- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161620463X
- ISBN-13: 978-1616204631
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If You're Lucky Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Georgia's schizophrenic mind sees a suspicious link between the accidental sudden death of her beloved older brother Lucky in a surfing accident and his attractive friend Fin's charming way of inserting himself into Lucky's former life. Her paranoia increases as she goes off her medication, bringing readers along for her fevered observations, raw feelings, and strange hallucinations in tandem with the ongoing action. Georgia is convinced that Fin killed Lucky and she is the only one who recognizes the danger. Coastal, small-town Northern California is an appropriate setting. The possibilities suggested by the wide, grandiose beaches contrast with the constant sense of obligation and servitude experienced by the well-drawn middle class locals who work within the demeaning tourist trade. The prevalent chill in the air is an apt metaphor for Georgia's state of mind.The protagonist ranks among the best of unreliable narrators in YA literature, leaving readers uncertain, confused, and utterly absorbed. The target audience for this title is questionable: though the story is relatively clean suspense without gore or horror, many of the characters are in their mid-20s or older, with accompanying concerns and issues. Georgia's life is strikingly empty of normal teenage concerns and behaviors. VERDICT Psychological drama fans of Alex Flinn, David Klass, Pete Hautman, and Gail Giles may enjoy this dark, broody novel.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
“A solid page turner.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A hold-on-to-your-seat thriller . . . Prinz does an excellent job building suspense and bending reality as Georgia, haunted by ghosts and troubling dreams, slowly uncovers the truth. . . . As she tries to make sense of what is happening, Georgia’s courage in the face of isolation from the people around her is poignant. Prinz has created a memorable character who must battle her demons, inside and out.”—Quill & Quire
“Georgia’s suspicious mind is a fascinating place to spend time . . . this moody mystery will keep readers hooked.”—Publishers Weekly
“Well-developed characters, a charming ocean-front oyster village, and a remarkable expose into mental illness make for an unusual. . . YA murder mystery.”—Booklist
“The setting, with its overcast feel and chill in the air, is an apt metaphor for Georgia’s state of mind. The protagonist ranks among the best of unreliable narrators in YA literature, leaving readers uncertain, confused, and utterly absorbed. . . Give this dark, broody novel to psychological drama fans and teens who enjoy books by Alex Flinn, David Klass, Pete Hautman, and Gail Gile.”—School Library Journal
“Harrowing...a perfectly pitched blossoming thriller.” —Lewis Buzbee, author of The Haunting of Charles Dickens
“If You’re Lucky is a perfectly calibrated mystery that’s heart-racing, emotionally precise and spellbindingly good. Prinz writes with true velocity and in this book of secrets every page that turns cranks up the tension and every sentence pulls the suspense tighter. The truth that’s lurking in False Bay is gripping and disturbing and well worth the foggy ride into the darkness.” —Stereo Embers Magazine
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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. When seventeen-year-old schizophrenic George's brother dies surfing, she becomes suspicious of his friend Fin, who charms his way into Lucky's old life including his girlfriend and her parents' hearts. Convinced that Lucky has been killed by Fin, George decides going off her meds is the only way to solve the "murder".
IF YOU'RE LUCKY is by far one of the best books with a schizophrenic protagonist I've read. Yvonne Prinz did her homework and created a vulnerable and strong character in George and readers are privy to her descent into delusions and hallucinations as her condition deteriorates without her meds. I wasn't sure which parts of her narration were reliable. Was Fin the good guy everyone but she believed, or was George, in the midst of a schizophrenic episode, the only one who could see the truth?
Part mystery, part story of mental illness compounded by grief IF YOU'RE LUCKY is beautifully written. George's voice feels so raw and authentic as she becomes less clear the longer she has been without her meds. Prinz does a remarkable job showing the story.
My only criticism is the ending. While it wasn't rushed, I would have liked more closure for one part of the mystery, and less about a new character.
THEMES: schizophrenia, mental illness, grief, family, friendship, mystery
IF YOU'RE LUCKY is a must read for those interested in mental health, grief or an old fashion did he or didn't he.
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