Review: Chasing Lucky (Jenn Bennett)

Chasing Lucky
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½


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…

Chasing Lucky started out strong for me. I really loved the whole curse thing that was going on and what it meant for Josie and her mom to move back to Beauty, Rhode Island. I do have to mention that I was thrown off pretty quickly, though. There was an unexpected time jump and I wasn’t quite prepared for it. I don’t know if that was the weird formatting of the ARC I received or that it felt weird in general. Once I got past that initial shock, I was back to navigating the story easily.

Josie had A LOT going on in her life. She didn’t quit trust her mother. Her old best friend, Lucky, confused her with the way he kept her at a distance…until they were back to being friends. People in town judged and treated her wrong. Her cousin had boy problems. It was a lot for both Josie and me. It was so much to take in that I found myself being bogged down by it all. I honestly would have rather had less to focus on so that one or two major things could have been dealt with deeper. What I really loved about this book was Josie and Lucky. I would have rather just read about them without so much other stuff. The middle of this book just dragged for me because of all of it.

That being said, once I hit about 75% great, interesting things started happening. I loved the book from this point on. I loved where Josie’s relationship with her mom went. I loved Josie and Lucky deciding friendship wasn’t the only thing between them. I could have used more information about her cousin. The last 5% was the best part of the book.

Overall, I liked this book. I wish I would have loved it. It had some strong bones, it just needed a little simplifying.

25 thoughts on “Review: Chasing Lucky (Jenn Bennett)”

    1. Yes. I don’t know if it was just me… There’s a lot of news going on right now and I had a hard time focusing on it.

  1. Sounds like there was a whole lot going on and maybe it would have worked better had it been scaled down a bit. Like drop a side-plot or two.

    1. For me, yes. It really could have been the times right now, but I don’t know for sure. It will be interesting to hear what other bloggers say about it.

    1. Thanks! It might just have been my mood… I was having a hard time reading anything. Lots of miscommunication here, so…

      1. I’ve been in a mood, too. I ended up deciding to delay some of my arc reading and signed up for two free months of KU (thanks again for that tip!) and I’m reading a Tijan book now. It’s keeping my interest more than anything else has been, but I’m still having some trouble focusing.

  2. I liked this more than you, but I agree, the last part of the book was my favorite too. I liked seeing everything come together and move in a positive direction.

    1. Sam, I thought of your review as I was reading Deanna’s. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much, Deanna. Glad to hear, though, that the end was really good. I’m hoping to read it soon, or at least a Jenn Bennett book in general.

    1. Thank you! Maybe you will like it more than I did. A couple of her books have been favorites of mine.

  3. I’m such a mood reader and I’m having a hard time with certain books with all that’s going on. It’s definitely hard when there’s too much going on with a character that it starts to make you feel the same way. I hope your next read is better! <3

  4. Lovely review! I’m so sorry to hear the middle kind of dragged on for you though! I personally read and really really enjoyed it, but I get what you mean, there was a lot going on, at times ahah 🙂 Still, I loved the romance so much <3

  5. This author has been hit or miss for Olivia and I can see how this one might have gone this route. It’s too bad that you had to get to 75% into the book before things picked up. I hope that you love the next book you read. 🙂

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I think her two favorite of mine are Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes. I think next time I’m going to wait for more reviews before I dedicate myself to reading her book. Not because she’s not a good author. She is. I just want to be able to know if it’s a book for me or not.

  6. I’m sorry you didn’t love this book, but i’m glad you overall liked it. I hate when authors drags the story in the middle. I’ll try to lower my expectations when I finally get around to it. Great honest review! 🙂

    1. I think there just might have been too much going on? I don’t know. I hope you love it. A lot of people are.

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