Lucky, the title of Rachel Vails new novel, fits the book well, creating an ironic edge to the focus of the story. It basically represents many things throughout the book, defining the word in different ways. It could be interpreted as&
- Phoebes clique being lucky.
- How so many other people think these girls are lucky and wish they were a part of their group.
- People constantly telling Phoebe how lucky she is, and her always thinking that shes not, in general and when things dont go her way.
- Whether or not she really is lucky, being stuck in a group of friends who dont seem to care much for one another, or other people who just happen to exist meaninglessly to them in their world.
-What luck really is.
But though this seems like an interesting metaphor, there was just nothing interesting about this book. The characters hardly, even in the end of the book seemed to learn the errors of their ways. For a while I thought they would but when it was all over, I got the feeling they wouldnt change dramatically and, if they changed at all, it wouldnt last long.
Then one of the best parts about picking up a good book is the relationships you feel you form with the characters. Im sad to say that, in Lucky, no attachment was made. Since the characters in this book seem to care so little for each other, it was nearly impossible, for me as a reader, to care for them.
Usually in books, we look for close bonds between the characters themselves, or traits that we admire, have, or stride for in the characters that weve gotten a good first impression of, and that is when we start developing our attachment to them. But while reading Lucky, Im sorry to say, I found nothing to make me attached to these characters.
Also I may add that I had a similar feeling when I read If We Kiss, another book by Rachel Vail. The characters just never seemed to develop. As for the plot, I wanted to stop and put this book down so many times just from sadness involved. Hardly anything good happens, and Phoebe, the main character, didnt have good enough relationships with her friends and family to confide in anyone which always leaves me with an empty sad feeling inside. Then, to top it all off, the ending was predictable, and some of the problems were pushed aside, and forgotten. This reviewer has a feeling they wont resurface again.
So all in all Lucky was unlucky for me, I give it 2 stars.
*reposted with permission*
Rachel Vail's latest book, "Lucky" is about a girl from a privileged family who falls on hard times do to her mother's high pressure job. The girls at school are all planning a big party together and suddenly it seems like there's no money for it. Rather than admit her family has fallen on hard times, she pretends that her best friend is taking over all the plans and that she's not into the party anymore. Meanwhile, she's starting to notice her friends seem to be slipping away and excluding her--do they know about her financial situation? Did they only like her when she was rich like them?
There's a scene in Neiman Marcus where a credit card gets rejected that just makes me squirm. In the end, things turn out, but there is also a pretty unbelievable event that I really think was taking it too far. Most people have good friends, but most people are not THAT generous. However I won't give it away completely! Still a good book with a theme that's easy to relate to.
As I started Lucky by Rachel Vail, I was afraid it was going to be another Gossip Girl type novel which I do not really like. I was seriously turned off by phrases like "we love ourselves." Fortunately, Lucky quickly turned around.
It is fast paced and truly intriguing to see someone who is used to everything her way have to cope with suddenly not getting it. The awkward situations and halting dialogue make the novel more real and true to a middle school setting.
Vail did a wonderful job giving her characters voices that were appropriate for their age. The phrase "poop on a stick" had me laughing and wondering how she came up with that. I remembering I said it when I was in middle school and had no idea anyone else ever said it because it just slipped out one day. Things like that really had me believing the characters were in middle school.
The end of Lucky had me tearing up, making this a book I will highly recommend!
Phoebe Avery is about to graduate from middle school, and she couldnt be more thrilled. But its mostly the graduation party that shes excited about, because its a chance to be with her best friends having fun in a fabulous dress. But something goes wrong. It turns out that Phoebes mother has lost her job. Now the family is in a financial crisis. Phoebe can no longer afford to pay her share for the party.
Shes too embarrassed to tell her friends her economic situation. Even though shes been friends with these girls since elementary school, she doesnt quite trust them completely, especially her friend Kirstyn, who seems even more self-centered than usual. Phoebe isnt very close to her two older sisters, so she cant really confide in them. Her parents are too stressed out. To top that off, shes not quite sure if she like likes Luke. Phoebe has no one to turn to. She needs to stick it out by herself.
When I first read the summary for Lucky, I thought that it was going to be another book like Gossip Girl, but I was wrong. The summary says that there is a family scandal, but I thought that a rich family losing money was hardly scandalous, though that is just my opinion. I was actually glad that Lucky wasnt one of those shallow teenager books, and it was a refreshing read.
Lucky was a thoroughly enjoyable book for me even though it would be better for the middle school crowd. Phoebes character is funny, and while she isnt extremely deep, she isnt shallow either. It was easy to sympathize with her. The ending was a little too cheesy for my taste, but I appreciated that Phoebe was making amends with her family, friends, and potential boyfriend. I was glad that Phoebe could find her inner strength. My overall favorite part was the references to a gorgeous green Vera Wang dress that is displayed on the cover because of its symbolism.
I definitely recommend this novel to all young readers. I also look forward to more books from Rachel Vail, especially more from the Avery sisters.
The first of a series of three, Lucky by Rachel Vail is very interesting. Although the topic has been well-written about, Lucky takes you into the life of Phoebe, a privelidged teen preparing for her eighth grade graduation (and party, of course). But when her mother loses her job, Phoebe is forced to admit that she's more spoiled than she thinks. And in doing so, she finds friendships that she didn't think were there. Definitely something I'm going to share with all of my friends. It was great!