Cover image for Lucky in love / Kasie West.
Lucky in love / Kasie West.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2018]

Physical Description:
337 pages ; 21 cm
Maddie is a hard working high school senior, waiting to hear from the colleges she applied to, when on a whim she buys a lottery ticket and wins; suddenly she is the center of everybody's attention, including her struggling family, and not necessarily in a good way--only Seth Nguyen, her charming coworker at the local zoo, seems oblivious to her luck, and Maddie is not sure whether telling him will change their developing relationship.


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Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun . . . until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Author Notes

Kasie West is an American author, based in California. She is a graduate of Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She writes contemporary young adult novels. Her work includes The Distance Between Us; On the Fence; The Fill-In Boyfriend; The Sun, The Moon, and the Truth; P.S. I Like You; By Your Side; Lucky in Love; Love, Life, and the List; and Listen to Your Heart (May 2018). She also wrote the Pivot Point Series, which includes Pivot Point and Split Second.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Actor Bouvard is perfect fit for the teenage protagonist of West's latest YA drama. Maddie is a high school senior with a type A personality: studious, responsible, organized, anxious about getting into a good college, and constantly worried about lack of money and her dysfunctional family, whom she tries her best to manage and keep together. When she buys a lottery ticket on a whim and wins $30 million, she thinks it will solve all her problems. But a host of new ones arise: people try to scam her, acquaintances try to take advantage of her, and she gets her share of negative media publicity. Narrator Bouvard sounds by turns anxious, hopeful, and excited; her narration makes Maddie an even more human and relatable than she is in the text. Bouvard also creates distinct voices for the other characters, including a French saleswoman and a hilariously snooty Valley girl accent for Trina, the most popular girl in school. Anyone who's ever fantasized about winning the lottery will enjoy this realistic and entertaining tale of an average girl hitting it big. Ages 13-up. A Point hardcover. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Eighteen-year-old Maddie doesn't believe in luck; instead, she prefers hard work and planning. But the high-school senior never planned to win millions in the lottery, and her relationships, decision-making capabilities, and confidence suffer when she does. Despite the predictable plot line of people trying to take advantage of Maddie for her money, sympathetic characters will hold readers' interest in this otherwise light romantic read. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The first number was 2. My ticket said 2 first as well. My heart was pounding in my throat now. The next numbers matched as well -- 15. My eyes went blurry for a moment and I blinked hard, clearing them. 23. 75. 33. All matched. There was one number left on the site. A red ball. The PowerBall, it was called. It was a seven. Lucky number seven. I took a deep breath and looked at my ticket. Seven. All six numbers matched. I checked them again and then a third time, just to make sure. Was this really happening? Had I just won fifty million dollars? This felt like some sort of joke. I checked the heading of the site again -- PowerBall. And my ticket heading, same. I won the lottery. I just won fifty million dollars. A scream that started in my belly and traveled up my throat burst from my mouth. I almost didn't recognize it as my own. It was a scream of pure joy. "Maddie?" My mom was at my door. "What's wrong? Are you okay?" Excerpted from Lucky in Love by Kasie West All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.