Kasie West is my savior. Since “The Great Slump of 2017” started, I have been going through books at a snail’s pace. I didn’t think Love, Life, and the List would change that, but oh boy, did it! I actually started this around midnight a few days ago when I was looking for a book to read before I went to bed. Bad idea. The next thing I knew, it was 7 am and I was almost done!
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.
As much as I enjoyed Love, Life, and the List, I did knock off a star, giving it four out of five. How the relationship came together at the end kiiiind of rubbed me the wrong way, but it was still cute, so I’m torn. On one hand, it seemed like there was a very sudden shift in feelings that was kind of explained away, but it also kind of made sense so, again, I’m torn.
That’s my only gripe with the book though. Everything else was amazing. The concept of the bucket list isn’t anything new, but seeing it done in this way was refreshing. There’s always such a personal note that connects me (and I’m sure most readers) to the plot of Kasie’s books. It’s almost like a sense of insperation. I’m half tempted to make a list of my own. In fact, as I type these very words, I’m thinking about making one with a friend to do during the summer. (I’m sold, catch me going on adventures in five months.)
Love, Life, and the List was quick, it was cute, and it was exactly what I needed!
– Myranda (books_n_dragons)