Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

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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Love, Life, and the List Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    The cutest.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

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

  • Jiana

    That was so cute! But also boring.

    Also, I love Cooper Wells.

    Aaaand this book did not cure my slump. How sad.

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    Kasie West cures slumps. I am in a slump. Therefore Kasie West will cure me from said slump.

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  • Jaime Arkin

    Hi… Have we met? I’m a Kasie West junkie. Whatever she’s writing, I’m reading. Her writing, her characters, her stories… everything just works perfectly for me, and her latest, Love, Life & The List was such a wonderful read.

    Abby and Cooper are best friends and have been for ages. The catch? Abby has some very strong, unrequited feelings for Cooper, and when she approached him about them and he didn’t react as expected she very quickly made a joke and pretended she didn’t mean a word. So no

    Hi… Have we met? I’m a Kasie West junkie. Whatever she’s writing, I’m reading. Her writing, her characters, her stories… everything just works perfectly for me, and her latest, Love, Life & The List was such a wonderful read.

    Abby and Cooper are best friends and have been for ages. The catch? Abby has some very strong, unrequited feelings for Cooper, and when she approached him about them and he didn’t react as expected she very quickly made a joke and pretended she didn’t mean a word. So now she’s focused on her art and pretending she doesn’t notice all the other girls that Cooper is hooking up with.

    When her employer rejects her art from a local art show stating that her work just doesn’t have enough heart, she is determined to change his mind and she decides she needs to make a list of life experiences that will help her grow as a person.

    Enter the list.

    Abby has one month to complete the tasks on her list and get herself in the show, but growing concerns about her mother’s anxiety and Cooper being Cooper, may derail everything.

    I absolutely love the way that Kasie West can weave some very important issues into a somewhat light-hearted story and present it in a way that isn’t overly depressing. West hits on some big ones here… a parent deployed, a mom dealing with anxiety, unrequited feelings… and I really think she does an amazing job handling each of these issues within the story.

    West also has a wonderful knack for creating these incredible friendships and relationships in her stories and I just completely loved what was going on between Abby and Cooper… and I hated that they weren’t a couple!! I can say that and still love the book right? Honestly, for as much as I love Abby & Cooper, seeing Abby branch out from Cooper was incredibly gratifying and I really enjoyed seeing her grow as a character.

    I’m not going to lie. Kasie made me cry a bit with this one. I don’t know if I was having an overly emotional day or what, but there is one part towards the end that just broke my heart and I truly didn’t know how West was going to fix it. But fix it she did, and it made my sappy heart happy.

    Ultimately, this is going to have a home on my Kasie West shelf among my other favorites and if you’re a fan of sweet, fun, contemporary YA this is definitely a must read for you.

    Thank you so much to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

  • emi

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

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: Love, Life, and the List is a young adult fiction written by Kasie West. It will be published on 12/26/17 by Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 384 pages. The genres are contemporary, fiction, romance, and young adult.

    My Experience: I started reading Love, Life, and the List on 10/20/17 and finished it on 10/25/17. This book is another fun read from Kasie West. It’s full of sarcastic humor, challenges, friendship, and family. I love the easy to read pace and the go-getter characte

    About: Love, Life, and the List is a young adult fiction written by Kasie West. It will be published on 12/26/17 by Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 384 pages. The genres are contemporary, fiction, romance, and young adult.

    My Experience: I started reading Love, Life, and the List on 10/20/17 and finished it on 10/25/17. This book is another fun read from Kasie West. It’s full of sarcastic humor, challenges, friendship, and family. I love the easy to read pace and the go-getter character. The main character has many wants and she’s doing everything she can think of, even stepping out of her comfort zone, to win the things she wants. There are setbacks, but she picks herself up and try again and it’s very inspiring to read where everything is not perfect from the start.

    This book is told in the first person point of view, following Abigail (Abby) Turner, a seventeen year old who loves art. She wants to display and sell her paintings at the museum, a fundraising the museum does once a year, but was told that her paintings doesn’t have heart and depth. She sets out to make a list of things for her to do to achieve heart and depth. Abby recruited her best friend, Cooper Wells to join in her challenges. One of the challenges is to face her fears and Cooper takes her out to the sand dunes for a quad ride. Another challenge is to try something new and they both auditioned for a play. Some challenges are harder to achieve than others, especially when her heart already set out for someone but that person doesn’t reciprocate. This book also introduce agoraphobic, a condition where a person doesn’t leave the house. (Check out my review on The Woman in the Window, a thriller with a character that have that same phobia). Abby’s mom stays in the house all the time while her dad is deployed to the Middle East. This story takes place in the summer so time is abundance for Abby to explore new things and take care of her family.

    This book is very well written. I love books with characters that strive for what they want and don’t give up when things don’t go according to plans. I love how Abby sat down with her family and brainstormed together a list of challenges. I love it when family members are supportive of their children’s goals. It’s a good example to follow. It’s a reminder that it takes efforts to obtain what we want and there will be failures before success arrives. The challenges that Abby face can be relatable to many readers. Did I mention I love Abby’s Grandpa? Read this book if you are looking for motivation! Just read it for sarcastic humor because they are great!

    Pro: easy to read, page turner, fast paced, humor, challenges, friendship, family, relatable, art

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Kasie West, publisher HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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    Jasmine at

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  • Jen Ryland

    I loved Kasie West's pararnomals but have had mixed results with her contemporaries. Sad to say that overall I thought this was just okay and that some aspects of it really bothered me.

    Abby is secretly in love with her best friend Cooper. A year ago she told him this, but when he didn't seem to return her feelings, she quickly claimed she'd been joking. Now she hangs around him all the time, silently pining.

    Abby's also an artist who's hoping to get her work included in an upcoming art show. Wh

    I loved Kasie West's pararnomals but have had mixed results with her contemporaries. Sad to say that overall I thought this was just okay and that some aspects of it really bothered me.

    Abby is secretly in love with her best friend Cooper. A year ago she told him this, but when he didn't seem to return her feelings, she quickly claimed she'd been joking. Now she hangs around him all the time, silently pining.

    Abby's also an artist who's hoping to get her work included in an upcoming art show. When the director of the show tells her that her work is technically proficient but flat and lifeless and that more life experience will make her a better artist, she takes his advice very literally. She and Cooper make a bucket list for the summer.

    On the positive side, the book had some subplots and secondary characters that I appreciated. Abby's dad is deployed and her mom is agoraphobic, and Abby worries a lot about all this. Abby also has a great relationship with her grandfather.

    On the negative side, Abby and Cooper's relationship had a dynamic I didn't enjoy. On the surface, their friendship seemed so cute. But underneath that, I thought she seemed lowkey/passive-aggressively angry toward him for not returning her feelings. I just thought the #1 thing on their bucket list should have been "spend the summer apart."

    Then there was Elliot, a seemingly great guy that Abby had a lot in common with. Cooper's new girlfriend Iris plus Elliot (who obviously liked Abby a lot) gave the book a love triangle/rectangle dynamic that I wasn't a fan of. I'm not always anti-triangle but this was a case where I thought some of the people involved were badly treated.

    I LOVE stories about personal growth. I just wish Abby had shown a little more of it. Abby's bucket list did help her break out of her comfort zone, which was great. .But I would have been able to root for Abby more- romantically and as a person - if she had taken her own growth a few steps further. As mentioned in the spoiler above, I saw some behaviors in her that I found disturbing and that seem to go unacknowledged in the story.

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  • emma

    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

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    What an adorable, swoon worthy ride!!!

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

    4.75/ 5

  • maybelline™

    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

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