Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

by Kasie West

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Overview


Maddie's not impulsive. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338058017
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 421,413
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and By Your Side. Her books have been named as ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and as YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com.

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The first number was 2. My ticket said 2 first as well. My heart was pounding in my throat now. The next numbers matched as well -- 15. My eyes went blurry for a moment and I blinked hard, clearing them. 23. 75. 33. All matched. There was one number left on the site. A red ball. The PowerBall, it was called. It was a seven. Lucky number seven. I took a deep breath and looked at my ticket. Seven. All six numbers matched.I checked them again and then a third time, just to make sure. Was this really happening? Had I just won fifty million dollars? This felt like some sort of joke. I checked the heading of the site again -- PowerBall. And my ticket heading, same. I won the lottery. I just won fifty million dollars.A scream that started in my belly and traveled up my throat burst from my mouth. I almost didn't recognize it as my own. It was a scream of pure joy."Maddie?" My mom was at my door. "What's wrong? Are you okay?"

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Lucky in Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy I read this book! there so many things I like about it! 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
AnikaKinnear More than 1 year ago
Just one lottery ticket; a lottery ticket that can change the course of your life forever. A winning lottery ticket can guarantee a college education, more popularity, designer clothes, and no house debt, but can money actually buy love? Kasie West presents a fun-filled page-turning novel that, although it has the stereotypical girl boy arrangement, includes a unique story line with zoo animals, carousel rides, and yacht parties. After buying a winning lottery ticket, Maddie is finally viewed as an insider, instead of an outsider at school… and she might like it. Suddenly, kids are coming up to her as if they have known her forever. After a published news report on her big lottery win though, people instantly begin asking her for loans. When even her own relatives begin to misuse her wealth and fame, Maddie doesn’t know whom she can trust. She begins to realize that money doesn’t solve all problems. Seth, Maddie’s goofy zoo coworker, seems to accept her for who she truly is, and it seems he doesn’t know about Maddie’s big lottery win. Maddie feels that she doesn’t really want to tell Seth. Maybe it is good that he doesn’t know. When Maddie and Seth become better friends, Maddie begins to have feelings towards Seth, but does he feel the same? Seth seems to joke around and act the same with all the girls. Lucky in Love presents itself as a beautiful love story that moves past money and fame. This book is perfect for people who enjoy cuddling up and reading a good love story. Although Lucky in Love includes material and language made for teenagers, this book is a great fit for many people. Kasie West has written many young adult novels including P.S. I like You, The Distance Between Us, and By Your Side. Born in California, West lives with her four kids and husband. From new apartments, to an expensive new hairstyle, Maddie begins to realize all the things she can do with her new money. Maddie's parents seem to understand as well. Miracuously, her parents begin to get along more in the house instead of the constant fighting that used to happen. There seems to be a lot less trouble. Maddie’s mom even begins to make homemade breakfast! This book was an amazing realization of the troubles in relationships involving trust, including trust between family members. This book explores boundaries and leads the reader through an amazing path of fun, trouble, uncertainty, and love.
Anika_Kinnear More than 1 year ago
Just one lottery ticket; a lottery ticket that can change the course of your life forever. A winning lottery ticket can guarantee a college education, more popularity, designer clothes, and no house debt, but can money actually buy love? Kasie West presents a fun-filled page-turning novel that, although it has the stereotypical girl boy arrangement, includes a unique story line with zoo animals, carousel rides, and yacht parties. After buying a winning lottery ticket, Maddie is viewed as an insider, instead of an outsider in school… and she might like it. After a published news report on her, though, people instantly begin asking her for loans. When even her own relatives begin to misuse her wealth and fame, Maddie doesn’t know whom she can trust. She begins to realize that money doesn’t solve all problems. Seth, Maddie’s goofy zoo coworker, seems to accept her for who she truly is, although it seems that he doesn’t know about Maddie’s big lottery win, and Maddie doesn’t really want to tell him. It feels nice to have someone who doesn’t like her just because of her wealth. Maddie worries that if he finds out, he might not see her true self past the money. Lucky in Love presented itself as a beautiful love story that moves past money and fame. This book is perfect for people who enjoy cuddling up and reading a good love story. This book was an amazing realization of the troubles in relationships involving trust, including family members. This book explored boundaries and led the reader through an amazing path of fun, trouble, uncertainty, and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book, one of my least favorite of Kasie Wests books but it was good at some parts just predictable and boring but I do suggest By Your Side, I just finished reading it and its REALLLY GOOD my favorite of all her books!
NicFictionAddiction More than 1 year ago
I don’t even know what to say about this book except that it’s adorable and SO Kasie West (which is a very good thing, mind you). I thought that Lucky in Love gave a pretty realistic portrayal of the types of things that happen when you suddenly come into a whole lot of money. People suddenly change their attitudes toward you. Some people try to take advantage (sometimes even family members!). You start to wonder who you can trust and just wish that everyone didn’t know. And you often find that money doesn’t solve all the problems you think it would. At least, those were the lessons that Maddie learned in this book. I loved Maddie because she’s a very practical, down-to-earth person, but even she manages to get swept away a bit by the excitement and drama of being a millionaire. Still, she remains likable, even when she’s making mistakes. The book depicts strong friendships and deep (if complicated) family relationships. And the romance with Seth is all sorts of adorable—I appreciated the cultural aspects that were brought up since Seth is of Vietnamese heritage. I will say that the romance seems to be less of a focus in this book than it is in some of West’s other books, but that was just fine with me. I still got plenty of swoonworthy moments to keep me happy. Oh, and the zoo setting is incredibly fun! Basically, this is what I’ve come to expect from West—a fun contemporary that explores family, friendships and more. I give this book an easy 4/5 Stars! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Fantastic Flying Book Club and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its soooooo gud
xokristim More than 1 year ago
I’ve read many of Kasie West’s book, and have thought they are all adorably cute. This book is no exception. It is delightful. It has a bit of money, love, family, and friendship. I thought it had a cute love story, but the storyline was even better. I thought Maddie was an excellent character, I almost immediately was invested in her and her life. I thought the story was pretty real, in terms of characters. Maddie got me slightly frustrated when she questioned the people closest to her, but I suppose that would actually happen. Watching what she did with the money was pretty interesting, in a good way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a cutesy contemporary read. Kasie is amazing at what she does. She writes wonderful realistic stories that have a big emphasis on love. It’s a great summery beach read, in my opinion. And can we just look at this cover?!?! It’s adorable!
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
Kasie West has, once again, given readers a simply delightful novel. One where you just have to smile and hug the novel (be it in paperback form or on one's iPad) to your chest and spin around gleefully. I loved every second of this novel about a girl who wins everything but learns that the things truly worth winning come from hard work. Maddie knows the meaning of hard work. She studies constantly, aiming for the best marks so she can go to college and hopefully earn a scholarship. She also works, trying to support her family both financially and emotionally. Alone on her birthday she is impulsively talked into buying a lottery ticket. And wins! Suddenly her life is completely different, her mother can quit her long-hours job, her father no longer has to worry about being unemployed, they won't have to sell their family home, and her brother can go back to college. But soon, the problems start. Everyone wants something from her. Maddie doesn't know who to trust. Her one solace is Seth, her work colleague at the zoo, friend, and someone who maybe, (dare she hope) likes her as much as she likes him. But she is scared to tell Seth about her lottery win for fear she will lose him, too. I instantly connected with Maddie. We share the same nickname, after all. She is a hard working and studious girl, far more interested in her grades than her clothes and she constantly worries about her family. Winning the lottery is a curve ball for her. It's not something she wants, but she does see how it could help the people around her, particularly her family. Maddie also has a wonderful, dry sense of humour. Maddie and Seth make a fantastic pair. They spend most of the book together as friends, which I loved. They develop their friendship, sharing their fears and dreams, constantly bantering backwards and forwards. They really are hilarious together and so sweet. Seth stole my heart pretty quickly. He is quirky, sociable, and everyone loves him. Seth has a wonderful sense of humour, which compliments Maddie and her random fact-blurting so well. The zoo also provides an original backdrop for their relationship to develop. This book has quite a buoyant mood to the story, despite Maddie's internal dilemmas and her worries about her family. I love that Lucky In Love is suitable for teen readers of all ages, as it has very minimal mature content and yet address themes about coming of age and finishing high school. Lucky In Love also highlights some important issues surrounding money, trust, friendship, family breakdown, and belonging. Maybe winning the lottery isn't something to which every reader will be able to relate, but those issues remain just as pertinent, and this book is so very easy to enjoy. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Lucky in Love by Kasie West Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: July 25, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Well, it finally happened. I rated a Kasie West book below four stars. I've read all of her books - Pivot Point, Split Second, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side, and now this book - and sadly this has been my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book. I just didn't love or really like it. Some aspects were great, and other aspects were a little disappointing, given my expectations. Maddie has just turned eighteen and she is having a terrible birthday. On an impulse - rare of her - she buys a lottery ticket for the $50-million-dollar lottery. And she wins! Suddenly she has enough money to pay off her family's home debt, her brother's college debt, to give her parents and brother each one million dollars, to throw massive parties, to buy really expensive clothing, to buy herself a sports car... but money doesn't buy happiness and it certainly doesn't fix every problem. She doesn't know who actually likes her for her, and she doesn't know who to trust. Only Seth Nguyen, co-volunteer-worker at the zoo and fellow senior at a difference high school, doesn't treat her differently - he has no idea that she is a multi-millionaire. Maddie doesn't want to tell him because she doesn't want him to act like everyone else around her. But she doesn't want to be dishonest with him either. What happens when he finds out? What happens when someone betrays her - someone close to her? This book had many strong points. For one, I adored Maddie's work ethic. I was Maddie in high school - top five student, brainy, known for being smart and dedicated and constantly studying. Maddie has her choice of colleges and with her windfall, she can pay for whichever college she wants. In the beginning, Maddie is reserved and a little timid - she thinks things through and doesn't act spontaneously. But after she wins the lottery, she starts hanging out with the "popular" crowd and changes. She doesn't become snobby, but she becomes more assertive and confident. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yy
KivoxEnder More than 1 year ago
Realistically I'd give this book a 3.5 out of 5. I received an arc copy to give an honest review. Looking at this cover and reading the synopsis it looks as though this book is heavily romance based but it's not really. It definitely has romance in it but I feel that the main story and development is in the character's relationship with people around her in general...which is kind of a nice change from the typical contemporary romance. It focuses on what she goes through when she wins the lottery and basically her relationship with everyone around her and how her winning the lottery affects all aspects of her life. I did think the story was cute but nothing too out of the ordinary. It does have some good messages and some good character development. It's a quick summer read and good for when you're in the mood for a fluffy contemporary novel.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
This book was the perfect read for a holiday weekend! It is entertaining and sweet and definitely swoony. The characters in this book also read so authentically like young adults, which I found to be refreshing and so much fun. Maddie is such a likable and easily relatable character. The way she handles her big lottery win and all the amazing and terrible things that come along with that felt like the way an actual teenager would handle something that life altering. The dynamics between her friends and family and the way some of those change, and some of them don't, after Maddie's big win was so fascinating to watch and certainly made for some great conflicts in the plot as well as some lighthearted moments as well. From reading this description, I thought I new exactly how this plot was going to play out, but West definitely surprised me. The climax of the story did not happen the way I expected it to, and I was pleasantly surprised by the spin West took on it. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I'm certain that Kasie West fans will not be disappointed with this one.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought about what you would do with 50 million dollars? I can't say that I've thought it out in detail, but when Maddie's spur-of-the-moment lottery ticket purchase turns into the jackpot, she's got a lot to think about. I love West's style and the way she portrays teenagers, using a lot of wit and emotion. Her characters are very likable and always go through a lot of growth, taking the reader right along with them. Maddie is pretty selfless, mature, sweet and hard-working. She's easy to relate to and it kind of made me upset to see how she was treated because of the burden of so much money. I wanted that girl to run to the nearest financial planner ASAP! The other characters are fantastic and portrayed in very realistic ways. Their relationships are all natural. Seth is another favorite because of the way he is able to interact with Maddie. He keeps things light, entertaining, and fun. I really liked the journey that I went on throughout the story. It made me think: how do I treat others and do I treat them differently because of money? Do I use people to get what I want/need? It made me feel; it made me laugh; and it made me a touch melancholy at times, but overall, it made me happy. So very happy. Keep writing, Ms. West! Content: squeaky clean *Thanks for Edelweiss (Above the Treeline) for a copy to review. This in no way influenced my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Kasie West does it again! Fun, Cute and Sweet If you’ve been following me for a while (IG -sincerelykarenjo, Twitter - sincerelybyjo), then you know how much I love cutesy YA contemporary books. Kasie West happens to write REALLY GOOD ones. Thanks to both Uppercasebox and Owlcrate, I received P.S. I Like You last year and ever since then, I’ve been in love with West’s gorgeous writing (Also, I’m so not complaining about having two copies). Her books are a bit predictable, but they are ALWAYS entertaining, adorable, and absolutely swoony. Every single time I finish one of her books, I have this silly smile on my face that just won’t go away and Lucky in Love most definitely did just that. While not my favorite (that spot goes to P.S. I Like You and On the Fence), this book is fun and as cute as can be that I had such a difficult time putting it down. The plot is fast-paced, light-hearted and easy to read. The characters are genuine and relatable. There’s humor, a bit of mystery, some drama, great friendships, lessons to be learned and a swoony romance. Speaking of romance, while not the main focus of the story, I thought West depicted Maddie and Seth’s friends to lovers storyline really well. Their relationship is so endearing and definitely gave me the feels. Totally ship those two and oh my gosh that ending — ADORABLE TO THE MAX! Read my full review here: https://sincerelykarenjo.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/review-12/
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I no longer read the synopsis of a book by Kasie West. I know I'll read it and love it and this was no exception. I loved Maddie. She's so smart and so levelheaded that it was fun to see her branch out of her quiet life and live it up a little. Her friends were just the right balance of quirky brainy and of course Seth was adorable. As for the premise, I loved the idea. I mean, doesn't everyone want to win the lottery? And while I wanted more of Maddie/Seth time because I'm greedy, I enjoyed getting more of the shady side of having money. Seeing the strangers come out of the woodwork really made it realistic. Overall, a quick and super cute read that I'm sure I'll read again.