My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Mental Illness
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?
IF YOU’RE LUCKY could have been so many things – an unforgettable read, an emotional and powerful story of family love, an honest and raw look at the effects of schizophrenia…
But it was not. That’s aiming too high for IF YOU’RE LUCKY.
Was I wrong to expect these things? To want to be enthralled, moved and gasp at the ending?
I admired George’s courage and cheered her on as she paddled toward sharks to uncover the truth about her (reckless) brother’s death.
But I wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t surprised by anything and definitely predicted the outcome. You can smell the revelation from miles away.
So this doesn’t make the best of thriller or mystery reads, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s ‘‘okay-ily’’ written, narrated and plotted, not much connection to any of the characters.
And don’t you just hate hearing about a certain character throughout the story without even having met them? That’s one of my pet peeves in books.
Not worth it. Not a hideous book, but don’t bother is what I say.
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