Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
“We make our own luck. I believed that, too. We chose our own fate. We controlled our own future. I knew what I wanted. I needed to go get it.”
This book was very, very cute. I mean, just look at that cover and tell me that you’re not dying of cuteness!! See, it’s hard. And I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I’ll just tell you now that the rest of the book is just as adorable!
Maddie is basically the luckiest girl on the planet when she buys a lottery ticket the day she turns 18 and then, voila, she wins! 50 millions dollars to be exact! But, while it seems at first like all of her problems may be solved, it ends up creating a whole new set of problems and making her life so much more complicated.
First of all, Maddie is this huge nerd ranked second in her class and it was very relatable I was like yes a nerd I can relate here haha. She’s the kind of person who has a study group when she hangs out with friends, has straight As and won’t accept Cs, has a 4.25 GPA, and spouts off random facts. It was so fun and I was like ok this is my place I am here for this.
There was one thing that really irked though and it’s kind of irrelevant but she and her best friend the valedictorian were so casual about “oh, should I go to Stanford or UCLA?” The question wasn’t even about if she was going to get in, it was just which amazing school should she go to. JUST SAYING Stanford rejects lots of valedictorians and has a 5% acceptance rate, it’s a reach school for everyone. I know LOTS of people with a GPA higher than 4.25 who were rejected by both UCLA and Stanford and idk if Kassie West just doesn’t realize how hard it is to get in or why Maddie sounded like a pretentious git about college. But anyways.
Maddie also changes a lot when she gets all her money. She buys a fancy sports car and ridiculously expensive clothes and a yacht. I found all this excessive money spending to be irritating, and thought she acted pretty immature at times about it. BUT by the end of the story, after all this toil and trouble, there’s definitely character growth and I was really happy with it!
Then, my favorite of all the favorites, Seth Nguyen. YAY ASIAN REP it’s GOO Seth is now officially invited to take part on my list of book boyfriends. Seriously, it’s about time we got an asian leading male love interest. Wow there were so many things that were relatable about him but let’s just go with the whole “Where are you from? No, where are you really from??” Because ugh for some reason some ignorant racist people think that POC can’t be Americans and there was commentary on this and I was very happy. AND aside from Seth’s Asian-ness he’s still super amazing! He’s so cute omg he goes really out of his way to make the cutest date and things ever yes I am very excited how can I express my feelings about this cuteness? And he has this passion about videos and filming and it’s so fun to read about! And he and Maddie are SO CUTE aosidfjlk bye
I really liked Maddie’s friendships with her two best friends, and then one more friend! I was kind of expecting girl on girl hate and the b*tchy popular girl but that didn’t happen and it made me so happy!