After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower List—thirteen items she’s going to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to riding rollercoasters, making her art Instagram public (maybe), and going on an epic road-trip with her best friend Lia.
But when number four on Ellie’s list goes horribly wrong—revenge on Jack Yasuda—she’s certain her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Instead of a road trip with Lia, Ellie finds herself stuck in a car with Jack driving to a magical convention. But as Ellie and Jack travel down the coast of California, number thirteen on her list—fall in love—may be happening without her realizing it.
Title: The Charmed List
Author: Julie Abe
Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
This book was so cute! I loved the magical bits that were combined with everything I love about contemporary romance novels. It was such a fun book!
Ellie was a great main character! She was a little sassy, passionate about so many things, and really good at holding a grudge. It was so great to follow her as she worked on her “anti-wallflower” bucket list. Her character development throughout the book as she learned who she wanted to be moving forward and what relationships she wanted to continue was inspirational. I just loved that she was the main character.
I love the magical world Abe built! It was just detailed enough to have some uniqueness, but not so complex that I didn’t easily learn it. It reminded me of “Glimpsed” or “Instant Karma” and I loved it.
Also, this book was very clean. By that, I mean the language was mild and there was no sexual content, but there was still plenty of romantic tension.
A few tropes I loved:
-enemies to lovers
Overall, I loved this book so much and wish I could read a hundred more like it! It was magical, romantic, and everything I was hoping it would be. I full heartedly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I'm All Booked Up YA says
Great review! We’re so excited to hear that you enjoyed this book since we just started it today.
The Book View says
I hope y’all enjoy it!