Book Review: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

35068742Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: December 26, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 384
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

My review:

“We’re good for each other, I think. You bring me down to earth and I make you dream big.”

I’ve only read one other book by Kasie West so I can’t relate to the people who have read all 500 of her books and are slowly getting tired of them. The first one I picked up by her was mediocre at best. This one was a huge improvement. I was in the mood for a fluffy contemporary, and that’s exactly what I got.

When you pick up a book about best friends and unrequited love, you should expect a certain degree of angst and frustration. Normally my threshold for this nonsense is low but this story had just the right amount of everything. That’s why I’m giving it four stars.

I don’t need to say anything else because it’s a YA contemporary. There’s only so much you can say about a teen romance.

Would recommend if you’re looking for a quick read to get you out of a reading slump!

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