- File Size: 2438 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publication Date: April 10, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B5RBNMR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lucky Strikes Kindle Edition
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“A fun fact I learned after we picked a location for our New Lives: Arcadia comes in first place as the one town in the U.S. that has the most people struck by lightning every year. Seriously, it’s actually in a section of Florida called Lightning Alley. Go figure. But that’s where we are, just barely into our New Lives. Finally managing to escape a special circle of hell and start fresh.”
And it is that “circle of hell” that the story is built on. The reader begins a journey of what it’s like to survive a lightning strike and suddenly becoming the “freak” at a new high school while trying to keep her true identity a secret. The author, Jenny Medenwald nails Roxie’s inner battle with her emotions that seem to change—blow in like a summer storm—and successfully portrays Roxie’s unbending nature of the interactions she has with the supporting characters in the story. The author’s portrayal of young Roxie not only shares the oddities of Mother Nature, she shares the oddity of Human Nature. Multifaceted and often times surprising the reader, it is the protagonist’s internal truthfulness, likeability that will draw you in and the question of why did they leave home keeps you invested in the story. The ending is perfect. Perfect in the sense of an independent teenager determined to find the place she belongs and can be herself.
A book targeted for the Teen and Young Adult, this story will resonate with any age. Keep in mind good writing is good writing. Believable characters and compelling plots are crucial regardless of who’s picking up the book. Jenny Medenwald has just shouted to the world that she is in fact an author. And a good one.
Author Jenny Medenwald writes a convincing and highly relatable story about the undying loyalty and love a daughter can have for her father as seen through the eyes of a likable but troubled teenage protagonist.
After being put through a series of bizarre circumstances, Roxie tries hard to keep her chin up, believing that she’s effectively dealing with the stress she’s suffered as she tries to adjust to a hurried move, a new school, tentative friendships, and an unfamiliar town. At stake is her and her father’s freedom from legal prosecution after fleeing with her from their old hometown. Author Medenwald builds a suspenseful plotline, concealing the actual reason for her characters’ flight, by adding thrills, chills, and paranoia worthy of a taut, best selling mystery novel as Roxie interprets the many threats intent on exposing her secret lurking around every corner.
For the majority of this read, Madenwald’s characters are all rather sketchy as she keeps a tight rein on each of their backgrounds, causing readers to choose, then negate, suspected lures and spies who would turn Roxie and her dad in to the authorities. But, should we even be on Roxie’s side? Who is this supposedly evil woman chasing down the Bishops? Is Roxie the victim of a would-be kidnapping or has she already been abducted? Readers will have a hard time deciding who is in the right and who is in the wrong as this compelling and riveting story continues.
At the time I read “The Lucky Strikes” on Kindle, the novel was classified as a Children’s Mystery, however, this story reflects the life of a seventeen-year-old girl who is anything but a child. The instances portrayed in this story deal with adult topics, including domestic violence and abuse, unwanted pregnancy, and child abduction. This tale is aimed at older teens and not younger minors under the age of thirteen. Survivors of the aforementioned situations should exercise discretion in selecting this novel since it may act as a trigger for certain individuals.
“The Lucky Strikes” is a fast-paced and engrossing story containing adult language and situations. It is a superlative and suspenseful teen psychological thriller that I highly recommend for anyone who loves teenage and young adult mystery novels.