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The Lucky List
Authors(s): Rachael Lippincott
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Edition: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook; 304 pgs
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
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Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One
5/24/2021 - YA Books CentralInterview
5/24/2021 - Stuck in the StacksReview
5/25/2021 - BookHounds YAInterview
5/25/2021 - Kait Plus Books - Guest Post
5/26/2021 - Book-KeepingReview
5/26/2021 - The YA ObsessedReview
5/27/2021 - A Court of Coffee and BooksReview
5/27/2021 - Moonlight RendezvousReview
5/28/2021 - booksaremagictooReview
5/28/2021 - Book BriefsReview

Week Two
5/31/2021 - Do You Dog-ear?Review
5/31/2021 - CeliamcmahonreadsReview
6/1/2021 - Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
6/1/2021 - Emelie's BooksReview
6/2/2021 - Rajiv's ReviewsReview
6/3/2021 - Eli to the nthReview
6/3/2021 - Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
6/4/2021 - Thindbooks  - Review
6/4/2021 - Margie's Must ReadsReview

The Summary

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.

Praise for THE LUCKY LIST:

"A countdown to finishing the list before a class trip keeps the pacing solid, and an entertaining unraveling of connections to her parents’ pasts adds nice depth. Told in Emily’s first-person narration, the breezy tale explores the theme of learning to live life without holding back, as Emily both questions her sexuality and learns to heal from her grief....A truly charming summer romp." -- Kirkus Reviews

Signed, Personalized, and Enter The Giveaway! 

Rachael has partnered with White Whale Bookstore for an exclusive giveaway! All pre-orders for signed and personalized copies placed through White Whale’s website will get one of each of the stickers designed to celebrate The Lucky List, and 30 random orders will be chosen to receive one of three The Lucky List themed totes! The drawing will take place on June 1, when the book is published. 

My Review

I have read both Five Feet Apart and All This Time, the two books Rachael Lippincott has published with Mikki Daughtry, so I was very interested to see what Rachael's first solo full-length novel would be like.  And I was not disappointed.  The Lucky List is a great book to kick-off summer; funny, sweet, and breezy, this was a one day read for me.

The story is told completely from Emily's perspective in a 1st person narrative.  Which I, after finishing the book, could not imagine this story any other way.  As the summary says, Emily lost her Mom to cancer, and after three years, her Dad is ready to start moving on.  And this is the catalyst to the whole novel.  Emily has been so shut off from her life after her Mom's death, that she doesn't have much but their house.  Losing it feels like she will lose her Mom.  This emotional punch is what is gained through the 1st person narrative, as Emily finds the, soon-to-be infamous, bucket list.

There are two things happening that make this a little deeper of a YA contemporary.  Yes, it is funny and light-hearted most of the time, especially during the escapades involving the bucket list activities.  But the journey Emily goes on, both healing from the loss of her Mom to exploring her own sexuality and relationship, gives each interaction another layer.  These two issues are also not mutually exclusive: I think that Emily has a lot of feelings wrapped up in being the person her Mom knew her as, making her discovery of self more difficult.  But the deep connection she had with her Mom ultimately leads Emily full circle.  This family story was beautiful, and the mix between the more light-hearted romance and the more intense familial ties was excellent.

With well developed characterization and solid pacing, The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott should be added to everyone's summer reading list: take it to the beach or snuggle down in bed, this is one you don't want to miss!

Final Rating

About the Author

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

Her debut novel, FIVE FEET APART, is a #1 NYT Bestseller.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LUCKY LIST, US Only.


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