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Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron
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Jul 05, 09

Read in May, 2009

Another return to Lucky Trimble and the eccentric inhabitants of Hard Pan, California. Like its predecessor, The Higher Power of Lucky, it moves at a leisurely pace, low on plot and high on minute observations of inner turmoil. Lucky gets a new best friend, and worries that her other best friend, Lincoln, is growing apart from her. The solution? Sabotage.

Yeah. I was there to read about it, and I still can't quite figure out why Lucky does the things she does. This is a book about the desire to be impulsive, to become more intrepid and independent with the onset of early adolesence, and the slow realization of the consequences of such behavior. Good stuff, so why did the book still manage to irritate me?

At the beginning of the book, someone describes a lost treasure at the bottom of a well, and as a reader you KNOW KNOW KNOW someone's eventually going to be stuck at the bottom of that well. With many a long paragraph about The Meaning of It All. Sigh.

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