Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing Luck In Love by Kasie West! This review is gonna be like my Nevernight one where it’s more on the informal side. Enjoy!
Can’t buy me love…
Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
Okay, look… I usually enjoy a Kasie West book.
They usually make me
But this time around, with the character being a school nerd, I thought I’d finally find the main character more relatable.
kinda pretty pissed at the inconsistency of Maddie’s character arc. She is said to be a diligent student, someone who is responsible, “not impulsive” and focused at doing well in school, with the hopes to get into her dream college with a scholarship. Well, that’s completely gone outta whack when she won the lottery. What’s the saying? “Money makes monsters of (wo)men.” or something like that. And all of a sudden, she’s turned into this whiny, “omg-I-am-so-kind-everyone-must-love-me”, “oh-I’ll-just-study-this-later-I-have-plans-tonight” and let me say it out loud: dumb – which I don’t really think she is on the academic side of things, but the way she’s portrayed and her actions? it just seems that way.
You would have thought that a smart girl like her would save most of her money
and not spend it wildly on muscle cars and posh yacht parties and seek a finance counsellor so she can plan her spending or chuck it on an Excel spreadsheet and work her magical brain or some shit like that.
This girl went overboard with the money, and ends up blaming people around her for the consequences, and how people are using her and the like (it’s not really addressed but you get the gist). And from my experience with Kasie West books, social themes are often dealt with quite well – and this time around, I assumed that they would be addressed accordingly too.
The family is shown to be unsupportive, childish even with all the fights, pointless drama, unemployment and the constant blaming over each other’s faults. Don’t even get me started on the brother ugh. And even with Maddie being all “oh I want to apply for a college close by so I can get to my family when they need me” – girl, you should have told them too see a counsellor or something – to ACTUALLY help them. Instead, she dodges the problems and superficially appear to be “responsible” *sigh*. She does have a job though and kept it after winning the cash, so there’s that.
Oh also, you would think that a smart girl like her would pick friends wisely, and not be so naive about the all things money
(I won’t call myself smart just because I’m at uni I’m more of the opposite of smart but even I am picky with my friends) And one normal person would think such girl would not tolerate bullshit right?
There were bits and pieces going on here and there and I won’t say anything anymore, but DAMN, if someone’s portrayed to be smart, at least keep them smart and be consistent. Also, one would think that a girl SO DETERMINED to score a scholarship would be a determined individual with a strong mindset.
Maddie made so many stupid decisions and I was like “why dafuq did ya do that for?” AND/OR “wait, you mean you’re giving up just ’cause you are loaded now?”. The worse thing is that she’s blonde. The thing on “blondes are smart too” totally backfired on me and how am I not suppose to find it ironic? (on the side note, I am friends with two blonde girls who are absolutely the smartest so yeah just so you know where I’m coming from.)
So from the way this review is heading, you may think “wow why did she rate this 3 stars?”
1 star for the cute animals and zoo setting (and interactions between the main cast there).
1 star for Seth (who is absolutely the sweetest and dorkiest guy and deserves the world and all the love. bless him).
1 star for the amount of times Snacks & Co were mentioned
This book is definitely worth reading, I’m just personally picky about the character development, and thank goodness it was short and fast paced. Just don’t expect it to be extremely well developed and please don’t let the hype let you down – like it did to me. I did enjoy it to a moderate degree but I wish I enjoyed it more. But alas, it’s for YOU to find out if you like it or not!
That’s it for y’all today.
P.S.: The inserted ‘wrong’ bit was inspired by a Sherlock episode. You’re welcome.