Love, Life and the List – Kasie West

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Published December 26th 2017 by HarperTeen

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.

Review:

Abby – Cooper – Rachel and Justin are best friends. They are there for each other – thick as  thieves and that is the way that it has always been. This particular summer Rachel and Justin are both away leaving Abby and Cooper with just each other. This is not an issue – they are best friends and love spending time together, except that the previous year Abby confessed her feelings to Cooper and then quickly covered it up as it was apparent that the feelings were not mutual. She is trying as hard as she can to get over him – but he is very hard to get over! They are adorable in their support for each other and it is so obvious that they care for each other deeply. You know they are perfect for each other and it is maddening that they are not together! I was in love with Cooper by the end of this book!

While all this is happening Abby is forcing herself to experience things and make her heart grow in an attempt to become a better artist. She creates this list of things based on the characteristics of the people in her life. Through the summer she (and Cooper) start to check different experiences off and she is taking those feelings and expressing them in her art. She takes chances and makes big changes and learns to follow her heart.

“I realized love was this.” His put his hand on his chest. “This deep, intense caring about someone’s well-being. About wanting that person to be okay no matter what happens to yourself.”

As always Kasie West has given us a cute – clean story that gave e heart bubbles the entire time I was reading it. ESPECIALLY the end!! I cannot wait for the companion novel Fame Fate and the First Kiss in Feb 2019!

This book is appropriate for younger teens to adults!

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