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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  194 ratings  ·  48 reviews
David Ellison dreams of acting at Juilliard, but he's expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. As if wasting his private school education weren't enough, David is also on track to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, when he finds himself falling for his new co-star, Vanessa.

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Hardcover, 293 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Mitch
I really had to think about this one, at times I wasn't quite sure what I'd just read, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Lucky Fools. First of all, a contemporary for guys? Hell yes. But more than that, this isn't some light fluff read about a guy's high school hijinks trying to climb his way to the top, get into the acting school of his choice, it's about meeting other people's expectations, discovering things about yourself, and figuring out what you want in life. As the summary says, dan...more
Katy
3.5 stars - Hmmm, to round up or down...

My head hurts because my thoughts are a bit all over the place - much like the book. I have mixed feelings about it because on one hand, I liked it very much. But on the other hand, it's not an easy, quick, fun read like I was expecting, and I'm not sure I interpreted it right, and the end has left me a bit disoriented.

First the good points. I don't get to read too many male POV, and I thought David was written quite well. He was such a quirky character -...more
Deniz
the last of my high school YA reads for now. And definitely the best!

finally i got my act together!


22/9/12

First off I should mention that this is not your usual or fluffy High School story. This is as it warns in the summary dangerously insightful. It IS going to leave you thinking, so if you looking for fluffy fun. This isn't your book.
And after saying this, I might add. I did a lot of thinking. So this is going to be a tad on the long side. Oh and its going to be personal.
Your second chance...more
Sara
I absolutely HATE the ending....
Nikki Everett
Lucky Fools is about a boy named David Ellison who dreams of acting at Julliard, but he is expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. He attends a private school and he would always waste his time and wouldn't get enough education. He also is about to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend Ellen, because he is falling for his new co-star Vanessa. The Great Gatsby, and she can provide necessary heartbreak by driving a wedg...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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Well, this book was certainly a surprise. It's not near five stars, it's not extremely realistic, nor is it something we can all relate to, but it's definitely surprising. It's surprising that I enjoyed it as much as I did, but I also think that it had some flaws, and I will try to constructively point them out.

For one, like I said before, we can't all relate. My family doesn't have the money to even consider sending us to Stanford o...more
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
This is really a 4 1/2 stars for me. You can also read this review on my blog: Into the Mystic


You can click over there to see the embedded videos.



Initial impression

Dude! That was way more substantial than I thought it would be.

Title and Cover

I”m still not sure where the title came from, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the cover a lot. There are so many girl in dress covers out there that this one was a refreshing change. And the guy loosening the tie sort of fits in to the whole “what am I doin...more
Navdha
I'm craving fantasy now.
Laura
At Oak Fields Prep, students are expected to attend top-notch universities like Stanford, which can be seen from the school parking lot, but all David Ellison wants to do is attend Julliard and purse an acting career. When new girl Vanessa wins the role opposite David in the school play, he begins to fall for her...despite his relationship with long-time girlfriend Ellen and the need to focus on his audition to Julliard. Will he be lucky enough to get everything he wants?

I liked this book, but i...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A HUGE Thank You to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read Lucky Fools. I had been dying to read this book so when the opportunity came I jumped at it.I really enjoyed Lucky Fools but there were some places when I was like is this for real? So all in all I really enjoyed reading about David and his senior year escapades.

David is in his senior of high school and his dream is to be an actor but his family wants him to go to Stanford. So he is trying to convince his parents he can make...more
Liviania
High school senior David Ellison has an audition for Julliard in nineteen days. Most of his classmates at Oak Fields Prep want to go to Stanford, the ivy they live in the shadow of. But Stanford has decided to admit one student only from each of the local prep schools. His classmates are melting down over their college essays and David is starting to suspect that he might be a big fish in a small pond.

David acts like a realistic teen boy. He's capable of compassion and romance, but he's often se...more
Danielle
Lucky Fools drew me in because of it's summary. I'll be a senior in the fall and I have no idea what I want to do you college. David seemed just a confused as I am, expect he knows where he want's to go. He's just expected to go somewhere. There's a big difference from Juilliard and Stanford. Both amazing school but excel in different things. This is why I was connected to the book, he had college problems. Just like I do.

While David is torn between school's he is also torn between girls. He ha...more
Jen
I was really looking forward to this for several reasons, it's a male POV, it has to do with the theater - something I've always loved and wish I'd had enough confidence to pursue further in college and because it looked like a great read.

It's well written and while the story ebbs and flows in places, the characters are interesting. David Ellison, the MC is the school's theater star with the long-time girlfriend, Ellen, who has his sights set on Julliard. His parents want him to have a back-up p...more
Natalie
Sometimes I wonder, how the hell did this get published?

I mean, really. Aside from a catchy title, Fools lacked a solid protagonist, sense, an antagonist and a plot.

David Ellison is a senior at a New England prep school. In California. Problem number one, and we're only on the dust jacket. Alright, so I can suspend some disbelief.
At this New England prep school, apparently the attendance rate for Stanford University is 99.8%, and every student has a 4.0 and a pre-med. Yet in the book, we only s...more
Angeline
I found this book to be very relatable. As I'm approaching my junior year in high school, I am bombarded with homework and stress over college. I go to a very competitive high school and every year the pressure keeps building and building. Not only do grades and high test scores matter, but they've become the standard. Colleges are more interested in a student's extracurricular activities and personal essays than their transcripts. But, what would you do if only one person from your school could...more
Susan
In Lucky Fools , David Ellison has been dreaming of attending the prestigious Julliard. He has exceptional acting abilities and wants to study acting seriously, however, it's expected of him to attend Stanford University. His relationship with his current girlfriend is also threatened by his developing crush on his co-star Vanessa. As David's audition for Julliard f ast approaches and his relationship seems to be suffering, chaos ensues at his private prep school Oak Feilds when a mysterious pra...more
Krystal


Would you do what was expected of you or what you wanted to do? That is the question for graduating senior David Ellison. He knows he is expected to go to an Ivy League school, but he still has some choices to make. Not even his love life is uncomplicated. He does have a girlfriend, Ellen; however, his costar, Vanessa, is looking more and more appealing. His life will undoubtedly change a lot in the months before graduation, but it is up to David in which direction his life goes.



David's characte...more
Charlotte
3.5

A love triangle from a male pov! You don't get one of those very often.
But I have to be honest and say that this is so much more than a male pov love triangle romance. Although, the romance part of this book was one of my favorite parts. David, to me, was written so authentically. I loved his confused 'guy' thoughts. It broke my heart at times to watch him flail and ruin himself, but at the same time I was so impressed with how well his character was executed.

There were some parts of this...more
Seanean
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When he was younger, David Ellison was cast in a small, local commercial and got bit by the acting bug. Now, that is his only focus in life. While all of his classmates are considering Ivy League schools, David only wants to go to Julliard and the auditions are coming up fast.

As David prepares for the most important four minutes of his entire life, he's also preparing to star in his school's play adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and he's preparing with the...more
Bethany Miller
David Ellison has known that he wants to be an actor ever since he starred in a commercial for Sparkles iced tea in junior high. Throughout his four years at Oak Field Prep, a prestigious California prep school, he has earned a reputation as a talented actor; much to his father’s dismay, his dream is to go Juilliard to follow this dream. The auditions for Juilliard are fast approaching and so is his final school play at Oak Prep – a stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Though he professes to lo...more
Lavanya Saberwal
Lucky Fools follows the protagonist David Ellison, who has his sights set on Julliard. His parents want him to focus on the nearby Stanford university, pointing out that it is foolish to throw away his private education to study acting.

David, on the other hand, is determined to follow his dreams. As his audition for the prestigious Julliard approaches, David throws... read the rest of this review at http://www.foreverchicbooks.blogspot....
Cristina
May 01, 2012 Cristina marked it as to-read
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I am a huge fan of the YA books that center around the performing arts. I've always been fascinated by the arts, and probably always will be. When I first heard about this book I was really excited about it! Highschool hi-jinks, and the performing arts? I'm totally in!

I liked that this book had elements of the performing arts. Obviously! I also enjoyed the presence of "The Artist" who goes around spilling embarassing secrets about the seniors. "The Artist" definitely shook things up!

I wasn't to...more
Luis Guzman
May 12, 2014 Luis Guzman marked it as to-read
The book was pretty good but I think it could of been better, maybe instead of ending with deeper sense of himself or the world. David seemed neutral throughout the book but maybe that was the authors purpose. There was random things thrown in the book il rate this book a 4.
Suzanne Hamilton
This is a pretty lightweight YA novel -- set in a private school near Stanford University, whose announcement that they will accept only one student from each of the area high schools has sent the senior class into a tailspin. Meanwhile the young man at the center of the story is in a tailspin of his own making -- lusting after the new senior, who has the lead opposite him in the school play, while chafing in the relationship with his longtime girlfriend. His ambition, often announced and in def...more
Shannon Re
An interesting read. Not a favorite, but it did not completely suck. David Ellison, a senior at a private high school in Palo Alto, is an endearing character who can be whiny though. He is at a school of academically successful students who are poster children for college admissions. However, David is more interested in acting and attending Juilliard. The book is lacking at some points and is unclear as to what month we are in. There are many contradicting time statements which can confuse the r...more
Kate
I finished this book this morning and I have to say I was a bit confused about how I felt about it. I didn't really like the main character David, but I found the supporting characters quite interesting. The writing was good, but the subplots were brought up and kind of dropped- like the infinitely interesting Artist. The book title sums up David- he is lucky in life and he's a fool. And while he does go through some change I honestly don't feel he's learned anything in the end. So while I didn'...more
Greg
I liked this book a lot since I feel like my life is similar. Parents wanting me to do something else like being a doctor while I'm into computers. Picking a college is also stressful (I'm a junior, I should know!) and this wasn't in the book, but the constant homework doesn't make it easier. Only parts I hate were the characters weren't described enough and his girlfriend Ellen was a total beach. I do recommend this for anyone his age (Senior) and adults to that were in David's position. I also...more
Tracy
Unfortunately, this book just could not seem to keep my attention or my interest. I found the premise a little hard to believe. Ok...it's a prep school. Every single student in this school vying for the one coveted spot to Stanford University? The fact the Stanford would actually limit each school to one spot? That the person who wins that spot, does it by standing up and asserting his independence during a play where it affects others? I kept putting this book down, and then picking it up later...more
David
Adults and teenagers alike will be drawn into the high-pressure world portrayed in "Lucky Fools," while relishing Voorhees' ability to satirize life in the epicenter of 1 percent-dom. For senior drama student David Ellison, starring in the school play is just a small step towards true achievement. For everyone around him, college applications--Stanford's in particular--are an obsession. Voorhees has a knack for language and a sympathetic ear for the troubles of young adults, making this book bot...more
Brook
While this book is clearly well written, it wasn't my favorite. Although the subject matter, high school relationships and college applications, was predictable, I did enjoy reading every page. I found myself pleasantly surprised by some of the plot twists and David Ellison was amiable and charming.

I liked the characters voice, but like I said before, the plot just didn't captivate me. I definitely wasn't left begging for more.
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