The Charmed List
By: Julie Abe
St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date 5 July 2022
Teens and YA
I would like to first thank both St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Good Reads Synopsis:
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.
This was a fun and quick read. I gave the book 4 stars.
This is about Ellie and Jack who were best friends for most of their growing up years until his mom passed away and then things changed. Jack decided to leave the friendship behind, and this left Ellie alone. Ellie soon made friends with Lia, and she didn’t alone anymore. The only thing is she couldn’t Lia that she does magic.
As the summer before their Senior comes around there is a trip that girls are going on and Ellie has made a list of things, she wants to do to break out of her wallflower stage. Number four on the list is to get back at Jack. This goes horribly wrong. Lia discovers that not only does Jack do magic but so does her best friend Ellie. This can turn out bad for the two if Lia doesn’t agree to go to some class and learn more about it and keep it secret. Lia is angry and won’t talk with Ellie.
As a punishment the two old friends are now traveling to the convection, and they have to learn to get along. They start to get along and then Jack’s Dad says somethings that Ellie overhears, and she is back at being angry with Jack and not trusting him.
There were a lot of up and downs with book and some fun times. Do Jack and Ellie work out their problems? Does Lia forgive Ellie? You will have to read the book to find out.