If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz will keep you reading and guessing long after you should have gone to bed

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If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz will keep you reading and guessing long after you should have gone to bed

If You’re Lucky reminded me of a YA version of The Talented Mr. Ripley (look it up, youngin’) but with the added confusion of an unreliable narrator.  I love an unreliable narrator.  This is a fast and compelling read that will have you questioning everything.

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Goodreads Summary

Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled?

When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky was smart. He wouldn’t have surfed in waters more dangerous than he could handle. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: did Fin murder Lucky in order to take over his whole life?

Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. Georgia is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.

As the chilling narrative unfolds, the reader must decide whether Georgia’s descent into madness is causing her to see things that don’t exist–or to see a deadly truth that no one else can.

“A remarkable page-turner . . . Keep[s] readers wondering, twist by twist, if Georgia’s universe will simply burst apart.” —Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

My Thoughts

Readers will be compelled to get to the bottom of this twisty little mystery/thriller, and I don’t think they will be disappointed by the conclusion.  While Georgia is a schizophrenic, and she admits that her ability to make connections has been a lifelong problem, I found myself warming up to her rather quickly.  She was honest and insightful about her feelings, which made it difficult to watch her spin out of control.  I wanted her visions of her brother to be real as much as she did.  The story is paced nicely to move the story forward and develop characters.  I liked the way that the book addressed the stigma of mental illness and the way it drew a clear picture of the battle that mental illness can be.  I think that is an important topic and I’m always glad when a writer is able to present these kinds of messages in a way that almost anyone can understand.  I read it straight through in a couple of hours, so it certainly drew me in and held my attention.  I think fans of YA contemporary mysteries should seek this book out.  Language and situations are most appropriate for grades 9+, but adult readers of YA will also enjoy the complex conflicts and twisty plot just as much.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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