Love, Life, and the List. Kasie West. Young adult/Contemporary. 2017. 384 pages. 3.75 stars.
We’re good for each other, I think. You bring me down to earth and I make you dream big.
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
One of my favorite narratives is the best friend to lover trope, so once I found out that Kasie West was writing a book using this trope I knew that I was going to read it for sure!!
Kasie West’s contemporary novels are fast-paced, easy to read, and light-hearted, and Love, Life, and the List was no exception. Kasie’s writing style and ability to create fun plot lines are her biggest strength in my opinion. Because of this, one can easily finish this book within the day.
My favorite aspect of the book is how it focuses on Abby’s passion: art. Her art is the driving force of the plot, and I love how it shared equal weight in the plot with the romance!
For characters, I really loved Abby! I love how proactive she is and how she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants, especially when it comes to romance, might I add. 😉
And although I liked Abby, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cooper solely because of his insensitivity towards Abby’s feelings. However, I can overlook this little bit. I also knocked off a 1.25 stars from the rating because I felt like the book could be a little bit longer. I also wish we got to know Abby and Cooper’s friends–Rachel and Justin–a little more.
Despite all of that, I still think that this book is worth a read. I think that it’s fun and easy and perfect for a book slump! 3.75 stars!