Kasie West, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

Lucky in Love, not in the Lottery

Hey sis, confession time, if I won the lottery I wouldn’t want you to ever know. After reading Lucky in Love by Kasie West, I wouldn’t want anyone to ever know if I won the lottery. I did a lot of deep thinking (I know, don’t be shocked) after reading this book. I could not stop thinking about the affects money has on relationships. How it can change the way people treat you. I kept thinking about our family and how it’s probably a good thing none of us married into money..

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“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. 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?

I loved seeing how Kasie showed the changes that happened with Maddie’s friends and family and complete strangers, once they found out she had won the lottery. I cringed and actually walked away from the book for a few days when she started making dumb choices. Like buying the car that cost more than my first Condo. I eventually picked the book up again and finished and I’m glad I did. Even though it was a predictable book, I liked seeing how an 18 year old would handle winning the lottery. I loved how she continued working at the Zoo, I felt like the money didn’t change the fundamentals of who she was and she didn’t even second guess keeping her job. I understood completely why she didn’t want certain people to find out; like the boy she was crushing on. The romance in this book actually wasn’t the main focus. The relationship she had with Seth was sweet and had cute moments, and I enjoyed how it ended. The parts that stood out the most to me though, where seeing her reaction to the fact that money wasn’t going to fix the problems in her family. When she first wins the money she is so optimistic about it helping solve all the issues with her parents and her brother. She learns pretty quick that money does not solve problems. It can sure help and is nice, but she also had to realize she wasn’t responsible for her families, and others happiness.

I like Kasie West and her books. And although I’m glad I read it and give it Three Stars, this one wasn’t my favorite of hers. That would have to go to On the Fence. You should read that one too. –M.V.

*No religious content or themes

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1 thought on “Lucky in Love, not in the Lottery”

  1. Hey Sis – and here I was thinking I would totally tell my family, but keep it quiet other than that. Now maybe I’ll have to rethink that. I loved that the author created Maddie as an already responsible and cautious person, it made the impact of winning the lottery a that much more interesting read. Although she did a great job of giving voice to an 18 year old who just won the lottery, I agree that there was a time or two I cringed and put down the book, not due to any fault in the writing, but because my motherly instincts wanted to scream – Why haven’t you talked to a financial adviser yet?! Why are you letting people push you around!? This was a quick light read, as were her others. I agree, I think “On the Fence” is my favorite of hers. –N.C.

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