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Lucky You

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  10,613 Ratings  ·  672 Reviews
6 Trade Size Books/Set/Collection Double Whammy, Lucky You, Nature Girl, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip and Stormy Weather. Trade Size Books. No Box, Books Only.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 12th 1991)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a fun and laugh-out-loud book populated with plenty of 'characters'. I have only been to Florida once, so I can't comment on the veracity of this portrayal of Floridians, but I can't see how someone can make up this kind of weirdness without a grain of truth behind it all.

Under the levity, there is a very serious undercurrent. Two white supremacists who are so busy blaming blacks, Jews, Hispanics, gays, and other undesirables can't look in the mirror and see that they certainly could d
Mar 30, 2008 Collette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of humorous mysteries
Shelves: mystery, hiaasen
Rarely have I found an author that has made me laugh out loud so many times in one book. Hiaasen has done that for me in the books of his I have read. I love his wit and dry humor.
This is a great story about two lottery ticket winners in Florida. One is a young black woman that works in a vet's office and loves animals (keeps an aquarium full of 45 baby turtles that she saved) and the other is a redneck, white supremacist that doesn't feel like sharing the $28 mil., especially with a "negro". T
Mike French
Jan 28, 2015 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Carl Hiaasen proves why he is one of my favorite authors! Enjoyable and entertaining from the start to finish! This a stand alone book, so can enjoy without reading Hiaasen before.
Kevin Hobson
Jun 21, 2007 Kevin Hobson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking to sit in a hammock and sip mai tais
I was thinking about Carl Hiassen/Elmore Leonard books, trying to remember which ones I'd's proven challenging. The story descriptions don't help much because, let's face it, the plots are all primarily the same--some sort of mystery set in Florida involving a hard-luck hero and a zany cast of secondary characters, with just enough plot twists to keep you turning the pages. Don't get me wrong, these are great books for what they are--fun summer reading. If you're looking for complex ch ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
The criminals in 'Lucky You' have the combined intellectual power of a 5-watt battery. Bodean Gazzer and Onus 'Chub' Gillespie are also rapists, white supremacists, and murderers. But even pond scum can get lucky.

Bode discovers he has won half of a Florida $28,000,000 lottery jackpot! The other half of the prize has been won by a black woman, JoLayne Lucks, a veterinarian assistant. There is no way a non-white should be getting that. Bode and Chub enlist the store clerk who sold the lottery tic
Jul 25, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True to a friend's billing as “irreverent, but funny”

We always enjoy “discovering” a new author, and when a friend lent us “Lucky You”, with the comment “irreverent, but funny”, we dove into it with pleasurable anticipation. It’s odd when you set out not even knowing a book’s genre, but the novel soon enough revealed itself to be sheer humor, with just enough of a light mystery to create a little suspense along the way. The plot was fairly original – two dumb, petty criminals named Chubb and Bo
Mar 24, 2017 David rated it really liked it
Overall, I'd put this as one of my more favored Hiaasen. It's hard to find villains like the ones in here comedic right now, given the way things are currently, though it is satisfying to not see them win. Just makes it a little stressful to read, which is something I bring to the book as opposed to the book itself. As for the book itself though, I do think the ending drug out quite a bit. Everything was really done and it was clear how everything was going to wrap up in a way that could have be ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Doug rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, humor
JoLayne Lucks wins the lottery when the stakes are at 28-million. So do Chub and Bode, a pair of washed white-supremacist wannabes. The fact that JoLayne is black is not why they want to steal from her, but it helps. No, they want to form an Army to fight off the UN's imminent invasion. After taking her ticket, JoLayne gets Tom Krome, a cynical and mostly wasted reporter, to help her track them down. Eventually, a a Hooters waitress, a surly gas-station clerk, Tom's supervisor, a crack ATF agent ...more
Jan 02, 2017 Silvio111 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In keeping with Hiaasen's custom of putting forward the most outrageous low-lifes as his hapless villains, this book is right up to par.

The only part that gave me pause was his Hooters waitress heroine who, when confronted with an impending rape, maintains her cool in her plucky way; somewhat unrealistic, but I suppose it is either his tribute to courageous potential of women, or else it is his cluelessness in the face of how some women might experience trauma.

Still, I do depend on Hiaasen's boo
With Carl Hiaasen, I've never had a bad experience, I thought that this was slightly weaker than the other ones I've read, because it swings very unevenly between some truly unpleasntly detailed racism and violence and racous comedy and religious satire, I was personally more engaged by the subplot involving the holy cooters(turtles) and road stain jesus than the main story line which involved two white supremicist thugs stealing a lotto ticket, the main storyline isn't bad or anything, it's jus ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Srimav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book borders on ridiculous which makes it funny. It has so many inappropriate things happen with his white trash characters that you honestly laugh out loud on occasion.
Mar 16, 2017 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a silly read. But I'm glad it made me think. What would I do if I won the lottery?
May 17, 2013 Sheri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wing Kee
Familiar format but the contents were fairly meh.

I like Hiaasen's brand of comedy, it's satirical, dark and larger than life, I've also read enough of his books to see that he has a story framework that he uses again and again with new characters and a central theme of the Florida Keys and terrible human beings. So, this time we have a story about a lottery ticket theft, with two white supremacists, a skinhead, a hooters girl, a black vet assitant and a journalist, and no they did not walk into
Jun 19, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reads
Summer Reads '13 continues with fun & guns in the sun. Because nothing says summer quite like a white supremacist getting high off pepper spray after being stranded in the Florida Keys.

I picked this up after reading Adam Gopnik's article in the New Yorker about the rise of Florida crime fiction:

"In the Florida novel, moralizing or minimalist, weather matters most. As one Florida crime writer suggests, in Steve Glassman's fine study-cum-interview collection, "Florida Crime Writers", when you
Feb 12, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
"Lucky You" is typical Hiaasen in that the good people win, the bad people lose, and there are satisfying endings all around. I have come to lower my expectations with Hiaasen books, so maybe that is why I have started to enjoy them a little more.
One irritating quality of Hiaasen's is that he always writes stereotypical redneck /southern characters and religious yokels (or charlatans) in his books. It is a device that gets a little tired. But I will give him his due, he does write them well. One
Nov 02, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LoJayne Lucks is fortunate enough to have an experience we all wish would happen to us. She wins the lottery. The big win was worth a total of $28 million dollars. Since she was one of two winners, she will get an opportunity to take home $14 million dollars, pre-tax. It is just in time as she is hoping to use the money to buy a plot of land to create a nature preserve.

The problem for her is that the other ticket is owned by two men hoping to use their part of the funds to found a white supremac
Cat Ellington
Dec 28, 2016 Cat Ellington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you won a $28 million lotto jackpot? ...

In this hilariously funny Carl Hiaasen masterpiece, that's exactly the amount of money a lotto ticket, purchased by JoLayne Lucks, an African American veterinary assistant, is worth.

The novel's protagonist, JoLayne Lucks, a turtle enthusiast, goes into a convenience store, plays the same lotto numbers that she has played over a long course of time, and then bam! She finally hits it. However, there's one problem: Another ticket, match
May 14, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, action, humor
Florida novels - JoLayne Lucks is a cheery vet's assistant in tiny Grange, Fla., with a tender disposition and a no-nonsense attitude toward men. Into her life falls a winning divided lottery ticket worth $14 million, which she treats so nonchalantly that the town can hardly tell whether she won or not. (JoLayne actually wants to use the money to buy a local wilderness area and keep it for its resident wild creatures.) A newspaper reporter, Tom Krome, gets on the story, and so, unfortunately, do ...more
May 28, 2013 Pri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the touch of humor in this book. Rather, it's the way the characters have been portrayed and you feel you already know them really well. The main character, JoLayne, around whom the story revolves, has an air of sarcasm about her. I feel her dialogue has been written really well and she makes you want to laugh out loud several times during the course of the story. The author has been quite imaginative in thinking up the story's plot. The concept of a stolen lottery ticket automatically se ...more
Jeff Yoak
Lucky You traces the adventures of two Florida rednecks who win the lottery and, upon discovering that they have to split the jackpot with another winner, decide to try to steal the other winning ticket. What follows is a romp involving Hooters chicks, Jesus-shaped oil stains on highways, misadventures with the wildlife of the Florida Keys and shady real estate deals.

I spent a decade living in Florida. I spent most of that time operating businesses such as telemarketing companies and private arm
Jul 25, 2011 JoJo rated it really liked it
I have never read Hiaasen before. I find his style of writing to be difficult to get used to, but overall enjoyable. His way of telling a story leaves much to fate and even more to chance, but it is wonderful to see him slowly thread the strings of his seemingly disorganized world into one amazingly strange tapestry.
Hiaasen transports you into the minds of his characters, and despite their sometimes odious and malicious thought and deeds, you cannot help but feel connected to them in some way.
May 11, 2010 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a hilarious read! What do you get when you cross a street smart woman, a savy(if a bit burned out reporter) with a couple of bumbling, obnoxious self-subscribed Aryans? Chaos! JoLayne Lucks, just won the Florida lottery. Now she has just got to hang on to the ticket long enough to claim the winnings. Chub and Bode has won the same lottery and set off on a madcap adventure with plenty of beer filled episodes to ensure that they are the only ones to claim the ticket. Tom our erst-while re ...more
Barbara M
Jan 15, 2016 Barbara M rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, florida, humor
A very funny novel that starts out with two winners of a $27 million dollar lottery. One of the winners is a veterinarian’s assistant in a small town in southern Florida and the other is a paranoid militia wanna-be criminal who thinks splitting the jackpot would be ridiculous. He sets out to steal the other lottery ticket with the only other member of his militia. These guys are the epitome of the dumb criminal. Mix in a Hooter's waitress, a convenience store clerk, and all the residents of a ve ...more
Shireen McQuade
Mar 25, 2009 Shireen McQuade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of all of Hiassen's books. It is absolutely, laugh out loud hilarious! It starts off with this young African-American woman who has just won the $18 million Florida lottery but has to split the proceeds with a man who wants to form his own white supremacy militia. Hiassen captures the idiocy of such fools like this racist man as he tries to get away with stealing our heroine's lottery ticket. I've read this book many times, whenever I need a good laugh. My 17 year old daughte ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect read for when you want to be entertained, but not think too much. Hiassen snagged me from the get-go with his usual blend of insane characters. I always look for the basic "Every Man" who is usually a reporter (check), someone passionate about the environment (check), a possible love interest for EveryMan (check), an ex-love for EveryMan (check and check), bad guy(s) who have some good in them (check), bad guys that are beyond redemption (check, check, check) and should be eaten by ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even remember when I read this book; it's been that long. I'd even venture to say it's been over 15 years.

Even with this book being back that far in my memory, I can still remember how vivid the characters were and how this book practically made me laugh at each turn of the page. Sure, there's a lot of stereotypical behavior in this book, but there's a point to it and that's part of the reason I loved this book so much.

I wish I could give this book 6 stars because it deserves it. I'm one
Dennis Fischman
A $28 million lottery. An African American woman wins half of it and proposes to use her winnings to save a wildlife refuge from developers. Two white would-be militia members (remember militias? They're still out there, while Bin Laden is not!)win half of it and steal her winning ticket so they can use all of it to fund their racist activities...if they can ever stop sniffling glue and posturing. And a reporter whose death has been greatly exaggerated. These are just some of the ingredients in ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 19, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it
Is everybody in Florida nuts? According to Carl Hiaasen, they are. And, oh, how gosh-darn hilarious they are, too. If you've never read a Hiaasen novel, you should consider yourself lucky, only because you have the opportunity to discover and enjoy them. He's one of the few authors that I can re-read and enjoy upon second or even third reading. If Dave Barry and Elmore Leonard had a baby... it would probably be very ugly. Pick up a Hiaasen book (it really doesn't matter which one, but you can st ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, unfinished, crime
Surprised this was so bad. I have read a bunch of his novels and, until now, have always enjoyed his quirky humor. His bad guys are usually interesting in a weird way but here, the two white supremicist dummies are just plain stupid and not interesting in any way. Did not finish. Having second about getting any more his books. 1/2 Star
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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