Book Title:
If You're Lucky
Book Author:
Yvonne Prinz
Publishing Date:
October 20th, 2015
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Date Read:
October 13th, 2015

Synopsis

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.

My Review

Georgia and her family have suffered a horrible loss – the death of Georgia’s older brother, Lucky.  Lucky drowned in a surfing accident in Australia, and Georgia is having a difficult time understanding how, because Lucky is an incredible swimmer.  While her whole family is suffering from the loss, Georgia hasn’t even been able to cry over Lucky’s death due to the medications she has to take to help keep her schizophrenia under control.  While trying to work through her grief, she begins spending a lot more time with Lucky’s girlfriend, Sonia, who is staying nearby until she can move past the horrible events that have occurred.

In the midst of all of this, one of Lucky’s friends, Fin, moves into town.  He is staying at a nearby cottage, working at the restaurant where Georgia also works, helping out Georgia’s father on the oyster farm (a job Lucky normally would have claimed), charming Georgia’s parents (and Georgia), and attempting to flirt with Sonia.  After Fin takes Georgia on a “date, and then he begins starting a romance with Sonia, Georgia begins seeing a side of Fin that no one else is grabbing on to – and she senses that something isn’t quite what it seems.  She keeps an eye on Fin, who is aware of Georgia’s dislike for him, and when she stops taking her medication, she starts having visions that make her question what is real and what isn’t.  Determined to prove that Fin murdered Lucky in order to have his life, Georgia will do what it takes to show everyone that she’s right, and that Fin is dangerous.

I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book.  First off, it was kind of slow to start, and I found it somewhat boring until around the halfway mark, and then it picked up a lot.  I mean, things happened in the first half of the book that built up the story, but at the same time I kind of felt like it was just taking forever to get there.  However, when I hit the second half of the book, it really started to get interesting.  Because the first half of the book was slower paced, the second half really grabbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down.

I had a bit of trouble connecting to the characters in this book, but I finally started to get a bit attached to Georgia around the second half of the book.  Georgia’s parents seemed distant and a little flat, lacking personality that could have made the story a bit better.

What I did like about this book was how it portrayed Georgia’s schizophrenia.  I’ve noticed that there are a lot more books being published that deal with mental illness and the character’s attempt to deal with it and fit in with peers.  This is a wonderful thing, because there a lot of teenagers and adults alike who would appreciate not feeling completely alone with their illnesses.

Overall, if you like thrillers, I could recommend this one.  I thought it was definitely interesting, and considering I finished the whole thing in almost one sitting, it’s something you’ll want to clear some time out of your schedule for!

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars
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6 Responses to If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz

  1. Deanna says:

    It sounds interesting, but I’m not sure I could handle the slow beginning. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of books like that lately and I just need something that’s going to suck me in immediately! 😉

    • Kelly says:

      It isn’t a very long or boring book, but it does kind of make you wonder if it’s ever going to go anywhere for the first half. The writing style is pretty “to the point” as well. I was expecting it to suck me in pretty quick too, at least for a thriller!

  2. I am a bit torn about this book. See, I have read a few positive reviews, but I also read a review in which the reviewer was quite upset about the portrayal of the schizophrenic disorder (Just general facts about the illness, things of that nature). So yeah, I am on the fence. The slow beginning kind of turns me off too, especially since I have been in a bit of a slump lately. Great review though 😀

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you! I honestly haven’t read any other reviews on this one (I tend not to before I start a book so I’m not biased about it!), so I haven’t seen any yet, but I’m definitely going to go see what others had to say about it!

  3. Abby says:

    Is this book appropriate? I don’t enjoy reading books with sex scenes or bad language. Violence is fine though.

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