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If You're Lucky

By Yvonne Prinz

Product details

Age range
14 - 18
Grade range
9 - 12
Published By
Algonquin Young Readers
Categories
Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
October 20, 2015
ISBN
9781616205546

Description

When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world, Georgia refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky 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 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.

Is Georgia’s descent into madness causing her to see things that don’t exist--or to see a deadly truth that no one else can?

 

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Review quotes

“Smart, sarcastic, and wickedly insightful, If You're Lucky is a remarkable page-turner. The tense coils of its dangerously tightening clock spring keep readers wondering, twist by twist, if Georgia's universe will simply burst apart.” —Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle 
 
“A solid page turner.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“A hold-on-to-your-seat thriller . . . Prinz does an excellent job building suspense and bending reality as Georgia, haunted by ghosts and troubling dreams, slowly uncovers the truth. . . . As she tries to make sense of what is happening, Georgia’s courage in the face of isolation from the people around her is poignant. Prinz has created a memorable character who must battle her demons, inside and out.”—Quill & Quire
 
“Georgia’s suspicious mind is a fascinating place to spend time . . . this moody mystery will keep readers hooked.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Well-developed characters, a charming ocean-front oyster village, and a remarkable expose into mental illness make for an unusual. . . YA murder mystery.”—Booklist
 
 “The setting, with its overcast feel and chill in the air, is an apt metaphor for Georgia’s state of mind. The protagonist ranks among the best of unreliable narrators in YA literature, leaving readers uncertain, confused, and utterly absorbed. . . Give this dark, broody novel to psychological drama fans and teens who enjoy books by Alex Flinn, David Klass, Pete Hautman, and Gail Gile.”—School Library Journal
 
“Harrowing...a perfectly pitched blossoming thriller.” Lewis Buzbee, author of The Haunting of Charles Dickens

If You’re Lucky is a perfectly calibrated mystery that’s heart-racing, emotionally precise and spellbindingly good. Prinz writes with true velocity and in this book of secrets every page that turns cranks up the tension and every sentence pulls the suspense tighter. The truth that’s lurking in False Bay is gripping and disturbing and well worth the foggy ride into the darkness.” —Stereo Embers Magazine
 
 

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Product details

Age range
14 - 18
Grade range
9 - 12
Published By
Algonquin Young Readers
Categories
Number Of Pages
288
Publication Date
October 20, 2015
ISBN
9781616205546

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