The Lucky Ones – Liz Lawson


  The Lucky Ones – Liz Lawson, Delacorte Press, (9780593118498), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

 Genre: Realistic contemporary fiction

 What did you like about the book? May survived a school shooting but her twin brother was killed right outside the closet where she was hiding.  The shooter, David, another student, whom May has tutored, is in prison awaiting trial.  Zach’s mother is an attorney who is defending David.  May hates her for doing this though she has never met her.  She sneaks over to the lawyer’s house at night and spray paints messages on their garage or vandalizes in other ways.  Then she actually meets Zach, her age, at the new school she is attending after her previous one was closed.  They have a rapport. Neither is aware of who the other actually is.

The aftermath of a shooting. The victims. The ones left-behind to grieve and what it does to their families.  The guilt for what one has done and not done.  It’s all here.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is an excellent topical, timely and contemporary story for teens.   It could work well as required summer reading.

Who should buy this book? All public and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Young adult fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Very near.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  6/14/2020

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