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The Lucky Ones

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,339 ratings  ·  598 reviews
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 why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through--no one saw and hear
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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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
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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 McGi
The Burning Rose (Jess)
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Book description: For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after.
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So I went into this expecting something like EVERY MOMENT AFTER by Joseph Moldover or HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown: a book that looks at the uncomfortable topics of school shootings and survivor's guilt, but in a really nuanced and complex way. Instead, I got a book that falls into the genre of what I call "mental illness tourism," which basically hinges the usual teen romance formula on an over-dramatized portrayal of teens who are eithe
4 stars

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I’m a SURVIVOR. I’m the leftover. The lucky one. The only one in that room who lived.

The Lucky Ones is a gut wrenching and moving story about moving through trauma and loss and dealing with grief. It’s not an easy read and broke my heart. It had moments though. Moments that had me hopeful. I’m so impressed this is a debut novel.

May is the main character in this story and she’s been through so much. She’s having trouble getting through day by day and she’s guilt ridden, but
alana ♡
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The fact is: I'm a SURVIVOR. I'm the leftover. The lucky one. The only one in that room who lived."

This book is such a heart-wrenching, hard hitting, emotional journey that I devoured from start to finish. For a debut novel this is truly fantastic and unfortunately so relevant to the society we live in today, especially if you're in America. The Lucky Ones is a story of tragedy, trauma, coping, and hope all wrapped into one story that, let's face it, made my ugly cry pretty damn hard but it
C.G. Drews
This was an utterly sobering and gut-wrenching read. I knew it would be intense going in since it's about a girl who survives a school-shooting. It layers the trauma with twists of agony, so you'll finish up with your heart just that little bit broken. It's very much about grief and guilt, but also it's a journey towards healing and trying to keep participating in life when that's so so hard.

May is such an angry and brutal person, and it's totally understandable. I felt broken for her. Her broth
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson was a pretty quick read once I’d actually gotten into the book. It’s one of the most heavy and hard-hitting young adult novels I’ve read this year so far but also thematizes such an important topic. I think it’s very important to include heavy topics such as school shootings in teen literature because those books should portray reality and sadly, what happened in this book can happen at any
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
School shootings have been an all too common occurrence for us here in America, where in 2019 there had been 25 incidents in schools and mass shootings totaling 419 - more incidents than we have days in the year.

In this book, ‘The Lucky Ones’, Lawson wrote with utmost sensitivity that resonates about the psychological aftermath of those that have survived these horrific incidents.

This story was centered around May McGintee who survived a school shooting when she hid in the closet during the at
Susan's Reviews
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am rating this four out of five stars, but more because of the serious subject matter and how well it was handled.
I had to agree with one of the characters, Lucy, when she scolded May for being blindly self-absorbed each time May vented her anger and pent up feelings regarding the school shooting that took her twin brother's life. May behaved as if no one else could possibly be feeling the same amount of pain and guilt that she was enduring. She often mocked other students' expressions of grie
Update: I'm putting this back on the shelf for now.

I read the first five chapters and really enjoyed them. However, it's basically October, so I want only October type books at this time.

To be picked up again soon...


I'm picking this up as my last roll for Bookopolathon, which was to read a sad book.

This sounds hella sad and I'm ready. Bring on the tears!

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!
This book has a 4.32 Goodreads Community rating as of April 2020, making it officially overrated. It's just such a bleh book, yet seriously annoying, tedious and lacking in plot. I didn't like most of the characters and the story should have been Lucy trying to deal with everyone's shit.

May kinda sucks. Yes her brother died, it was horrible and she has PTSD. Free pass on all of that. However she's emotionally unpredictable and manipulative, laughing one minute and aggressively attacking Zach the
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liz Lawson Fans, YA
4 A Real Look Stars
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There are times when we experience things we shouldn't have to. The teaching of young children as to what to do during an active shooter situation is one of them. Unfortunately, it is a sign of our particular times. As a mother of two sons, I am very lucky they were out of all schooling, so it wasn't something I needed to deal with.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson is a debut novel of the highest regard. It looks at the devastation and impact of all those invol
Kate (GirlReading)
A gorgeous and heartbreaking story that shouldn't have to be told.

We shouldn't have to have stories about school shootings because school shootings (and any shooting for that matter) shouldn't be happening but they are and this book wonderfully explores the affects they have on the lives of those who are left behind, the people who have to live with the aftermath, the survivors, the 'the lucky ones'.

Both Maya and Zach's narratives were brilliantly explored. I particularly loved that the author
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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson was emotional, heartfelt story about a school shooting that takes place and how May and Zach both dealing with it in their own separate ways. This story is told in two alternate points of view. You have May who's twin brother died in the school shooting. Then you have Zach who's mother is the lawyer for the school shooter. Each dealing with their own situations end up needing each other.

Thank You Random House, Delacorte Press and Netgalley for providing an ARC of th
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 shooti
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 fin
 Readaholic Jenn
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Such a powerful novel.
Larry H
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Liz Lawson's The Lucky Ones is an emotional, timely story that packs such a powerful punch.

When a deadly shooting occurred at her school, May survived by hiding in a closet. But her brother and her friends were among those killed. She knows she should feel lucky but she doesn’t. No one understands the guilt, the hurt, the anguish she feels as her life is falling apart around her. All she wants to do is lash out, but one friend tries to keep her close.

After the shooting, Zach’s life changed i
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cw: School shooting, loss of loved ones, PTSD, anxiety, survivor guilt, excessive drinking at parties.

I am exhausted.

There was so much anger and hurt and grief and guilt and hope. I was literally feeling a strong emotion for about 80% of this novel. Hence my current wrung out state. I confess that some of that emotion was actually annoyance. May was a very angry person for most of the first half of the novel and she was honestly quite unlikeable. Yes, I know it was because of the guilt and PTS
Sentranced Jem
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2020
I knew The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson would be an emotional read and that's exactly what I got.
A wonderful debut novel by Liz Lawson.
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 h
bee ʚïɞ
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
four stars ∗ oh boy, i don’t know where to begin. this was such a raw and real story and it was definitely hard to read at times, but it was so good and so wonderfully told. i can’t even imagine losing one of my siblings, especially in the horrific way that may lost jordan. seeing her grief and pain was so heartbreaking yet completely understandable; everyone grieves differently. it was also interesting to see zach and how he was affected by the shooting as well; he wasn’t involved, per say, but ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
This book is about a school shooting. In it, we explore the feelings and struggles of the main character and see partial glimpses of the grieving process other students. It's would be easy to judge the main character harshly, but everyone has to cope in their own way and I loved that nothing about this was neat and clean. The entire situation is regretful and I hope many are able to experience this book for themselves and maybe learn a thing or two from this book. ...more
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Lucky Ones is an emotionally charged and hauntingly poignant novel that follows of the aftermath of a school shooting and the lives of those affected by it.

They call May the lucky one. She is the sole survivor of a school shooting that takes the lives of her twin brother, fellow classmates, and her favorite teacher. But May doesn’t feel lucky. She’s angry. She’s heartbroken. And she’s lost.

When May meets Zach, she sees in him a kindred spirit and they immediately click. They find themselves
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

School shootings are about the worst thing that can happen to teenagers today. How can we better prepare for this?
This is about to very awkward teenagers who are broken from the shooting and they should be enemies. The story is a hot mess and very YA!
I had a hard time with May, she wasn’t very likable. And Zach was so weak, insecure that it made me cringe. But as the story progressed they grew on me, a little. The shooter was another disturbing character, which added mystery becaus
***Actual Rating: 3.5/5 Flying-Far-Away Stars***

When people told me this book would be perfect for fans of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, I literally pushed everything I was reading aside just to pick this one up right away. Well, after I was finished, there's one thing I could be sure of and that is: May and Zach's story was nothing like Violet and Finch's--my favorite OTP's--even though both stories did convey some essential messages to us readers.

In my opinion, there's b
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
4/5 ⭐️

Thank you so much to PRH International for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion!

This is a poignant and heartbreaking story about moving on after a devastating trauma and the grief that follows it. It's really not an easy read as it deals with school shootings so please be aware of this before you pick it up. However, the perspective given to the characters who survived it is, I believe, essential and gut wrenching. The author did a fantastic job at
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Liz Lawson is an author, 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 MAGAZINE, went to g

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