If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz
Age range: 14 and up | Paperback: 288 pages | Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (September 20, 2016)
About If You’re Lucky
“A hold-on-to-your-seat thriller.” —Quill & Quire
When Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe that Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating Lucky’s girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: Did Fin murder her brother in order to take over his whole life?
To uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. But as her suspicion grows, her mental state becomes more and more precarious. Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled?
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My Thoughts on If You’re Lucky
This book has very mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I’m solidly in the “like it a lot” camp. I’m not going to summarize the book because that will spoil it. This is a book you need to go into without knowing too much. All you need to know is that it’s a psychological thriller of sorts. You spend most of the book not knowing who the bad guy is or even if there is a bad guy.
This book reminded me of other books I’ve read, like Second Star by Alyssa Hammel and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There is a slow build up to the climax, but you need to pay attention along the way or you’ll miss things.
The writing is simple, sparse, and at times it felt a little too bare. However, I really enjoyed reading this book and spending time in Georgia’s head. I found her thought process interesting and loved watching her move through different feelings and emotions. She’s an interesting character who didn’t act in the troublesome way she was known for — at first.
If You’re Lucky is a quick, easy read with a lot of story packed into its pages. If you like mysteries, YA, and thrillers, you’ll enjoy this book.
Content: Some language (including a couple f-words), and implied sex.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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