The Lucky List (Hardcover)
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Emily had always felt lucky, until her mother passed away when she was 14. Three years later, the summer before her senior year, she is feeling stuck and alone until she reconnects with Blake, a childhood friend. After the two girls find the bucket list Emily's mother made the summer before her own senior year, they decide to complete it together. A fun summer read for YA fans.— Jordan
Emily and her mom were always lucky. But Emily’s mom’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right for Emily since.
Now, the summer before her senior year, things are getting worse. Not only has Emily wrecked things with her boyfriend Matt, who her mom adored, but her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mom’s belongings away. Soon, she’ll have no connections left to Mom but her lucky quarter. And with her best friend away for the summer and her other friends taking her ex’s side, the only person she has to talk to about it is Blake, the swoony new girl she barely knows.
But that’s when Emily finds the list—her mom’s senior year summer bucket list—buried in a box in the back of her closet. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the pair set off on a journey to tick each box and help Emily face her fears before everything changes. As they go further down the list, Emily finally begins to feel close to her mom again, but her bond with Blake starts to deepen, too, into something she wasn’t expecting. 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.
— Kirkus Reviews
"Solid pacing, paired with Emily’s accessible first-person perspective, keeps the pages turning. In her solo debut, Lippincott presents nuanced characterization and pays particular respect to the grief process, offering an affecting core to this sweet contemporary summer romance."
— Publisher's Weekly
"An enchanting novel that combines summer romance with deeper themes of coming to terms with the life you have and choosing the life you want to live."
— The Amazon Book Review
"The first-person narrative subtly explores the interplay of Emily's grief, social pressures, and self-discovery in a quietly meaningful tone...Reminiscent of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Jason Reynolds's The Boy in the Black Suit, this is a gentle and moving exploration of grief and what it can mean to move forward without a loved one, perfect for fans of romance and realistic fiction."
— School Library Journal
"An involving novel of challenges, change, and growing self-awareness."
— Booklist online