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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Love, Life, and the List, by Kasie West (P.S. I Like You, The Fill-In Boyfriend), is a light, fun, contemporary high school romance. The tone is quite young, although it does touch on issues such as a mother's mental illness and a father's deployment overseas. This story has important messages about how to lift yourself back up after hitting a roadblock and discovering what you're passionate about in life. The characters are white, except for Elliot Garcia, a boy who likes Abby and has dark, curly hair.
What's the story?
LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST opens with 17-year-old Abby Turner in the middle of a disappointing summer. She's in love with her best friend, Cooper, who apparently doesn't feel the same way. Abby and Cooper's two best friends are away for the summer, so they're spending a lot of time alone together, while Abby's feelings grow stronger. In the meantime, her mother's anxiety is getting worse (it appears to be agoraphobia, or fear of going outside), and her father's in the Middle East stationed with the military. When Abby gets rejected from an art show because her work "has no heart," she's devastated. Along the way, she realizes that she can't change her art if she's not willing to change herself first.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the romance is portrayed in Love, Life, and the List. Does it seem realistic and relatable? Do young adult romance novels help readers sort out their feelings and learn how to communicate, or do they create false expectations about teen relationships?
What would it be like to grow up with a parent who's mostly absent, like Abby's father who's in the military and stationed in the Middle East?
Have you ever wanted something badly but didn't get it? How did you handle the disappointment?
- Author: Kasie West
- Genre: Coming of Age
- Topics: Adventures, Arts and Dance, Friendship, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: December 26, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 16
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), iBooks, Kindle
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