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.
So being the lover of cotton candy fluff, adorable, and the sweet as sugar stories of Kasie West, I'm sure everyone knew that I'd be reading this one too. It took my longer to get than I liked because I just wanted to read it that day it came out. I wanted to devour this whole and not look back. Well, even though I'm late to the game, I still devoured it in one sitting. I finally sat down and just read it all over the course of the morning. Needless to say, I loved it!
This one follows Abby, she's an artist and she's a pretty dang good one but she's too nervous to enter this art winter program. She would rather have her paintings in a show first so it looks better but she's told that her work lacks heart or depth. So she sets out with a list to give her work what it's lacking. All this while trying to rid herself of her feelings for her best friend, Cooper. She told him once but then played it off like a joke after seeing his reaction. Not to mention she had a recluse of a mother and her father is off in the military.
I felt this book was better flushed out then some of Kasie's others. Maybe where there are going to be cross over characters in two other books, I don't know but the side characters felt like real people too. I loved that fact, it makes everything more believable. The plot is simple and light, like most Kasie books. It also gave met hat wonderful happy feeling when I finished it. When it why I read her novels, I just love how happy they make me feel. In a world of darkness, it's nice to have this adorable novel to jump into and escape.
I fully recommend this novel to anyone who wants a cute and simple read. It's perfect for cuddling up by the fire with a blanket and just getting lost in the life of Abby and her fight to get over Cooper and seeing how she changes in regards to her art and then how she and Cooper come to terms with their friendship. I promise you'll feel all light and fluffy when you're done.
1) “We’re good for each other, I think. You bring me down to earth and I make you dream big.”
2) “He lay back on the rock, wadding up the towel and putting it under his head. “You know, you’re the only person I can sit still with.” “What do you mean?” “I mean, I like to be in motion. I get antsy when I’m doing nothing. But you’re so good at it that I don’t mind it at all.”