Review: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Review: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie WestLove, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on December 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

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.


Like the many Kasie West’s books before it, Love, Life, and the List is a cute and fluffy contemporary teen romance. It had a lot of sweet and fun moments but unlike some of West’s other books, I didn’t quite click with our heroine Abby as much as I probably should have.

Abby is an art student who is dealing with the rejection of her paintings not making the summer art show (due to “lack of heart) and having to navigate the feelings of unrequited love for her best friend Cooper. In comes the list to help her become a better person/experience more of life. The idea of the list is fun and I liked that it helped Abby put ‘more heart” into her art. But overall I found it pretty artificial, any growth Abby actually experience from those activities.

As for the romance of Abby and Cooper, I kind of struggled with this relationship. They had a nice friendship, but it seems a bit toxic at times because of this unrequited love. We didn’t really get to see two people fall in love, instead we kind of got a slightly resentful Abby and a dumbass Cooper who seemed oblivious to the attraction while also stringing Abby along. Not cool, bud.

That being said, I really enjoyed Abby’s relationship with her family, her agoraphobic mom, her grouchy grandpa, and her deployed dad. I liked the dynamic between all of them and they side plots were endearing. Abby’s new friendships were also a nice ray of sunshine in the book.

Overall, a cute cotton candy kind of read. While I didn’t love this book, it was easy and enjoyable summer-breezy read (And I’m totally in love with the cover!). This is actually the first book of three companion books. We got a little sneak peek of Abby and Cooper’s other best friends’ adventure and I do look forward to checking them out.

{* Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


Author: Cyn

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One Reply to “Review: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West”

  1. I still need to read this but have seen similar reviews to yours so I am not rushing. I didn’t realize this will have companion novels. Great review!

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