Love, Life, and the List

Love, Life, and the List

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 i...

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Title:Love, Life, and the List
Author:Kasie West
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Love, Life, and the List Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    The cutest.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    THIS WAS SO STINKING ADORABLE.

    Basic plot: Abby is a teen artist whose paintings aren't accepted into an art show because she doesn't "have enough heart," so she makes a list of things to do that will supposedly give her the depth she needs to become a better artist.

    I loved so many parts of this story (like the painting and how much everything just

    like summer), but I think my favorite part was probably all of the different relationships. Abby's grandpa is a major character, her best friend

    THIS WAS SO STINKING ADORABLE.

    Basic plot: Abby is a teen artist whose paintings aren't accepted into an art show because she doesn't "have enough heart," so she makes a list of things to do that will supposedly give her the depth she needs to become a better artist.

    I loved so many parts of this story (like the painting and how much everything just

    like summer), but I think my favorite part was probably all of the different relationships. Abby's grandpa is a major character, her best friend Cooper knows she's in love with him but pretends like everything's normal, her mother's struggle with anxiety are a huge part of the story, and Abby has actual healthy friendships outside of the main romance. All of the characters were so well done and totally felt like real people.

    Ooh and I was also thrilled that Abby was motivated to do her list & change

    instead of some guy. I mean, this was still one of the cutest relationships I've seen in a YA contemporary in SO long, but it was just great to see a well-balanced story with depth as well. There were some pretty hilarious and heartbreaking moments. Nothing ever got dull and I flew through the whole thing in one sitting!

    Basically, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. This was the fluffy, lighthearted read I was looking for aaaaand now I have a book hangover and can't find anything else as cute...

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Well that was just soooo dang cute. Just what I needed to get me out of this reading slump.

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    What an adorable, swoon worthy ride!!!

    I think this might be my new favorite Kasie West book!!!!

    4.75/ 5

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    I’m torn between a 3.5 and a 4, so I guess it’s more of a 3.75 but this was so cute! I loved the whole concept of it and for once for a romance, I really wasn’t sure how it would end which was kind of refreshing! A great Valentine’s Day read!!

  • emi

    I can barely manage to write a book review, how does Kasie West publish like 508 books a year????

    While this book was better than her 507 other books, it still wasn't good.

    Definitely not good enough for me to write a review for it.

    🤷♀

    I can barely manage to write a book review, how does Kasie West publish like 508 books a year????

    While this book was better than her 507 other books, it still wasn't good.

    Definitely not good enough for me to write a review for it.

    🤷‍♀️

  • may ❀

    it was good, cute, and fluffy but also cliche and kinda boring

    2.5 stars!!

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    time to keep up with tradition and immediately read anything kasie west has touched with

  • emma

    Kasie West, I am slowly giving up on you.

    Agonizingly slowly. But giving up all the same.

    As I have been on the record as saying before, in my own reviews and maybe in some newspapers (I don’t know I don’t read

    it’s a possibility shut up), I really want to like Kasie West.

    I read a lot of contemporaries. Kasie West writes a lot of contemporaries. That’s the kind of ideal YA-based symbiotic relationship I am looking for.

    Unfortunately, all that cranking-out of romantic plotlines comes

    Kasie West, I am slowly giving up on you.

    Agonizingly slowly. But giving up all the same.

    As I have been on the record as saying before, in my own reviews and maybe in some newspapers (I don’t know I don’t read

    it’s a possibility shut up), I really want to like Kasie West.

    I read a lot of contemporaries. Kasie West writes a lot of contemporaries. That’s the kind of ideal YA-based symbiotic relationship I am looking for.

    Unfortunately, all that cranking-out of romantic plotlines comes at a price. And that price is called “this book is not very good.”

    I used to read every Kasie West book. Now I read only the ones that sound good, which is not very many because they usually are not good. This one sounded good because it includes the words “The List” in the title, and I am a sucker for a list.

    But just like I was when I was sucked in by the words “trapped in a library” in the synopsis of West’s By Your Side, I have been made a fool. Kasie West has once more made me a fool.

    Because just as the library barely played into By Your Side and wasn’t even fun when it did, THIS BOOK HAD BARELY ANY BUCKET LIST-RELATED PLOT AT ALL AND EVEN THAT PLOT WAS LIKE MY PERSONAL BUCKET LIST IS NOW ONE ITEM LONG AND THAT ITEM IS JUST NOT READING THIS BOOK ANYMORE.

    Honestly!!

    The main character of this was boring. She had a boring family and boring friends. Two of her boring friends were on other continents, and the other boring friend was her boring love interest. Her interactions with said love interest were so boring that I didn’t realize they were endgame until they were making out and there were like a handful of pages left in the book.

    Not even chemistry to entertain me for a moment, or otherwise make this book easier to get through.

    Really I keep giving Kasie West chances because I liked On the Fence, but a) I read it in 2014, and I liked a lot of inadvisable things in 2014, such as Justin Bieber and the deeply uninterested boy who sat next to me in high school French class, and b) I’m pretty sure I’m getting at least 75% of the plotline mixed up with My Life Next Door, which is very similar and probably better.

    So.

    Bottom line: Things aren’t looking good for me and Kasie. And NOT in the fun three-quarters-of-the-way-done-a-contemporary-and-everything-has-to-get-like-totally-dramatically-AWFUL-before-it-gets-perfect-and-happily-ever-after way.

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    PRE-REVIEW

    never, in my life, have i read a contemporary with such an overall lack of chemistry that i was utterly mystified as to who the love interest was.

    kasie west, you've done it again.

    review to come???

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    wait.........this comes out

    ? is this kasie west's 8th book of the year??????

    i can't write a blog post and this woman's out here with a contemporary every week and a half

  • Lola

    I have officially outgrown Kasie West.

    If we’re completely honest with each other, I knew this day would come eventually. I didn’t think it would be so soon, but then again, Kasie West has published three books in 2017, so it’s normal that I have rapidly realized this author is just not for me anymore.

    I will never hate her novels. I have never, and even if I do continue reading her books (which I doubt will happen), there is no chance of me wanting to burn any of her writings in the future. Bec

    I have officially outgrown Kasie West.

    If we’re completely honest with each other, I knew this day would come eventually. I didn’t think it would be so soon, but then again, Kasie West has published three books in 2017, so it’s normal that I have rapidly realized this author is just not for me anymore.

    I will never hate her novels. I have never, and even if I do continue reading her books (which I doubt will happen), there is no chance of me wanting to burn any of her writings in the future. Because I do believe she has talent, and her humour is my kind of humour.

    But she isn’t growing as an author. Her most read book is actually her debut titled The Distance Between Us, and let’s face it, everything that has come after that one has been a different story but with a similar enough heroine, tone, writing style…

    I once found her novels unique, seeing that she does have her signature style, but the more I read her, the less impressed I am. Just like Abby’s art, her stories lack depth. They aren’t one-dimensional exactly, because they do contain heart (another thing Abby’s art supposedly lacks) but Ms. West doesn’t do enough research before crafting her stories.

    For instance, Abby, as we have established, is an artist. She paints, and apparently she’s done so since before she can remember. Fantastic. But that’s not going to convince me, the reader, that Abby knows painting better than she knows everything else in the world. Kasie West should have described her art in detail in the first chapters, so we could truly feel bad about her being rejected from the show. And yet, all that we know is that her paintings are based on pictures.

    Normally I would say that you can do better, Ms. West, but now I don’t know anymore. Maybe stories that are deep, serious and realistic all at once are not your style and never will be. Maybe you just like swimming in clichés (a heroine in love with her best friend, really?). I don’t, so this is our tearless goodbye.

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