The Lucky List

Dear Reader,

You may already know that I am a huge fan of Rachael Lippincott’s writing. Last summer I read Five Feet Apart and at the start of this year All This Time (follow the links to read my reviews). Both these books were written in breath-taking partnership with Mikki Daughtry, but Rachael’s latest book is a solo adventure…

You can imagine my excitement when I was approved by Net Galley for an ARC of this exciting new story and couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

~ Children’s Fiction | Teen | LGBTQ+ ~

Two girls, one list and twelve chances to fall in love this summer . . .

Emily’s always been lucky.

Well, technically her mum was the lucky one, and since she died, Emily’s started to feel like her luck’s run out. So when Emily finds her mum’s senior-year bucket list, she finds twelve ways to feel close to her again. But if she wants to check everything off, she’ll need help – help in the form of Blake.

As Blake and Emily work through the list, the girls’ bond deepens. Emily is starting to feel lucky again, but she’s faced with the question: can she accept this new part of herself, the part her mum never even knew existed?


A beautiful story about healing the paralysation of loss, and discovering the blossoming of love in the most unexpected places.

The Lucky List explores a wide range of complex experiences and emotions in an honest and sensitive way that is perfect for YA’s. Throughout the story Emily must come to terms with grief, change and truth to find acceptance and a new way to move forward in her life. A way to be brave, find hope, and embrace the chance to be lucky again.

The concept of the bucket list is fun and full of heart. Emily’s story, and the wonderful cast of characters she is supported by, offer plenty of chances for identifying with all the complex emotions of adolescence. Emily’s own journey towards discovering and embracing her own sexuality is really beautifully told and I was rooting for her and Blake the whole way.

Cinematic in style, Rachael’s writing is wonderfully engaging and vividly brings to life characters, places and events on the page. Easy to read without loosing the kind of details that make a story immersive and the characters real enough to become your friends.

An absolute gem of a book. Will be recommending to so many ❤

I was accompanied in this read by my fellow Buddy Readers, Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger and my Mum. We loved reading this together and agreed on so many aspects. We also all succumbed to some uncontrollable sobbing…but in the best possible way – we loved it!

Bookish wishes,

Meg xx

Thank you to Net Galley, Simon & Schuster and the author for my e-ARC of this beautiful book in exchange for my honest review.

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