STARRED REVIEW
January 2020

Lucky Caller

Emma Mills

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When she signs up for an elective radio broadcasting class, Nina expects that she will earn an easy A. After all, her father is a well-known radio DJ, so radio must be in her blood, right? But when her class’s group project spins out of control, Nina and her team learn more about radio—and family, friendship and loyalty—than they ever anticipated.

The story centers on Nina, who is juggling family drama, friendships and the general anxiety of senior year, none of which is helped by the fact that her neighbor and former best friend, Jamie, has come hurtling back into her life as the fourth member of her radio class team. But Mills’ vivid character development doesn’t end with her protagonist. Nina’s two sisters, her mother, her soon-to-be stepfather and all of her friends are colorful and complex creations who are fully capable of stealing the show. (Nina’s broadcasting team members Joydeep and Sasha nearly do—repeatedly.)

The slow burn of Nina and Jamie’s rekindled friendship-turned-adorable-romance adds an extra layer of depth to Lucky Caller that readers of contemporary romantic comedies will love. But Nina and her team’s efforts to create an exciting new radio show—and all that goes wrong along the way—are what readers will really find irresistible. Emma Mills (First & Then, Foolish Hearts) delivers a quietly heartwarming story of complicated family dynamics, forgotten friends and first loves in Lucky Caller.

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Lucky Caller

Lucky Caller

By Emma Mills
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ISBN 9781250179654

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