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Lucky Fools Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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About the Author
Coert Voorhees (www.coertvoorhees.com) was born and raised in New Mexico. A former Fulbright Scholar, Coert has lived all over the world and now resides with his family in Houston, Texas, where he received an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston. His debut novel was the critically acclaimedThe Brothers Torres, and he is the creator and current mayor of the animated education seriesGrammaropolis.
Top customer reviews
This book is a good choice for any student entering high school, but it is also a good choice for parents who are convinced that college admission is the yardstick with which to measure a meaningful life...
Every school needs a Big Pro and every student needs friends who remind them that life is more enjoyable when we actually live it, and even more enjoyable when we see the absurdity of the destinations we determine as most important and are able to laugh at ourselves...
I liked this book, but it could have been much more. Instead of ending with a deeper sense of himself or the world, David seems pretty much the same, but perhaps that was the author's point. I also thought that while the characters, especially Vanessa's brother, were well-written and authentic, there were some random things thrown in like a lawsuit (that's randomly dropped), a few "friends" who pop in and out without a purpose, and no finality with David.
On the flip side, I couldn't put it down, so despite a few set-backs, this is an engaging read with a few twists I didn't see coming (audition, Vanessa, and The Artist).
Fans of YA will enjoy this book, especially those wanting a book from a male POV. I would have rated this a five-star if there had just been a little more closure at the end.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.
David acts like a realistic teen boy. He's capable of compassion and romance, but he's often self-centered and thoughtless. Luckily, the people in his life call him out when he's acting like a jerk. This is not a book where people find the protagonist's worst qualities charming. It is a book where people often find their worst qualities on display.
A rogue provocateur known only as The Artist has been posting bulletins revealing the secrets of the richest, most popular, most perfect seniors. It's cruel behavior, but it's the background to David's coming-of-age.
The current school play is The Great Gatsby and David is playing Nick Carraway. I initially started thinking about Gatsby since the new movie is coming out soon. Although, some things didn't seem to fit. But that was because the adaptation they're performing is some odd interpretation wherein Nick kisses Daisy. At first, it seems like David is just going to be an observer of The Artist bringing anarchy to the Oak Fields' campus. As things continue, David begins to assert his own narrative. He has an epiphany. The Artist remains unmasked.
LUCKY FOOLS is a terrific contemporary bildungsroman. I know many people who avoid fiction about rich people, but the kids in LUCKY FOOLS are often aware of their privilege. The male protagonist will appeal to male readers, and there are a number of female secondary characters who have interests other than David. There is a love triangle, but plays out in an organic and original way. I particularly recommend LUCKY FOOLS for theater fans.