The Lucky Ones
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 ...more
Expected publication: April 7th 2020
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was heavy, intense, emotional, and rips to your core in the best way. This book is extremely important in every way. I feel like we have way to many school shootings today and give Liz extreme props for writing a book about such tough topic.
We follow two teens who are struggling with the aftermath of a school shooting. These two teens are forever connected to one another and struggle/grow in different ways. Trauma has impacted these two teens and they ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Told from alternating perspectives, THE LUCKY ONES ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
Lawson exposes the effects of a school shooting in a painstakingly raw way—the PTSD, the guilt, the emotional detachment, and the arduous path survivors must take to return to society and fit in anew.
Zach was a wonderful character whom I felt attached to immediately.
All and all, I'm a bit disappointed by this book because I was hoping for better.
Rating: 2 Stars
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*I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. ...more
Since college, she's written for a variety of publications, including PASTE ...more