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Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lu Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…


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Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lu Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

30 review for Chasing Lucky

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I.LOVE. IT. SO.MUCH. I cannot help myself. I keep dancing, my heart is singing, I’m head over heels for these sweetest characters, hooking story-telling, love at first side charm of Beauty. This book makes you feel like you just recently chased your lucky stars and makes your heart pound faster. Winona and Josie have no idea when they take their first steps to their hometown they’d left five years ago, they just entered to the highway to hell. Even I could hear AC/DC’s blaring lyrics as a threat. I.LOVE. IT. SO.MUCH. I cannot help myself. I keep dancing, my heart is singing, I’m head over heels for these sweetest characters, hooking story-telling, love at first side charm of Beauty. This book makes you feel like you just recently chased your lucky stars and makes your heart pound faster. Winona and Josie have no idea when they take their first steps to their hometown they’d left five years ago, they just entered to the highway to hell. Even I could hear AC/DC’s blaring lyrics as a threat. They came to take over Josie’s grandmother’s bookstore. The very same grandmother, her mother had a terrible fight and made them leave the town in the middle of the night. Josie still regrets to leave the place without saying goodbye her boy, her only real friend Lucky Karras who just survived from the terrifying fire accident. And guess what, as soon as they enter the bookstore, Josie bumps into him. But his friend has completely changed, giving her deadly glares, not talking to him, turned into a bad boy, trouble maker, loner, outsider. Josie resents her hostility and the worst part is the entire town people, her new school friends keep whispering behind her. She wants a new life, clean slate and getting away from her impulsive, unpredictable, eccentric mother who prefers to hide behind her emotional walls. ( Her flirty, dysfunctional relationships with men reminded me of Gillian Anderson’s character at “Sex Education” but if this book adapted into a movie my candidate to play her is absolutely Winona Ryder!) She wants to concentrate her photographing, patching things up with her father who is also famous photographer, moving to LA for becoming his apprentice. So she has a plan, only a year to endure in this gossipy hell and then one way ticket to the West Coast! But…. When she decides to join a house party with her cousin and bumps into Lucky one more time… Let’s say the night turns into a nightmare and Josie finds herself reconnected with Lucky AGAIN! And she owes him so big, this time! As soon as Josie rediscovers her best friend, she finds herself to question her own life, realities and her dreams. She finally realizes that she missed her friend and Lucky is someone more than a friend for her. But does chasing Lucky mean she lose her luck for her future dreams and make things worse for two of them? As like William Faulkner said: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore!” OVERALL: Story-telling-mesmerizing, captivating, 5 million “awwwww” and 4 billion sighs worthy! Characters: Sweet, lovely, heart melting. Pacing: Unputdownable, you never want it end sooner. Ending: Satisfying, puts an ear to ear smile on your face and warms your heart. RESULT: Of course five swoony, soft, sweet, romantic, emotional stars. Special thanks to NetGalley and Simon&Schuster/ Simon Pulse to share this amazing book on the NetGalley website so entire book lovers can enjoy this ARC COPY! blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    4.5 ⭐️ Stories written by Jenn Bennett make me so happy. And make me feel so much. What can I say other than I loved it and I know it will be reread and that sums up how I feel about this book? Thanks to Simon and Shuster Children’s UK for gifting me with a copy of this book. ——————— Buzzword: Jenn Bennett.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Me: I'm so sick of the stereotypical YA bad boy with his leather jacket, motorcycle, sarcasm and tragic past Jenn Bennett: May I introduce to you Lucky Karras!! Me: I've changed my mind For the last five years Josie Saint-Martin has been living with her single mom going from town to town in New England. Now Josie and her mom are returning to their hometown, Beauty, to run the family bookstore while her grandmother is away. Josie knows that it's only a matter of time before her grandmother returns Me: I'm so sick of the stereotypical YA bad boy with his leather jacket, motorcycle, sarcasm and tragic past Jenn Bennett: May I introduce to you Lucky Karras!! Me: I've changed my mind For the last five years Josie Saint-Martin has been living with her single mom going from town to town in New England. Now Josie and her mom are returning to their hometown, Beauty, to run the family bookstore while her grandmother is away. Josie knows that it's only a matter of time before her grandmother returns and she and her mom have to move on to a new town. Josie has a plan to go west and live in Malibu with her famous photographer father in hopes of having the stable family she always wanted. She has no time for getting attached or putting down roots in Beauty. But that all changes one night when she lands herself in serious trouble and the town bad boy, which happens to be her former best friend, takes the blame for her. Chasing Lucky reminded me why I love Jenn Bennett's books. She writes stories that are easy to fall into. With loveable and interesting characters, and a plot that keeps you hooked! Chasing Lucky had all that. Best-friends-to-lovers is an underrated trope and deserves more love. Josie and Lucky's were lovely to read about. I also really liked Josie's cousin Evie. Josie's family seem interesting and I wouldn't mind if Bennett decides to write another book featuring all of them. The only thing I wish Bennett could have done better was the ending of Evie's story line. While I loved that she included a toxic relationship and showed how easy it is to be trapped in one, it felt a bit unfinished and hastily wrapped up. This is an easy summer read, featuring classic YA tropes but I loved that the author wrote it in a way that wasn't super cringy and left me feeling happy. __ Buddy reading with Warda __ Me: *Sees mysterious Jenn Bennett book* Me: *clicks want to read before I get to Bennett* I'm a simple girl.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I’m never let down when I read a Jenn Bennett contemporary so my expectations were pretty high when I started Chasing Lucky! And luckily, it was just as awesome as all her other contemporaries! I really liked Josie and being in her head. She had an interesting back story with her secretive mom. Also, as a side note, I’d like a book on Josie’s mom! Anyway, Josie was a photographer and I connected to her right away! Lucky was the most adorable little thing ever. He has baggage and I wanted to give h I’m never let down when I read a Jenn Bennett contemporary so my expectations were pretty high when I started Chasing Lucky! And luckily, it was just as awesome as all her other contemporaries! I really liked Josie and being in her head. She had an interesting back story with her secretive mom. Also, as a side note, I’d like a book on Josie’s mom! Anyway, Josie was a photographer and I connected to her right away! Lucky was the most adorable little thing ever. He has baggage and I wanted to give him a hug. I really liked his connection with Josie and when they were on the pages together, they lit them up! Bennett writes the best dialogue and banter and I just want her to write contemporaries forever!

  5. 4 out of 5

    sarah xoxo

    So... Jenn Bennett has become one of my favourite YA contemporary authors? That title may be a little hasty considering this is only my second book of hers, but I love them so much! While I didn't love this one as much as Starry Eyes, I am convinced that she can do no wrong! Chasing Lucky follows 17 year old Josie St Martin a budding photographer who, after being constantly on the move for the past 5 years, is returning to her hometown Beauty. This abrupt move was spurred on by her Grandmother ha So... Jenn Bennett has become one of my favourite YA contemporary authors? That title may be a little hasty considering this is only my second book of hers, but I love them so much! While I didn't love this one as much as Starry Eyes, I am convinced that she can do no wrong! Chasing Lucky follows 17 year old Josie St Martin a budding photographer who, after being constantly on the move for the past 5 years, is returning to her hometown Beauty. This abrupt move was spurred on by her Grandmother hastily deciding to go travelling, and needing someone to run her bookshop. Josie decides to just try and keep her head down in Beauty before finally escaping to LA to her famous father. However, things don't go entirely to plan when one night Josie makes a mistake and her former childhood best friend, Lucky, ends up taking the fall. I loved the setting of this book. Small towns are some of my favourites to read about, and Beauty did not disappoint. It made the whole book have a quiet, small town atmosphere which I really enjoyed. The setting also lent itself to some social commentary about the economic disparity between some of the citizens and how that manifests itself in the local justice and political systems. I adored the romance between Lucky and Josie. Childhood friends to lovers is one of my favourite tropes- I love the angst, tension and shared history. While I liked Josie, she wasn't as intriguing or developed as Lucky. Lucky was a really loveable character, responsible for a large amount of my investment in the romance and plot. Some of the scenes had me swooning What else is there to say? This was an immensely enjoyable read that while did nothing exceptional or original, was successful in making me happy for the duration of my reading experience. I doubt this will stick out to me as a particularly memorable read even a few months from now, but it served its purpose and it did it well! I would recommend this if you have loved Jenn Bennett's books in the past, or are in the mood for a cute, fluffy YA romance! Thank you to Simon Pulse for this ARC Release Date: 5 May 2020 (Pushed back to 10 November 2020)

  6. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    3.5 STARS A cute YA contemporary about falling in love, learning from our mistakes, and the importance of communicating with loved ones. 17 year old Josie Saint Martin is returning to her hometown of Beauty, after leaving town dramatically five years ago with her mother. Since then they have constantly been on the move, but now they are back to run her grandmother's bookstore whilst she is travelling. Josie has plans to go and live with her father on the west coast, to start her career as a photog 3.5 STARS A cute YA contemporary about falling in love, learning from our mistakes, and the importance of communicating with loved ones. 17 year old Josie Saint Martin is returning to her hometown of Beauty, after leaving town dramatically five years ago with her mother. Since then they have constantly been on the move, but now they are back to run her grandmother's bookstore whilst she is travelling. Josie has plans to go and live with her father on the west coast, to start her career as a photographer. What she doesn't plan for, is to fall for Lucky Karras, the town's bad boy and her former best friend. I enjoyed this cute coming of age story, but I didn't love it as much as Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes. It was a cute, quick read though, and I do love Jenn Bennett's writing. In fact I plan to catch up on some of her other books soon, since they are available as books on Scribd. I loved the setting of this story, set in Beauty, a small town in Rhode Island. It was so well described, and I felt like I was there for the summer with the other tourists! I loved that Josie's family ran a small bookshop because, well books!! I really liked both of the main characters, as they were written in a realistic way. Josie was very likeable, but I found her quite frustrating sometimes because she made some really bad decisions! Ultimately though, she was a teenager, who was still growing and learning from her mistakes. I really felt for her because no one wants to spend their teenage years moving from place to place, never putting down any roots! Her mum wasn't the best parent or role model, and Josie had to grow up too quickly, often having to be the responsible one, causing her to be envious of other people's family set up. So although Josie could be annoying at times, I did like her, and she had great character development in terms of her career goals, her relationship with her mother, her absent father, her grandmother and her cousin Evie. Lucky was also a great character, also with flaws. He was a loner, considered a bad boy, and was still suffering from the after effects of a fire from when he was 12. He was also sweet, an animal lover and a bookworm 😍 These two cuties had great chemistry, and I loved their sarcastic banter! 👌 Friends to lovers doesn't always work for me, but this one was really cute! The main theme in Chasing Lucky was about being honest, and communicating with loved ones, which I loved! It was also about finding yourself, accepting change, and it dealt with small town gossip and politics. It definitely pulled at my heart strings, and made me smile. I really liked the descriptions of the signs, which Josie loved to photograph, at the start of each chapter! I wonder if there will be photographs to accompany these descriptions in the final copy?! It would be amazing if there were! The reason for my 3.5 stars was because I felt that there were some missed opportunities. I wanted to know more about Josie's mum Winona's story. There were also other unresolved issues with both Lucky and Josie's cousin Evie, that I don't feel were handled very well. Chasing Lucky is definitely perfect if you're after a quick, cute contemporary YA romance, and I definitely enjoyed it, just not as much as I would have liked. Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for making this digital ARC available as a download. I am so glad that I got to download a copy before it was abruptly archived!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    I invariably enjoy Jenn Bennett’s contemporary YA novels. And this latest release might be my favourite of them because this story really captured my heart. The book follows the character of seventeen year old Josie Saint-Martin who returns to her childhood hometown of Beauty after a number of years living from place to place with her mum Winona. But the reasons for their hasty departure years ago haven’t gone away and somehow Josie has to figure out how to get through these next few months in B I invariably enjoy Jenn Bennett’s contemporary YA novels. And this latest release might be my favourite of them because this story really captured my heart. The book follows the character of seventeen year old Josie Saint-Martin who returns to her childhood hometown of Beauty after a number of years living from place to place with her mum Winona. But the reasons for their hasty departure years ago haven’t gone away and somehow Josie has to figure out how to get through these next few months in Beauty before she can once and for all leave her family troubles behind and escape to LA to be with her father. However, no matter how hard Josie tries to keep a low profile her family name (and the associated familial curse) follows her around and lands Josie in hot water... and very hot water it is indeed as it comes in the form of town bad boy Lucky Karras who also just happens to be Josie’s childhood best friend... This book was sooooo good! A perfect summery read complete with small harbour town with a wealthy elite versus the rest of us mere mortals, childhood besties becoming more, mysterious family drama and strained family dynamics... just a perfect recipe for a really entertaining and engrossing contemporary read! I really liked the character of Josie. She was so interesting to read about. I loved how she could be really smart and sassy, but then really awkward and clueless. Her character arc was truly compelling as it was fascinating to see how a lifetime of familial secrets had influenced her life choices and I really found the story surrounding the invisible protective wall that Josie put up around herself to be quite moving. I think the personal journey that she undertakes in this novel is one that will resonate with a lot of readers who feel similarly without stable family ties. And I absolutely adored the character of Lucky. He had just the right amount of edge and bravado but then this sweet core that just gave the love story between Josie and Lucky all the swoony feels. Although Lucky had a backstory of getting injured in a fire as a child that I feel was a bit too underdeveloped. I would like to have been given a bit more insight into his feelings... But then conversely I understand why so much of Lucky was closed off from the reader because this is a book about breaking down the invisible walls we put up around ourselves and it was vital to the climax of the story that there still be mystery surrounding all of the characters that aren’t Josie. Evie was a fantastic side character in this book that again I would have loved to have had more page time with. In fact I want so much more of this character that I would love a companion novel from her perspective. Evie is Josie’s nineteen year old cousin who is in a very on again/off again style toxic relationship with one of the town’s rich elite. What I loved about her is that she was this super smart character but yet she kept going back to her jerk boyfriend. It added an interesting counterpoint to the romantic relationship that was blossoming between Josie and Lucky but oh, I just wanted more! Her story was so heart wrenching and I think an important one to tell because it shows how easy it can be to become ensnared by a toxic relationship. So I wanted to get things from Evie’s perspective. Wanted to know more about the beginning of that toxic relationship. And I want to know more about the direction that her life goes in during the epilogue. And while we are at it I would happily read a book from Winona’s (Josie’s mum) perspective too. Honestly the female characters in this book are fascinating. We don’t get to hear much about Winona’s backstory until the latter part of the book... but oooof... when we get to it it’s really interesting. There’s a whole lot of drama that went down when Winona was Josie’s age and I would love to have seen that expanded upon a little bit more. Especially the relationship dynamics between Winona and her mother (Josie’s grandmother) because it would have been better to understand a bit more about why these two characters were at loggerheads for so many years. Overall this was a super enjoyable read. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. There were a few moments towards the end of the novel that felt a little too melodramatic and stretched out the story a tad too much for my personal taste, but this is a minor quibble as I didn’t feel that my enjoyment was any way tempered due to such. “Chasing Lucky” was a pretty perfect summery romance and I would love to see Bennett return to these characters again in a companion novel from someone else’s perspective (preferably Evie). Recommended to all fans of YA contemporary. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Publishing 11th June 2020, Simon & Schuster Children's UK For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Goodreads

  9. 4 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    What Jenn Bennett does to my reading soul is simply the best, I can rely on her that her books will hit the spot, make me happy and smile. CHASING LUCKY was no exception and this story of old friends getting to know one another as teens was gorgeous. There was an eclectic story that had Bennett’s characteristic uniqueness and whit; I got wholly wrapped up in all of it. Lucky was Josie’s best friend until she left town with her mom, age 12. Returning at age 17 was a different experience with Lucky What Jenn Bennett does to my reading soul is simply the best, I can rely on her that her books will hit the spot, make me happy and smile. CHASING LUCKY was no exception and this story of old friends getting to know one another as teens was gorgeous. There was an eclectic story that had Bennett’s characteristic uniqueness and whit; I got wholly wrapped up in all of it. Lucky was Josie’s best friend until she left town with her mom, age 12. Returning at age 17 was a different experience with Lucky 2.0, family issues, a mom who frankly was hard to fathom and the grandmother matriarch from hell. Lucky 2.0 though, was the kind of puzzle worth fathoming. “Whoa,” Evie says, leaning over the counter to peer out the window with me. “Got to admit. Phantom cleans up real nice. He’s the male Medusa. Don’t look into his eyes. Might get your pregnant.” If you’re familiar with Jenn Bennett’s male characters, you’ll be pleased to know that Lucky was one of her most excellent beta male creations. I loved him in every way; he was genuine, with personality in bucket loads. Josie’s journey to friendship and more with Lucky was worth every page turn. Josie’s family relationships made for avid reading. The family was truly dysfunctional but not beyond help in most cases. Josie’s relationship with her mother was probably the most frustrating but I felt pretty annoyed with Evie too at moments. The family was able to make me laugh though. “Be careful” is all Mom warns me very seriously. I’ve got this. It’s only grandmother. Not an actual weapon of war. I read this book with a smile on my face some of the time. That’s all the recommendation that you need. Go forth and enjoy. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite young adult authors and Chasing Lucky might be my favorite book yet by her. This book takes place in Beauty, Rhode Island which is basically Newport. Jenn's description of the setting was on point and made me feel like I was just starting a summer in Newport. Josie has just returned to the hometown she left with her mother when she was 12. She has spent the last 5 years jumping from town to town never staying in one place long. When she walks into the bookshop Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite young adult authors and Chasing Lucky might be my favorite book yet by her. This book takes place in Beauty, Rhode Island which is basically Newport. Jenn's description of the setting was on point and made me feel like I was just starting a summer in Newport. Josie has just returned to the hometown she left with her mother when she was 12. She has spent the last 5 years jumping from town to town never staying in one place long. When she walks into the bookshop her and her mom will be running for the year while her Grandmother is in Nepal she comes face to face with the best friend she had left behind, Lucky. I loved the development of both of the main characters and loved the banter between them. They had great chemistry. This book is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen who are yearning for a cute young adult romance in a small beach town complete with an adorable bookshop. I absolutely loved Lucky. Josie could annoy me at times and I didn't love that she let Lucky take the fall for her in the beginning of the book but she grew on me throughout it. Chasing Lucky was more than a young adult romance. It was about family and finding yourself and what you want while learning to be honest with one another. I devoured this book in 2 days and will definitely reread it in the future. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.25/5 Stars Jenn Bennett is definitely one of my favourite contemporary authors, but I was a bit disappointed with this new novel of hers. I truly felt like something was missing in this book and in my opinion there were just a lot of miscommunication and unnecessary drama which is something I don't particularly enjoy. On a more positive note, I really liked Lucky as a character. I think he was th The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.25/5 Stars Jenn Bennett is definitely one of my favourite contemporary authors, but I was a bit disappointed with this new novel of hers. I truly felt like something was missing in this book and in my opinion there were just a lot of miscommunication and unnecessary drama which is something I don't particularly enjoy. On a more positive note, I really liked Lucky as a character. I think he was the one who made me want to really read the story and see what happened next. Also, the family dynamics among the Saint Martin's family were very realistic and definitely added something new and original to the main storyline. Overall, it was a cute read, but I did expect more from it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧

    HOW DID THIS BOOK'S ANNOUNCEMENT COMPLETELY ESCAPE ME? I mean, preorder the first minute I see it available, obviously. It's Jenn Bennett, I'd gladly read her grocery list.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    Jenn Bennett does it the best way possible every single time. It’s a must read friends- pre-order it today!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Another great story from one of my favourite YA authors! Josie Saint-Martin and Lucky Karras were inseparable as children, but Josie's mother and overbearing grandmother have a huge argument, and the next five years are spent traveling from one town to the other as her mother finds work as a book store manager. Josie is miserable, always on the move, and she misses Lucky. How will he ever My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Another great story from one of my favourite YA authors! Josie Saint-Martin and Lucky Karras were inseparable as children, but Josie's mother and overbearing grandmother have a huge argument, and the next five years are spent traveling from one town to the other as her mother finds work as a book store manager. Josie is miserable, always on the move, and she misses Lucky. How will he ever forgive her for leaving him shortly after he was so badly injured in a house fire? Did he think she had abandoned him in his hour of need? Josie is heartily sick of the constant moving from town to town. Her mother seems restless and rootless, until one day Josie's Mom agrees to head back to their New England town of Beauty to take over the family bookstore while Gran and her aunt go to Nepal. Josie and Lucky have a rocky road ahead of them before they can get past the misunderstandings and hurt feelings that Winona's abrupt departure left behind. Lucky also worries that his burn scars have turned him into a "monster." Josie is an avid photographer and Lucky wants to be a metallurgist, taking scrap metal and turning it into art or useful objects. Their "art" bridges the gap and helps them find a way back to each other. I loved Lucky's devotion to Josie. He did everything he could to keep her in Beauty. That scene on the bird sanctuary island was so darned sweet! In the author's acknowledgement at the end of the story, Jenn Bennett confessed that this story had to be rewritten several times. I began to wonder what had been left out or changed. Personally, I wished that the sub-plot involving Winona (Josie's mother) and her relationship with her high school boyfriend, Drew, had been more fleshed out. It would have been an excellent side story. Drew and Winona's parents had interfered with their plans to marry right after graduating high school. They were going to move to Florida and live next to the beach. But both sets of parents put a stop to their elopement. Drew was shipped off to join the Navy, and Winona went to college - to be seduced by her photography professor and promptly dumped when she fell pregnant. In retrospect, their parents' interference hadn't brought much happiness to either Drew or Winona. I was always so intrigued when Josie uncovered any information about that ill-fated love affair. A true Romeo and Juliet story. (I hope her editor didn't nix that story line.) I am still wondering how things turned out for Winona and Drew! I love Jenn Bennett's quirky style and her very human, very fallible characters. Josie's inner dialogues were often hilarious, and so true to life. So while I know that Jenn Bennett said she found this one a hard story to finish, I, for one, am glad she did. I loved Josie and Lucky: two very sweet young teens on the cusp of adulthood, so very much in love with one another! This time, thank goodness, there was not as much parental interference!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    I started reading this the same day the release date got pushed back to November. I'm not normally this much of a keener. I went into CHASING LUCKY with a little bit of trepidation as my last few forays with Bennett post-STARRY EYES haven't been great. Some I liked ish, others I didn't at all, so when the first 30% of this book was both not wow'ing me and also veering into not great, uncomfortable, directions? I was anticipating the worst. But this did, eventually, level out for me. And that up th I started reading this the same day the release date got pushed back to November. I'm not normally this much of a keener. I went into CHASING LUCKY with a little bit of trepidation as my last few forays with Bennett post-STARRY EYES haven't been great. Some I liked ish, others I didn't at all, so when the first 30% of this book was both not wow'ing me and also veering into not great, uncomfortable, directions? I was anticipating the worst. But this did, eventually, level out for me. And that up there isn't a pity round up. I don't know that I quite liked Josie but I could feel for some of her baggage. And I really liked Lucky. And, as a pair, I really liked when they were sweet on each other and to each other; even when they bickered. Maybe especially then? This story is a bit strange in that so much happens and also not much, it's both loud and kind of quiet. I did get to that like stage for CHASING LUCKY but this won't be a favourite. If you're a Bennett fan, I think you'll be very happy. If you've yet to read this author and are looking for more good YA contemporary, you can't go wrong. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fictional World Dreamer

    WELL..... that was....... my first read by Jenn Bennett! So here I am, a few days later and I'm still assessing the story. It was a great story in so many aspects. When I read the synopsis I was immediately obsessed and wanted to read it immediately. Let just say I wasn't expecting to fall hard for these characters I wasn’t expecting this story to affect me. But it did! I had been in a book slump for almost month! Nothing I picked up worked for me but Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett. The narrative w WELL..... that was....... my first read by Jenn Bennett! So here I am, a few days later and I'm still assessing the story. It was a great story in so many aspects. When I read the synopsis I was immediately obsessed and wanted to read it immediately. Let just say I wasn't expecting to fall hard for these characters I wasn’t expecting this story to affect me. But it did! I had been in a book slump for almost month! Nothing I picked up worked for me but Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett. The narrative was different and was what I needed, a fresh start with great writing. Josie and Lucky relationship was outstanding and heart crushing. I felt deeply for the Josie. She's a character that I really loved. The things she had to deal with were agonizing. But Josie was nothing but tough, what she did to keep everything from affecting her was well played. Lucky was my ultimate crush and his dark sense of humor was the perfect addition to Chasing Lucky. Lucky's character was the equivalent of an onion, where you had to peel it layer by layer to get to the heart wrenching ending. Which I truly enjoyed and hanged on to every Little bit of Lucky there was. But that is not to say there wasn’t any faults or missed opportunities that weren’t answered or dealt with. Throws the ending of the book I did wish there would had been more of Lucky’s story. Josie’s cousin’s Evie dealt with some harassment which wasn’t very well dealt with. But most of all Josie’s mom, a missed opportunity. Even though it had a few missed opportunities I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett  was a great book with a light and airy writing style. A Great book for everyone. With good advice on Family, friendship, and romance. It's a good realistic fiction story, in which you can take away some great life lessons.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    At this point, I think I could read Jenn Bennett's grocery list and give it 5 stars.  I can't stress how much I love her books. What was there to like in Chasing Lucky?  Everything.  The setting, the people, the photography, the drama, and the curse.  I loved it all. Josie and her mom left Beauty five years earlier after a fight with her grandma.  Josie had no warning and they just left.  Her best friend, Lucky, had recently been in a fire and she couldn't even see him.  They were gone.  She tried At this point, I think I could read Jenn Bennett's grocery list and give it 5 stars.  I can't stress how much I love her books. What was there to like in Chasing Lucky?  Everything.  The setting, the people, the photography, the drama, and the curse.  I loved it all. Josie and her mom left Beauty five years earlier after a fight with her grandma.  Josie had no warning and they just left.  Her best friend, Lucky, had recently been in a fire and she couldn't even see him.  They were gone.  She tried e-mailing, but he never responded.  Josie's mom moved them around a lot.  She never stayed long enough to have any friends.  Josie's mom, Winona, had a bit of a reputation.  She didn't date, but she went out late at night often.  All of the Saint-Martins had some type of reputation.  After all, their family is cursed at love.  Or at least that's how the story goes. After her grandma decided to spend a year in Nepal, Josie and Winona came back to Beauty to run the family bookstore.  Her mom's end goal was to end up in Florida.  Josie had a big secret though.  She planned on going to LA to live with her father and hopefully do photography there.  Her dad is a famous photographer who is much older than Winona.  They had a relationship when she was 19 and in college that resulted in Josie, but nothing else.  Josie is a photographer, too.  She photographs a bit of everything, but her big thing is signs.  And she's not a fan of taking photos of people.  Josie's cousin, Evie, is staying with them in grandma's apartment and also helping out at the store.  She's in college and Josie has just finished up her junior year in high school.  They were close even though they only saw each other once a year. Lucky Karras was known as a bad boy with a reputation.  He was also Josie's best friend when they were kids.  His family works on boats across the street from the bookstore.  Things are weird between them at first.  But Josie and Lucky start spending more and more time together after he takes the fall for something she did.  I loved Lucky.  I love all the boys in Jenn Bennett's books.  He was smart and loyal.  But he did have a massive fear of abandonment.  He was afraid to get close to Josie because she would just leave again. Josie was a schemer, but also a bad liar.  Lucky liked to close himself off, even after Josie tried being more open and honest.  She was able to break through, but not always.  While Josie knows that Beauty is full or gossip and rumors, she still struggles with how much might be true about Lucky.  The more time they spend together, the more romantic feelings come out.  They're best friends.  Or they were.  But Josie wondered if they could be more. There is a lot of family drama and secrets that come out.  I loved the focus and relationships with the Saint-Martin women.  Lucky's family was great and I loved how he was with animals.  There really wasn't a single thing in the book that I didn't like. I gave this 5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher for my review copy (both physical and earc through Netgalley).  I will forever request Jenn Bennett books from you. :)  Warnings for teacher/student relationship (college age), asshole rich kids, family secrets, fire, there is some sex, toxic relationships between family members and two people dating, revenge porn (sort of, nude photo shared), teenage pregnancy, abortion, anxiety, and vandalism.  

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jules ✨

    3.5⭐ I absolutely adored this book. Jenn Bennett is an autobuy author for me so I didn't doubt I would've loved this one as well. We follow Josie and her mother, at the beginning they come back to their hometown after Josie's grandmother and aunt leave for a trip. We find out that Josie's mom had a huge fall out with her mother . And between curses and prejudices against their family, it's all about this family reconnecting. But not only that, Josie and her childhood best friend Lucky, also had a 3.5⭐ I absolutely adored this book. Jenn Bennett is an autobuy author for me so I didn't doubt I would've loved this one as well. We follow Josie and her mother, at the beginning they come back to their hometown after Josie's grandmother and aunt leave for a trip. We find out that Josie's mom had a huge fall out with her mother . And between curses and prejudices against their family, it's all about this family reconnecting. But not only that, Josie and her childhood best friend Lucky, also had a big fall out. And unexpectedly they find each other. It was so sweet to see them trying to move past the hurt and the miscommunication and fear. Lucky is so sweet and loyal. I love the childhood best friends to lovers trope much more than just friends to lovers, and Jenn Bennett was phenomenal here. Definitely a sweet read that you don't want to miss out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    When I pick up a Jenn Bennett book, I expect a cute and quirky story with fun banter and lots of drama. Chasing Lucky was all those things. What I Liked -I’ve read some so-so reviews of this book, so I went in with lowered expectations and I think that worked out for me. I enjoyed Chasing Lucky. While it felt a little too long at times, I did fly through this 400+ page book in about 24 hours. -While Josie did frustrate me (more on that later), she was mostly pretty likable. -I adored Lucky! He was s When I pick up a Jenn Bennett book, I expect a cute and quirky story with fun banter and lots of drama. Chasing Lucky was all those things. What I Liked -I’ve read some so-so reviews of this book, so I went in with lowered expectations and I think that worked out for me. I enjoyed Chasing Lucky. While it felt a little too long at times, I did fly through this 400+ page book in about 24 hours. -While Josie did frustrate me (more on that later), she was mostly pretty likable. -I adored Lucky! He was so precious. He put on a front for awhile, but once he and Josie started spending more time together, he kind of wore his heart on his sleeve and was just so sweet. He pretty much made this book for me. -I definitely shipped Josie and Lucky together. I loved watching their friendship grow into more. I thought they went really well together. And I loved their banter! What Didn’t Work for Me -I felt like there were too many storylines that were just enough to add some drama, but lacked any real substance. Josie has a cousin in a horribly toxic relationship and it’s not really given the attention such a serious topic deserves. There’s a lot of stuff Josie says about her mother’s actions and possible depression that aren’t really explored. Lucky’s behavior is attributed to an event that is explained in about a paragraph and barely addressed again, even though it’s pretty obvious the boy would benefit from some mental health counseling. I just wish some of these would have been either cut out or addressed more fully. I didn’t feel closure with any of them. It just added a lot of unnecessary drama and made this book much longer than it needed to be. -Bennett went to a lot of trouble of describing the cute and quirky town and while it sounded like it should be charming, I felt like we weren’t supposed to like it. While the town is cute, basically every person in it sucks. Except for Luck’s family. -One of my biggest pet peeves is when all the drama is caused by lack of communication and that was basically the whole plot of this book. Josie’s family is famous for their inability to communicate and it drove me nuts. They did eventually get better by the end of the book, but it didn’t lessen my frustration with them. -Josie does something she shouldn’t and Lucky ends up taking all the blame for it and it really made me mad that Josie just let him. Even when it became obvious that he could get in serious trouble for it, she just kept her mouth shut. I had a hard time respecting her at all for awhile. Overall Overall, I enjoyed Chasing Lucky. I loved Lucky and shipped Josie with him. I liked their banter and the romance. There was a little too much drama and lack of communication for me, though. I think some of it could have easily been cut out to make the book a little shorter and more focused. I think fans of Bennett will still enjoy this one, though. Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another Jenn Benn YA swoon romance to love! Plus there’s so much to love about the mother-daughter relationships, a cute Stars Hollow-like town and social status conflicts. I’m always left wanting more in the best way possible!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bruna Oliveira

    Rating: 4/5 Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Having read all of the author's previous YA contemporary books and loving two of them - the other two not so much - my expectations for this one were high and I'm so glad to say that I was not disappointed. This was exactly the kind of book I was expecting from the author. This one is about Josie, who is returning to her hometown with her mother, after jumping from city to city for years. Only that Rating: 4/5 Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Having read all of the author's previous YA contemporary books and loving two of them - the other two not so much - my expectations for this one were high and I'm so glad to say that I was not disappointed. This was exactly the kind of book I was expecting from the author. This one is about Josie, who is returning to her hometown with her mother, after jumping from city to city for years. Only that when she left town all those years ago, she also left a best friend: Lucky, who was going through some tough times and now that she's back, he's changed quite a bit. Plus, we also have all the problematic issues regarding her mother and all other family members. First of all, let me just say that I read this one in basically 24 hours! It's not so unusual for me, but still, not all the books I read are this compelling. The author's writing is extremely gripping and every time I finished a chapter, I just couldn't help jumping to the next one. I love how the relationship evolved between Josie and Lucky. I love the trope best friends to enemies to lovers and that's exactly what we have here, and let me tell you: it's so well done. I love their dialogue, their chemistry and how they understood each other. The personal development of Josie is also very well done. All of her goals - she wants to be a professional photographer -, her relationship with her mother and absent father and also the other women in her family. There's drama, humor and I just loved all of them. Of course it wasn't perfect, since the characters had certain attitudes which annoyed very much, but it didn't spoil the book at all. I highly recommend if you like this trope and heart-warming YA contemporary books :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy - Books & Munches

    The only thing I needed to know was the author's name. The rest doesn't matter, really. GIMMEH THIS BOOK NOW.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Real rating: 4,5 stars. Jenn Bennett never disappoints with her books and Chasing Lucky is definitely one of my favorite of hers. I loved the slow burning childhood friends romance (my! fav!), the complex family ties and the small town setting was wonderful, too. Definitely recommending this one

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seline

    THIS BOOK IS SO SWEET AND CUTE! I LOVE LOVE LOVED LUCKY. He was AMAZING! This was just the light read I needed right now. I’ve read Alex Approximately and this book by this author and so far I’ve enjoyed both. I can’t wait to read her other books. Loved the family interactions here especially Josie and her mum. Her grandmother is an interesting character too. I really liked Josie too but not as much as Lucky he was something special here and I love how sweet and kind he was. Overall, this was a THIS BOOK IS SO SWEET AND CUTE! I LOVE LOVE LOVED LUCKY. He was AMAZING! This was just the light read I needed right now. I’ve read Alex Approximately and this book by this author and so far I’ve enjoyed both. I can’t wait to read her other books. Loved the family interactions here especially Josie and her mum. Her grandmother is an interesting character too. I really liked Josie too but not as much as Lucky he was something special here and I love how sweet and kind he was. Overall, this was a really cute read and I loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    dani

    THIS WAS SPECTACULAR EXCEPT I WANTED TO PUNCH HER PLENTY OF TIMES BUT LUCKY OWNS MY FREAKING HEART

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    I really enjoyed Chasing Lucky! This book has a great setting, a nice slice of life feel to the story, and a family of women that were really interesting/appealing to read about on a personal level. Oh, and the romance was sweet too!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. I feel Jen Bennett can do me no wrong at this point. I’ve picked out almost everything she has come out with and enjoyed every single book to the point she has become and auto buy author to me, so I was so excited to read her new upcoming release. Turns out, I really enjoyed Chasing Lucky just as much as her other books, and though it hasn’t topped my favorite book by her, it has a close spot on my list. Something I really like about Jen Bennett You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. I feel Jen Bennett can do me no wrong at this point. I’ve picked out almost everything she has come out with and enjoyed every single book to the point she has become and auto buy author to me, so I was so excited to read her new upcoming release. Turns out, I really enjoyed Chasing Lucky just as much as her other books, and though it hasn’t topped my favorite book by her, it has a close spot on my list. Something I really like about Jen Bennett’s books is that there is a nice balance between plot and romance, and usually she explores the different characters and their friendships and interactions before a romantic relationship starts, and that’s something that I really appreciate. I think, especially in this book, that some background information was needed for the reader to become attached to the characters and root for them and connect with them, and that’s something that I think she did amazingly. The plot was actually pretty unique and interesting, and I had so much fun not only getting to know the different family relationships, but also piecing their histories as I kept reading the story. I tend to enjoy books that are set in small towns, and I feel Chasing Lucky gave me that vibe and had that small town atmosphere that I adore, so I was so happy to see that. When it comes to the characters, I have to say that though at the beginning I was as attached to them as I expected, as I kept reading the story I started to connect with them more and more. That may have to do something with the fact that I was in a major reading slump and it took me more than it usually does to get into a novel, but nonetheless, I ended up loving them so much. Our protagonist was actually pretty real and flawed, and made a few mistakes throughout the story and some decisions that I didn’t agree with, but I actually understood the reason why she acted a certain way or why she did the things she did, and I ended up really connecting with her. I liked her evolution throughout the novel and her interactions with the different members of her family. Usually I like a structured and caring family, but I enjoyed the author’s take and how she wove the different relationships between the family members. I also adored the romance! The love interest was such a pure being, and I cannot express how much I love the though-guy-on-the-outside-but-is-actually-a-softie trope, and I haven’t come across many romance books that have it, so I was so pleasantly surprised, and I think she did it pretty great. They both had a very good chemistry and dynamics and I just loved how that friendship slowly turned into much more, and the way the were together. The only thing that I wish I’d seen more is a little bit more romance, because though it was quite an important part of the novel, it was pretty slow burning and it took a while for them to be together, and it was more towards the end when that happened, so I would have loved to see more of them together. Overall, I’m pretty sure Jen Bennett can do no wrong at this point, because I’ve loved everything she has written, and I for sure will be picking up everything that she will publish in the future. She writes such fluffy and cute contemporary romances, and I cannot wait to see what her next book is going to be. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own. Thank you Simon & Schuster and Simon Pulse for the ARC. Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’

  29. 4 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    4.5 Stars! I read a few sub-genres within YA lit, but if it involves a heavier dose of romance, this is the type of story and writing I enjoy the most - smart, but not unnaturally mature main young adults, a subtly complex and well-developed plot, secondary characters with some depth, and parents who parent (maybe not perfectly) and aren’t just peripheral adornment while their kids run amok. I've read one other book by this author and have had a taste of her compelling writing style and accomplish 4.5 Stars! I read a few sub-genres within YA lit, but if it involves a heavier dose of romance, this is the type of story and writing I enjoy the most - smart, but not unnaturally mature main young adults, a subtly complex and well-developed plot, secondary characters with some depth, and parents who parent (maybe not perfectly) and aren’t just peripheral adornment while their kids run amok. I've read one other book by this author and have had a taste of her compelling writing style and accomplished story development. After enjoying that previous story, I was happily surprised when I found that I liked this one even more. Chasing Lucky was an entertaining friends-to-love, second chance romance. Although fairly light in tone, Lucky and Josie had authentic and complex lives, made mistakes, and paid the consequences. There wasn't an over-the-top, evil ex villainess or manufactured drama that would have had me labeling it as teen fluff - a categorization that I diligently try to avoid. Chasing Lucky was simply a compelling and entertaining young adult story with convincing conflict and family dynamics, as well as a sweet and swoon-worthy love story. I hope that this author continues to publish contemporary YA novels, but while I wait, I look forward to finally reading the three from her backlist that I've overlooked.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. I just adore all of Jenn's books, so when my copy of Chasing Lucky arrived, just as the country was going to pot and lock down was looming, I knew it would be something to help get me through this difficult time. Chasing Lucky follows Josie as she returns to her hometown, Beauty, with her flighty mam, after fleeing five years ago in the dead of the night. Her whole family is cursed, and all the women struggl I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. I just adore all of Jenn's books, so when my copy of Chasing Lucky arrived, just as the country was going to pot and lock down was looming, I knew it would be something to help get me through this difficult time. Chasing Lucky follows Josie as she returns to her hometown, Beauty, with her flighty mam, after fleeing five years ago in the dead of the night. Her whole family is cursed, and all the women struggle with love, and with being with other Saint-Martin's. With her grandma and auntie off to Nepal backpacking, it's up to Josie and her mam, Winona, to look after the family bookstore, and stay sane in town. When she meets up with her ex-best friend, Lucky, it's awkward and tense, and then a huge todo at a party leads her to smash the window of a local department store, and Lucky takes the blame. Josie doesn't know what to do with this, and she needs to find out who the new Lucky is, and just why he would do it. The more they are together, though, the more their old friendship, and chemistry soon blossoms into something more. Can she over come the Saint-Martin curse, or is her relationship doomed? I honestly think this book was the perfect read for this time. Whenever I was reading it - and I did have to put it down a lot to help prepare my students for school closures - I forgot what was happening in the real world, and was wholly invested in Josie's story. She was a fantastic main character, and I really felt her pain in how her life had been moving from town to town, and just wanting some stability. Her interactions with everyone in the book, from her mam, to her cousin, Evie, to Lucky, and beyond, was perfect, and she is my favourite of Jenn's heroines, after Bailey from Alex, Approximately. Her mam, Winona, is wacky, and annoying at times, but she really did care about Josie, and their relationship is really explored and starts to fix itself as Josie learns more about what makes Winona tick. The romance between Josie and Lucky was slow burning, what with the way they left their friendship 5 years ago, and I loved how they dealt with this issue before they moved onto the romantic side of their relationship. They were dead cute together, and I really believed in them together. Yeah, there is some angst that might've been unnecessary, but it's to be expected, and the way it was resolved was really well done. Jenn just can't write a bad book, and I can't wait to read her next one!

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