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Lucky (Avery Sisters Trilogy #1)

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  1,794 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
It's all good . . . and lucky Phoebe Avery plans to celebrate by throwing an end-of-the-year bash with her four closest friends. Everything will be perfect--from the guest list to the fashion photographer to the engraved invitations. The only thing left to do is find the perfect dress . . . until Phoebe goes from having it all to hiding all she's lost.

Phoebe's older sister
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 18, 2010 Alicia rated it did not like it
This is a book with absolutely no climax and she just complains the whole book about how she is not going to get her dress and how her graduation is "ruined"
Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it
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Phoebe, the youngest of the Avery sisters, is graduating from middle school. Her life seems perfect. She and her four best friends will be having the party of the year, she has an eye on the perfect dress, and the promise of high school's new beginnings. But when Phoebe's mom starts acting weird, and her friends start alienating her, the perfect conclusion to her eighth-grade year is at stake.

Can Phoebe pull it together and do what's right,
Jan 04, 2014 Amytiger rated it liked it
There are three kinds of people who read reviews: those who want to know whether it's good, those who want to know what it's about, and the parents/readers who want to double check the profanity and sexual contact and morales of the book. I will address each.

Those who want to know what it's about:
For this, I'll put the protagonist, Phoebe Avery, into a meeting of AA (Avery's Anonymous).
*Enters Phoebe*
"Hi. My name is Phoebe and I'm an Avery."
Rest of the Avery's: "Hiii Phoebe."
"Um, hi. So, like, I
Oct 06, 2013 Johanna rated it did not like it
Here it is.

The worst book I ever read.

Everything happened at once, and nothing happened at all.

I will say this. This book is perfect for you if you like reading about shallow, spoiled, bratty, selfish fourteen-year-olds who don't know a thing about life and think they do, kissing their boyfriends from sixth grade (you read that right) and then leaving the boys hanging while they sneak around their parents' mansions and their friends party in the Hamptons with high school boys. Complaining. The.
Tatum C. Rose
May 17, 2012 Tatum C. Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I convinced myself I wouldn't like this book, I kept telling myself I was only reading it as a light fluff-read since I couldn't concentrate with this headache I've had all day. Oh Dread I've been awful grumpy, but about halfway into this book I started to get more and more into it (not saying its slow at the beginning, I was just brat-tastic and stubborn when I started reading it). The book is part one of a trilogy, each novel is in the eyes of one of three sisters during a major turning point
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Aug 19, 2012 Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) rated it really liked it
Lucky has been on my wish list for a while now and when I saw it in the library the other day I almost fainted with joy. I started reading it as soon as I could and finished it in about 3 or 4 hours. This was a weird book to read, I really enjoyed it but at the same time I didn't, if that makes sense. :p The ending really tied up my feelings though which I'm happy and relieved about!

When I started Lucky, I was extremely excited, yet I'm sad to say it disappointed me a the beginning. Th
Lailani Camacho
Jan 12, 2017 Lailani Camacho rated it really liked it
I give this book a rate of 4 stars because in my opinion it made me picture or make a visual when I was reading the book. And I like how the author used good details and a clear undersanding in why a big event happened. When the author introduced the character, he used good details. For example, Allison was wearing a clear white sweater and also mentioned that she was skinny.

The genre is fiction. The book is about the main character named Pheobe who is faced in many problems. Starting with pick
Mar 27, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
Phoebe Avery is about to graduate from middle school, and she couldn’t be more thrilled. But it’s mostly the graduation party that she’s excited about, because it’s a chance to be with her best friends having fun in a fabulous dress. But something goes wrong. It turns out that Phoebe’s mother has lost her job. Now the family is in a financial crisis. Phoebe can no longer afford to pay her share for the party.

She’s too embarrassed to tell her friends her economic situation. Even though she’s been
J Hildred
Apr 03, 2011 J Hildred rated it liked it
Initially, I was turned off by the book's characters. Phoebe seemed to be very shallow, I didn't empathize with her situation. Then toward the middle of the book I began to like her and root for her. In the end, Vail succeeded in drawing her reader into the main character. Phoebe became likable and thought provoking as she grew in understanding of her own situation.
Phoebe's best friend, Kaitlyn, on the other had wasn't a character I thought fit with the story. Her character's descr
Lucky is the first book in a trilogy about the Avery sisters. Phoebe Avery is the youngest one of the sisters and all her life, she has been considered “lucky”. Pretty, popular, and rich, Phoebe and her best friend Kirstyn and her three other close friends are the social center of their grade. Then, Phoebe`s family has a financial catastrophe and Phoebe realizes she needs to figure out who she is.
One thing I have to commend Rachel Vail on is that she knows how to write teenage characters. All of
Jun 15, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle school girls
I have always found Rachel Vail's books to be better than the average chick lit.This book, about a mother who loses her job and causes the immature Phoebe to resist her new "poor" status (she can't afford a Neiman Marcus dress or an elaborate graduation party.) Also, as is common in 8th grade, friends are growing apart.

I didn't like this as much as other Rachel Vail books, but its still a strong middle school read, especially in this tough economy.
Feb 28, 2009 Jiana rated it really liked it
The beginning was good. Everything else was FabOuLoUs! But the ending was TOTALLY sappy. The author could have not rushed it, or at least could have done a much better ending. It was too happy and too sappy and a little bit too rushed. Other than the ending of the book, it was worth reading.
Jul 14, 2009 Stacy rated it it was ok
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Sep 14, 2008 Karlan rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Girls will appreciate this story of a youngest sister whose 8th grade graduation plans are interrupted when her mother loses her Wall St. job. Humorous dialog and young romance make this very entertaining.
Nov 03, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Oh my goodness! I loved this book! I would reccomend this book to anyone tht has ever gone through a hard time in there life.
Miko O.
Jun 30, 2011 Miko O. rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
Phoebe's an unbearable, spoiled brat from page one, but I was hoping that she would learn her lesson and have a fun personality makeover, à la Cher from "Clueless." No such luck.
Lieslclaire James
Sep 16, 2008 Lieslclaire James rated it did not like it
i just didn't (couldn't) buy the ending, just too far from reality; or does real life not count because this is part of the "rich teen girls" genre that's in now (in books and tv)
May 28, 2017 Ellicia rated it really liked it
Lucky by Rachel Vail was a FANTASTIC book! I liked how the author described the characters and created the conflict that is similar to real life. Phoebe Avery plans to throw an 8th grade graduation party with her four closest friends. Everything will be perfect…. until Phoebe goes from having it all to hiding everything she has lost. How far will she go to keep up her image as “the girl who has it all”? If I had to focus on one character other than Phoebe, it would be her best friend, Kirstyn. A ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Selenac23 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with heartfelt moments that make me feel proud, but it also makes me cringe and the moments that Phoebe (main character) is being a brat. It teaches a great moral for kids. Overall, this is a good book and great for all ages.
Neila Fitz
Mar 03, 2016 Neila Fitz rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a juvenile fiction book? If not than this book is for you juvenile fiction is a young adult literature which defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. The genre of the book could also be realistic fiction but since all the other books that I read are always realistic fiction I'm going to stay with juvenile fiction. The book was overall good because it talked about the good and bad times in life.
The setting of the book takes place at Phoebe Ave
It's amazing how different characters of the same age can be - Phoebe is 14, the same age as Rose from the last book I read, Confessions of an Angry Girl, but whereas that book was most definitely YA, this one felt much more like an older children's book... maybe that's what people mean by "middle grade"? Phoebe was just a *lot* younger, although perhaps if the book had been centred around her friends Kirstyn or Gabrielle it might have read a little older. Maybe it was also the fact that Rose wa ...more
Sayleht Varela
Dec 08, 2013 Sayleht Varela is currently reading it
Have you ever felt in love with a dress where you love how it looks and you like every little thing about the dress specially knowing you’re going to a special event and you just can’t wait to see what people say about it? Well in "Lucky" Phoebe doesn’t always get what she wants. This book is a Realist fiction. I honestly like this book because I’m a girl and I’m pretty sure most girls can compare to this.

The book "Lucky" is about a girl named Phoebe, she’s an 8th grader, her and her friends d
Blythe Penland
Oct 24, 2012 Blythe Penland rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was 'all good', as Phoebe would say. I really liked it. My favorite part was when Phoebe went to the party. I know it was at the end, but Kirstyn sent her the perfect dress, her mother gave her the sapphire necklace, Luke and Phoebe kissed, and her friends forgave her. And that's why I LOVED the ending. My least favorite part was when Kirstyn and Phoebe had that fight right outside the school. (I mean, it's really sad to see best friends fight.) There was also a lot of awkwar ...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
Although marketed as YA, this book has the tone and cadence of a middle-grade novel. The main character is in eighth-grade. Phoebe Avery has led a charmed life: good looks, good grades, she's friends with the popular set, and her parents make a "comfortable" living that includes designer clothes, their own maid and trips to Europe. She's in the midst of planning a major bash to celebrate her eighth-grade graduation when everything starts crashing down around her ears. Her mother loses her high-p ...more
Sarah Vohringer
Feb 25, 2016 Sarah Vohringer marked it as to-read
The title of the book is called Lucky by Rachel Vail. And it came out in 2008 and the book is a fiction. This book can surprise you in many ways along with how many pages there is 233 pages in this book. By the fact how long it took me 6 months it was a good book to say myself but i take my time reading and try to connect with the people in the story of the book.The characters in the book are trying to support the main person. The setting on this story is unreal in the school of 8th grade with m ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Phoebe Avery has the perfect life. Everyone thinks so, and Phoebe knows it’s true. She lives in a big, beautiful house with her parents and two big sisters, and she is one fifth of the coolest group of girls in school. Her best friend Kirstyn, the most popular girl in school, lives right nearby. And she and her friends are in the middle of planning the biggest, best 8th grade graduation party ever.

And then her mother—her beautiful, perfect mother—loses her job, and everything is turned sideways.
Aug 06, 2008 Teen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle School Girls
The first book of a trilogy starring the three Avery sisters, Lucky is Phoebe's story. Phoebe is lucky. She is rich, pretty, popular and has great friends. As the end of middle school looms, she and her 4 closest friends are wrapped up in planning the biggest and best party their classmates have ever seen. Everything is over the top, and all that's missing is the perfect dress. Everything changes when she comes home to find her mother waiting with terrible news - she's lost her job. As the young ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Cyan rated it it was amazing
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Sep 09, 2016 Isabella5162 rated it really liked it
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I dunno but for some reason I had expected more from this book, mostly judging by the cover and its inside flap summary

The true colours of this book I think showed only at the very end. It only took me maximum 2hrs to read this book because I just read quickly and basiclly flipped page after page after page in the beginning and middle, but when I came to the end I was like 'Wow. Although the beginning and middle may not be good the end was...WOW'

The story isn't actually at all bad, it's just...I
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I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

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