Alright, before I hop in can we take a moment to appreciate the cover? At first, I thought it was just a drawing of May… but then a solid 3 or 4 days later I realized that THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE ON THE COVER!! Am I the only one who didn’t notice this at first? I swear, either I’m blind or this cover has some voodoo magic optical illusions going on.
Book: The Lucky Ones
Author: Liz Lawson
Published April 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
TW: school shooting, stalking, PTSD, survivor’s guilt, panic attacks, bullying, blood, death
May survived. Jordan didn’t. May doesn’t know why she was the only one to leave the band room alive. Jordan was the golden child, not her. It should have been her instead. It should have been her. It should have been her. She is angry. She has no one. Her classmates try to show their support by showering her with sympathy, but no one gets it. They weren’t in the band room. How would they possibly understand? They can’t.
Zach lost his life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. Defend him! Zach’s mother isn’t the only one to betray Zach. His girlfriend, friends, and basically the whole school followed suit. Now Zach only has one faithful friend, too much time to spend with his little sister and a vandal who is terrorizing their house.
May and Zach both try to melt into themselves to get away from everyone, from everything. No one understands. Until they meet at band practice and they learn that maybe, just maybe, they could begin to understand each other.
Let’s start with May, shall we? May is going through some hardcore stuff. She is grieving. Maybe not in the healthiest way possible, but she is grieving her bad choices, her brother, and her guilt. There is no one way in which people grieve. Grief isn’t a checklist on a Wikipedia site. It is a very tricky thing to write about, but Liz Lawson, she captured it perfectly. It felt realistic and it felt true to the character. May still progressed as a character.
Up next we have Zach. He was really sensitive about May and he needs and didn’t try to push her too much. I really did enjoy their contrasting voices because I think that they complimented each other very well.
I really liked the writing style. The words were insightful and true to the character. I felt like the plot progressed at a decent pace, the flow was good, and the dialogue was realistic. I didn’t want to put the book down. It was 100% a one sit read through. Absolutely loved it!
I liked how the ending was not tied up in a pretty little bow. I think that there is a very fine line between ending too abruptly and dragging out a happily ever after. I think The Lucky Ones was a happy balance. The ending definitely had a firm conclusion, but at the same time, it left me wanting to keep reading.
Have you read Lucky Ones? What did you think?