Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…
Synopsis from Goodreads
Jenn Bennett's Alex, Approximately is a book I love to reread because it's flirty and fun, so of course I was excited to pick up Bennett's newest book, Chasing Lucky. While I synopsis seemed a bit predictable, I was still willing to give the book a chance. And while it was a quick and fluffy read, it wasn't the book I was hoping for.
Josie Was Annoying
There were a lot of moments in this book where I found myself wanting to give Josie a good talking to. She spends so much time lamenting the trials of her life but fails to have any real empathy for the people around her. This is especially annoying when it comes to Lucky, the guy who literally does everything he can to make her happy, and she is apparently content to simply let him. It was never really clear what Lucky saw in her, because I really think he was too good for her.
Loved Lucky and His Family
Lucky is the perfectly stereotypical "misunderstood bad boy with a heart of gold" boy, who is basically anything but a bad boy. All the rumours about him come from the fact that he basically spends his time rescuing people, something that is both admirable and a bit annoying because he takes the burden all on himself. However, his family is adorable and I love how supportive his parents are. It's always great to see strong families and parents in novels!
Abusive Relationship Isn't Properly Address
The biggest problem I have with this book is how poorly Evie and Adrien's relationship is handled. Flat out, Adrien is an absolute jerk and horrible takes advantage of Evie. He manipulates her, embarrasses her, and then stalks her...and is never really punished for it. The argument could be made that this is often the case in real life - wealthy boy gets off scot free. But that's exactly why it shouldn't have happened in this book. Give us what should happen (Adrien arrested and in jail) to emphasize to young readers that this kind of behaviour is not ever ok. Stalking is not a sign of love. No means no. Period. I really wish this entire storyline had been handled differently because it felt very unfinished to me.
Overall, this wasn't the book I was hoping it would be. Jenn Bennett is still an author I enjoy, but Chasing Lucky isn't a book I will be rushing to read again. While it's an easy read, nothing about it stands out and I found that I was often frustrated by characters and their actions. That said, I'm interested to hear what others have to say about this book!
FINAL RATING: 2.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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