Release Date: January 14, 2020
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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?
It’s the last semester of Nina’s high school career and she’s taking radio broadcasting for an easy class . . . only it ends up being a disaster. Her ragtag group needs something major to save them from failing, so they decide to invite Nina’s kind of famous, radio host dad on as a “secret guest” to interview. Only things don’t exactly go as plan and Nina has to find a way to save her grade while also dealing with her conflicting feelings as her family changes.
Reading Lucky Caller was like getting a warm hug. I loved all of the characters so much and their different relationships with each other. Nina’s family is so great, especially her relationship with her sisters. Their banter and teasing was so fun and realistic. I also enjoyed watching Nina as she comes to terms with her mom’s new fiancé and what that means for her family. Dan is such a nice guy and it was sweet seeing his role. As for Nina’s radio team, all four of their personalities were so different but it was fun watching them get to know each other better and figure out their show. And of course there’s sweet Jamie, Nina’s childhood friend that she hasn’t talked to in years until they’re suddenly paired up.
The radio show itself was chaotic, but it was entertaining chaos. All of the mistakes had me cringing as I tried to figure out they would pull everything off. In between chapters, there would be breaks with parts of their radio show (as well as Nina’s dad’s show and a few other groups), which I loved reading and seeing this contemporary world expand.
Overall, Lucky Caller is a sweet story full of family, friendship, and realistic teen experiences that will have you laughing out loud.
*This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
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. She is known for her YouTube channel, Elmify, and is also the co-creator and co-host of the “life skills” channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.
Kristi @ConfessionsofaYAReadersays:January 15, 2020 at 8:55 AM
Melanie Bsays:January 16, 2020 at 9:18 AM
Sounds like a terrific read, thanks for the chance!
Sam@wlabbsays:January 17, 2020 at 3:57 PM
I won’t lie, every Emma Mills book is perfection and a “warm hug”. The sisterly bonds, the friendship, and the fun fandoms won me over with this book