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The Lucky Ones

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  65 reviews
For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost it all?

May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn't know
352 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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The Aftermath.

Extremely good and emotional book. It was a bit of a tearjerker, but not quite as bad as I expected. It deals with what happens in the aftermath of a school shooting, not so much the shooting itself. It doesn’t go in depth into the why it happened or what the shooter was going through, but focuses on a girl that survived while her twin brother didn’t. Especially concentrating on her PTSD and survival guilt.

The book takes place nearly a year after the shooting occurred and May
Jeff Bishop
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remember the name Liz Lawson.

Told from two POVs, THE LUCKY ONES tells the story two students in the aftermath of a school shooting. May, whose brother was killed, and Zach, whose mother is defending the shooter.

Gutting from the first page, THE LUCKY ONES is an unflinching look at the relentless grief we heap upon ourselves when we feel responsible (directly or indirectly) for the harm we've brought upon those we love. Liz Lawson takes what could've been a straightforward story about sorrow and
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is... intense, difficult, important. I'm fortunate to have read this story pre-publication and admittedly, this genre is very outside my lane; I avoid contemporary because of FEELINGS and reality. But the voice grabs you from the beginning, and it's so emotionally impacting, you can't put it down. The POVs of Zach and May are heartbreaking as they move through guilt, grief, and healing, but hopeful. I can imagine this resonating with readers, especially American teens that want books ...more
Shannon Doleski
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Told in the aftermath of a school tragedy, The Lucky Ones follows the collision of May and Zach as they learn how to love in the face of grief. Fans of This Is Where It Ends and One of Us Is Lying are going to fall in love just as hard. YA readers are going to enjoy the fast-paced, sharp voice of the dual points of view!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to read a pre-publication version of this book. It's been a while since I've read something that has given me chills and brought tears to my eyes. I'm not going to sugarcoat it—this is a tough read, especially the chapters that are from May's POV—a survivor of a school shooting that took the life of her twin brother, Jordan. May's life is basically spiraling out of control, until she meets Zach, a boy with his own problems, (I'll leave them out ...more
Liz Lawson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi there,

Now that ARCs are heading out into the world, I wanted to take a moment to write a quick note to readers.

Schools are now regularly equipped with metal detectors and security, and practice active shooter drills. As May McGintee says in this book, “Now they are one and the same, the frightening places and the daily places.” This is every day reality.

I wrote this book for all the kids who are faced with this reality, day in and out. I wrote it for the kids who have lived through the
Jennifer Moffett
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roaring20s
I got to read THE LUCKY ONES by Liz Lawson early, and I know readers will love it as much as I did. It is a very rare thing for a book to make me cry AND also laugh while tugging at my heart the entire time, but this one did exactly that.

The story follows May and Zach, two high school students both reeling from the aftermath of a local school shooting. Told through alternating first person POV, both characters are barely holding it together when they meet—May, from being a survivor while losing
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE LUCKY ONES by Liz Lawson in exchange for my honest review.***

The moment I read the blurb for THE LUCKY ONES I preordered the book from Amazon. As soon as Liz Lawson’s debut showed up on NetGalley, I requested a copy. Today I won the ARC lottery, reshuffled my plans, cuddled up with my cat and my kindle and got started.

My heart when out to May, who lost her twin in a school shooting and while I couldn’t see myself reacting with
Jenny Moke
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this story and WOW are people not going to be ready for it in the best way. May is heartbroken and grieving and savage; Zach is struggling and trying and sometimes failing and so awkward you'll laugh out loud. The two of them together shouldn't work, but it does, and they do, and they'll pull you along with them. It breaks my heart everyday that this is a reality our kids face, but now they'll have Liz's book to help them navigate the aftermath and ...more
June Hur
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love about this book is that the voice is so brutally honest and raw that it catches you off guard, and holds onto you. You feel what the characters are feeling so deeply - their fury, their pain, their loneliness and confusion, but also their hopes, their victories, and that fluttering sensation of falling in love. With all that said, THE LUCKY ONES is a an emotionally tough book to read, and it is an important book to read. I highly recommend this book, especially if you're interested ...more
Eva Gibson
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged enough to get my hands on an early copy of THE LUCKY ONES, and right from the start I had a gut feeling I’d love it. I am happy to say that my gut did not steer me wrong. This story is heartbreaking and complicated, gritty and darkly hilarious. The characters are emotionally messy, and realistically conflicted, and the love story is as star-crossed as it can get. Basically, this book has all the things I want in a contemporary.

Told from alternating perspectives, THE LUCKY ONES
Oct 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Liz Lawson Fans, YA
With all that can happen in Life...
Growing Pains for Teens shouldn't be So Complicated...

As Adults, We've All Been There, Done That...
But then Something Happens to these teens...
Something We Never had to deal with...

Examining the All Too Timely subject of School Tragedy...
Liz Lawson's The Lucky Ones takes a look at just that...

Those who are considered the "lucky ones"...
How do they handle it all...
Will they Find the Light left in the World
And come out the other side...

The Lucky Ones - Expected
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An effectively intense, emotional, heart wrenching, mind bending, sad, poignant, depressing debut novel shakes you to the core and making you non-stop sob, walking around with your teary red eyes and running nose.

This is not only about the school shooting, massacre and terror the perpetrator created, innocent victims who unexpectedly lost their lives, this book is about the people WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND.
They could be named as “LUCKY ONES” because they didn’t die that day, right? But what if they
Raquel Vasquez  Gilliland
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liz Lawson’s The Lucky Ones is a devastating and compassionate look at the aftermath of a school shooting. Lawson’s ability to capture the effects of such a traumatic event is astonishing and authentic. The Lucky Ones is written from two points of view: May, whose brother was murdered in the shooting, and Zach, whose lawyer mother is representing the suspect. These two characters and the difficulties they face are totally visceral. Readers can *feel* Zach’s isolation and search for human ...more
Galloway Allbright
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I'm a 39 year old Dad of a couple little sons, I haven't picked up a YA book since we were consumed by a Clinton impeachment, and The Lucky Ones about gutted me. I had to put it down a few times, not because it was tiresome, but because I literally couldn't handle the excruciatingly realized white heat of a teenager's inner life.

Brick by brick Liz Lawson's writing builds witness to these children's world, inside and out, in a way that should shame and move the adults who have left them to

Kelly Coon
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't cried that hard about a book in a long time. Filled with raw anger, and underneath it all, a deep, driving ache that comes through perfectly, this debut is a reminder of how deeply we can feel about someone we've lost and how long and difficult recovery can actually be. Highly, highly recommend.
Andrea Contos
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liz Lawson's THE LUCKY ONES is the kind of book you can't put down--and that won't leave you even after you've finished the last page.

It deftly tackles the aftermath of a school shooting with honesty and grace, and the raw emotion from every character comes to life on the page. May's anger and pain seeps through every word, as does her need to find a way to heal and recover, and the dynamic between her and Zach--who's also dealing with aftermath in a very different way--feels believable and
I am one of the few very fortunate souls who got to read THE LUCKY ONES before it was bought by a major publishing house in a pre-empt. This novel’s premise may sound dark, but May’s dry humor and Zach’s heartfelt optimism shine through in every chapter, illuminating a sad story with a thousand pinpricks of starlight. I adore this book and cannot wait until you get to read it in 2020.
sanna ♡
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as unreleased
7 October 2019
This sounds like a tough and heavy book. Also an important one. I’m not so sure that I can’t keep tears away while reading this. For the record, I’ve never REALLY cried while reading a book.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me sob a thousand tears in the best way.

Such a beautiful book about what the aftermath of grief feels like. Highly recommend.
Shannon Takaoka
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roaring20sdebut, ya
Wow, wow, wow… this book. Set during the aftermath of a school shooting and told in alternating POVs, it follows two teens whose lives are connected and forever changed by the tragedy.

There’s May: lost, angry and struggling to find her way through the anguish of losing her twin… and the crushing guilt she feels about being the one to survive.

And Zach: ostracized at school because his mom is serving as the shooter’s attorney, he’s trying to put on a brave face while also dealing with his own
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
So I'm one of the lucky ones who got to read an early copy of The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson! This page-turning debut is told in the alternating voices of May and Zach two young people very differently impacted by a school shooting. May witnessed the event and her brother died, and Zach's mother is defending the shooter in court. Lawson's eye for detail, and understanding of human emotion in tragic events gives us a stunning tale necessary for our times. For one wondering how to cope in a world ...more
Harper  Glenn
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished the AMAZING 2020 YA debut, THE LUCKY ONES, by Liz Lawson. Told in two very distinct POV'S, I found myself hooked inside both May and Zach's perspective. Descriptions are executed perfectly. And I read this book within days because I couldn't put it down! While the novel explores a difficult subject, it's filled with several moments of laughter. But even still, this novel doesn't hold back. It's riveting, written beautifully, and full of raw emotion relating beyond it's YA ...more
Suzanne Park
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trying not to reveal any spoilers...

This contemporary YA novel was impossible to put down. I've never wanted to jump inside a book to punch, hug, or yell at characters before-- I was so emotionally invested!

Told in dual POV, Lawson adeptly weaves in flashbacks and memories so the past and present drama unfolds and reveals itself at a perfect pace.

A heartwrenching, yet hopeful read for fans of Adam Silvera and Karen McManus. I can't wait to see this book on shelves!
Julia Francis
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, trigger warnings for may things. Mainly: gun violence, panic attacks, blood, ptsd, violence.
With that being said, this book was incredible. I very much enjoyed it. Lawson handled the issue at hand with respect and the portrayal it deserved. This book was a beautiful exploration of grief and trauma, and the aftermath of something horrible. I loved May as a character: she was complicated, flawed, but above all, just trying to get through all the hurt. The romance I felt was done
Andria Sedig
This book felt like it could be really powerful. The premise of the book suggests that there is going to be some hard material within the book, so I was expecting that going into it. What I wasn't expecting was the amount of swearing that would be within this book. As someone looking for books to include in spaces for young people, it was just too much for me to be able to feel good about recommending to middle schoolers/younger high schoolers (I.e. swearing every other page, or 10+ times in one ...more
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
Thank you Delacorte Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Christina Lane
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book about the aftermath of a school shooting that is well written and emotionally raw. May and Zach are characters on two different sides of the story facing the effects of a post-school shooting world and I felt that their experiences in the book were real. It's an emotionally draining scenario and I thought the author did a great job of conveying the depth of what the characters were experiencing. May's character is angry and has given up living except for in anger. Zach is just trying to ...more
Daniel Aleman
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK!!! It grabbed me from the first page and it didn’t let go, and now I’m just anxiously waiting for the rest of the world to read it because I desperately need to talk to someone about it.

‘The Lucky Ones’ is an exploration of loss, grief, and finding your place in the world. May and Zach are such real, expertly crafted characters, and the raw emotion in these pages made me fall head over heels for this story. Mark your calendars for April 2020, cause you DO NOT wanna miss this one.
Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
only five star reviews? huh
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Liz Lawson is an author, a music supervisor, a wife, a mom, and a bunch of other things, too. She's been writing for most of her life in one way or another -- in high school her SAT II essay about gopher throwing was awarded a perfect score, and in college she held a position on the editorial board of the campus newspaper.

Since college, she's written for a variety of publications, including PASTE
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