Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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 pic-ture.

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.

What would you do if you won the lottery...in high school? Lucky in Love is a really cute story about Maddie who seems a little down on her luck until she buys a lottery ticket on her 18th birthday. From this she learns lessons about how money can seep into the best parts of your life if you let it.

I really liked Maddie. She is a super sweet girl that would do anything for her friends. She also is smart and works hard for her grades. Trying to not only get into the colleges she wants but also to get scholarships. Her dad lost his job 3 years earlier and caused the family struggles ever since. When she wins the lottery she might make changes but core Maddie is still there. It doesn’t matter if people choose to see that or not.

I loved Maddie and Seth! Seth is such a cutie and fun loving guy. All their interactions are the type that make you smile and remind you of young love. Such a cute romance and development of it between them. As they navigate from moving from the friend zone to more. Especially with sudden windfall.

I was so angry at Maddie’s parents! So so angry. I don’t care that she is 18, she is still in high school and I feel like they did not help her at all with managing her money. My parents would never in a million years let me go off and spend it without at least trying to giving me advice. Or saying hey let me take you to a financial advisor so you don’t get overwhelmed. Not just off hand suggesting it and letting her get by on her own. They really annoyed me. Her brother annoyed me too.

I liked how navigating being a high schooler with money is portrayed. I could see some of your friends could change because you have money and how new friends could definitely come out of the woodwork. Especially because Maddie has a good heart so it’s easy to take advantage of her. Again I felt like she got pushed out on a raft without any oars.

This was a really cute story and it’s definitely worth reading for the adorable romance.


I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My nov-els are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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About Jen S

I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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