Title : Chasing Lucky
Author : Jenn Bennett
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : May 5th, 2020 (UK); November 10th, 2020 (US)
Publisher : Simon Pulse
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…
Swoony. That’s one word to describe every single book I’ve read by Jenn Bennett. Chasing Lucky is my 5th books by her (4 of which are contemporary), and I love every single one. Even if her books have similar ‘patterns’, I’m never bored reading it because in every book, there’s something that made it intriguing, and Chasing Lucky is no different.
This book follows Josie Saint-Martin, aspiring photographer who has been moving around with her mom since she left Beauty, Rhode Islands, when she was 12. Five years later, she and her mom came back to manage her family’s bookstore. That’s when she found out that Lucky Karras, her former best-friend and now dubbed as the town’s bad boy, works across the street. When old and new feelings mixed into one, Josie realized that maybe, Beauty is where she belongs, after all.
I liked Josie from the beginning. Coming back to her hometown is hard since there’s quite a scandal revolving around her mom, but she doesn’t waver and manage to stay strong. I admire her resilience and persistence. I’ve got to say though, the one who steals the spotlight here for me is Lucky. He’s the very definition of ‘rough exterior, soft on the inside’ and I just love that kind of guy (fyi, the definition is an actual quote from the book). Since the beginning, I think he’s practically in love with Josie–both in the friend and lover way–that made him took the fall after Josie did her revenge. And throughout the book, he continuously prove that he’s actually not the bad boy everyone think he is.
As always, relationship is the main theme of this book. Obviously, I love Josie and Lucky’s relationship–from being friends again to something more. There might be some obstacle in the way, but I think Jenn Bennett handles it well and realistically, just like relationship in real life. Not only romance, Chasing Lucky also handles family relationship. Basically, her mom and her grandmother aren’t on speaking terms due to something in the past, and it strained Josie’s relationship with her mother. I think this book resolve this problem well, and I could learn one thing from this: sometimes all you need to do is communicate.
In the end, I’m not sure if Chasing Lucky is my favorite out of her books, but it’s because I love them all. It is my favorite setting out of all, though. There’s just something beautiful about Beauty, and I wish it was a real place so I could visit it. If you haven’t read any of Jenn Bennett’s books, I definitely recommend this one. And if you love her other books, I think you won’t be disappointed ❤