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Just My Luck

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  31 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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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
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
After When Life Gives You Demons, I'm ready for to anything she writes!

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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha (WLABB)
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nikki S
Their first meeting was a "very meaningful 10 seconds." Lol I can't.
KarenJo Custodio
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
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
Kaylabookworm22 L
Ever sense I heard about this book, I was intrigued and really wanted to read it. It sounded amazing from the description and I was hoping for the days to pass by fast to the release date so I can buy it. By chance I came across a giveaway for the book. I entered it hoping I would win but also making a plan to buy this book in case I did not. I never win giveaways so I did not expect to win this one. I was pleasantly surprised and super happy to find out that I won the ARC giveaway on Twitter an ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca June
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways-won
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
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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Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha Hastings
The perfect summer beach read with romance, secrets, and ocean-deep character growth!

Marty has the WORST luck! From stepping in dog poop to a broken tooth. Everything has gone wrong since she stole little things from hotel customers. She decides to save her karma, she has to give it all back... even if she doesn’t know how to find them. But maybe to gain forgiveness, she’ll have to forgive.

Meanwhile, she tries not to fall for a hotel guest, but Will is irresistible with secrets of his own.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very quick read. Maybe that is the biggest issue, it did not seem to develop the characters very much and at the end, I found myself wanting more. So that was a good sign. I really wanted to know more about their lives. Several story lines were wrapped up way too quickly, for example Marty and her dad. And I would have preferred she left out the storyline about the kitten and used that space to focus more on the human relationships.
Madison Lessard
It was so short!!! I liked Marty a lot, and God if this didn’t make me want to go to Hawaii, but it was just so dissatisfyingly brief!! I wanted to see way more of Nalani, and the ending was SO quick. I didn’t even dislike it; I just thought it could’ve been way more fleshed-out. Also, I’m a stickler on romance and there was nothing all that compelling about the love story.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of contemporary but when I do I really enjoy it. Just My Luck was no exception. Yes, it was cheesy. Yes it had clicheness to it... but Jennifer Honeybourn really knew what she was doing and this book had me laughing and feeling bad for the characters. I cannot wait to read more from Jennifer Honeybourn and I hope that more people will check out this fun read.
A cute, light summer read about teen summer romance, coming of age, and the turmoil of deciding what to do after high school.

I received a copy of this for review. Full review to come on the blog soon.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, arcs
Did not help to get me out of my reading slump DNF
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Cute, light and quick read!
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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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