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 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 ...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 didnt die that day, right? But what if they ...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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...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
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
Thank You Random House, Delacorte Press and Netgalley for providing an ARC of ...more
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 ...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 meetMay, from being a survivor while losing ...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 ...more
Told from alternating perspectives, THE LUCKY ONES ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
Since college, she's written for a variety of publications, including PASTE ...more