Hey all, Dani here.
Wow, here I am with yet another contemporary book review. This time it is a slightly early review as this book will be released in a couple more weeks. Also, I can say that this is my first time reading a book by this particular author, though there have been a couple of her books that have sounded interesting to me. I’ll probably have to pick them up sometime in the future.
In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.
Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. 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?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
Rating: 4…no, let’s go with 4.5 stars on this one.
This was cute, sweet, mostly light-hearted fluff of a story. But I really enjoyed reading it. In the beginning I connected with Maddie and I liked her focus and academic drive. I also enjoyed that she liked her job at the zoo, and that she was fond of the anteater the most of all the animals. Her relationship with her friends was great, and I enjoyed her connection to her co-worker Seth.
Then she won the lottery and she started off thinking of how to handle it in a mostly rational way. That changed when people found out. Maddie starts buying expensive clothes, and she rents a yacht for a party, and she buys herself an expensive car. She changes because of her newfound riches. So several times her thoughts and her decisions frustrated me. It’s like she becomes one of those people who just throws money at everything in the hopes that that will make it better.
It doesn’t make things better, and soon Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust. Watching her try to figure out how to handle the situation, and the people she’s closest to, was actually really interesting.
I think I would be likely to read more Kasie West books in the future, particularly if I’m looking for some sweet fluffy romances. I know I had looked at one or two of her more recent books but never picked them up. Those might show up in a TBR sometime in the near future though.