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.
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
I always enjoy reading Kasie West's books because they are light, easy to read contemporary novels that I know will have the romance and happy ending that I'm looking for. But one of my comments about these books is that they've always been a little too "fluffy", if that makes sense. I've felt with her previous books that something was missing; some real moments or events that make the reader really feel what the characters are feeling.
I'm not sure if it's because I ended up finishing this book at 1:00am, but "Love, Life and the List" has been the first Kasie West book to give me all the right feels! I honestly felt like this book was so much more realistic then her previous ones (which I still enjoyed) and that there was so much more growth here then we've previously seen.
What I Liked:
Overall, this was more then what I was expecting from this book and I couldn't be happier. I loved getting to know Abby and was so pleased to read a Kasie West book with more depth then we've previously seen. If you're looking for a light read that will still lead you to emotional connect to characters, this is a great book choice!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
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