Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List
By: Kasie West
Released: December 26, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)

Love, Life, and the List was such a sweet story that I didn't want it to end. I love Kasie West's books because they always make me feel happy and this was no exception. It is definitely towards the top of the list of my favorite West books. I quickly got wrapped up in Abby's world within the first few pages and I couldn't put this book down.

Abby was a realistic and well developed protagonist. She loves to paint and she wants to be in an art show at the museum where she works. After being turned down though, she makes a list of things to do to push herself to experience more in order to become a better artist. Some of the things on her list are small while other things are much bigger and riskier. I loved how much Abby learns not only about herself through the course of the story, but also about the people she loves. She has her flaws and makes mistakes. However, I admired how Abby pushed herself and put herself out there, even when it didn't necessarily work out the way she wanted.

Cooper was a well developed character as well. I loved the friendship that Abby shared with Cooper and it was obvious how important they were to each other. They've been best friends for years and know each other better than anyone else. However, Abby has also been in love with him for over a year and it's getting harder to be around him so much when her feelings are unrequited. 

There were several great side characters introduced throughout Love, Life, and the List that I loved as well, such as Lacey. I loved the friendship that developed between her and Abby. However, my favorite side character was definitely Abby's grandfather. I adored the relationship that Abby shared with her grandfather and it was one of my favorite aspects of this book. Abby's grandfather lives with her and I loved how close they were with each other. He is just as sarcastic as Abby and I loved when they would banter. 

The plot was paced and developed well. There were also several really interesting sub plots that all tied into the story well. I especially liked the storyline surrounding Abby's mom and her anxiety. West sent me through so many emotions while I was reading this one though. I would find myself laughing at Abby's sarcasm one moment and then felt my heart breaking for her at other times.  

Overall, I loved Love, Life, and the List. This is a must-read if you're a fan of contemporary books or any of Kasie West's previous book.

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2 comments:

  1. I agree! Kasie West books always leave me feeling happy and I absolutely loved this book. Abby was sarcastic and witty and I adored seeing her grow and change via "the List".

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  2. Loved this latest Kasie West book. It satisfied every part of my sarcastic heart (serious extra points for the sarcasm banter in this book) and was a good love story too.

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