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Emily Carter used to be lucky. Three years ago her life changed and she felt like her luck ran out. Now, most of her friends aren’t speaking to her, her dad is selling the house and her summer will be nothing but boring.
When Blake Carter moves to town, daughter of Emily’s dad’s best friend, the two start spending time together. Enter the summer bucket list. When Emily and Blake are cleaning through Emily’s mom’s things, they find the bucket list she made during the summer before her senior year. 12 things to accomplish so she can live the life she always wanted.
Emily thinks the list is the key to make her summer, and life, finally go the right away. Emily, with the help of Blake, steps off to accomplish everything and finally face her fears. Hopefully this list can provide the clarity to get her life back on track. But when she starts checking things off, Emily has to face that what she wants might be totally different from the life she planned.
2021 so far has given us some amazing YA contemporaries. The Lucky List is no exception. We love when books have lists that bring characters out of their comfort zone. It’s always exciting and hilarious. Not only did Emily face some fears, she also completed some wacky things that she never expected her mom to do.
Emily spent the last three years living in fear after her mom died. We loved that finding the list helped Emily feel closer to her mom and gain confidence. She feels pressure in every aspect of her life, including from her friends. Enter Blake: the new girl! Blake had such a fun and easygoing personality that made her the perfect person to go with on an adventure. She never pressured Emily and had her back from day one.
We shipped Emily and Blake from the beginning. While Emily’s ex-boyfriend was a nice guy, they had zero chemistry. Blake and Emily hit it off right away and they balanced each other out. We enjoyed their slowburn romance and were so happy that they people in their lives ended up being supportive.
Overall, The Lucky List was a great summer beach read. It can be slow at times, but we always found ourselves cheering for Emily and her amazing summer. Lippincott’s debut solo YA book is also perfect for Pride month! Think of this book as Kasie West meets Becky Albertalli.