Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5.0 Stars
Main Takeaway: Easy, fun, feel-good read that’s perfect for when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Addie just got her heartbroken. Really broken. And on top of that, Cubby was a real jerk in the end, and her brother Ian keeps pestering Addie to tell their mom about what Cubby did. Why Ian cares so much she can’t understand, but now she’s fighting with her own brother. When Addie’s Aunt Mel’s wedding arrives in Ireland, it could not be a more perfectly timed getaway from the chaos at home. However, after Addie and Ian get into a fistfight at the wedding, plans change. Addie, Ian, and Ian’s Irish friend Rowan embark on a cross country road trip, with a guidebook Ireland for the Heartbroken in tow. Each member of this unique road trip has a broken heart to heal, and with the help of “Guidebook Lady” they might even heal them together.
I picked up this novel after reading Salt to the Sea, and honestly it was just what I needed to drag myself out of the World-War-II-ship-sinking-people-are-terrible depression I had fallen into. Love & Luck was light and funny. While the idea of how terrible people can be lies loudly in the background of this novel, this story is not about those people. It is not about Cubby. It’s about Addie. It is about love, friendship, kindness, and finding your own strength. This book was empowering, and reminds you: when the going gets tough, you don’t have to go it alone.
What I loved about this book is that it addressed heartbreak in many forms. Addie had her heart broken by a boy, yes. But we can have our hearts broken in so many ways by so many people. You can have your heart broken by a sibling, a parent, by life. Welch brings this all together in Love & Luck. This book was such an easy and quick read, perfect for the beach, poolside, or a long layover at the airport (on your way to Ireland, perhaps?).