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The Lucky Kind

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  344 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2011
This was my first time reading a book by Alyssa B. Sheinmel and it did not disappoint! I rarely get the chance to read a book from a boys point of view. This one pulled that off beautifully! It's from the point-of-view of Nick, a 16-year-old boy who seems to have a typical high school life. He has a best friend, a crush, and a loving family.

Nick slowly pursues Eden (the crush) and it's adorable to watch their relationship progress. They had that nice, romantic connection that helps the reader re
There is no one thing that's true. It's all true - Ernest Hemingway (For Whom The Bell Tolls)

This is the first time I decided to read a book after an ad appeared for it on some website. I know there is a kind of universal rule that one should not believe advertisements, especially the type that appear on weird websites alongside tons of virus-carrying ads. But, the book's description sounded good so I decided to give it a chance.
The lucky kind is a about a boy in his junior year of high school
May 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
My first thought when I started reading The Lucky Kind was that Nick, the main character, was someone that I would love to hang out with. He's sweet, slightly awkward, has a wit to be contended with, and really seems to think things through. Add in his sarcastic and amazing friend (essentially brother) Stevie, and the focus of his admiration, Eden, and you have a group of characters that will steal your heart. Despite anything else I have may thought while reading this book, these characters nev ...more
Amy Jacobs
Jun 06, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I wasn't sure what to think going into this book. I had heard mixed reviews on it, but I still didn't know much about it. It wasn't a greatly hyped up book, which I think is what caught my attention when I saw it. I thought that if there isn't much talk about the book, then maybe I could enjoy it without getting my hopes to high.
It focus' on adoption and the turmoil the secrets of adoption can cause in a family. It also touches on the subject of how a boy could finally get the nerve to talk to a
Alyce (At Home With Books)
The Lucky Kind is a young adult novel written from the perspective of a high school junior named Nick. It was a nice change to read a young adult book from a boy’s point of view since most of the YA books I read have female main characters. This book was written by a woman, and while I thought she did a decent job getting inside a boy’s head I really am not an expert judge, being a girl myself. I would be curious to hear a guy’s perspective on this book as to how realistic her characterization w ...more
Oct 20, 2011 kari rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
Nick spends most of this book being angry and sullen and not so nice to the people around him. Fortunately for him, all these people understand what he's going through and love him anyway. The End.
Okay, there is more to the book than that, but that's pretty much the premise. I wish there had been something more here than there was. I with Nick has talked about first love with his father and gotten some clarity on his father's long ago relationship. I think the story needed that, but it wasn't in
May 09, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I didn't believe the male voice at all (and given it takes you more than one chapter to figure out what the gender is is a problem, too) and I thought the fact the entire plot hinged on a landline phone call/the inconsistencies therein were thin.

That said, I really like Sheinmel's voice in writing. It's clear and smooth, as well as quiet. It's a slower paced book but it's purposeful in being that way.

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Mercedes Hubbard
Feb 19, 2012 Mercedes Hubbard rated it it was amazing
i love this quiet book
Dec 31, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is one of those coming of age books that I don’t usually enjoy but I actually really liked this one. It was sweet, a tad silly, imperfect in the best ways, and overall, realistic.

Nick is just a boy who wants to reach out to the girl he likes and he has liked her for quite some time now. He doesn’t know how to talk to her and spends a lot of time concocting scenarios in his head that never goes anywhere. When he later finds out about something but he wasn’t entirely sure what it was so he ca
Mar 22, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
The Lucky Kind is a little bit different than your typical young adult novel. It has both the challenge of dealing with a secret, and the trust and passion that comes with being in love. I really liked this book, and plan on reading The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel as well. The main character in the story, Nick, is going through a rough time with his so called "perfect" family but in the end everything works out for the best. Another difference I find between this novel, and other yound ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok
This book was about a teenager who goes through trials with a girl named Eden and his older brother he just found out about.
About half way through the book I looked at other reviews that I thout were interesting, most of the people loved the book and would want other people to read it. I hope we were reading the same book, because I disagreed with almost all of them.
To tell you the truth I couldn't find anything exiting or any morals to get out of this book. All it seemed like was a boring jour
Oct 16, 2012 Joli rated it really liked it
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When I first read this synopsis of The Lucky Kind, I was drawn to the romantic aspect of the storyline. It sounded like one of those underdog stories, where the awkward geeky-cute boy tries to get the girl of his dreams. There is a little bit of that going on, but this story is so much more than this relationship.

The focus on the family dynamic is what makes The Lucky Kind stand out from other stories. Nick's parents are central to the
Jul 18, 2011 MyTeenReads rated it liked it
This novel is about Nick Brandt, a high school junior, who is faced with a family secret that has been kept from him his whole life. He feels betrayed and angry that his parents kept this secret from him. Enter Eden Reiss. Eden is the girl he's always lusted after, and eventually works up the nerve to talk to. Basically, they fall in love and he tries to balance his relationship, his friendship with Stevie (his BFF who he's known forever), and his family problems. These different things all inte ...more
Ashley (Books Obsession)
Nick, a Junior in high school, is focused on getting the girl of his dreams: Eden Reiss. He's just an average guy with a nice family, whose biggest problem in life is how to get Eden's attention. However, all of that changes when the phone rings one night. It isn't soon until Nick finds out that the man on the other end of the line is the older brother he never knew he had. Nick's father gave up his first son for adoption almost thirty years ago. Now juggling between a new relationship with Eden ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, signed, 2011
After reading Alyssa's unique and beautifully written debut last year, I've been eager to find out more about her upcoming projects. I was beyond excited when a copy of her sophomore novel, The Lucky Kind, landed on my doorstep. It was just as intriguing and original as her debut and I definitely recommend it.

The Lucky Kind tells the story of sixteen year old Nick, an ordinary high school guy navigating life the best he can. Nick is in love with the beautiful and elusive Eden Reiss and I liked b
Apr 18, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Have you ever dreamt about that dream boy or girl you wanted to be with? You just can’t think of anything else? An ever better question is, have you ever wondered if you have another sibling out in the world somewhere? Well for Nick Brandt in The Lucky Kind, both of these unrelated topics became a very key role in his life. Author Alyssa B. Sheinmel does a great job of detailing how this teenager’s seemingly perfect life gets even greater when he gets the girl of his dreams then it is drastical ...more
3.5 stars. I thought this book handled the serious issues well with light humor and great characterizations. Nick is a junior in High School when he finds out that his dad had a son almost 30 years prior. That son, Sam, was given up for adoption and has now taken the option of talking to and possibly meeting his biological father. Nick takes the first phone call from Sam and from there the secret gets out. Nick feels betrayed that his parents, especially his father, would keep something so impor ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Nicholette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like teens with emotional troubles
Recommended to Nicholette by: my sister :)
I recently finished this booka and unsurprisingly, I enjoyed. I really like reading from a guy's point of view because they tend to be funnier, in my opinion, concerning their inappropriate thoughts. But, I also love seeing how guys can be pretty emotional and sensitive and not what girls typically see in guys. So, I really liked all of the main characters Nick, Stevie, and Eden. They actually didnt annoy. Although, (view spoiler) ...more
Bethany Miller
Jun 16, 2011 Bethany Miller rated it really liked it
High school junior Nick Brandt has every reason in the world to be happy. He has two parents who love him and each other. He goes to an exclusive Manhattan private school, and he’s finally gotten up the nerve to talk to Eden, the girl he’s had a crush on for the past two years. Then one day his father gets an unexpected phone call, and Nick, who always believed that he was an only child, finds out that he has an older brother. Nick’s father and his high school girlfriend had had a child when the ...more
Pamela Hubbard
I love a good guy-lit reality fiction book. They are rare! This book was honest and raw, real and relatable, and all of the characters - main and supporting, were likeable, laughable and inspiring. 16 year old Nick is starting his junior year, when he finds out that his "perfect" family has a secret. Now, it's not the kind of secret that rips a family apart or has dire consequences, but Nick struggles to deal with the implications all the same. He has always had a great relationship with his par ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
Nick is a pretty lucky kinda guy. He gets along with his mom and dad, gets good grades and has a great friend Stevie. When he finds out that his parents have been keeping a pretty big (but in the Big picture, understandable) secret from him, he goes sideways and feels betrayed. His friends and family (did I mention he is a pretty lucky kinda guy?) make all kinds of allowances for him and his sullen, nasty behavior.
As the story progresses he pushes away his girlfriend in a truly egregious way- I
Nick is a high school junior who has a pretty normal life, which includes a crush on Eden, a girl he’s known at school for a long time. They finally get together, fall in love, and things become shaky when Nick learns that his dad has another son, who he and his high school girlfriend gave up for adoption many years ago. Nick lets his bitterness and sense of betrayal push away everyone close to him, especially Eden and his father.

Realistic fiction has to really have strong characters in order t
Jul 12, 2014 Yuki rated it liked it
This book is a little different, in a good way. I liked the slow pace and the narration, but the main character sounded more like a girl.
3 stars.
Mar 17, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Nick is a high school junior who has never had a problem with his parents, and never had a girlfriend. Then a phone call sets off a chain of events that changes both of those truths - he realizes his parents have been keeping a major secret from him for years, and the unsteadiness of his life inspires him to shake it up further by finally pursuing the girl he's crushed on for years. As he copes with falling in love and dealing with his new family situation, he has a lot to learn. This book is we ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Alexandria rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who reads a story just to hear about people undressing eachother
Recommended to Alexandria by: my (it used to be claimed) best friend
this was......not my cup of tea. Inn fact it was more like my cup of yuck and cyanide
Betelhem   is reading all about it
This book is amazing, i connected to the character.
Jul 21, 2011 Anne rated it liked it
Nick really likes Eden, but thinks that she is out of his league. So, even though she is always friendly towards him, he is reluctant to ask her out. Then, one night, the phone rings bringing news that will change his, and his family's, world completely. It shakes him up enough that he realizes he needs to just take a chance or two, so he asks Eden out. They realize that the kind of love they share is the lucky kind despite the tough times they both are facing. A sweet story with realistic chara ...more
Brittany Porter
Feb 26, 2015 Brittany Porter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Brittany by: No one
I liked it but i thought it was going to have a different ending.
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Jan 15, 2012 Page Passion rated it liked it
This book is about a boy who learns the truth. Not just about his own father but about his life in general. He learns the truth of love and hate. But most importantly he learns the truth of himself. The Lucky Kind had every single kind of emotion wrapped into it. Anger, sadness, joy, and everything in between made its way into this book and into my heart.

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May 30, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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