Title: Lucky in Love
Author: Kasie West
Category: Young Adult
Can’t buy me love…
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—
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.
Kasie West’s books have mostly been 3 starrers for me and this is no different. The reason I picked it up was because of the lottery storyline. She explored the drastic changes in someone’s life that lottery money brings—the god and the bad.
Maddie is getting through one day at a time. Her family has been slowly breaking and she’s trying her best to keep it glued, even if it means she has to rearrange her future plans to make sure she lives near them. She’s got it all planned out and she works for it, getting perfect scores in academics to get a scholarship.
But then, a depressing 18th birthday leads to her winning a lottery and BOOM. Her life turns completely different. Suddenly she’s fielding party invites, new friends, high school clique issues and trust issues.
In the middle of all that is her high school adorable romance. I honestly couldn’t care less about the romance part. That was meh.
I’ll be honest, I did not get attached to any of them.
Maddie was a little annoying in the beginning but I totally accepted all her actions after she won the lottery. She got caught up in the happiness that she could help out her parents, not worry about college tuition and breathe a little easier. I really liked her character growth, though. After a while she got herself back on track and still tried to do her best. I like that.
Seth was adorable. I can’t say much more without accidentally spoiling things.
The other characters were okay as well. I don’t have much to say because I don’t really care about any of them, so yeah. They’re fine.
Would I reread it someday? Nope. But do I regret reading it? Also no. I liked the lottery concept and did not care about anything else. I also liked the moral of the story* which was that money doesn’t solve everything. It might add a sugar coating and help resolve problems, but it won’t outright clear everything. In fact it brings other problems.
*sounds like a children’s book now lol