Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views (7/08)
When I saw the cover to the book “Lucky,” I knew that I was in for something amazing; just how amazing, I didn’t know at that time. “Lucky” is about Phoebe Avery, a normal popular girl graduating middle school. She has everything, the coolest clothes, the prettiest friends, the best sister, and the most amazing luck. All of this changes one day when Phoebe comes home on a Wednesday and finds her mother in the kitchen. This is a very bad sign. Phoebe’s mother is never home before dinner. There is something very, very wrong here. When Phoebe’s older sisters get home, Phoebe asks them about it and they tell her the bad news. Their mom’s company was going through a rough time and they would not have as much money as they used to. This is bad for Phoebe because she is about to have the hottest party with her best friends and things like that don’t come cheaply. The next thing she knows, Phoebe is lying to her friends, lying to her parents and even lying to herself to make things seem like they’re all better. Then she realizes that doing that won’t help her.
I think that this book was an amazing book for anybody who has ever felt like they haven’t gotten what they wanted or their life wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. I think that this book gives perspective to people about how some live their lives. This book is also a good read if you think that your friends aren’t really good friends. It shows you that even if your friends don’t seem like they care, in the end they will always be there for you and help you out when you are in trouble.
“Lucky” by Rachel Vail is also about the importance of family. If Phoebe didn’t have her sisters, she would not have been able to get through the things that she did. Her sisters, Quinn and Allison, were always there for her and were like her rock. I’m looking forward to the other two books in this series, because they are written from the point of view of Phoebe’s sisters