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?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.

Lucky Caller Details

TitleLucky Caller
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250179654
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Lucky Caller Review

  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Mills delivers another heart warming YA romcom with Lucky Caller! Thanks to Fierce Reads for sending me a copy- this was such a sweet read with the perfect balance of family, school, romance, and extra curriculars. Emma Mills writes such relatable and well rounded main characters- Nina was a treat to read. I really connected with her...I don't know, lack of passion or direction? I feel like a lot of the MCs I read in end-of-highschool YA have either a) type A with a very clear idea of their Emma Mills delivers another heart warming YA romcom with Lucky Caller! 💕Thanks to Fierce Reads for sending me a copy- this was such a sweet read with the perfect balance of family, school, romance, and extra curriculars. Emma Mills writes such relatable and well rounded main characters- Nina was a treat to read. I really connected with her...I don't know, lack of passion or direction? I feel like a lot of the MCs I read in end-of-highschool YA have either a) type A with a very clear idea of their future, and the moral of the story is to be more carefree, or b) have a cynical world view and don't care about their future, which is a personality trait seen as a problem that needs to be fixed. Nina was refreshing to read as an average girl just trying to get through highschool and figure things out as they come. She made mistakes, had family drama, struggled through radio broadcasting; but overall the stakes were low. I could have done without the fandom and celebrity portions, but that's not shocking if you know my reading tastes.The friends to more-than-friends romance worked for me majorly, as well as the sisterly dynamics! Very reminiscent of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, if you're looking for something comparable!
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this one wasn't a new favorite Emma Mills book for me. While I did still love the writing and got very sucked into the story, I really struggled to connect to the characters. I also felt like there were certain parts of the story (Nina's relationship with her dad in specific) that didn't feel especially resolved in the end and overall this one really just left me feeling... underwhelmed. It wasn't terrible in the slightest, but I just didn't feel the magic with this one like I Unfortunately, this one wasn't a new favorite Emma Mills book for me. While I did still love the writing and got very sucked into the story, I really struggled to connect to the characters. I also felt like there were certain parts of the story (Nina's relationship with her dad in specific) that didn't feel especially resolved in the end and overall this one really just left me feeling... underwhelmed. It wasn't terrible in the slightest, but I just didn't feel the magic with this one like I have felt from other Emma Mills books in the past.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    this...is NOT the cover i expected----------PLEASE GIVE ME THIS BOOKJANUARY 2020 DOESN'T WORK FOR ME SO PLEASE GIVE THIS TO ME NOW
  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    so basically,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i am an emma mills stan first and a person second.rtc when i recover from cuteness~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~this cover. THIS COVER. THIS COVER. !!! T H I S !!!!!! C O V E R !!!
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars Lucky Caller is my first book by Emma Mills and I'll definitely be reading more. I loved her writing style and this book gave me the same vibes as Jenn Bennett's books, which I love. I'm sad that this wasn't a total win for me, the first 80% had so many slow moments, but the last 20% I absolutely adored.Nina is the middle sister and is going through a lot of changes in her life. Her mother is getting re-married, which means they'll be moving, and she's a senior in high school. She gets 3 stars  Lucky Caller is my first book by Emma Mills and I'll definitely be reading more. I loved her writing style and this book gave me the same vibes as Jenn Bennett's books, which I love. I'm sad that this wasn't a total win for me, the first 80% had so many slow moments, but the last 20% I absolutely adored. Nina is the middle sister and is going through a lot of changes in her life. Her mother is getting re-married, which means they'll be moving, and she's a senior in high school. She gets into a radio broadcasting class, and her neighbor Jamie happens to be in it as well. She and Jamie used to be close friends, but now they're not so close. It's obvious they care about each other very much, but something happened in the past that put a riff between them. I thought Jamie was the sweetest hero and I really liked his character. I liked Nina, but I never felt connected to her. Dan, the 'Dantist' was so great, as well as her radio co-host. I could empathize with Nina's relationship with her father, and I liked both of her sisters lots. The thing I liked most about this story was watching Nina and Jamie get to a better place. I also loved the end of the book with Dan. That was gold. Overall, this wasn't a favorite of mine, but it was a solid read. 
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  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis book is so sugary sweet that you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with sixteen cavities and a toothache after finishing it. I don't usually read fluffy books but once in a while I feel the need to heed the siren call and take a break from my darker fare.LUCKY CALLER is a YA title about a girl named Nina. Nina has an older sister named Rose and a younger sister named Sidney, and their mom is about to get married to her boyfriend, Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis book is so sugary sweet that you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with sixteen cavities and a toothache after finishing it. I don't usually read fluffy books but once in a while I feel the need to heed the siren call and take a break from my darker fare.LUCKY CALLER is a YA title about a girl named Nina. Nina has an older sister named Rose and a younger sister named Sidney, and their mom is about to get married to her boyfriend, Dan, a viral YouTuber who does cute, Bob Ross-esque art stuff. Nina is happy for her mom, but she also feels that regret about her dad, who skipped out on them but is still very much around, seeing as how he's a famous radio host living it up in sunny California.Nina's father is very much on her mind when she signs up for a radio class. When she finds out that her childhood friend, who she may or may not have feelings for, is also in the class, things get even more complicated. Especially when they get put in the same group and the competition-- to see who can get the most on air listeners-- begins to grow fierce among the other students.I love YA books where the characters have hobbies, and I really liked all the emphasis on what it means to be a successful radio host/star, and all the talk about music and contests and banter. The author did a really good job bringing that all to life, and it was fun to see Nina and her friends grow and become more confident with each "episode" that they did.I'm giving this three stars because I do think it got a little too twee-- especially with the flashbacks to the imaginary games they played as kids-- and the series of coincidences that brought the book to its climax were a little hard to swallow. It started to feel kind of like a Disney movie-- fun and cute and larger than life, but also not very believable and a bit too fairytale-esque to seem very realistic. But, like a Disney movie, it was cloyingly satisfying in its fashion and left me with a smile.This should be a must-read for anyone who likes cute, fluffy stories and Disney movies.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!    3 to 3.5 stars
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    It breaks my heart a little to say this, and rate this book with only a three, but this is my least favourite Millsy.There were still moments of out-loud laughter, though not as many. There was still a cool friend group, though it didn't feel as strong or fleshed out. And there was still a moment -- or two -- that teared me up, but.. maybe too late in the game. The book was a bit shorter, the scope a bit smaller, and events and connections lean heavily on some not-present-day recollections, so.. It breaks my heart a little to say this, and rate this book with only a three, but this is my least favourite Millsy.There were still moments of out-loud laughter, though not as many. There was still a cool friend group, though it didn't feel as strong or fleshed out. And there was still a moment -- or two -- that teared me up, but.. maybe too late in the game. The book was a bit shorter, the scope a bit smaller, and events and connections lean heavily on some not-present-day recollections, so.. I don't know. Everything I want, and love, from this author was there. Just not as much. Overall everything just felt more muted.I think if you have enjoyed a Mills before, you'll still enjoy this, too. But it isn't a favourite, I doubt I'll reread, and those are things I've never said before when speaking of her work. But that's okay! Not every book can, or will, be a winner. And I'm sure this'll be someone's favourite. It's just not mine.** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    So sweet and romantic. I'm really glad I've discovered this author. I'll try to find her previous work because this one was just my kind of book. The characters are realistic- there are more and more teenagers whose parents are not only divorced, but also live in different cities or even states. There's also wonderful portrayal of sister love.Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Fares
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI loved the start of this but I didn't like the ending. It was so fun to read tho I really couldn't stop!This happened to me so many times and I should be upset that I loved this so much only to be disappointed by the end but I'm really not.I loved every character in this but especially Jaime, he was one of the sweetest boys I ever read about and I love him! I wish we had his pov and I would scream my lungs out if we get a book totally about him!I love Rose, Sidney and the mom, I love 3.5 starsI loved the start of this but I didn't like the ending. It was so fun to read tho I really couldn't stop!This happened to me so many times and I should be upset that I loved this so much only to be disappointed by the end but I'm really not.I loved every character in this but especially Jaime, he was one of the sweetest boys I ever read about and I love him! I wish we had his pov and I would scream my lungs out if we get a book totally about him!I love Rose, Sidney and the mom, I love Dan and their father too. I love Joydeep and Sasha. I LOVE EVERYONE! And it's a rare occasion that I do, but if anyone can make me feel that it'd be Emma Mills and she did.I loved the relationship between some characters and how it developed, especially between Nina and her father, also Nina and Dan.This book is about Nina, a highschool senior who in order to pass her radio broadcasting class needs to group with her childhood friend Jamie, whom she's been ignoring for the last couple of years. With Sasha and Joydeep the group is aiming for an easy A, just play 90s music and let the show take care of itself. Should be easy right?I love that plot and writing. I was hesitant at the start because I know school projects, they never really are described correctly in books while in reality, it's just one doing most of the work. This though felt real, because that group dynamic was true enough. There was carelessness, there was staling to the last minutes but there was also friendship and working together.The family aspects of this were everything to me and I would totally read this if it only had the 3 sisters and their mom hanging around at home!Dan was a good addition to that mix and I love how Nina had her doubts at first. To me, it felt so real that the development in their relationship would be small and done through actions rather than just having a talk, I love how they started and how they ended even tho it's not the biggest change it's subtle and feels real.Same thing with Nina and her father. I saw that ending coming but I still love how it's not just your typical one, family relationships are complicated and sometimes they aren't just a "I hate you now" thing.Still with all these good things, I think it could've been better. I don't like the romance much and I think of all the development in characters and their relationships, the romance was the worst. It felt too much.I also wanted to see some more things wrapped up nicely or if not then give me the second book that I deserve! I want to know what happens to Rose and her classes and I so want to know about Jamie's parents. I do like some openness in my endings but I think those two are very important things that define those two characters and I want to understand them better.I also hated that interview at the end because it felt so lucky! I guess with a title like that I should've expected something like this but it honestly was too convenient.I do recommend this if you want a sweet contemporary about friends to lovers, about family and friendship in general.
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    i need you all to know that this book caused my depression because (a) who allowed emma mills to create characters and relationships that i become wholly attached to and then like... end the book... ... ,, .., (b) i forgot how absolutely emo i can get over childhood-friends-to-lovers like ???? ??? ??? ?? ? (c) this made me feel painfully sad that my life isn't as delightful and filled with clever banter as these characters (d) this is officially my favorite soft contemporary of all time, and i i need you all to know that this book caused my depression because (a) who allowed emma mills to create characters and relationships that i become wholly attached to and then like... end the book... ... ,, .., (b) i forgot how absolutely emo i can get over childhood-friends-to-lovers like ???? ??? ??? ?? ? (c) this made me feel painfully sad that my life isn't as delightful and filled with clever banter as these characters (d) this is officially my favorite soft contemporary of all time, and i REALLY love that it has podcasts!!! which i am really into!!! and (e) i would like to clarify this book did not cause my depression sorry emma millsalso if you want to listen to podcasts... i recommend reply all by gimlet because their stories are so INTRIGUING but not only that!! the hosts are sooo entertaininganyways this was my first emma mills book and now i need to head off to absorb her other books into my bloodstreamalsjfladsjflsdfjldskjfldskjflsdkjf-100% ready for emma mills to become a new favbuddy read with the iconic melanie (y'all already know who she is)
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    quick thoughts :• I liked this a lot,, but I didn’t quite love it. • it made me laugh out loud multiple times and pulled a smile out of me even more times• it was light and sweet with a touch of emotion… but it’s just somehow a forgettable read• I loved that Nina, our mc, was so down-to-earth and real. I love a flawed character. • She was so scared of upsetting people, a real people pleaser at heart, and she reminded me a little of myself at times. which I always appreciate!• but I just didn’t quick thoughts :• I liked this a lot,, but I didn’t quite love it. • it made me laugh out loud multiple times and pulled a smile out of me even more times• it was light and sweet with a touch of emotion… but it’s just somehow a forgettable read• I loved that Nina, our mc, was so down-to-earth and real. I love a flawed character. • She was so scared of upsetting people, a real people pleaser at heart, and she reminded me a little of myself at times. which I always appreciate!• but I just didn’t give a shit about the romance, and that really pulled me out of the story• I mean, Jamie was a sweetheart, and I do love me a soft boy, but they had zero chemistry• it was all awkward moments and history that felt more like insurmountable baggage than the usual angst of childhood-friends-to-lovers• the sisterly relationship was *chef’s kiss* though• I want a Rose spin-off this second• I also really loved the development of her relationship with her stepfather, Dan • the radio show was fun!• and the friendship dynamic between Joydeep, Sasha, and Nina & Jamie was great• the fandom element was a little unrealistic. I mean, a celebrity just randomly turning up at a high school radio show? Hmm, idk… but like I said, it was a lot of fun• The entire ‘my boyfriend thinks he’s a tree, PHOLEM!’ thing made me proper Laugh … so more positives than negatives. I guess it’s more of a gut feeling about this one. It was good but it just didn’t hit me, you know? I don’t have that feeling in my stomach where I’m like ‘this book! ✨😍✨’ ... but I'll definitely read more Emma Mills. I’ve heard she does friendship groups well and this friendship bants were solid so I believe it. Maybe Foolish Hearts or This Adventure Ends?➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[recreational drug use mentioned, stroke (sc), hospitalization of a grandparent & guardian mentioned, and a coerced kiss*.*The situation is the mc's best friend plays a 'kiss cam' game where she tells her friends a person they have to try and kiss. Nina recounts purposefully coercing a kiss out of Jamie, her li, while her friends 'spy' from an adjourning room (hide spoiler)].▷ Representation: Joydeep (sc) is Indian.◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars, I think. This novel is very Emma Mills, if such a thing can be said. Her writing, character work and storytelling remains very similar to her other work, and I liked it (and the thoughts the story inspired).
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-Reading Review 8/19/19Am I disappointed this is not a classic Mills cover? Yes. But am I still in love with her? Also, yes. GO OFF, MILLS! Let's do this! 2020 can't come fast enough!
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    This was just...not good. Definitely my least favorite Emma Mills novel thus far. After being disappointed in Famous in a Small Town, I hoped that I’d love Lucky Caller like I did Foolish Hearts and This Adventure Ends. Unfortunately, this book was a major letdown for me.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 Stars We were an ongoing moment-one I hoped I would never see the end of. I liked the story revolving around the radio station but I think the whole book lacked some depth, especially in the first half. The second part of the novel was definitely more enjoyable and it's where most of the action took place. As always with Emma Mills's books, I really liked the characters she created. All of them are just great, main and side characters alike, and the relations that Mills depicts feel so 3.5/5 Stars We were an ongoing moment-one I hoped I would never see the end of. I liked the story revolving around the radio station but I think the whole book lacked some depth, especially in the first half. The second part of the novel was definitely more enjoyable and it's where most of the action took place. As always with Emma Mills's books, I really liked the characters she created. All of them are just great, main and side characters alike, and the relations that Mills depicts feel so realistic and organic. Even though there were some things I would have changed, this was still an enjoyable read.
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  • ila ✨
    January 1, 1970
    [actual rating: 4 stars] i love Emma Mills (without a doubt, my favourite discovery of 2019), and her books are my go-to when i'm feeling sad or down, or when i hit a reading slump. i love everything about them. now, Lucky Caller is not on the same level as Foolish Hearts and Famous in a Small Town (which are her best books, in my opinion), but it's still a pretty fun, sweet, and charming read. such a breath of fresh air. (on a side note, is childhood friends-to-strangers-to-lovers my new [actual rating: 4 stars] i love Emma Mills (without a doubt, my favourite discovery of 2019), and her books are my go-to when i'm feeling sad or down, or when i hit a reading slump. i love everything about them. now, Lucky Caller is not on the same level as Foolish Hearts and Famous in a Small Town (which are her best books, in my opinion), but it's still a pretty fun, sweet, and charming read. such a breath of fresh air. (on a side note, is childhood friends-to-strangers-to-lovers my new favourite trope? it might be).read for the Booklist Queen's 2020 reading challenge (prompt #49: a 2020 new release)
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    And maybe you’ll make a friend, and you won’t see them again, but it doesn’t devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less … significant, you know?”I'm going with 3.5 stars; however, I'm also rounding up to four as a compromise. Mostly because I adore Emma Mills, and (with the exception of her first book - I'm sorry, First & Then), I've really enjoyed all of her books. Some, like Famous in a Small Town And maybe you’ll make a friend, and you won’t see them again, but it doesn’t devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less … significant, you know?”I'm going with 3.5 stars; however, I'm also rounding up to four as a compromise. Mostly because I adore Emma Mills, and (with the exception of her first book - I'm sorry, First & Then), I've really enjoyed all of her books. Some, like Famous in a Small Town and Foolish Hearts, I love with my entire being. Others, like This Adventure Ends, I find completely adorable but not life changing, for lack of a better word. Such is the case with this one, but don't take that as me being disappointed: this book was entirely adorable and entertaining and sweet, ticking all my boxes for the contemporary I was craving in the moment. The characters were sweet, and their friendship was charming, but they didn't have the same chemistry as the other groups (the group from Famous in a Small Town is the most funny, clever, and supportive group I've ever read about, hands down). I loved what was said about friendship, though, and that even if people do naturally grow apart over time, that doesn't mean it didn't matter. I find this incredibly relevant, although it's not talked about much in YA contemporary. Can we talk about Jamie? He was such a sweet and pure character, ugh, my heart. Nina was also a such a relatable and authentic character, which I've definitely come to expect from Emma Mills. She was so afraid of disappointing others and was extremely critical of herself, which wow, I highkey relate to?? She was always making jokes when she got uncomfortable instead of dealing with her emotions, which is a realistic struggle for many people. Also, Dan is such a wonderful character and I loved the fact that it portrayed a positive stepfather relationship!! It was such a refreshing and positive change from the norm. Overall, this was a heartfelt and entertaining read, but it just didn't live up to Foolish Hearts or Famous. I am so looking forward to reading whatever Emma Mills writes in the future (an auto buy author, for sure!). Also, this triggered a desire to re - read all her books in reverse chronological order, mostly so I can finally decide which of hers is my favorite, so stay tuned!!------------------------------------------------between 3.5 and 4 stars right now, will keep everyone posted! ALSO; have you guys SEEN her new covers that match this one?? ugh the foolish hearts one is SO cute and I can’t get over it, I have to stan!! we love authors with matching covers 😍—————————————————————————This cover is gorgeous, but it doesn’t match the other four Emma Mills books, which is kind of irritating. Also, why did NO ONE tell me about this?? I love Emma Mills so much. I must have this now.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    There are many reasons why Emma Mills is one of my favorite YA authors, and this book is just one of them.Once again, I have finished reading an Emma Mills book, and I was left floating on a cloud of happiness. Seriously, this was me, after reading Lucky Caller:I guess, the plot of this story was Nina's radio show, and how a plan to attract more listeners sort of took on a life of its own. It was quite hilarious, did a nice job driving the story, and, you know, o, what a tangled web we weave and There are many reasons why Emma Mills is one of my favorite YA authors, and this book is just one of them.Once again, I have finished reading an Emma Mills book, and I was left floating on a cloud of happiness. Seriously, this was me, after reading Lucky Caller:I guess, the plot of this story was Nina's radio show, and how a plan to attract more listeners sort of took on a life of its own. It was quite hilarious, did a nice job driving the story, and, you know, o, what a tangled web we weave and all that, but as always, I was won over by the characters and the relationships that Mills depicted within the story.The book opened with Nina celebrating Christmas with her mother, two sisters, and her mother's new fiancee, the Dantist. Right away, I could tell I was going to adore this family, because the sisters had a great vibe with each other and enjoyed an easy rapport with their mother, while it was obvious how hard Dan was trying to show his affection for the girls. I love seeing positive YA families, and this one warmed my heart.Not only did Mills give us great families, but she also assembled quite a wonderful group of friends for Nina. Chance, and a mandatory group of four, brought Nina, Joydeep, Sasha, and Jamie together. They had such a great dynamic, and the scenes featuring all four of them almost always left me laughing and grinning. I never imagined them gelling so well, when they were first introduced, but they were a perfect squad, and I had so much fun on and off the air with them.Speaking of Jamie, Nina had quite a complicated relationship with him. They had grown up, side by side, and were very close friends until an incident in middle school forced a wedge between them. Mills slowly revealed the details over the course of the story, and obviously, it made me sad, but you know what made me happy? The fact that the radio show pushed them back together, and that they renewed their friendship. I'm getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about the moments they shared, and the mushy exchanges they had as they were growing closer and closer to each other, once again. It was a wonderful thing to watch, and Mills let it unfold quite beautifully.There were also all these wonderful and subtle life lessons in there. One thing, which came up in a few different ways over the course of the story, was about endings. Marriages, friendships, and other relationships may end, or simply have some bad parts, but it doesn't erase or devalue the entire experience. I think sometimes it's hard to remember that, when you are hurt or hurting, and it's good to remind yourself that all experiences hold some sort of value. It could be something that we keep in our heart or something that serves as a learning experience, but it has value and always will.Things to love in this book:✓ Fabulous family✓ Fantastic friendships✓ Sisterly bonds✓ Radio fun✓ Kingdom and Prince Hapless✓ M&M filled cakes✓ Mills fandoms - TION, Megan Pleasant✓ Friends-to-more romance✓ Sweet unicorn boy love interest✓ Unexpected and wonderful surprises✓ The Dantist✓ The ending ❤️As always, Mills gifted me with a hartwarming story, which touched me and left quite a bit of sunshine in my heart.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Mills is just so good at being Emma Mills. This love was a little slower burn for me than her others have been but she’s one of the only authors who can make me laugh out loud repeatedly and her friend groups are always, always so much fun, and romances so sweet and endearing. Instabuy 4eva.
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  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind “That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less significant.” The Premise I loved the premise this book was based on. As part of their class about radio, Nina, our protagonist, and her classmates have to produce and broadcast a radio show for their student radio station. I thought this was such a nice concept and I think it translated into the book so well. I loved seeing the bits about their show and parts of More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind “That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less significant.” The Premise I loved the premise this book was based on. As part of their class about radio, Nina, our protagonist, and her classmates have to produce and broadcast a radio show for their student radio station. I thought this was such a nice concept and I think it translated into the book so well. I loved seeing the bits about their show and parts of their broadcast in the book so much. I think the setting of the radio booth really allowed for the dynamic of the group to blossom and I just loved how it played into their personalities. Nina’s dad is also a radio show host and we also get bits and pieces of his show, and I really enjoyed that as well. I am a huge podcast lover, so I really loved that this book is sort of adjacent to that, and I think it’s such a unique setting. Characters and Relationships As with any Emma Mills book, the characters were amazing and the friendships and family relationships were beyond cute. I loved Nina a lot as a main character. I think as with any Emma Mills protagonist, she felt very real and flawed, but she was also very self-aware and wanted to grow and change in the end. That’s why I love her characters so much – they feel like real teenagers and real people, who are flawed and make mistakes, but are also self-aware and grow so much during the novel. Plus, Nina is really sarcastic and funny and has a problem with expressing her emotions, so you know – RELATABLE.Jamie was one of my favorite Emma Mills love interests. He is such a cinnamon roll and he is just the purest, most kind human being. I LOVED learning about his and Nina’s relationship before they had a falling out, and I loved seeing them slowly become friends together and then more. It was so soft and pure.The rest of the characters were also amazing! I loved Joydeep so much, because he is a riot and I loved Sasha so much because she is the coolest person ever. I wish we could get a book from her own point of view. And their group dynamic was superb. I loved seeing them get to know each other and then become friends, IT WAS PRECIOUS.And again, I loved the way Emma Mills acknowledges that there are people who are temporary in your life and that those relationships aren’t less valuable. I think that’s something that the people who are leaving high school right now will really benefit from seeing in books. And older people too. I think she manages to write high school and friendships really realistically and I really enjoy that about her writing. Family Ties I loved Nina’s family so much. She has two sisters and she lives with her mom, who just got engaged to her boyfriend Dan. Emma Mills is really good at writing great sister dynamics and I loved seeing how Nina interacted with Sydney and Rose. I also loved the way her relationship with her dad was explored, and how she dealt with her parents’ divorce. Dan is a superb character (I mean he is paint-by-number Youtuber!!!) and seeing his and Nina’s relationship evolve was again, so well done. The Extra Stuff There was a play-pretend game that the girls and Jamie used to play when they were younger, called The Kingdom. All of them had their own characters and we get flashbacks of them playing, but also Nina and Jamie used the game to communicate when they did not know how to start a conversation with one another and that was just so precious. And I used to have the same kind of elaborate play-pretend game when I was in preschool with my friends, so this was so nice to see on-page.ALSO, we got a Megan Pleasant reference (from Famous in a Small Town) and a significant TION (from the rest of the Mills universe) appearance and that just made me really happy. To Sum Up I loved this book and could not recommend it more. I think this has such a lovely and unique premise and if you love books about friendship and family, this is one you definitely want to pick up. * I received a free eARC copy of the book from the publisher through Edelweiss. All opinions stated are my own Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest
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  • michelle (magical reads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Henry Holt!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**Lucky Caller was, of course, one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, so I screamed when I got an ARC in the mail! (A million thanks to Henry Holt for sending me one, I am forever grateful.) The cover is so gorgeous and perfectly matches the vibe of this book. Although I’m sad the author’s backlist books are getting new covers, 4.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Henry Holt!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**Lucky Caller was, of course, one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, so I screamed when I got an ARC in the mail! (A million thanks to Henry Holt for sending me one, I am forever grateful.) The cover is so gorgeous and perfectly matches the vibe of this book. Although I’m sad the author’s backlist books are getting new covers, I do love how they all look together. You gotta keep trying if you want to be the lucky caller. As usual, how can I even quantify my love for an Emma Mills book into words? It’s impossible, really. I mean, I’ve tried (This Adventure Ends, Foolish Hearts, and Famous in a Small Town), but I don’t think they’re completely accurate depictions of what these books mean to me. They’re so special and close to my heart, and Lucky Caller was no exception. Lucky Caller is a story of second chances, short but meaningful friendships, and family bonds.I’ll admit, the first half was a little lackluster to me but the second half had me in tears. I had to reread to fully absorb the book and its feelings (which I had to do with First & Then and Foolish Hearts, and now I am permanently attached to Foolish Hearts), and I enjoyed it more the second time around. I think it’ll grow on me even more, the more times I read it.Honestly, I think I really saw too much of myself in this book. I mean, I say that about all of her books, but this one was quite literally all of my experiences rolled into one character. Also, a lot of the names were ones of people that I’m close with/used to be close with, so that hit hard. Nina’s mom is named Michelle, in fact!Lucky Caller has the usual makings of an Emma Mills book. We have the same awkward protagonist who doesn’t know how to talk about emotions, which is, frankly, relatable. Nina has anxiously avoided Jamie for years after one, and I truly mean one, awkward encounter. She also does not know how to act in emotional social interactions, which again, is literally me. But I was me. I was supremely versed in Not Knowing How To Deal with Things, the Chief Executive Officer of Feelings Are Uncomfortable. So I just made a sound kind of like hmmmmyah in the back of my throat. There’s also the usual amazing family relationships and friendships. I loved the sister dynamic between Nina, Rose, and Sidney; they understand each other so well. They’re also getting used to their soon-to-be stepdad, who is just so nice. Dan the Dentist (the Dantist) was also a highlight. He does painting-by-numbers videos and somehow has tens of thousands of subscribers because of his calm demeanor.Unfortunately, Lucky Caller didn’t have as much of a found family as I would have liked, but the friendships shown are still so nice to read. Nina meets Sasha and Joydeep when they, along with Jamie, form a group for their radio class. They don’t really know each other outside of a class setting. However, that’s one of the points of the book: maybe they aren’t meant to be lifelong friends, but that doesn’t mean that their friendship isn’t any less meaningful. Growing up is just…learning that people come in and out of your life, and that there are all kinds of levels of friendship, all different types. And maybe you’ll make a friend, and you won’t see them again, but it doesn’t devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That’s still valid, even if it wasn’t built to last. It’s not any less…significant, you know? I also liked reading about Nina’s friendship with Alexis and how it’s not really on a deep level. This was important to me to be shown in a YA novel, because that’s sometimes just how friendships are! Especially when you’re younger and most of your friendships only exist because of proximity. And again, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not important friends.The romance was a cute childhood friends to lovers situation, although add a level of awkward tension to it because of one ill-fated encounter in eighth grade. Jamie was so soft and caring, and I liked how he brought that out in Nina as well. They also understand each other in a way that not even Nina’s sisters have with her. “That song was . . . something, right?” He paused as if someone was going to answer. “This is our show, and you’re listening to it. Which is cool, so. Thank you. Here is another song, and . . . hope you’re having a great day. Okay, bye.”“You’re not ending a phone call!” Jamie squawked as I started the next song. Yet again, an Emma Mills book made me laugh out loud! The radio show was hilarious, especially because Joydeep seems to lose all sense when he’s recorded. You know when you know exactly what to say but when you have to say it, you just completely blank? This was that but on a catastrophic level.Also, this is further proof that all of the author’s books exist in the same universe, so I propose that there be an Avengers-style meet-up with all the characters. Please, Emma, I would give anything for a This Is Our Now book! Anyways, Emma Mills has done it again with Lucky Caller and crafted something that is charming and hilarious and heartwarming, with beautiful friendships, wonderful family bonds, and amazing characters. I can’t recommend her books enough.original review:[they had us in the first half, I’m not gonna lie .jpg]I’ll admit, this one was slower to start than her other books but OF COURSE emma mills pulled through and made me cry and laugh and cry in the second half!!
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always here for an Emma Mills book and I was excited to get to this one. I liked Nina. She’s sarcastic and maybe a bit awkward. Her friends were fun and the most fun parts of the story were when the four of them are together. I did enjoy the family aspect. Nina’s sisters are supportive and I loved the mom’s boyfriend {especially at the very end}.Plot wise, it was okay. There is a bit of a past and present set up with some of the chapters and it was an effective way to share the backstory, I’m always here for an Emma Mills book and I was excited to get to this one. I liked Nina. She’s sarcastic and maybe a bit awkward. Her friends were fun and the most fun parts of the story were when the four of them are together. I did enjoy the family aspect. Nina’s sisters are supportive and I loved the mom’s boyfriend {especially at the very end}.Plot wise, it was okay. There is a bit of a past and present set up with some of the chapters and it was an effective way to share the backstory, but at the same time, it didn’t feel like it added. And even though there is a lead up to the ending event, there wasn’t any real tension. It was just the ending. Overall, I did like the story and the small slice of time, but this one doesn’t feel like a stand out for me. **Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    This was adorably cute and I loved the friendship group throughout the entire book! Like all Emma Mills books, Lucky Caller manages to perfectly balance the drama and the heart to create a world you don't want to leave. The relationships in this story just completely hook you - Nina's relationships with her siblings, her relationship with her broadcasting group, with her parents - it just all so good! Plus the romance was an adorable second chance, friends-to-more hybrid that gave me This was adorably cute and I loved the friendship group throughout the entire book! Like all Emma Mills books, Lucky Caller manages to perfectly balance the drama and the heart to create a world you don't want to leave. The relationships in this story just completely hook you - Nina's relationships with her siblings, her relationship with her broadcasting group, with her parents - it just all so good! Plus the romance was an adorable second chance, friends-to-more hybrid that gave me butterflies. I also loved getting small nods to other things in Emma Mills' universe - like a This is Our Now reference, it keeps a fun element to her books, catching random references. Overall, another wonderful story from Emma Mills with a ton of heart, Lucky Caller is a story you won't put down.I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Grade: A+An e-galley was provided by Macmillan via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: At this point, I love Emma Mills's books so much that my reviews probably aren't unbiased. But I don't care because she writes the stories I would've loved as a teen and the stories I love even as a twenty-something. They're soft, and realistic, and beautiful. They're like sunny June afternoons on the hill outside my house, like Christmas morning, like waffles on Grade: A+An e-galley was provided by Macmillan via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: At this point, I love Emma Mills's books so much that my reviews probably aren't unbiased. But I don't care because she writes the stories I would've loved as a teen and the stories I love even as a twenty-something. They're soft, and realistic, and beautiful. They're like sunny June afternoons on the hill outside my house, like Christmas morning, like waffles on Sundays. And I hope she never stops writing such character-focused, life-focused books.One of my favorite things about Mills's books is that they're never just about a romance. Friendships or families (or both) are always a big deal. While there are friendships in Lucky Caller, it's more about Nina's family. Right from page one, it's clear she's about to get a new stepfather. Her feelings about this are never two-dimensional or caricaturish. She likes Dan all right, and through primarily him, Mills presents a theme of people having layers and unexpected depth. He's also used as a foil to Nina's dad who hasn't been very present in his daughters' lives, and while Conrad isn't the villain, Dan is clearly a better guy and father. On the same family track, Nina is the middle child of three girls. Her older sister Rose has a small plotline about college and her future, and her younger sister Sidney is all softness and young teen enthusiasm. She reminded me a little of Flora from Famous in a Small Town. The premise of Lucky Caller revolves around a high school radio class and the shows each group has to produce weekly. Nina falls into a group with classmates she doesn't know well...and Jamie, a guy she grew up with but grew apart from before high school. We find out their history, but some of it (like the reason they stop talking) takes a little too long to be revealed. But as they become friends again (and maybe something else), I couldn't get enough of them. Jamie is a little less dynamic than past Mills love interests, but he has a personality and a back story (and a future story). And he and Nina fit so well together. He's the first Mills love interest that isn't new to the main character at the beginning of the story, and that makes their relationship so much more interesting. We get to see them at a point that happens beyond the end of the book in all of Mills's other novels, and that makes for some great character dynamics.Content warnings: foul languageThe Verdict: I love it. No one is surprised.
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  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Hi. Welcome to my Ted Talk where I scream at the top of my lungs and fangirl like a 10-year old who just discovered One Direction, all in a REALLY strange attempt to get you to read this book. 1. Not to be dramatic, but I would literally die for Emma Mills and her books.2. This somehow became my favorite book of hers, despite the awful cover change (sorry not sorry). 3. I didn't even know what this was about when I added it to my TBR and purchased it at the bookstore. 4. I'm literally sitting in Hi. Welcome to my Ted Talk where I scream at the top of my lungs and fangirl like a 10-year old who just discovered One Direction, all in a REALLY strange attempt to get you to read this book. 1. Not to be dramatic, but I would literally die for Emma Mills and her books.2. This somehow became my favorite book of hers, despite the awful cover change (sorry not sorry). 3. I didn't even know what this was about when I added it to my TBR and purchased it at the bookstore. 4. I'm literally sitting in a puddle of my own happy tears because NO ONE gave this woman the right to write contemporaries as well as she does. And I'm legit a fan girl who would purchase the damn dictionary if Emma Mills wrote it.5. "The four of us--we weren't built to last, necessarily... It didn't devalue what we had or what it was. It wouldn't change the moment in time we all shared together."6. Emma Mills is the author I MOST want to befriend. What an icon.7. I kept giggling while reading this witty and magical banter, and my boyfriend kept hushing me. Worth it.8. Nina is the type of person I wanted to be in high school. SO WITTY AND CHARMING.9. The family dynamic in this book is just all-around perfect. They literally refer to their future dad as The Dantist. I'm here for this level of QUIRK.10. And most importantly, I hardly ever read a contemporary that is SO good, I'm excited to run to Goodreads to rate it 5-stars.The ONLY problem with reading an Emma Mills book right away, is that I now have to wait an immeasurable eternity to read whatever she writes next. Thank you Emma for this first world reader problem.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    if the publisher could send me an arc of this i would gladly appreciate them and send them all my love
  • Fatma
    January 1, 1970
    definitely my least favourite emma mills. the dialogue was weak and a little repetitive, the jokes never quite landed for me (i barely laughed at all while i read this, which is a travesty considering this is an emma mills book), and the characters just didn't end up feeling all that fleshed out. the story needed more pages and more time to breathe; sadly, it didn't get either.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    ”You gotta keep trying if you want to be the lucky caller.”Lucky Caller by Emma Mills made me happy. I know that sounds like a simple thing to say, but in my book...it’s pretty darn huge! Fans, friends (old and new), sisters, parents, Hapless Princes (well just the one), and love fill the pages of this book. Adorable, awkward, still beating after all this time kind of love!Our story begins with Nina and Jaime, childhood friends that for some reason or another have drifted apart. They’re paired ”You gotta keep trying if you want to be the lucky caller.”Lucky Caller by Emma Mills made me happy. I know that sounds like a simple thing to say, but in my book...it’s pretty darn huge! Fans, friends (old and new), sisters, parents, Hapless Princes (well just the one), and love fill the pages of this book. Adorable, awkward, still beating after all this time kind of love!Our story begins with Nina and Jaime, childhood friends that for some reason or another have drifted apart. They’re paired up again as part of a radio project for their broadcasting class though. A class that hopefully gives them a voice! Jaime and Nina, along with Joydeep and Sasha, make up the Sounds of the Nineties team that has to put a radio show on the air each week for class. A live show! Haha…Yup. Let the fun times roll! All four of them have a part to play in getting the show up and running—from hosting to tweeting to music. Can they learn to be a team and take responsibility for their decisions, actions, and mistakes on the air and off though? Tune in and find out.Mills turns the dial back and forth between “now” and “then” to tell this story. Flashes that help fill in Jaime and Nina’s past and present. We get details about Nina’s sisters, parents, friends, and more in flashbacks. I felt like we spent too long in the past though. Readers know something happened between Jaime and Nina, but we don’t see the full picture for quite some time. Meanwhile…Joydeep Mitra is stealing the show. Haha…He’s a hysterical force of nature! At one point, I rooted for Joydeep and Sasha more than Nina and Jaime. Just for a bit! :) The power of the side characters in this book is fierce. I found it very interesting how close Joydeep and Sasha came to stealing the book. All four of them eventually made their way into my reading heart though. Especially Jaime. When he came into focus….*deep sigh* well let’s just say he takes the cake. The best kind of cake! An M&M filled cake. :D The boy is adorable.What else can I say? Emma Mills did it again! Lucky Caller is a sweet, sweet story with so many characters to root for and connect with, one of the best and longest running games of pretend, and HUGE heart.Thank you, Ms. Mills, for making my heart “aww” and melt once again.Highly recommended.**Quote taken from ARC**
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  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 starsI can not believe an Emma Mills book let me down …is this what it feels like to fall in love with someone and not have them reciprocate your feelings?Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr |Bloglovin’ 2 1/2 starsI can not believe an Emma Mills book let me down … is this what it feels like to fall in love with someone and not have them reciprocate your feelings?Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’
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  • Gretchen Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I just love Emma Mills so much, you guys. This was swoony and lovely and funny in all the right ways. I stayed up late to finish it and then re-read all of the kissy bits this morning. That's how you know it's good.
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