Author: Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 14, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.
When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.
The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.
The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval.
Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?
Lucky Caller is one of those books that I just want to scream, “I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!” and be done with the review. The whole thing was just so darn good and I loved everything about it. I mean, you don’t really need to know anything else right? Don’t worry. I won’t do that to you. Instead, I’m going to give you a list of what makes Lucky Caller so freaking fabulous.
What I loved:
- Once again, Emma Mills’s writing excelled. She made me fall in love with everything about this book.
- I loved Nina. I could find pieces of my teenage self in her.
- Nina’s relationship with her family was perfect. It wasn’t all fun times and feel good moments, but it felt like a true family navigating the changes that come with divorce, remarriage, and sisterhood.
- If you’ve read an Emma Mills’s novel, you know she excels at writing friendship groups. I’m happy to say she didn’t leave us hanging in this aspect. This time, instead of giving us an already established group of friends, she gave us one that developed over the course of the book. It was cool to see the get to know each other and forge friendships.
- Jamie was someone from Nina’s past and I loved how he worked into her present. I loved how their friendship proved that even when you have a falling out, you can come back together with a little truth and humility.
- I loved the glimpses of Nina’s dad’s radio persona.
- Plus, Jamie made for a sweet love story. A really, really, really, really slow burn love story. The slowness may frustrate some, but I loved it. I felt right for the story AND it made the focus more on Nina and her relationships with the entire cast of characters.
- The radio show was a great idea! I’ve only read a couple of books with a similar setting and they add such a unique way to tell a story. I loved how it tied into the friendships and family relationships. It was so much fun to read about!
- The ending was PERFECTION! I loved how everything was all tied up in such a pretty, cool bow. (Blink and you might miss why the book is called Lucky Caller.)
The only things that could have made me love Lucky Caller more (if that’s even possible):
- Frank Sanger. I know, I know. He’s from a completely different Emma Mills’s book, but everything is better with Frank Sanger. 😉 I would have been down with a cameo. Just saying.
- I love the cover, but I do miss that it doesn’t look like all of Emma Mills’s other covers. Those stand out so much and are so beautiful. They’re hard to top.
If you love YA contemporaries and you haven’t picked up a book by Emma Mills, you’re missing out. BIG TIME. She’s easily established herself as one of my favorite writers in this genre because her words make me happy. She puts so much heart into her stories. I honestly haven’t met an Emma Mills book I haven’t liked, and I’ve read all of them.