Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
A goal of mine is to read all of Kasie’s books this year, they have been adding up on my kindle, this is book 2 that I get to check off. Love, Life and the list is such a stinking cute story!! This is the perfect fluffy,light hearted read when your in the mood for something quick and fun. I’m not going to lie I got teary eyed a few times throughout the story arc.I am sucker for the in love with your best friend trope.
This book is told in the first person point of view, following Abby, a seventeen year old girl who is trying to prove herself as an artist.She wants the museum she works at to display her art in a show being held at the end of summer. the catch is there is an age restriction, but Abby is determined to be chosen despite her age.The manager tells Abby he finds her art lacking depth and to try again when she turns eighteen. Abby and her family come up with a list of things for Abby to complete to help her gain experiences for her paintings. She and her best friend Cooper set out to accomplish the list before the art show.
I love Abby as a main character and I feel like I relate to her a lot. She feels comfortable in her routine and little bubble,which I completely relate to. She also has a sarcastic humor and I love that!! She is also very passionate about her art and will work on improving her work.
I really liked the family dynamic in the story, Abby’s mother suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia. Abby also has a fantastic relationship with her grandfather, there witty banter was entertaining to read. Her father was deployed for the entirety of the book, I found it sweet how Abby strives to stay in contact through emails and phone calls. It was nice to have the family be a part of the story.
Abby and Cooper are adorable together!! It’s so obvious that they are meant for each other.Love, Life, and the List just made me really happy, it was the perfect Sunday read!I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it.