried. I also just wanted her parents to kind of step in and do something but they just let her be, which had me yelling at both the parents and Maddie. Although this issue does get addressed in the end, which I was like YES FINALLY, it had me so worried! Another thing that had me so stressed out was the way her uncle shows up and asks for an investment and she does NO RESEARCH! For a girl who has spent her life with a nose in a book and making smart decisions, this money changes Maddie as well.
Overall I loved how Kasie takes a party question that has been asked hundreds of thousands of times and really gets to the heart of it. LUCKY IN LOVE was cute, fun read with a lot of hard lessons to learn, but makes you ultimately leave feeling happy and hopeful. West brings the banter and keeps you invested until the very end. This is the first book I’ve read by her but by far not my last.
What seems like an amazing win and a great windfall leaves Maddie thinking that all of her problems are solved. She can go to whatever college she wants, her parents will stop fighting, her brother will go back to school, and all her problems will be solved.
What she doesn’t count on is the unexpected friends and family that come out of nowhere to ask her for money ALL THE TIME! She kind of liked flying under the radar with her own plan, but now things are different. Everything is different.
When she first won the lottery, her brother asks her why she keeps showing up for her part-time job at the zoo. While Maddie is focused on her goal of working with animals and getting more experience, the real reason lies with Seth. Zoo Seth (his nickname) always seems to be around and Maddie likes his warm easy smile.
Seth is friendly to everyone, and when Maddie runs into him on the night when her two best friends stand her up, his small act of kindness moves her in a way that forces her to admit that she likes Zoo Seth more than just a friend. She will tell him about the lottery and all her winnings, but right now, she wants their friendship not to change.
Unfortunately, everything and everyone is changing around her. How can Maddie hold onto the wishes she had before she won the lottery? While she waits for college acceptances to come in, she watches close friends grow distant, complete strangers ask her for money, her family is fracturing right before her eyes, and she is sure Zoo Seth is not who he said he was.
West has written a beautiful story about luck, love, and loss. She also deals in logic and sometimes letting go of the plans we think we need in our lives. Life is going to happen with or without our plans for change, and as Maddie learned, “It will work out. It will all work out.”
the plot is really good. winning the lottery can be very overwhelming and I'm all for Maddie and in why she did the things she did. She's head string and humble but it was definitely tested. i like that the book was really about her growth, her discovery of her moral compass, and just about her realizations about her surroundings too.
I really love that the love interest is Asian! ? I saw this article that male Asians are not viewed as sexy or attractive. they are viewed as nerdy or weak. so having this is such an amazing thing! i know that this is not the first time but I'm just in love that Seth is this sweet, banter-y, kind guy that would make anyone swoon-y and in love with him. so, i thank Kasie West for writing him!
I also like the minor characters. i love how even written in Maddie's perspective, they are presented as unbiased. I loved that they are very well on their own. Blaire, Elise, and Trina are very good examples.
to tell you the truth, this book made me cringe because of all the money talk. I swear I felt bad for Maddie because of the things changing, how people treat her, and even how she seems to be changing... but I think that's really effective writing right there. Because I felt sympathy towards the character.
Though the book has a satisfactory ending, there some parts that I felt was left out... and it's the type where it's not exactly open-ended.
all in all though, I enjoyed the book except for cringe parts of all the money... it was sweet, fluffy, and pure in the romantic elements. but such realistic, and honest view on family, friends, and growing up.
*i received an ARC from yallwest
~well written characters
~Asian love interest ?
~more about self discovery