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Lucky Fools

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  268 Ratings  ·  53 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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Published July 10th 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Jul 11, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it
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 -
the last of my high school YA reads for now. And definitely the best!

finally i got my act together!


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
Nov 24, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it
I absolutely HATE the ending....
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
Jul 06, 2012 Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7) rated it really liked it
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
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
Nikki Everett
Nov 04, 2012 Nikki Everett rated it really liked it
Shelves: lucky-fools
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
Reid Mccrabb
Nov 14, 2014 Reid Mccrabb rated it it was amazing
It was an interesting book with great plot twist.
Aug 06, 2013 Navdha rated it liked it
I'm craving fantasy now.
May 05, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, male-pov
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
Molly Gebhards
Nov 22, 2016 Molly Gebhards rated it really liked it
In the book Lucky Fools the author, Coert Voorhees, tells the story of David Ellison's high school adventures and the difficult choices he is forced to make. The author's purpose of this book was to entertain the reader. Voorhees entertains the reader by constantly facing the reader with difficult choices the protagonist, David, must make. The point of view of this story is first person, with the narrator being David. Most books I read have the point of view coming from a girl and I really enjoy ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Angeline rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 10, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2012
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 pr ...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
Bethany Miller
Sep 21, 2012 Bethany Miller rated it it was ok
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
May 31, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2012 Seanean rated it it was ok

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

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
Jan 28, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Matthew Bee
Dec 07, 2014 Matthew Bee is currently reading it
The authors purpose about this book is to have luck. If you don't have luck then you don't try your hardest at what you do the best. If I went out to play basketball I would always have luck but it just might not work on that game or at that time. Everyone has luck it just might not work for you all the time.

The theme of the book is when these kids go off and they need luck but they don't have any luck with them. They try to find there way out and they don't know where to go. They find their way
Dec 28, 2011 ILoveBooks rated it really liked it

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
Austin K
Feb 23, 2016 Austin K rated it really liked it
This book is great. Honestly, if I was to count all the things I disliked about it, that list would be less then five. I have very few complaints about this book. It was very well written and well put together.
I think this book summarized life in high school perfectly. As David, the main character, goes through some hard times, and slowly figures out who he really is. Even though he makes some really bad decisions in the book, you can really how much he has changed in the end. The character gr
May 01, 2012 Cristina marked it as to-read
Shelves: my-arcs
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
Suzanne Hamilton
Sep 27, 2013 Suzanne Hamilton rated it liked it
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
May 02, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2012
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
Oct 08, 2012 Greg rated it liked it
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
Shannon Re
Jan 01, 2013 Shannon Re rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Oct 04, 2012 Tracy rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book just could not seem to keep my attention or my interest. I found the premise a little hard to believe.'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
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