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The Lucky List

Rachael Lippincott, coauthor of #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, weaves a “breezy…truly charming” (Kirkus Reviews) love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.

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.

  • 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

  • "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 ― June 2021

My Review:

4 Stars: When I saw that Rachael Lippincott was writing a duet solo novel, I jumped at the opportunity to read it, plus the COVER.

A heartwarming novel about losing your mother and finding her bucket list - Emily lost her mother three years ago, had some drama happen at junior prom, friends are flakey, and she is just not having a good time. She meets a new friend (blake), finds her mother's bucket list in college, and decides she will try and complete it (with changes). A quick read that feels like a Sarah Dessen or John Green novel. Reading the journey of Emily and Blake's friendship bloom would be my favorite part of this book. Stress that teens go through now is written well in this novel. This is a nice half-day beach read for someone who wants a comforting story about learning who you are and living life to the fullest. I will be recommending this to my friends. Great first solo novel!!


Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Rachael Lippincott is the coauthor of All This Time, #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, and She Gets the Girl and the author of The Lucky List. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.

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