Book review

ARC review – The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

Synopsis on Goodreads:

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.


Book name – The Lucky List | Author – Rachael Lippincott | Release Date – June 1, 2021 | Publisher – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Genres – Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQ+ | Page count – 304 | Book edition – Paperback

My Views:

I have three words for this book, heartwarming, breezy, and emotional. My first book by Rachael Lippincott was indeed a great reading experience for me. This book ticked off all the characteristics a good contemporary book should have. I have been inclined towards LGBTQ+ book reps lately and my choices did not disappoint me at all.

The Lucky List is a great book to kick off your summer reading goals. The book is written from Emily’s perspective in the first-person narrative. The duo has always been lucky or technically speaking her mom was the lucky one when it came to stuff they set their hearts on. And now Emily feels that all her luck has run out since her mother’s demise 3-years back due to cancer. After 3-years her Dad is ready to move out of her childhood home and that’s when Emily discovers her mom’s senior bucket list and thus, this acts as a catalyst to move the story forward.

Emily has been shut out from the outside world after her mother’s death until her Dad’s best friend moves back to town with his daughter Blake. That’s how Blake convinces Emily to pursue the senior bucket list before their senior year begins and maybe try and feel closer to her mom. In the process of accomplishing the bucket list, the girls’ bond deepens and Emily might catch feelings for someone, that she never knew would have existed?

I loved Emily and her journey throughout the novel. Her character developed from being a daughter grieving for her mother’s loss to becoming her father’s daughter who believed in living in the present and enjoying the moments. On the other hand, I loved Blake’s carefree, accepting and open nature. She believes in doing what is right and just. The book was blissful from the beginning and getting to know Emily in her loss state was energizingly real!

This is a YA queer coming of age story of a young girl finding her place in the small town of Huckabee after losing her mother. The book deals with important issues like loss, grief, and mental health. I liked the fact that romance wasn’t an integral part of this book and Rachael has given weightage to other things also like the idea of friendship and family. The ending was good and it is wrapped up perfectly. If you are planning on reading The Lucky List soon, then I hope you will adore this book as much as I did.


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