Sunday, January 12, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Book Blurb:

LUCKY CALLER by Emma Mills

Pub. Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 336

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?

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart, Romance, Hysterical, Teen--

Nina has one more semester left before she graduates from High School, but first she has to get through her radio broadcasting class. What she expected as an easy A turns into something much more complicated and brings up things from her past she would rather stay in the past- including her neighbor Jaime. Nina needs to figure out how to pass her class, deal with her changing family dynamic and come to terms with what Jaime really means to her.

I have a confession- this is my first Emma Mills book! I own a few of her backlist titles and so many people rave about how cute they are so I had good intentions to read her books I just have not had a chance yet- until now. Lucky Caller was fantastic, so sweet and adorable and yet funny at the same time. I devoured this book, sad when I had to put it down and I ended up reading it over the course of just a few days. I found the story to be so approachable, easily to get lost in and with characters that I rooted for, flaws and all. As someone who listen to the same radio show every morning, the radio dynamic felt perfect, at times as if I was listening to the radio instead of reading a book.

The main point of this book is relationships, be it familial, friendship or romantic. Sure there is a purpose to the story, to make the radio show work out, but it was so much more than that- it was to show the dynamics between the characters and the overall growth of Nina, and that each moment matters, no matter how big or how long it lasts (wipe a tear). I absolutely loved the slow burn love with the most honest and decent of boys, I shipped them so hard from the first awkward encounter (the special cake was a winner for sure!). The friendships were fun to watch develop, strangers who work together for a cause that end up being "bros" (don't ask, just read) who care and root for each other. And finally, the familial love was so wonderful, the support and friendship between the sisters was sweet but also the acceptance of The Dantist melted me just a little bit. I kinda feel like reading this was like getting the best, most supportive hug possible.

The formatting of the story was hands down my favorite part of the book though. The overall plot takes places over the course of one semester in high school, but mixed in were random chapters that helped to give backstory as well as character development- and sometimes just random humor. We get chapters with Nina's dad's radio show transcripts, Nina's radio show transcripts, classmate's radio transcripts, as well as memories of certain moments in the past that were important to Nina. Putting all the pieces together you get a cohesive flow that made for a delightful read.

I can't wait to finally dive into the other books by this author I already own because if they are even a fraction as entertaining as Lucky Caller I know I will love them. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes Ya contemporaries, family drama, slow burn romance, great relationship dynamics overall and relatable realistic characters- and if a radio show has every been important to you.

Author Bio:

Emma Mills is the author of First & Then, This Adventure Ends, Foolish Hearts, Famous in a Small Town, and Lucky Caller. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has recently completed a PhD in cell biology.

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