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Lucky Few

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  876 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird.

Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don’t hold that against her. Sure, she and her best (okay, only) friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that’s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t believe in proms. Or dancing. Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.

Enter Max Garza,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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K.E. Yes, it is! Most of the story takes place in South Austin and the Hill Country.

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C.G. Drews
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What is this I see???? A book that actually has a GOOD AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF HOMESCHOOLERS??!!?!? I can't even say how happy I am about that!! How ridiculously happy!! I'm a homeschool graduate and like, it's never perfect (neither is school tbh), but it's still an excellent way to be educated if it works for you. 10/10 for the homeschooling in here. And on top of that it was really REALLY funny and actually heart wrenchingly perfect. My only complaint is the ending absolutely sUCKED. B ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This was a fun book. I didn't really think it was going to be as fun as it was, actually. Of course I thought it would be good or I wouldn't have wanted to read it, but I was not expecting laugh-out-loud funny either. Stevie and Sanger are just delightfully weird, and when Max comes into the picture, well, he and his wacky fake-deaths fit right in somehow. I think I assumed it would
Destiny Soria
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like taking a leisurely stroll through all the best parts of a John Hughes’ film, with a few scenic detours through the cult classic Harold and Maude. The story is from the POV of Stevie, a “Normal Type” homeschooler with no shortage of dry wit and teenage pessimism. She and her best friend Sanger, who (1) drives a lemon-yellow Fiat and (2) is basically my patronus, join forces with Max, the new kid in town, as he attempts to fake his death in 23 ways (without actually dying ...more
Marci Curtis
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved. this. book.

A beautifully written story of loss and acceptance, of humor and tragedy, of finding yourself by losing yourself.
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird."

I always associate Austin with being this quirky place, and so, I feel it was the perfect backdrop for this lovely story of friendship, first love, and accepting that some things are out of our control, while we can fight for others.

As I said, this story covers quite a few things, but for me, the heart of this book was the friendship between Stevie and Sanger. They were super tight, ride-or-die friends, and their affection and dedication to each
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Reading Lucky Few made me feel like I was a part of this funky trio.

I don't even care some of the people on Goodreads complaining about the depiction of homeschooling. There's no such thing in my country so I was desperate to get any type of info about the whole process. The book had two different homeschoolers so it's not like she only showed us one side of the story.

Forgive me for not writing a better review. I read the book weeks ago so my memory is kind of fuzzy.

I just found out her next
Trigger warnings: homophobia, needles and medical crises (the protagonist is diabetic), death of a parent (in the past), car accident (in the past), accidents involving circular saws and fingers (in the past but still horrifying ohgod), simulations of death(???), blood.

Well, this was super cute. It's the story of a 16 year old girl who's a) homeschooled and b) diabetic. She basically has one friend, and so when a cute boy moves in next door, she's all "OMG WHAT DO I DOOOOOOOOOO???". Turns out h
I was hesitant in snatching this because the whole idea of "a list of fake deaths" had me on the fritz, but it kinda works.

Stevie Nicks Hart is homeschooled and has been sheltered practically her whole life. Her only friend is an amazing girl with two moms, Sanger. But when a boy covered in blood is found, collapsed in her front lawn, she appropriately freaks the eff out and tries to help him. However, when he simply climbs to his feet and brushes himself off, she's couldn't be less thrown. Mi
Ashley Blake
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pitch-perfect, a lovely girl-girl best friendship, and really intriguing looks at death, loss, and acceptance. Beautiful book!
Lillian (Inky Insanity)
This book features a homeschooled main character with type one diabetes. I’m a homeschool graduate with type one diabetes. Take that how you will. I talk about the diabetes portrayal extensively in the second half of this review.

I received an advanced review copy of this book for my birthday (thanks, Mom!). This does not affect my opinion or the integrity of my review.

Story rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The premise of this book is really cute and original. Best friends Stevie and Sanger meet a boy who
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had really mixed feelings about this book from start to finish. I’m just gonna lists the things I did like and then I’m gonna talk things I didn’t like and finally, the message(tm) that ruined it for me.

Things I liked:
- I liked the bittersweet ending. Everything wasn’t wrapped up perfectly which I enjoyed a lot! I also thought the realistic ending with the environmental activism Stevie does was tragic but real and so very good
- the diabetes rep was very strong and some of the best I’ve seen
Lydia Hephzibah
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and easy read with great diversity that wasn't at all forced, especially things I rarely/never see in books - Stevie has type 1 diabetes; Max is missing a couple of fingers and dealing with death anxiety; Sanger is half-japanese/half-black with lesbian parents. I loved the characters and the focus on friendship and Stevie's activism, and homeschooling. -1 star for the ending, which was abrupt and out of character. ...more
Kieli Jo
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I met kathryn at a book festival and was super excited to read her book! She did not let me down, this story is exciting and fun, but also has very deep moments. My favorite part was the close friendships and how they were important and that they were never ruined because of a boy.
Jul 24, 2017 added it
This book is just completely solid. I really enjoy all the characters and their interactions. Very much a friendship focussed book which is my fav <3
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Devoured this one in 7 hours and 15 minutes. Although the bashing of North and South was completely unwarranted and what did poor Mr Thornton do to deserve that?

“He also said my decision to join the cause was based solely on the fact that those poolside alliance representatives had been two hot, shirtless college guys.
One can become an activist for various, complex reasons.”
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was quirky and heartwarming! Really funny and amusing, and its uniqueness is what I loved the most!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I don't know why, I really liked this book. At first, I thought it was really boring, but the end made me want to cry... ...more
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on Such a Novel Idea

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first read the synopsis for this book, I skipped right over it. But, it nagged at me and kept coming back to my brain, so I read it again. And the part about Texas overruled everything else. You see, I’m from Texas, and my family lives in San Antonio. We’ve been going to Austin since I
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first time Stevie encounters Max, he's lying in the neighbor's yard in a pool of (fake) blood. The second time the two bump into each other, Max is (fake) drowning in a local lake. Each time max is in peril, Stevie comes to his rescue. And each time she discovers Max's almost-deaths are nothing more than cleaverly-orchestrated acting. How frustrating!

With a meet-cute like this, how can it NOT be true love?

Stevie soon learns that Max recentely had a near-death experience and lived to tell abo
Karen • The Book Return
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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See more on my blogThe Book Return BlogI really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It's been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee's  new novel, 'Lucky Few', gave me all that and more.

Although I wasn't sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger's yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie's tiny ranch house, and the
Bia Ahmed
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book about a year ago, It was a light summer read which I'm writing about now because as I was washing my hair, I suddenly remembered the easy, uncomplicated friendship between Stevie and Salinger. I remember envying at that time that how great it'd be if I could count on someone like that. And there was this best friend pact in this book that stuck out to me the most! I even offered this to my closest friends which was about asking for a favour anytime, no matter how weird it is, th ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️

Do you ever feel like you just read a book at the right time in your life?? This is me with this book and maybe like 5 other books I've read in my life.

Here's a little fact about me guys I'm a sucker for pretentious books, that's how I like my contemporaries. It's something about the psychoanalytical side of pretentious books that just always get me.

I loved the questions this book raised, I'm not going to say it's nothing I've never thought of but its something I try not to dwell to long
Adding this to the pile of "books with a diabetic character who has a dramatic low blood sugar incident purely for plot purposes" (most recent entrant: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless). That said, I liked it fine. Again, some of the writing around her diabetes strikes me as awkward/didn't entirely make sense, but some of it was quite good/actually resonated with me! A big plus. I meant to take note of some of the passages that I liked but forgot to before I had to bring it back to the library, oh ...more
Great contemporary YA fiction read about a teenage homeschooled girl in Austin, Texas. Loved how she described the different types of homeschooled kids and defended her own position as a NORMAL. I was intrigued because she has Type I diabetes, like my daughter, but this isn't the main plotline of the book--it isn't even mentioned until location 312 on my kindle, when she "double-checked my messenger bag to be sure the vitals were there: water bottle, cell phone, chewing gum, glucose tablets, ins ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a nice read, containing things like: homeschooling, religion, sexuality, death and sickness. It wasn't a dark, tough book. It was rather simple but I wouldn't read it if you want cute, ponies and rainbows. I liked the friendship between Stevie and Sanger :) And tbh, I was kind of freaked out with the refrigerator scene! ...more
BookChic Club
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book about death and loss in all of its different forms, yet it's also really funny. I enjoyed the interactions between Sanger, Max and Stevie as they go through Max's fake death list. I also liked the depiction of home-schooling and the many different approaches to it; I usually never read books that involve the character being home-schooled. ...more
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Mar 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
I need this book ASAP because everything about it is right up my alley (and was sort-of my life)

Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoyed Goodbye Stranger, you'll enjoy this. For readers 8th grade and up. ...more
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Kathryn Ormsbee is the author of books for children and young adults, including Tash Hearts Tolstoy and The House in Poplar Wood. Her novels have been critically acclaimed, translated into seven languages, selected for the Indie Next List and Junior Library Guild, and made “best of” lists at Amazon, BuzzFeed, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. She lives in Oregon with her wife and thei ...more

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