“$30 for a shirt? Who would pay that much?” I still remember my mother’s sense of how much was too much for clothes. Shirts should never be more than $10, pants or skirts $15 and dresses, $20. And I remember thinking she just had no idea what was reasonable. Parents!
And now that decades have passed and I buy my own clothes, I sometimes still hear that voice in my head. The crazy thing is, I can often find clothes that fall within those guidelines.
I’ve often wondered, though. If I somehow came into large sums of money – you know, by winning the lottery that I never buy tickets for – would I really be able to ignore the price on things or would I still cringe at the prices of the clothes I tend to be drawn to. The really expensive ones. . .
Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
Publication Date July 25, 2017
Genres: Clean Romance, Young Adult
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
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?
Maddie never dreamed that her impulse purchase of a lottery ticket on her 18th birthday would result in her winning $50 million! Now the choices she is making are not always based on the practical things she always based them on before, like how much they cost.
I appreciated the real struggles that Maddie went through once she had all her money. She was generous and trusting and that caused her problems. She wanted to buy some new things and that caused her problems. She wanted to throw a party for the kids at school and that caused her problems, too. Yes, she was super smart, but she was also only 18. While I like to think my life experience means I would have made some better choices, at 18 I would have probably done the same things she did.
I loved Seth! He was cute and funny and sweet. And a little bit shy as well. Some of the stories he related regarding his reactions to his ethnicity were sad and showed the way so many are ignorant about so much. The conversation with the lady at the zoo asking him where he was from. Um. And not in a way that showed she wanted to get to know him. His responses were very clever!
One of the other things I really enjoyed about this is how nerdy Maddie was. She loved facts and had a great memory and thus found herself spouting off strange trivia at random times.
The story takes place in Orange County, California, with many of the events happening in places I’m familiar with. Maddie worked at the Santa Ana Zoo and it was great to learn some of the behind-the-scenes things that go on at there.
I love the way that author Kasie West tells her young adult stories. The voice seems authentic and not immature. The characters deal with real-life issues, yet are lighthearted. Not angsty. While I have liked the other books by her quite a bit, this is my favorite so far.