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Just My Luck

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around -- she just has to return all of the items she stole.

When Marty meets Will, a
Published July 16th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: d-n-f, 2019-release
DNF 50%
I'm surprised I made it this far. The combination of insta love / immediate connection / tingling feelings during the first meeting and the ridiculous and unrealistic bad luck was just off-putting : (

ARC provided by edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review
2.5 stars

I had read and enjoyed Jennifer’s other titles, so I was fairly eager to get to this one.

I liked Marty well enough. She’s maybe a little lost and struggling with her life, but she was tenacious and eager to set things right. There were a few other characters, but everyone felt really one dimensional and clichéd.

Plot wise, it was a fast moving slice of time. Marty and Will were always doing activities and talking, yet it still seemed like everything was just at the surface. There weren’t
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Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley2019
A story about winning against Karma.

Marty works are a resort in Maui and she knows better than anyone not to get involved with the tourists—she'd only gets a heartbreak from it. But her luck in on the negative lately, and bad things keep happening to her, to the point she's lost her car, her boyfriend and her best friend is going the same direction. So it's not surprising when she falls for Will, who's in the best room with his brother for the month and for whom she now needs to act as private g
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MY RATING: 4.5/5 stars

I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for a honest review.

My gosh, guys. This book is short,simple, and sweet. I was so happy to read this book during my vacation because it felt like a perfect compliment to the sunny days off. It takes place in Hawaii first of all, so you're not going wrong with picking this book up for a summer read. And it has this really pure and fluffy romance blossoming between a rich boy who is the sweetest thing ever and a girl who was
Katy Upperman
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
DELIGHTFUL. Marty is a protagonist who’s easy to relate to and fun to root for. Will is super sweet! Loved the coming-of-age aspect of this novel, as well as the friendship and family aspects. The Hawaiian setting is perfection. I think contemporary YA fans adore this story—I definitely have!
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Just My Luck

This is the story of Marty, a young girl who works at the Grand Palms Hotel in Maui. Marty’s parents just separated, and she is quite upset by this turn of events. Because of her frustration, she starts stealing trinkets from the hotel guests… the cheap stuff that would not be missed by their owners. But soon, Marty is hit with a stroke of bad luck and she realizes that she needs to return the stolen objects to their owners in order to break this curse. In the meantime, Marty meets Will, a new g
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

❌ Bland, forgettable, frequently irritating characters

❌ Insta-love

❌ Extraordinarily cheesy and non-closure ending


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I loved the Hawaiian setting, but the story wasn’t as flushed out as it could have been. Still a cute summery read.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance, ya, arcs
A pair of cherry red sunglasses, a vanilla-scented travel candle, a hula girl shot glass, and a luggage tag shaped like a surfboard were the sources of Marty's bad luck, and she was on a mission to reverse this bad karma.

After her parent's divorce, Marty seemed to make a few bad decisions. Among them was her string of petty thefts as she cleaned guest rooms at an upscale resort. These items were all meaningless, but she believed they were the source of her bad luck. This was not your everyday ty
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: swoon-reads
A cute and quick summer read. Thanks to Swoon Reads for the arc!
Katherine Paschal
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
*Review can be found at*

Marty has been unlucky recently and it just seems to be getting worse. She is pretty sure her luck is due to the cheap knickknacks she stole from the rooms of hotel guests while she was cleaning rooms at work but she has no idea how to change her luck back. Add on a heaping of family drama and life angst, and Marty is overwhelming. But maybe her new assignment at work can help change her fate- if she can stay professional and not be c
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it

Trigger warnings: divorce, teen alcoholism, head injury in surfing accident

***I received this book from the publisher at BookExpo. All opinions are uninfluenced.***

Just My Luck follows Hawaiian native Marty and her string of recent bad luck. From a tree branch falling on her car to her prom date making out with someone else at the dance, she just can't seem to catch a break. Luckily, Marty knows just what's causing it: she works at a fancy hotel and has been stealing small items from the rooms s
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn is an amazing adorable story of Marty and all the bad luck that comes to her during the summer. Marty has ups and downs but she also has to keep together her family and job. Her old friends and new are all helping her through this crazy summer before taking a year off to go around the country with her friend Nalani. More crazy things happen has Marty just tries to not fall for the new cute hotel guest Will while also having to show him around the beautiful Mau ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Cute, light and quick read!
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I think it was a fun summer read and more slice-of-life than I was expecting, but overall enjoyable.

The premise was... not weak, exactly, but while it seemed like the impetus for the plot it mostly just felt like a sub-plot that could have been cut and not impacted the story at all. Which is weird when it even influences the title. Her whole fixation with luck both seems like an afterthought and also a hyperfixation, which is a bit tricky to reconcile but there you have it.

I did love Marty as a
KarenJo Custodio
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn is a quick, but lighthearted and enjoyable YA contemporary romance.

This book is an easy and cute read. I really liked the concept of the story and some parts are quite delightful. I also liked the pacing and the swiftly moving plot with plenty of events and happenings. However, I felt like both the story and characters needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I just wanted everything to be MORE than what it was. So while there are definitely a few things that cou
Avery Benson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Jennifer Honeybourn’s Just My Luck is a story about a teenage girl named Marty Taylor who works as a housekeeper at the prestigious Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Hawaii. Tired of cleaning up after rich snobs, she starts to steal small items from their rooms right before they leave. Karma kicks in and she starts to have terrible luck. She decides the only way she can get her luck back and be able to stay close to Will Foster, the guest she’d fallen for, is to return all the items she lost.
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Things haven't been going very well lately for Marty Taylor, and it seems as though a cloud of bad luck is following her everywhere. Even though she lives in most folks' idea of paradise--Maui--Marty isn't particularly fond of her job as a housekeeper at the Grand Palms Hotel. Angry at her father for abandoning the family and afraid to leave her mother for a planned trip with her best friend, Nalani, Marty has taken several small objects from some of the hotel guests' rooms during her tenure as ...more
Daniel Cuthbert
(Note: I received an ARC of this title in a Goodreads giveaway, and leave my honest opinions below.)

Martina, or Marty for short has two big problems. One involves her never ending string of bad luck from a universe that seems to want to get her back for her habit of stealing odds and ends from the folks who come to the hotel she works at in Maui. And the second is an out-of-towner named Will who just might be the antidote she needs.

In this extended meet cute between the two of them, the author
Shalini | Book Rambler
Just my Luck was a quick and easy read. Marty is our protagonist and she's a teen working in a hotel in Maui. Since her dad left her, she's been lost and debating taking time off from attending college to stay with her mom. While working at the hotel, she meets a cute guy who's on vacation and that should have been a good day but Marty keeps getting unlucky.

Marty thinks that her bad luck is the result of her stealing things from the hotel guests. So, she figures that she has to change her luck
Rebecca June
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
A big thank you to Honeybourn, Swoon Reads, and Xpresso Book Tours for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on my blog June Reads Books.

The only explanation for all the things going wrong in Marty's life is karma. What else could explain the fact that, in one day, she broke her tooth, a tree fell on her car, and she ruined a good pair of slippers because someone didn't clean up after their dog? She needs to put things right and that doesn't include bein
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect read for a summer at the beach!! Marty Taylor feels like she has terrible luck, brought on by her stealing small items from the rooms she cleaned at her mothers hotel in Maui. I love books set in Hawaii, just because it’s such a magical place and makes people think of love and adventure. This book has a lot of love and adventure following Marty and her friends through the beginning of summer.
Marty believes that if she returns the things she took from the guests that she can turn her lif
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marty just can't catch a break. Her father has abandoned the family, her mom caught her sneaking in past curfew and is making sure her summer party days are over, and now she's stuck on the night shift desk at the hotel where both she and her mother work. On top of this, anything terrible that CAN happen has. From catching her dream date with another girl to a tree falling on her car. And Marty knows why. When she worked in housekeeping in the hotel, she stole cheap, silly items from the rooms o ...more
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher - thank you! All opinions are my own.

This book was alright. I wasn't blown away by it, but I didn't hate it. I think it may just be too short of a book to really develop the characters. We get a sense of who they are, but I was left wanting a bit more. The main character, Marty, is a little hard to sympathize with at first since she stole things from the hotel where she works. However, she does progress a bit and wants to fix her mistakes, so
Eileen (BookCatPin)
I originally didn't plan on picking up Just My Luck but it turned out to be a quick contemporary goody. The story delivered exactly what the synopsis promises.

For a short book I thought Marty was a well-developed character. She may be young but she recognized that every time she decided not to face her problems, she was running away from them. I was able to be more patient and tolerant with her because of her self-awareness. Like any other teenager she just lacked a little courage. In many ways
Reads in Heels
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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It’s a very coming-of-age type of story that fitted just well, and I liked Marty and Will’s romance and individual development, though how it wrapped up felt a little abrupt for me. It’s reminiscent of Something in Between, when things just fell into place for the characters by the end that it felt just a tad bit unnatural. The book is fairly long too (2338 pages on Kindle), so I think it’s because the author really spent a lot of time bu
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Marty is going through a string of horrible luck and when a palm tree totals her car she has an epiphany - her recent bad luck is because she stole some random stuff from guests at the hotel where she works. She comes up with a plan, mail the stuff back and her luck will change. Fortunately she only stole a few things. Between trying to figure out the addresses of the former guests, a new romance with a cute guy who has his own problems, and her father who she's not speaking t ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

I thought this book was a super cute read. It was easy & quick. I thought it was a perfect little read to kick off the summer.

It’s about a girl named Marty who works at a hotel in Hawaii. She has really bad luck - and believes it’s because she steals small items from the guests at the hotel. She knows how she can get her luck back - she just has to return every single item she stole back to their rightful owners.

I thought the premise of the book was cute - and add in a little bi
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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she'd have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE ...more

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