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Love, Life and the List

Hey everyone! I read this amazing contemporary a while back and wrote its review back then too but forgot to publish it, so here we go:

Rating: 4 stars



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 isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.

My Views: 

The only reason I knocked off a star is that there is no representation of the LBTGQ+ community and nor are there are persons of colour.

Other than that, this book had everything I needed:

✔️ a slow burn romance

✔️ heartache

✔️a good friendship

✔️ parents that actually existed

Abby Turner is in love with her childhood best friend, Cooper Wells. Their other two best friends are away for the summer and so they are stuck together.

Abby makes a ‘heart list‘ in an attempt to make her paintings have more emotion and Cooper decides to accompany her and of the lost with her.

Through the book, we go on many adventures with them and it is a lot of fun to read about them.

When Abby finally decides she has had enough and she is done with Cooper and law her heart bare in front of him, I almost end up crying!

The book is very well written and I don’t want to spoil it for you all so I won’t say anything else except that this book really made me feel a lot and it was utterly spectacular!

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below. Will be waiting to hear from you all, it means a lot to me.

-Jayati xx

7 thoughts on “Love, Life and the List

  1. Very good post! I have seen this book around but never really looked into it, casting it off as “just another YA contemporary,” but your review is making me re-think that. It sounds a little cheesy but sometimes thats exactly what I need. 😉

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    1. I know! Honestly, it has quite a bit of cliché stuff in it but it’s also very emotional and I really love that combination!
      Hope you like the book!


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