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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  94 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Pages: 352
Expected publication: April 7th 2020

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
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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
How pretty is this book?

A giant thank you to the lovely Liz Lawson for sending me this beautiful copy! I just had to show it off here!

Psst... come find me on Instagram at @reverieandink!
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
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
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
WOW... wow.. wow.. this book!

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
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
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
Raquel 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.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very emotional read, and very thought provoking. I work I the education system, and cannot fathom the thoughts and feelings you experience during and after a school shooting. Many times I found myself shaking my head, and then reflecting on what I would do in the situation. Beautifully written. 4 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Shannon Takaoka
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, roaring20sdebut
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!
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.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lucky Ones is told in the wake of a school shooting. The story is told in alternating viewpoints, starting with May, who survived by hiding in the music room closet. She lost her twin brother Jordan amongst the others and she carries so much guilt for not going out there to rescue him, to stop the shooter. Jordan was her parent's favorite, they pinned all their hopes and dreams for his future on him, while she got pushed into the background. In fact, she wasn't really getting along with ...more
Andria Sedig
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Mackenzie Lauka
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glad to have been able to read an ARC of this fantastic debut which was a really quick read! I love how this book really didn't even focus on the school shooting its centered on, and instead looked at the life of those impacted after. Very little is actually discussed about the day but more is looked at how May and Zach and the rest of the characters are dealing with the aftermath. Definitely recommend picking up a copy this book releases!
Olivia Wildenstein
An important book.

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.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I ended up DNFing this book around the 50% mark for a number of reasons. The first was the amount of language and the second was that it was slow. This book started out promising but my hopes were let down quickly. I understand that the characters were grieving, but they were still wallowing in self-pity and woe-is-me.
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.
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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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