Book Review: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Borrowed

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.

I’ve had the same TBR for like three years, so I decided that 2020 is my year. I’m going to read as many books from it as I can. I started with Lucky in Love by Kasie West. Now, I can go either way with her books. I loved The Distance Between Us and cringed all the way through Listen to Your Heart. I wasn’t sure which way this one would go, but I figured that her books are short and easy, so why not.

Well.

It turned out to be pretty bad, honestly.

The whole premise of this book is that newly eighteen-year-old Maddie has the worst birthday ever — her brother eats her birthday cereal (yeah, I don’t get it either), her parents take her out to eat and can’t afford the bill, her best friends all stand her up and don’t even come to her birthday party — so she goes out to a gas station and buys a lottery ticket on a whim. There’d be no book without her winning, so she’s suddenly $30 million richer.

She proceeds to do exactly what you might expect an eighteen-year-old high school student to do with $30 million. Waste it. Wildly. Illogically. Stupidly. I’m talking a Corvette, a yacht party, designer clothes, a diamond necklace, half a million to a relative she’s never met… the list goes on. Maddie, who once just wanted to do well in high school so she could get a scholarship to a good college, completely forgets about her classes and fixates on being popular. I was annoyed.

But what was possibly even more annoying than her wildly irresponsible wasting of money was her family. Was I supposed to empathize with any of these people?

  • A father who has sat at home, unemployed, for three years because he claims he can’t find a job? Right, I’m sure there are zero companies hiring in California. You might not be able to find a job in your field or a job making as much money as you want to be making, but you know what? Making something is better than making nothing. (And somehow his teenage daughter found a job with no experience so what’s his excuse??)
  • A mother who’s worked double shifts for years because her husband can’t be bothered to find employment? I should have been able to sympathize with her, but all she ever did was complain and argue and yell. And she has the audacity to ask her daughter, the new multi-millionaire, if she’ll be able to take care of them in the future after that daughter already gave them TWO MILLION DOLLARS and PAID OFF THEIR DEBTS? WHAT?
  • And don’t even get me started on the brother. (Really, I can’t even get into him without spoilers.)

The majority of the book is just Maddie spending money, Maddie angsting over whether to tell her love interest that she’s won the lottery, Maddie wondering if everybody who knows she won the lottery is using her for her money, and a romance that kind of feels like an afterthought.

I added a star because I appreciated that the love interest was Vietnamese and that there was a conversation about the very racist “no, where are you really from” question. I also liked the zoo. But overall? Definitely not recommended.


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