Fun fact: I got hurt at work in July and I spent quite a bit of time in the doctor’s office. Thanks to all that waiting I was able to breeze through Kasie West’s novel Love, Life, And The List. I borrowed this from my local library and I am already on a wait list for another one of her novels!
This young adult novel actually has a pretty inspiring undertone. These teens are wise beyond their years and for that, I so, so, so appreciate this book! Many people look past young adult because they think, “it’s for teens,” but often times what people miss out on with that outlook, is a darn good book! I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite quotes first…
It’s fine. Art is subjective, that’s what makes it great…We each get to love or hate something on our own terms.
You feel the same way. You’re missing that piece when you look at me too. The piece that makes you feel something.
My personal favorite…this one just struck me. It might be simple and self-explanatory, but I felt it on a deeper level.
“I’ve heard the coldest time of day is right before sunrise—that moment in time when the earth has been without light the longest. And then the sun rises and slowly warms up the world again.”
The premise of the book is Abby (who is in love with her best friend) needs to find a deeper meaning in herself. She is striving to be in an art show, but is told her work doesn’t have any emotion in it. She devises a list filled with out of the ordinary experiences in order to gain a deeper meaning of life. The self journey she takes, aka The Heart List, is amazing. It helps when she’s a sarcastic riot…and when she’s around her grandfather you won’t be able to hold your chuckles in.
The book was fairly predictable; however, I thought it spoke about experiences that many of us, even in older age, have never faced. Face your fears and search for that emotion in your life. This was such a well written book and I mean, I read it over the course of 2 days, so, you know it must have been a good one! This is a perfect read if you’re looking for something light and fun. Ok…it did bring tears to my eyes a few times. It was such an emotionally powerful book!
Overall, this book gets 4 stars from me. I was cheering on Abby and hoping, HOPING, she would get to where she needed to be. I hope my own children have as good of a head on their shoulders as she does at her age. You won’t regret picking this book up!
Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harper Teens
Release Date: December 26, 2017