Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
I have a feeling this hurricane season is going to be not fun. Mostly because that tiny little tropical storm (well, it did kill people, so not tiny) Claudette took me out for a week. I still have a twitchy eye from the migraine. UGH!
Anyways, I didn't get a lot of reading done this week because of it but I'm back in the saddle. I managed to get most of my mail sorted and my desk is a little more clear.
Let's get to the book! I think Emma Mills is one of those authors that I just enjoy. I discovered her through a book subscription and then kept up with her output. Lucky Caller is the last book I read from her. She (or the publisher) has changed the artwork cover, which is very annoying mid series but since her books are stand alone - I can deal with it. It is sad how they don't match (since the others do). Her old books were re-released with new covers so that's nice. For other people.
This is a YA contemporary romance, set in a large high school in the States. It features two friends who had drifted apart end up in the same group in their elective class.
Title: Lucky Caller
Author: Emma Mills
Page Number: 336 pages (hardback)
Genre: contemporary, YA, Young Adult, fiction, romance
Publisher: Henry Holt, and Co.
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?
This was a pre-pandemic read. Which seems so far ago, but I think I read it about a month after it came out, so before the Covid-19 virus hit the US in force. Simpler times!
So this is set in a mega huge high school in Indianapolis, Indiana. I've never been there but Mills doesn't really go into setting that much so it doesn't make a huge dent in the story. The main character is named Nina. Nina lives with her mom and two sisters, Rose and Sydney. Her father and mother divorced when she was little and he lives in another city. Her father is a radio DJ of some fame (I guess he has a nationwide talk show?). Nina's mother is dating Dan, a dentist and youtube artist/painter, that they lovingly call "the Dantist."
She lives in the same apartment building as Jamie. Jamie is the main male character. He lives with his grandparents and grew up playing with Nina and her sisters but they've grown apart. He also works in the event space that their building offers (for weddings and such).
I noted that is was sweet and wholesome, which it is! It's also a little underwhelming. I think it was fine, I liked it, but I was disappointed because I wanted a deeper plot and character development from Emma Mills. She usually really delivers and this one was probably the least favorite amongst her books. Still rated quite well though. I've read all her books, not to sound like such a super fan, but as I said, Emma Mills delivers a good book. My favorite would be Foolish Hearts and then First and Then.
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