If You're Lucky
When Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe that Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating Lucky’s girlfri ...more
But it was not. That’s aiming too high for IF YOU’RE LUCKY.
Was I wrong to expect these things? To want to be enthralled, moved and gasp at the ending?
I admired George’s courage and cheered her on as she paddled toward sharks to uncover the truth about her (reckless) brother’s death.
But I wasn’t impressed. I wasn’t surprise ...more
I am going to start this review with just about the only thing I liked about this book: Georgia was a baker. I love food and more than that, I love sugar. So the description of her lemon tarts and lavender shortbread cookies made me very hungry. I’ll just ignore the fact that she mentioned she had never made a muffin before. What kind of baker doesn’t ever make muffins? Weird.
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll talk about ...more
Georgia, the main character, is a teenager with paranoid schizophrenia who is dealing with the loss of her brother Lucky, the town’s golden boy. One of his best friends shows up to the memorial and creates a whirlwind of emotions for her. Georgia is an extremely well-developed character ...more
** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
This book has me stumped. I'm stumped over all of the great reviews and ratings because it was not very good. In fact, it was pretty bad. I really had to put some effort into even finishing it. Am I being harsh? Perhaps, but I am not a hard person to please which is apparent with all of my other reviews.
I thought this book created a great sense of ...more
When Georgia meets Fin, a friend of her dead brother, Lucky, she feels that something is off about him. He's charming, much like Lucky, and perhaps that's the problem: He's kind of taking over Lucky's life. First, his girlfriend; then, his dog, his family. Georgia is the only one who isn't fooled.
As time goes on, Fin's behavior becomes even more suspicious. Georgia, who is schizophrenic, stops taking her medication. Everyone else seems ...more
Georgia wants to be a normal teenager and with the help of medication she can maintain that life. It enables her to have healthy relationships with family and friends, work multiple jobs, and it also minimizes the symptoms of her mental illness. This ideal life seems to be going smoothly until her brother, Lucky, dies unexpectedly. Soon Fin, who says he was “like brothers” with Lucky, begins to be a fixture in her small town. Everyone is drawn to Fin; he’s charming, funny, and likable. Georgia’...more
If You’re Lucky has aspect of a psychological thriller and a mystery. at times, there seems to be a fine line between the two. George has all signs of being a relatively normal girl at first, but then suddenly becomes a very unreliable narrator.
Like, there was a large part of the end where I was actually talking out loud to myself, ...more
Yvonne Prinz has tackled some tough issues in this book, namely the death of a sibling and schizophrenia. For that I give her credit.She has written a YA thriller, which others have hailed as gripping.
Georgia is a teen girl whose older brother is named Lucky, a "golden boy" as it were.Their temperaments are quite opposite. Set in Australia, the story follows their lives and relationships until disaster happens.
The book has ...more
This was an interesting little roller coaster ride. I'm glad that this story is from Georgia's perspective and not someone else. Whether this is an accurate portrayal of any of the issues in the book, I don't know, I only know that I enjoyed the interesting perspective. The little town was so fascinating and the life of Lucky was as amazing as it was sad.
This book reminded me of other books I’ve read, like Second Star by Alyssa Hammel and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There is a ...more
This book gets zero stars. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Diversity: 0 – What Diversity?
Disability: -5 (Georgia has schizophrenia and its handling is why this book gets 0 stars)
Sometimes, you read a book about or starring a person from a marginalized background and you can tell it isn’t meant to be read by someone from that same marginalized background. See: Thirteen Reasons Why and the massive amounts of controversy sur ...more
From reading the synopsis this book seriously had my curiosity.
But was it good? I can't really say I was enjoying it.. Nope
and calling a dog "you dirty animal". I love dogs and just could't stand that.
Thanks to Algonquin Books for sending me a copy of If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz
Georgia's brother Lucky drowns while surfing in Australia, but Georgia knows her brother. She knows that he couldn't have drowned. When all his friends come down to False Bay and host a memorial, Georgia meets Fin. A charismatic and charming boy claiming to be Lucky's best friend.
The voice in her head begin to tell her that she can't trust Fin, that he killed Lucky. In an attempt to make these ...more
With an engrossing storyline and an intriguing mystery, If You're Lucky is a riveting young adult novel that is full of exciting twists and turns. Yvonne Prinz puts a unique spin on the unreliable narrator plot device and readers, along with lead protagonist Georgia, will have a difficult time differentiating between fact and fantasy after she begins to suspect her brother’s death might be more than a tragic accident.
Following the drowning death of her beloved older brother, Lucky, Geor ...more
But then Fin is everywhere. He's waiting tables at the inn where Georgi ...more
Georgia has a hard time coming to terms with her brother Lucky's untimely death. Her fears and suspicions are compounded when her brother's friend, Fin, swoops into town and systematically begins to charm the citizens, taking over Lucky's life one piece at a time. Georgia's mind begins to unravel along with the mystery surrounding Fin and her brother's death, and she's in a desperate race against time to convince her friends an ...more
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. When seventeen-year-old schizophrenic George's brother dies surfing, she becomes suspicious of his friend Fin, who charms his way into Lucky's old life including his girlfriend and her parents' hearts. Convinced that Lucky has been killed by Fin, George decides going off her meds is the only way to solve the "murder".
IF YOU'RE LUCKY is by far one of the best books with a schizophrenic protagonist I've read. Yvonne Pr ...more
Georgia's brother Lucky has died. A few months later, his old best friend Finn shows up to town. starts taking over his life. Her narrative slowly becomes more and more paranoid as she descends into schizophrenia.
This novel is certainly fast-paced, but aside from that, there's nothing suspenseful about the plot. The unreliable narrator is underused here. Ge ...more
Now that I’ve read the book though, I’m glad that I got the chance to read the book. Out of the three predictions that I made, two of them came true. In my case, I found that If You’re Lucky was pretty predictable. And I had a hard time reading the second part of the book to be honest.
Other than that, If You’re Lucky is a great read. I found the story to be very intriguing. I also felt that If You’re Lucky was ...more
I rec ...more
Prinz is a family favorite YA author and she keeps that designation with "If You're Lucky."
I loooooooved this book. The author deals with mental disorders in a great way, and makes it so that the reader experiences it with Georgia. The suspense in this book was fantastic. Even though this isn't really considered mystery, it definitely had some mystery aspects to it. I think this book was definitely the right book to get me started on the mystery genre! Highly recommended!