Title: Love, Life and The List
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: December 26th, 2017
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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.
This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.
Sometimes I get in the mood for some YA romance, and Kasie West is one of my go to author’s for those cravings.
Abby Turner isn’t having the easiest time. Her father is deployed and her mother’s Agoraphobia is getting worse. Her unrequited love for her best friend Cooper doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon and to top it off she was recently told that her paintings- the one thing she finds comfort in- lacks heart and emotions.
Wanting some quick life experience, Abby puts together a list of things she needs to do over the summer, hopefully to bring some growth to her paintings. With Cooper’s help, of course. The more items Abby checks off the list, the more she finds growth not only in her art, but in herself as well.
I found the sub plots (Abby’s family) in this one really interesting. My heart broke for Abby, watching her mother’s condition becoming worse and worse. I adored her close bond with her grandpa, who also lived with them. The two of them were a bit of kindred spirits. Obviously there is major character growth for many of the characters, which I really appreciated.
I thought Abby and Cooper had a really cute friendship. It felt real, with ups and downs, little bickering and mistakes, laced with some sweet moments.
My major complaint is that there are no huge swoon moments between the two until about the 93% mark. And while I enjoy a nice slow burn, in this case I’m not really sure you could call it that?
Still a cute, fast, fun read.