TITLE: Love, Life and the List

AUTHOR: Kasie West

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75)

PAGES: 384

PUBLISHER: HarperTeen

TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult

GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West - The Contented ReaderSeventeen-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.

Review

This is my first Kasie West novel and I am definitely a fan. I really enjoyed this and am so excited to read more of her stories.

This story is really enjoyable, and I read it all so fast. Abby and her best friend Cooper definitely take us on a crazy ride. I love the witty banter between these characters, which made it so easy to fall in love with them (and secretly root for them the whole way through)!

I absolutely love the theme of creating a list to help change the way you see the world, or how you do something. Abby thought her art was easy. But, through the course of the story it’s clear that we need other perspectives. Sometimes going out of our comfort zone is good!

I absolutely love the relationship Abby has with her grandfather. It adds a sweet and sensitive side to the novel. And their sarcastic conversations always brought a smile to my face.

My only issue with the book is how anxiety is dealt with. Overall, I feel like there wasn’t much detail given behind her mother’s anxiety. I found myself wanting to know more as to why Abby’s mother dealt with crippling anxiety and its link to Abby’s emotion. But I did appreciate the way in which West accentuated the crippling issues that come with having anxiety. Honestly, I just would have liked to have had more background information.

Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a story of romance, friendship and finding your inner self and peace! I will definitely be going for some more Kasie West books in the future. Especially since this was the first in a set of three standalone books, where the characters crossover! Can’t wait to see how things unfold in other books!

We can only control ourselves. No matter how much we wish we could twist and bend someone’s will to ours, they have to want to.

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About The Author

Kasie West Author Photo - The Contented ReaderKasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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