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Love, Life, and the List

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Love, Life, and the List

Kasie West is the author of many books including: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, PS I LIKE YOU and many, many others. I believe I have only read one other book by her which was LISTEN TO YOUR HEART which I enjoyed a lot. I have been wanting to pick up another book by her and this was the perfect one. I really do not understand how she can write so many books in such a short period of time. Every time I look she has written another book and it is so impressive!

"All of the characters Kasie West created felt very real and raw….If you have a craving for a story about finding yourself, family and some romance this is a must-read."

LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST by Kasie West is a story about a girl named Abby whose summer is not going too well. She has been rejected from an art show because there is no emotion in her work. So in order to be the artist she wants to be she makes a list for herself and vows to accomplish all of the things on this list in one month. The list includes things such as facing a fear, learning a stranger’s story and falling in love. But as the month is quickly coming to an end, Abby realizes that her list is easier said than done and this list might not be the solution to her problems.

This novel made me want summer to come so badly! Since this book is set in summer and because it was a cute contemporary it made me feel upset because of the cold weather that I am experiencing in the real world. The story also just gave off a summer vibe and the whole time I felt summer.

I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters and not just Abby and her love interest but all of her friends and family members as well. All of the characters Kasie West created felt very real and raw. Her mother struggles with anxiety and it was very well done and represented in a great way throughout the whole story. You do not often see parents dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety so I really enjoyed reading about it.

I went into this book expecting more of a romance because of the misleading cover but romance was not the main focus in this book and I found myself appreciating that aspect. She does not do this list for a boy but instead makes this list in order to advance her artistic ability and while that clearly is not the answer her reasons for creating this list in the first place were not all for a boy.

I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a cute, lighthearted contemporary book. This is the perfect read especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. If you have a craving for a story about finding yourself, family and some romance this is a must-read.

Reviewed by Abigail D., Teen Board Member on February 14, 2019

Love, Life, and the List
by Kasie West