Monday, June 13, 2011

The Lucky Kind review

Description: High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected--and sometimes unwelcome—circumstances.

My thoughts: This story was a little bit different then the YA contemporary books I’m used to reading. It had some deep parts without having a main character die, deal with death, or get beat up (etc.). With a love story and a secret being the main two points of The Lucky Kind, it was sometimes hard to know which one was the main story. Either way, I enjoyed this book a lot. 

It was interesting to see Nick’s transition from being a part of a “perfect family” to becoming broken like “everybody else”. Nick started out seemingly like a funny and awkwardly sweet guy. But once the big secret got out, he started to change. In some ways he started acting like a jerk, but he also started growing up.

In the end, although some things seemed to fall into place too easily, everything ended the way I hoped it would. It wasn’t perfect, and the last chapter didn’t even end with a definite “happily ever after”, but merely the prospect of one.

Something extra: I really liked how important the idea of family was in this book. In many YA books the parents are almost nonexistent. In The Lucky Kind, family played very important roles in the lives of Nick, his best friend, and Eden.

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