Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Date Started: March 19
Date Finished: March 21
Format: Hardcover from local library
Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances. Which is where the list comes in.
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.
So it might have been the fact that I was reading another book while I was reading this one, but I didn’t really like this one as much as other Kasie West books. Which I’m really trying to figure out why. I liked Abby’s character. She’s a painter. She’s sarcastic. She’s trying to keep her home life from imploding since her mom is a little anxious about leaving the house. She’s had a crush on her best friend Cooper for a while, but she’s trying to move on after telling him on the beach last year and he just laughed it off. And now that I’m typing up what I liked about Abby, I think I just hit on one big thing I didn’t like about this book.
You know me, I’m a big stickler for guys and girls who are friends forever being just friends. I don’t like it when they start veering into romance. And I’m thinking that was my problem with Love, Life, and the List. Cooper and Abby are best friends. And sure they really do have great chemistry together. They get each other’s jokes and they know everything about each other. But? Does that really mean that they have to be more than friends?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Considering this was a big plot point, you would think my rating would be lower, but alas. I’m still a sucker for a cute story, and this story was cute.
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