Monday, May 9, 2011

The Lucky Kind; Alyssa B Sheinmel

Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)


High school junior Nick Brandt has always felt pretty lucky. He has great parents, good grades, and a best friend, Stevie, who’s practically a member of his family. And Nick is sure that this is the year he’s going to finally talk to Eden Reiss, the girl he’s wanted for as long as he can remember. But after a cryptic phone call on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, Nick begins to think his luck has changed – for the worse. His parents have been keeping a secret from him, and Nick doesn’t think he will ever trust them again. Yet the more estranged Nick feels from his parents, the closer he gets to Eden. Maybe luck is more complicated than Nick realized; maybe what he thought was bad luck is actually just the opposite.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected – and sometimes unwelcome – circumstances.

My Review

I find it refreshing that I have been lucky enough to review all of these "guy oriented" books lately. I know the topic has been fresh amongst the YA world. The Lucky Kind is sensational. I usually go in with unease when I know the main character is a guy. I never know for sure if I will be able to flow with the characters "voice".  Sheinmel has super way of keeping the males voice real but you are still able to relate to the male character if you are a female. Marvelous banter and jesting. (always a fav with me) The voices of the characters were distinct and each character had a necessary role. Nick is the main character and you know he thinks way to much, but it's normal. It's normal to be angry and confused and to try to find your way in life. It's also normal to have a hard time to accept that the truth comes in so may forms. What maybe true to you and your eyes are not true to others. Truth has many blends.

    If I were to give you one reason to read The Lucky Kind, it would be the story behind what "The Lucky Kind" means. So are you the Lucky Kind? I could tell you 10 positives for this book lickety split, I'd have a hard time telling you any negatives. It such a quick book, I can't see a reason why you are still sitting here reading my review instead of going to get your own copy.....*scratches head*


Jenny N. said...

I haven't heard too much about this book but your rave review certainly spiked my interest.

Zibilee said...

I also like it that there seem to be so many books targeted at boys lately. I mean, there have always been the witch and wizard books, but these seems different, and I wonder if this is a book that my son would enjoy. I am going to have to grab a copy of it when I can. Thanks for the great review, Liz!

Juju at Tales of said...

Sounds good and I'm curious about the mystery.

Blodeuedd said...

I have read many guy oriented books..well if you don't count fantasy, but then they are for all

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thanks, Liz! I haven't seen this one. :-)

GMR said...

I understand your trepidation with guy leads....the voice can come across rough at times. I mean we think differently to a degree (you know, view situations from different angles) but so does each character you encounter on some level so each new book is taking a chance. Sounds like this one paid off. May have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Kline said...

I hadn't even heard about this book until I saw your review. But you totally sold me on it. Going to add it to my TBR list!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Hee hee.. love the ending. Oh sounds like a great character. I haven't read too much contemporary YA, but when I do, I often read one with a male protag. Interesting.. :) Great review!