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The Lucky Ones

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  189 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
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Expected publication: 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 didnt die that day, right? But what if they
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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 doesnt 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 didnt. Especially concentrating on her PTSD and survival guilt.

The book takes place nearly a
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.
4 stars

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Im a SURVIVOR. Im 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. Its not an easy read and broke my heart. It had moments though. Moments that had me hopeful. Im so impressed this is a debut novel.

May is the main character in this story and shes been through so much. Shes having trouble getting through day by day and shes guilt ridden, but shes also a
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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 either
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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***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 Lawsons 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 couldnt see myself reacting with her
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
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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 meetMay, from being a survivor while losing
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 itthis is a tough read, especially the chapters that are from May's POVa 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 to ...more

Sadly, school shootings have increased recently, along with just any gun violence. A lot of news and media always focuses on the right now, but The Lucky Ones focuses on the after. And not the directly after, the year after. A year ago May lost her her twin brother in a school shooting. Not only was she left unharmed, but she was the only one in the band room that day who made it out alive.

This story is told in alternating point of views. First we have May who is extremely broken
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 Id 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
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
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Content warnings: Depression, PTSD, panic/anxiety attack, school shooting scenario

I picked up this book from the publisher's booth while attending the North Texas Teen Book Festival in March 2020.

I find books dealing with this subject content so hard to rate. It's not that I dislike the book or the book isn't for me, it's just that the subject matter is so heavy that I don't want to dismiss how people genuinely feel regarding this delicate matter. Not to say that the
Gary Anderson
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Liz Lawsons The Lucky Ones is a searing new look at the aftereffects of a school shooting and the relationship between two young people with different connections to the shooting. Mays twin brother and six others died in the shooting while May hid in a nearby closet listening as events unfolded. When Mays school is closed after the tragedy, students are sent to other campuses. At her new school, May meets Zach. Then she discovers that Zachs mother is the killers defense attorney. Told from the ...more
Mar 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
The more I look at this cover, the more I love it. I hope the book is just as good!
Raquel Gilliland
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liz Lawsons The Lucky Ones is a devastating and compassionate look at the aftermath of a school shooting. Lawsons 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* Zachs isolation and search for human connection ...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.
Trisha Perry
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
May is a lucky one, but she doesn't feel like one, every since her brother, the genius, was a victim of a school shooting. She feels responsible for what happened, and doesn't see how anybody else can possibly feel the way she does. Zach became a social outcast the day his mother decided to represent the shooter, his friends are ghosting him, and his girlfriend left. Than Zach and May meet each other when their schools are joined and hit it off, but they don't find out each others roles until ...more
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 novels premise may sound dark, but Mays dry humor and Zachs 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. ...more
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as unreleased
7 October 2019
This sounds like a tough and heavy book. Also an important one. Im not so sure that I cant keep tears away while reading this. For the record, Ive never REALLY cried while reading a book.
Nabilah Firdaus
I have just finished this book and I feel inside a whirlwind of feelings and emotions which unfortunately, not all positive. This is a hard book to review; it is complex, fragile and made me uncomfortable.

The Lucky Ones is set during the aftermath of a school shooting and follows two high school students, May and Zach. May survived during the school shooting that killed her twin brother because she hid in a locker in a room where it happened. One night, she met Zach, whose mom she later
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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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