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From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Emily and her mum were always lucky. But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since. Now, the summer before her senior year, From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Emily and her mum were always lucky. But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since. Now, the summer before her senior year, things are worse than ever – Emily has wrecked things with her boyfriend, Matt, and her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mum’s belongings away. The only person she has to talk to is Blake, a girl she barely knows since she and her dad moved back to town five seconds ago. But that’s when Emily finds the list – her mum’s senior year summer bucket list – buried in the back of her closet. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to tick each box and help Emily face her fears over losing her connection to her mum. As she starts to feel closer to her mother, so too does Emily’s bond with Blake deepen into something she wasn't expecting. And suddenly Emily must face another fear: accepting the secret part of herself she never got a chance to share with the person who knew her best. A captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Emily and her mum were always lucky. But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since. Now, the summer before her senior year, From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Emily and her mum were always lucky. But Emily’s mum’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right since. Now, the summer before her senior year, things are worse than ever – Emily has wrecked things with her boyfriend, Matt, and her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mum’s belongings away. The only person she has to talk to is Blake, a girl she barely knows since she and her dad moved back to town five seconds ago. But that’s when Emily finds the list – her mum’s senior year summer bucket list – buried in the back of her closet. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to tick each box and help Emily face her fears over losing her connection to her mum. As she starts to feel closer to her mother, so too does Emily’s bond with Blake deepen into something she wasn't expecting. And suddenly Emily must face another fear: accepting the secret part of herself she never got a chance to share with the person who knew her best. A captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.

30 review for The Lucky List

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Lippincott

    Hi friends! This book is my *solo debut*, and it has been close to my heart for a while now. I can’t wait for you all to meet Emily, and Blake, and the town of Huckabee. In the chaos of this year, it’s been an absolute joy to escape to, & I hope the pages hold the same magic for all of you. ❤️ It has: 📝 a summer bucket list filled with adventures ❤️ healing and coming to terms with a loss ✨ a swoony love interest 🐮 a small, charmingly chaotic town in PA 🌈 slowburn f/f romance If you have any questions, Hi friends! This book is my *solo debut*, and it has been close to my heart for a while now. I can’t wait for you all to meet Emily, and Blake, and the town of Huckabee. In the chaos of this year, it’s been an absolute joy to escape to, & I hope the pages hold the same magic for all of you. ❤️ It has: 📝 a summer bucket list filled with adventures ❤️ healing and coming to terms with a loss ✨ a swoony love interest 🐮 a small, charmingly chaotic town in PA 🌈 slowburn f/f romance If you have any questions, about TLL or otherwise, I've turned on my Ask the Author feature and I'd be happy to answer them. ❤️ UPDATE: 4/27/2021 Hi! Uh...5 weeks (??!) until pub day! To celebrate, I’m doing an IG giveaway for 3 ARCs of THE LUCKY LIST. You’ll also get some cute stickers my wife made. 🥰 Link below to enter! Ends 5/1 & open internationally. GIVEAWAY LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/COLCEpgnl...

  2. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, biracial Japanese American lesbian li CWs: death of a parent Galley provided by publisher The Lucky List is a very sweet romance, centering on Emily who, three years after losing her mother, is being somewhat obliged to move on by her father. Add onto this the fact that she’s just acrimoniously broken up with her boyfriend, and she finds herself stuck in something of a rut. Enter Blake, the daughter of her father’s best friend, who convinces her to complete the same On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc, biracial Japanese American lesbian li CWs: death of a parent Galley provided by publisher The Lucky List is a very sweet romance, centering on Emily who, three years after losing her mother, is being somewhat obliged to move on by her father. Add onto this the fact that she’s just acrimoniously broken up with her boyfriend, and she finds herself stuck in something of a rut. Enter Blake, the daughter of her father’s best friend, who convinces her to complete the same bucket list her mother did years earlier. This book is the kind of lesbian coming of age that I think is really important for younger readers. I can think of quite a few books I know with gay characters who struggle with the fact they’re gay. I can think of a lot of books with lesbian characters who know they’re lesbian and are out. There are much fewer I know that show the former, but for lesbians. But this is one of those. I think it’s very important to have LGBT lit that covers the full gamut of experiences. Yes, some people know straight away, and are comfortable with it. But we live in a homophobic society still, so it’s necessary to show firstly, that that’s not the only way, and secondly, that it’s just as valid not to feel that way. Which I think is what this book does so well. You have Emily, desperate to make things work with her boyfriend, despite having called it off numerous times before now, because that’s what she assumes her mother would have wanted. It covers the pressures of heterosexuality, and the way it affects lesbians. And then there was the romance. It was a slowburn, yes, but in the best way. Okay, so there was a third-act break-up of sorts which I wouldn’t usually like, but it made sense in terms of characterisation. And I think it was more of a turning point for the main character, the point where she finally thought she couldn’t continue like she had been. I also liked that it precipitated her apologising to her ex, for how she hurt him while she was closeted. I’ve read too many books where being closeted seems to be used as an excuse for being awful. If there was one thing about this book I liked less — and this is really only because of a general pattern in YA lit — it’s in its refusal to use the word lesbian. Emily is happy to refer to herself as gay, as is Blake, but neither use the word that actually describes their pattern of attraction. But hey, you’re probably tired of me ranting about this, so I’ll leave it at that. So if you’re looking for a summery romance, that’s a sweet and easy read, I would recommend you consider this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up. As I was reading Rachael Lippincott's new YA novel, The Lucky List , I was thinking, "I’m not crying, I’m just moistening my eyes." (Darned pollen!) There was a time where Emily had never met a prank not worth pulling or a risk not worth taking. She felt like she and her mom were the luckiest people in their small town. Until three years ago, when her mom’s luck ran out and she died of cancer. But the summer before senior year of high school, everything has fallen apart. E 4.5 stars, rounded up. As I was reading Rachael Lippincott's new YA novel, The Lucky List , I was thinking, "I’m not crying, I’m just moistening my eyes." (Darned pollen!) There was a time where Emily had never met a prank not worth pulling or a risk not worth taking. She felt like she and her mom were the luckiest people in their small town. Until three years ago, when her mom’s luck ran out and she died of cancer. But the summer before senior year of high school, everything has fallen apart. Emily very publicly wrecked her relationship with her boyfriend at junior prom so her friends are all mad at her, and her father has decided it’s time for a fresh start, so he’s selling their house and giving away all of her mom’s stuff. When she finds her mother’s high school bucket list in a box in her closet, she believes that if she completes the things on that list, it may bring her closer to her mom. And when Blake, the daughter of her father’s best friend, volunteers to help her accomplish the tasks, she feels closer to her mom than she has in a long time, but she also feels an unexpected connection with Blake. As Emily tries to complete everything on her mom’s list, she has to decide what she wants the ultimate outcome to be. Does she want to go back to the life she thinks her mother would want for her, even if she might not, or is it time to acknowledge the feelings she has for Blake and take a risk? I loved The Lucky List , this story of grief, friendship, fresh starts, and having the courage to be exactly who you are. My mom died when I was very young, before I knew her, and so some of the emotions described in the book really resonated with me. But I wasn’t crying, you were! I should’ve expected an emotional read from the coauthor of Five Feet Apart , but it wasn't too sad. I found this sweet, special, and so moving. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  4. 4 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    The Lucky List follows our main character Emily as she struggles with gaining closure from her mother's untimely death after her fight with cancer, friendships, and her sexuality. Emily is on very rocky terms with her friend group after cheating on her ex-boyfriend, so when she meets the new girl in town, Blake, they spend the summer together, checking off activities that were on her deceased mother's high school summer bucket list. The most prominent theme of this book is grief. After losing her The Lucky List follows our main character Emily as she struggles with gaining closure from her mother's untimely death after her fight with cancer, friendships, and her sexuality. Emily is on very rocky terms with her friend group after cheating on her ex-boyfriend, so when she meets the new girl in town, Blake, they spend the summer together, checking off activities that were on her deceased mother's high school summer bucket list. The most prominent theme of this book is grief. After losing her mother, Emily has been desperate to find ways to be close to her. When her dad decided to sell the family house, Emily yearns more than ever for a way to stay connected to her mom. When she stumbles across her mom's high school summer bucket list, she feels as though her mom is guiding her through her summer. What better way to feel an extension to her mom than to do everything she did when she was her age? And it certainly doesn't hurt that she has a gorgeous girl to do it with her... Blake is one of my favorite YA love interests ever. She's charming, she takes charge, and she has a natural swagger that I find super compelling, as well typically only see these traits in male characters. In terms of her sexuality, (view spoiler)[ Emily clearly struggles with comp-het throughout the book. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend was one of her childhood best friends, and while it never felt completely right to her, she stuck with him because she didn't think she would ever find a man better. This is VERRRY common for lesbians. My only issue with the portrayal of her sexuality is that the word lesbian is never used. The word lesbian has become SUPER demonized, to the point where we hardly even see lesbian characters use it for themselves in literature. In this book the main characters uses "gay" and "I like girls in the way I should like boys" multiple times, but never uses the word lesbian. Of course, not everybody who may fit the lesbian label identifies as a lesbian and that’s fine, but it’s disheartening to literally never see lesbian characters in books use the word lesbian. like, what’s so wrong with the word? (hide spoiler)] Overall, this is a super quick yet unremarkable read. I found it to be very average as far as plot, depth, and writing style. Scrolling through reviews most people seem to be between 4 and 5 stars, which is higher than my rating, so don't take my "this is average" as God because I might just be super burnt out from reading right now. But personally, there just wasn't anything about this novel that was particularly striking, but it wasn't by any means bad either, which is why I'm rating it 3 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~Rajeswari~

    A tale of a small-town girl who lost her mother three years ago and still carrying that trauma.The turn-on for me in this book were- • The Cover(I know I am a little bit weird when it comes to beautiful covers.But I just love this cover.Though I am not judging this book by it’ cover) • Supportive parents • A quest to find yourself • Biracial LGBTQ+ main character • A twist at the end(I guessed it beforehand) • Friends and Family This book was quite entertaining.But there were a few things I didn’t l A tale of a small-town girl who lost her mother three years ago and still carrying that trauma.The turn-on for me in this book were- • The Cover(I know I am a little bit weird when it comes to beautiful covers.But I just love this cover.Though I am not judging this book by it’ cover) • Supportive parents • A quest to find yourself • Biracial LGBTQ+ main character • A twist at the end(I guessed it beforehand) • Friends and Family This book was quite entertaining.But there were a few things I didn’t like- • The topic of the French book was totally ignored throughout the book.It was an important part of Emily’s mother • Small town plot(It’s completely my own thought and it has nothing to do with the book.I hate small town plots.I don’t know why!) I wish I could love this book more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    This book is a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It is so refreshing to see romance blossom between two women! The slowly built relationship between the two is predictable but it's so sweet and adorable that you don't mind it. I loved the adventures that they go together. The only thing that bothered me was the need that both protagonists needed a dead mom to be able to relate to each other. But overall this is the perfect summer read. Thank you, NetGalley, Simon, and Schuster, and Rach This book is a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It is so refreshing to see romance blossom between two women! The slowly built relationship between the two is predictable but it's so sweet and adorable that you don't mind it. I loved the adventures that they go together. The only thing that bothered me was the need that both protagonists needed a dead mom to be able to relate to each other. But overall this is the perfect summer read. Thank you, NetGalley, Simon, and Schuster, and Rachael Lippincott for the arc.

  7. 5 out of 5

    R

    This author co-wrote other books, but this was the first one she wrote by herself. It was a YA novel about a seventeen year old girl who dealt with realistic problems such as the loss of a parent, friendships, and questioning her sexuality. Emily basically had no friends left to spend her summer vacation with before senior year began. She did something at her junior prom that left many of her classmates supporting her then boyfriend Matt. Her best and only friend was away at summer camp. When a This author co-wrote other books, but this was the first one she wrote by herself. It was a YA novel about a seventeen year old girl who dealt with realistic problems such as the loss of a parent, friendships, and questioning her sexuality. Emily basically had no friends left to spend her summer vacation with before senior year began. She did something at her junior prom that left many of her classmates supporting her then boyfriend Matt. Her best and only friend was away at summer camp. When a friend she had not seen in ten years returned to Huckabee, her summer was no longer spent alone. Emily and Blake worked on a bucket list they found in Emily’s mother’s yearbook. Her mother had written a list of twelve things to do the summer before senior year. Emily took this as a sign that if she completed this list, it would bring her closer to her mother and keep her memories alive. Blake enthusiastically helped Emily with this list, sometimes pushing her to take chances-something Emily always did until her mother’s death. As Emily completed each item, with Blake always by her side, she started to develop feelings for the carefree and out Blake. But Emily couldn’t make those feeling known since she thought her mom, especially after she got sick, wanted Emily to give Matt another chance and be with him. I liked how Emily struggled with her feelings, not only about Blake and Matt, but with not being able to let go of her mother’s possessions as she and her dad were packing them up to donate and move to a smaller and cheaper house. Those scenes were very emotional and heartbreaking. I also liked how Blake understood and supported Emily with her tasks. She offered insightful advice having loss her own mother. It was nice how the girls connected on an emotional and mature level as their friendship developed into something more. I really liked how the author used the bucket list to bring adventures and happiness back into Emily’s life and make her mom a part of her life once more. Also, with each item completed, there was that intense connection between Emily and Blake getting stronger and stronger. The ending scene was beautifully connected to all of this. This well written YA book was one of the best I read this year. Teenagers will definitely relate to it, but I think most readers will find it entertaining and heartwarming. An ARC was given for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sara L.

    How many times do we have to read that Blake is very tan!? OKAY, I GET IT SHE'S A VERY TAN CHARACTER YOU DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER! I think that was one of the parts in this book that drove me nuts. Plot Emily is very lucky, and so is her mom. But since three years ago when her mom died from Cancer, her luck has run out. Now she has a bunch of things that she needs to get back in check in her life, including getting her boyfriend back and stopping her dad from selling their house. But How many times do we have to read that Blake is very tan!? OKAY, I GET IT SHE'S A VERY TAN CHARACTER YOU DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER! I think that was one of the parts in this book that drove me nuts. Plot Emily is very lucky, and so is her mom. But since three years ago when her mom died from Cancer, her luck has run out. Now she has a bunch of things that she needs to get back in check in her life, including getting her boyfriend back and stopping her dad from selling their house. But there is only so much she can do without her boundaries crashing down. Emily meets Blake whose the only girl she can talk to because her friend group has turned against her and her best friend is away for the summer. Soon Emily finds a list while cleaning out her dead mom's closet, a bucket list that belonged to her mom during senior year. Emily learns that this bucket list helped her mom get back on track with her life, so she believes she can do the same by doing the list. She gets Blake to help her and they're off on a journey to face Emily's fears. Finishing this list makes Emily feel closer to her mom so she's obsessed with finishing everything on the list, which includes getting back together with her ex-boyfriend and as much as she'd like to do that, she can't shake the butterflies that go through her every time Blake looks at her. Emily You just can't help but root for Emily. She's such a quick-witted Character but she's also pretty dumb! Can't she see that a certain someone likes her! I mean it's quite obvious...And her pushing away the feeling didn't help so much. Even from the beginning, I felt like she was really dependant upon her best friend. I know what it looks like to just want someone back and to wish for them back but Emily depended on her bff so much that she thought all her troubles would be redeemed when she returned. So as the book continued, Emily started being friends with other people and being less dependent. Blake Blake was such a strong character that I really wanted to learn more about especially since her mom also died but she never got the chance to meet her. She was also such warm and welcoming that I actually had a hard time thinking of Blake with someone else other than Emily. Plus I have to admit that they are good for each other :) Blake was also really open and honest about everything which made me catch the feels for her. Overall I loved how Emily struggled a lot. Even though that's the sad part of the book. Seeing Emily grief and question almost everything was stressful especially with her situations and love problems! I especially liked the part where Emily struggled donating her mom's clothes because she thought those were parts of her mom that her dad was just giving away. Overall this was a fairly quick read and something I'm glad I read! Get your tissues out for this one cause it made me SOB. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for sending me an Arc in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. ~Till Next Time! 📚 Ꮢҽαԃ σ⨍⨍ ɾҽαԃҽɾട! 📚

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brooke's

    1/5⭐ I'm sorry. This book was just so cringey and reminded me of dumb roblox roleplays that would be so dramatic and unrealistic that I used to do in middle school (and the last 50 pages of the book were actually so bad and I was cringing really bad). I loved Rachael's book Five Feet Apart, So I was extremely disappointed by this read. Also, the book was really predictable which I did not like about it. 1/5⭐ I'm sorry. This book was just so cringey and reminded me of dumb roblox roleplays that would be so dramatic and unrealistic that I used to do in middle school (and the last 50 pages of the book were actually so bad and I was cringing really bad). I loved Rachael's book Five Feet Apart, So I was extremely disappointed by this read. Also, the book was really predictable which I did not like about it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    TL

    3.5 stars 🌟

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I'll start by saying that I'm not the target audience for this. This is Young Adult/Contemporary. I liked this author's Five Feet Apart a tiny bit more. Emily, our MC, is trying to get the pieces of her life back together after her mother's death. Sounds promising, I thought. But she has no guidance from any mentor/adult/family/therapist/counselor, etc. She is left to figure it out on her own. As with this author's previously noted novel, I have to ask where the family is. Obviously Emily has on I'll start by saying that I'm not the target audience for this. This is Young Adult/Contemporary. I liked this author's Five Feet Apart a tiny bit more. Emily, our MC, is trying to get the pieces of her life back together after her mother's death. Sounds promising, I thought. But she has no guidance from any mentor/adult/family/therapist/counselor, etc. She is left to figure it out on her own. As with this author's previously noted novel, I have to ask where the family is. Obviously Emily has one, but this author never gives "LOVED ONES" any real presence (they are always on the periphery) which I guess makes it easier to manipulate characters into situations that are highly unlikely. Ultimately, I wasn't pulled into this one. So 2 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    tessie

    annoyingly recently i’ve been in the mood for ya contemporary yet all the ones i’ve picked up have been incredibly boring or just underdeveloped??? and this one was actually quite ok!! it definitely had the usual ‘i like it at the beginning but then the characters become increasingly annoying’ thing but it was still enjoyable!! one thing is that with two prominent lesbian characters the word lesbian sure was used,,,,not at all in the book. AND i understood this with the mc because she was just f annoyingly recently i’ve been in the mood for ya contemporary yet all the ones i’ve picked up have been incredibly boring or just underdeveloped??? and this one was actually quite ok!! it definitely had the usual ‘i like it at the beginning but then the characters become increasingly annoying’ thing but it was still enjoyable!! one thing is that with two prominent lesbian characters the word lesbian sure was used,,,,not at all in the book. AND i understood this with the mc because she was just figuring things out but!!! blake was meant to be confident in her sexuality and it sure would nice for a book about lesbians to have the word lesbian used instead of gay at some point!! but this isn’t even a criticism anymore because it’s so expected when i start a book kdkdkfovi i kind of wish i got to know the characters more?? we were just sort of told these people were the main characters (i just finished the book FIVE MINUTES ago and have forgotten her name,,,,,,,,my memory is impressively shit) friends ?? and didn’t really get to know any of them ?? i liked the exploration of grief though!! i wish there was more conversations between the mc and her dad about this!! i know the whole thing was that he didn’t want to talk about it but when there was one again i feel like we were just told there was one, rather than actually seeing it happen the writing was very easy to read though and it was enjoyable enough that i read the whole thing in two sittings!! i recommend it if you want a really quick and easy sapphic contemporary, not necessarily something memorable but just something fun to read!! rep: lesbian mc, biracial lesbian li tw : mentioned death of a parent thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    This is the debut solo book by one of the authors of Five Feet Apart (one of my favorite books EVER) and one of the tenderest, most endearing of her books. I went into this book almost completely blind. I didn't read any reviews and only scanned the synopsis. The thing is, I didn't need to know everything. Ifive-star knew I was going to love this book on the cover and the author alone. Emily's mother died from cancer three years ago and since then, she hasn't been the same. She's been pushing and This is the debut solo book by one of the authors of Five Feet Apart (one of my favorite books EVER) and one of the tenderest, most endearing of her books. I went into this book almost completely blind. I didn't read any reviews and only scanned the synopsis. The thing is, I didn't need to know everything. Ifive-star knew I was going to love this book on the cover and the author alone. Emily's mother died from cancer three years ago and since then, she hasn't been the same. She's been pushing and pulling her boyfriend until junior prom took their relationship plummeting. Now a social pariah, Emily has to spend the summer alone while her father picks up the pieces of their broken family. Faced with moving from her home, and her father's best friend moving back along with his daughter, Blake, Emily discovers things about herself that she had kept locked away. When she finds her mother's old bucket list, she vows to recreate it as a way to feel closer to her mom. This is a story of self-discovery. Emily is a girl whose life has been upended because of that, she doesn't take the time to really know herself and come to grips with her sexuality. Blake was an amazing character and exactly what Em needed to continue her journey and opening herself up to new ideas and experiences. Em comes off as a very real character with real fears for a young woman her age. This is a solid five-star read and perfect for anyone looking for a light YA contemporary read for the summer..

  14. 5 out of 5

    rylie

    how come no one told me about this book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mridu aka Storypals

    This was so heartwarming, emotional, beautiful. Just made my heart so happy! :) I want a 'Lucky List' for myself. This was so heartwarming, emotional, beautiful. Just made my heart so happy! :) I want a 'Lucky List' for myself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    bethandbooks Bethany Nichols

    In this novel we follow our MC, Emily, who finds her mum's summer high school bucket list. Ever since Emily lost her mum to cancer she has been trying to find a way to connect - and completing this list is one of those ways. This book came in at the perfect time for me! I read it cover to cover and was so invested in both Emily and Blake. The two girls support each other and grow together in a really positive way. I was trying to think of how I could explain the relationship and the word that cam In this novel we follow our MC, Emily, who finds her mum's summer high school bucket list. Ever since Emily lost her mum to cancer she has been trying to find a way to connect - and completing this list is one of those ways. This book came in at the perfect time for me! I read it cover to cover and was so invested in both Emily and Blake. The two girls support each other and grow together in a really positive way. I was trying to think of how I could explain the relationship and the word that came to mind was "yellow". So happy, hopeful, and warm - their relationship was defs the highlight of the book for me. Following Emily complete the list was also quite fun. At times it was predictable, as is to expect when the premise is based off of completing tasks. It didn't bother me too much though as I was just having fun watching Emily tick off her items. Blake was also a really cool character and it was nice reading a book where a couple of friends are genuinely lovely to one another. I recommend this is you are in the mood for a summer vibe with lots of character growth! triggers: loss of loved one and social ostracisation Thank you to Harper Collins NZ and Rachel Lippincott for sending me this novel. The fact that this book was gifted has not altered or influenced my review in any way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Rating: 3.5 stars i went into this with pretty high hopes (i was intrigued by the whole "summer bucket list" thing, its sapphic, and the author is pretty well known). however, i was somewhat disappointed...which is not to say that i didn't like it, but i felt that it kinda fell short. i found pretty much everything about this book mediocre, like there was just nothing special or striking. for example, it was pretty predictable (i guessed the "plot twist" at the beginning) and just forgetable over Rating: 3.5 stars i went into this with pretty high hopes (i was intrigued by the whole "summer bucket list" thing, its sapphic, and the author is pretty well known). however, i was somewhat disappointed...which is not to say that i didn't like it, but i felt that it kinda fell short. i found pretty much everything about this book mediocre, like there was just nothing special or striking. for example, it was pretty predictable (i guessed the "plot twist" at the beginning) and just forgetable overall. this book also had a much sadder tone that i wasn't expecting - i went into it thinking it would be a fluffy, light, summer romance, but there definitely was a heavier aspect due to all the grief and emotions Emily was dealing with. this wasn't necessarily a bad thing, just something i thought i'd note! however, it was still fun and easy to get through overall! another note: grief is very prominent in this book and i personally couldn't really relate to emily's struggle with it, but someone who could relate, would probably enjoy the book a lot more. although i was still able to find emily relatable in other ways, as i did with some of the other characters, and with the struggles they faced. i do have to say there were some well fleshed out relationships. not just emily and blake's romantic relationship but also emily and her dad's complex relationship, emily and kiera's friendship, and blake's dad and emily's dad friendship. the writing overall though was just okay - i felt a lot of words, phrases, descriptions were reused over and over and weren't always the most descriptive. overall, this book was a decent read. i'd consider giving it a try if you think you'd be able to connect with it or if you want a sapphic, coming of age that focuses heavily on grief.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Lucky List is a Young Adult contemporary novel that I would classify as realistic fiction. It is a coming of age story for 17 year old Emily (1st person POV) as she tries to get over the grief of losing her mom to cancer. This book takes place over the summer before her senior year of high school. Something happened at Junior Prom between Emily and her boyfriend Matt. And now all of their friends are mad at her. I was curious to find out what had transpired. And this reveal was very relevant t The Lucky List is a Young Adult contemporary novel that I would classify as realistic fiction. It is a coming of age story for 17 year old Emily (1st person POV) as she tries to get over the grief of losing her mom to cancer. This book takes place over the summer before her senior year of high school. Something happened at Junior Prom between Emily and her boyfriend Matt. And now all of their friends are mad at her. I was curious to find out what had transpired. And this reveal was very relevant to the story. Emily works at Nina's bakery. I loved Nina and her son Paul a lot. I love when the teen characters have fun jobs. I liked this book a lot right from the start. I enjoyed getting to see what Emily was thinking and feeling. She had a strained relationship with her dad. And it was interesting to see how they both dealt with the mom's loss. It was really touching and sad. The dad's high school best friend Johnny moves back to town with his 17 year old daughter Blake. And I thought that Emily and Blake's friendship was great. I really liked "the lucky list" and this was a great part of the story. This book is really about Emily learning to overcome her loss and sadness. But it is also about her figuring out who she is. I thought that the second half was good. But not as good for me as the beginning. Emily also questions her feelings for Matt and Blake. Overall, this was a quick enjoyable read. Thanks to netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for allowing me to read this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sirius proserpine

    Everyone else go home, this book made me cry like a baby. I’ve read both of Rachael Lippincott’s other books when they came out, and have given them both average ratings, so I have to admit that my expectations for The Lucky List weren’t very high. I was obviously very excited because it’s a queer novel, which is my jam on so many levels, but I was kind of worried about the execution and portrayal of queer folks (even though Lippincott is queer herself). All my expectations have been blown out of Everyone else go home, this book made me cry like a baby. I’ve read both of Rachael Lippincott’s other books when they came out, and have given them both average ratings, so I have to admit that my expectations for The Lucky List weren’t very high. I was obviously very excited because it’s a queer novel, which is my jam on so many levels, but I was kind of worried about the execution and portrayal of queer folks (even though Lippincott is queer herself). All my expectations have been blown out of the water. Disappeared, just like my heteronormative ass circa 2 years ago. Honestly, I don’t think this book will garner 5 star reviews from everyone who reads it, but it really touched something special in me. I don’t have a dead mom and I’ve never even had a boyfriend, but I related to Emily and her struggles so much. The way she grappled with her sexuality and her fear towards coming out— all of that was very real, very raw, and made me stop reading several times because I was just that touched. Sentimentality aside, I thought The Lucky List was really well-written on pretty much every level. Lippincott has always been a good writer, but I think it’s clear that as a solo author she really shines. The characters were well-developed, the pacing was perfect, and there wasn’t a single moment where I was bored. I feel like I have so much more to say, but frankly, this is all I can put into words right now. I absolutely recommend this book, and you best bet I will be picking it up from my local indie bookstore as soon as I can. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This was such sweet read. Emily and Blake are cute I really liked setting in small town.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)

    ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I'm grinning like an idiot right now just thinking about this book. It was just so cute and deep too! I honestly think this is my favourite Rachael Lippincott by far and I can't wait to read her next books in the future. The Lucky List follows the main character Emily who is still grappling with her mother's death three years ago. Since then, she's felt stuck, afraid and alone, feeling as though her luck has run o ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I'm grinning like an idiot right now just thinking about this book. It was just so cute and deep too! I honestly think this is my favourite Rachael Lippincott by far and I can't wait to read her next books in the future. The Lucky List follows the main character Emily who is still grappling with her mother's death three years ago. Since then, she's felt stuck, afraid and alone, feeling as though her luck has run out. When looking through her mother's box of senior year memories, Emily discovers her summer bucket list and goes on a quest with her newfound friend Blake, to recreate her mum's list for an invincible summer. I'm not going to lie, this book gave me all the feels. I feel like Rachael Lippincott is amazing at putting in all these emotional anecdotes and really pulling at the raw emotional elements of her characterisation. Every character was dealing with grief in their own way, even though most of it was seen with Emily's character arc. Even the writing style complemented it, being poignant and emotional yet still raw. I loved how we got to see Emily slowly overcoming her grief and opening up more to become the version of herself not only her mother, but Emily herself wanted to be. I'm so glad Rachael made the decision to tell this story in a slow, emotional and delicate way and how the romance really complemented the pacing of the novel too. I reckon that if the romance was fast paced then the book wouldn't have had the amount of complexity it did. I'm glad things were not rushed, that events and realisations took time and I'm glad that the book really focused in on that. Pacing and writing style aside though, I loved the technical elements like the world building. I know lots of contemporaries don't really have that, but I loved the sense of community and country-style living that small-town Huckabee had. I liked that touch and I think it added to Emily's innermost thoughts and feelings and the reason why she hadn't come to terms with a lot of self-realisations. I felt like that had a lot to do with Emily's identity too. A lot of her personality was built up by her friends, her family and the environment around her. I liked how Blake helped to make Emily become more introspective, more analytical towards what she wanted rather than other people's expectations and because of that, I could empathise with her. I also loved the romance aspect of this book. Whilst it was a romance, The Lucky List was more so about identity and finding yourself rather than getting with the "love interest." Romance wasn't a big part of the book, not as much as I thought, and not as much as you would think. I'm so glad Rachael made that decision, because without the emotional unpacking, the self reflections and realisations, the romance wouldn't have made any sense. It wouldn't have felt right if you know what I mean, I think it would've felt too sudden, too rushed and maybe too forced (as I've seen in some books where the romance aspect was done too abruptly). That being said, I loved how the romance wasn't about sexual attraction, it was more centred around chemistry and connection, about getting to understand one another on a deeper and more spiritual level than actually doing any of the physical stuff. That's what makes a good romance for me, The Lucky List got all the ticks from me on that part. In terms of negatives, I didn't really have any pressing ones because I felt like this book was already stellar to begin with. I felt like towards the end where Emily was kind of avoiding those big self realisations, I wanted that part to have been pulled out a little bit more because the parts that followed that one would've made more sense, it would've made me, as a reader, sympathise and empathise with Emily even more. But that being said, I'm being really picky right now and even though that one part wasn't teased out more, I still loved this book in all its raw and emotional glory. ACTUAL RATING: 4.3 STARS

  22. 5 out of 5

    lili

    Rachael Lippincott has always been an amazing author, but her talent really shined in this book! A story dealing with grief, sexuality, and finding yourself. This is one of those books that I know I'll be rereading. Rachael Lippincott has always been an amazing author, but her talent really shined in this book! A story dealing with grief, sexuality, and finding yourself. This is one of those books that I know I'll be rereading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    4.5 Stars As someone who lives for to do lists this is exceptionally epic! I loved her other works and I feel like this is a younger version of the author herself and I am soooo happy about this book! Thank youuuu so much for writing this and making me feel whole!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Verónica Fleitas Solich

    It was good. At times the story was incessantly entangled in situations that did not merit it, which disconnected me a bit from the situation. Good representation and without a doubt, it has its emotional moments.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elin Nilsson

    4⭐️? 4.5⭐️? Idk I am currently bawling my eyes out. This was sweet and painful and lovely and… everything I wanted it to be.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    This book had a lot of great twists in it, nothing major, just things that were unexpected even from the synopsis. It also seemed very realistic for how a teenager would act with both their friends and their family, based on not only the major life changes Emily has gone through with losing her mother a few years ago, but also just even being unsure of her feelings and wants in a relationship. And also how to deal with the changing friendship that seems to happen when people grow up and their in This book had a lot of great twists in it, nothing major, just things that were unexpected even from the synopsis. It also seemed very realistic for how a teenager would act with both their friends and their family, based on not only the major life changes Emily has gone through with losing her mother a few years ago, but also just even being unsure of her feelings and wants in a relationship. And also how to deal with the changing friendship that seems to happen when people grow up and their interests and thoughts change based on whatever. The small town aspect really was even a big factor for Emily, even if her own family and immediate friends wouldn’t be anything against the new thoughts she was having. There were also a lot of cute parts that I really liked. The small town bingo nights. I especially liked the one at the very end, which culminated in a big to-do that had been kind of hinted at always being just on the brink of throughout its entire history. And it was definitely very emotional going through Emily’s mother list with her, and how she kind of learned more about who she was and what she wanted. Although it was definitely hard to not feel bad for Matt at certain parts. A great story, one I look forward to sharing with my students next school year! Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    I'm almost a little tired of the Lippincott emotional porn books BUT how am I supposed to say no to that cover I'm almost a little tired of the Lippincott emotional porn books BUT how am I supposed to say no to that cover

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Oh my god. A wlw book written by my favourite author. Sign me up. AND IT COMES OUT ABOUT THE TIME AS MY BIRTHDAY.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phee Elizabeth

    “My heart beats loudly in my chest, my shins tingling from the smack of the water, the burn suddenly more intense at the thought of a second jump. I feel…exhilarated, though. Like my body’s been asleep and I just woke it the hell up. Like I haven’t ever used it properly and it wants me to, long-dormant adrenaline coursing through my veins, making me feel like I can conquer just about anything. Making me feel the tiniest bit…invincible. My adrenaline rush forces a nod out of me, which provoked a “My heart beats loudly in my chest, my shins tingling from the smack of the water, the burn suddenly more intense at the thought of a second jump. I feel…exhilarated, though. Like my body’s been asleep and I just woke it the hell up. Like I haven’t ever used it properly and it wants me to, long-dormant adrenaline coursing through my veins, making me feel like I can conquer just about anything. Making me feel the tiniest bit…invincible. My adrenaline rush forces a nod out of me, which provoked a smile so big and genuine out of Blake, I can see every tooth, and the gap between the first two. It’s adorable and my heart rate spikes again, because I know that smile’s there because of me.” Still reeling from the death of her mother, Emily is struggling to try and find the place that she fits in without her best friend and closest confidant. She would do anything to feel closer to her mum again, but that feels near impossible when her dad refuses to talk about her anymore. She knows it’s because it’s too painful for him, but Emily needs to find some way to be close to her again before it drives her crazy. Before her mum’s death, she had always considered herself a lucky person. They both had. But now, it’s like all the luck and joy has been drained from her life. So when she stumbles on a list of items that her mum wanted to do, a list made when she was Emily’s age, Emily jumps at the chance to tick the items off the list one by one in a bid to feel close to her mum again, or at least say a proper goodbye. But how? Her dad won’t help, she knows that much, and she can’t do all of this alone. Then Blake walks into her life and maybe, just maybe, Emily’s luck is starting to change. Her newfound friendship, or maybe something even more, with Blake alongside doing the things her mum would’ve loved to see her doing is exactly what she needed to realise that sometimes life, in the wake of tragedy, can still be beautiful. You don’t need luck all of the time to be lucky. The Lucky List is a beautiful insight into how to cope in a world filled with loss, showing the importance of grieving at your own pace but still finding joy within the world, even in the darkest of moments, and portraying that there is far more to life than simply being lucky. Rachael Lippincott has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I have read both of her previous co-written published works, and adored them both, so when I saw that she was releasing a new book I was enthralled; let alone when I found out it was also sapphic! As usual, she nailed the book. Her writing was simply stunning, and it brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. My favourite thing of the book was the realistic portrayal of compulsory heterosexuality. As a lesbian, it’s very rare to see comphet done in media, and if it is done it’s usually very poorly - I didn’t find that with this book. The only thing I really wish had been changed was the lack of usage of the word ‘lesbian’. It is not a dirty word and it would’ve been a really good turning point and big character development for Emily to have used the word instead of other umbrella labels, when it was made very clear to the readers that she is, in fact, a lesbian. Other than that, the book was a wonderful, joy to read. I was enraptured by the relationship between Emily and Blake, their dynamic was very special to me. 4/5 stars! ⭐️ (This book was read for Day 15 and book 20 of my Reading/Reviewing an LGBTQ+ Book a Day for Pride Month)

  30. 5 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Emily Carter used to be lucky. Three years ago her life changed and she felt like her luck ran out. Now, most of her friends aren’t speaking to her, her dad is selling the house and her summer will be nothing but boring. When Blake Carter moves to town, daughter of Emily’s dad’s best friend, the two start spending time together. Enter the summer bucket list. When Emily and Blake are cleaning through Emily’s mom’s things, they find the bucke *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Emily Carter used to be lucky. Three years ago her life changed and she felt like her luck ran out. Now, most of her friends aren’t speaking to her, her dad is selling the house and her summer will be nothing but boring. When Blake Carter moves to town, daughter of Emily’s dad’s best friend, the two start spending time together. Enter the summer bucket list. When Emily and Blake are cleaning through Emily’s mom’s things, they find the bucket list she made during the summer before her senior year. 12 things to accomplish so she can live the life she always wanted. Emily thinks the list is the key to make her summer, and life, finally go the right away. Emily, with the help of Blake, steps off to accomplish everything and finally face her fears. Hopefully this list can provide the clarity to get her life back on track. But when she starts checking things off, Emily has to face that what she wants might be totally different from the life she planned. 2021 so far has given us some amazing YA contemporaries. The Lucky List is no exception. We love when books have lists that bring characters out of their comfort zone. It’s always exciting and hilarious. Not only did Emily face some fears, she also completed some wacky things that she never expected her mom to do. Emily spent the last three years living in fear after her mom died. We loved that finding the list helped Emily feel closer to her mom and gain confidence. She feels pressure in every aspect of her life, including from her friends. Enter Blake: the new girl! Blake had such a fun and easygoing personality that made her the perfect person to go with on an adventure. She never pressured Emily and had her back from day one. We shipped Emily and Blake from the beginning. While Emily’s ex-boyfriend was a nice guy, they had zero chemistry. Blake and Emily hit it off right away and they balanced each other out. We enjoyed their slowburn romance and were so happy that they people in their lives ended up being supportive. Overall, The Lucky List was a great summer beach read. It can be slow at times, but we always found ourselves cheering for Emily and her amazing summer. Lippincott’s debut solo YA book is also perfect for Pride month! Think of this book as Kasie West meets Becky Albertalli. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

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