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I Am Lucky Bird Paperback – May 27, 2012
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Lucky's life has never been easy. The only people she really knows are AnnMarie, her "mother" for all intents and purposes and her "grandmother", Marian, who is hardly ever around. Then there is Tom Cressfield - the minute he made an appearance in the story, my skin began to crawl because he has a strange creepiness that just screams, "Cannot be trusted!!".
Lucky's life takes a turn for the worse when AnnMarie mysteriously disappears, and Marian becomes abusive, making her life a living hell. Lucky takes refuge in the new friendship she forms with Rika, a new girl who not only understands Lucky, but accepts her without a question. Rika and Lucky's relationship develops into something much deeper and they share a strong bond of love and friendship, and I felt that Lucky held onto it with dear life because it was the closest thing to normal that she ever had.
Yet another tragic event befalls Lucky and it was at this point that I thought she should consider a name change, because she was anything but lucky. Marian's psychotic behaviour pushes her over the edge and Lucky makes what was probably the best decision of her life, she leaves. But she also very quickly realises that leaving does not mean that the past can be forgotten.Read more ›
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Published by: New Dawn Publishers
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"I Am Lucky Bird" by Fleur Philips was really some read that took place in rural Montana that deals with some tough topics. I found this read to be well written and once you start it you will get hooked immediately. "I am Lucky Bird" does cover a range that implores a range of time from a baby being found behind a bar...only to be adopted by Marian...who wasn't so nice and her daughter Anna Marie...later she disappears...was she murdered? Marian becomes very abusive..then her boyfriend (Tom) is just a little too friendly. Lucky becomes pregnant..Marian kills her baby...then Lucky runs away. Now, when you think certainly this is all of the horrible things that will come to Lucky...guess what? There will be a lots of other things going on in this abusive read and this is will be where I way you much pick up this read: "I Am Lucky Bird" to see how this author will take the reader on thru Lucky's adulthood... of 'fear, love, despair, and and even hope.' This was definitely a read of much sadness and abuse. Lucky gets introduced to many charmers...but were they? The characters that were introduced were very well described, developed and very realistic. I felt this author did a incredibly good job with this topic...'Child Abuse.' I am left with this quote: "Every event that happens in life, happens for a reason, every person you meet, every tragedy that unfolds, every small bit of good that's bestowed upon you. There's a reason for it." Maybe this was why Lucky was the way she was.
"I Am Lucky Bird" was definitely a difficult topic but it was delivered very well to the readers. Would I recommend this novel? YES ... and be ready for a 'breathtaking, heartbreaking and powerful read.
Lucky really isn't lucky at all. Every decision that is made for her or that she makes doesn't always seem to work out. Just when things start to be going well for her, something happens. Lucky can't outrun her past, she must tackle it head on. The title having a bird is spot on as that is what Lucky reminds me of. A small baby bird, so fragile and delicate and must be handled with gentleness. Abused, I prayed she would find her wings to fly away. I experienced so many emotions in this book - anger, sadness, hope, joy and much more!
Although the subject matter is dark, the story is rich and powerful. A must read book, with spectacular writing and a protagonist who has found a special place in my heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked the fact it was based in Montana. The place I've lived all my life. I will read more by this author.Published 11 months ago by SeepyReader
This book was so engaging. You start reading and are instantly drawn in to the characters which are so well developed. It's a great can't-wait-to-turn-the-page story. Bravo!!Published on August 20, 2013 by Paul R. Millman
This was hard to read at times, but I really enjoyed Lucky Bird's story. I will look for more books by this author.Published on August 16, 2013 by Missy Balmer
An excellent piece of fiction that inspires hope while introducing the reader to the personal struggle of the main character.Published on May 20, 2013 by Scott
I have to admit I didn't expect much going into this one. The cover didn't really scream "read me!". Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Lauren
This is one of those books I wasn't completely sure about. I mean the story sounded so compelling to me, but at the same time I knew it was going to be dealing with some pretty... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Laura Kay
Life is a circle that can be completed or can be left unfinished because we never learn all the details of what has happened over our years on the earth. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Penelope Anne Bartotto
Baby found behind local bar, adopted by hard living Marian Bird and her daughter, Emma Marie.
Lucky isn't so lucky. Read more
"I Am Lucky Bird" is the beautifully rendered tale of young Miss Lucky Bird. Found as a baby behind a local bar, Lucky is adopted by the hard living Marian Bird and her young... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by WTF Are You Reading?