Hey y’all- how’s everyone in the US’s third official week of self isolation going? They’ve been working on re-paving the road outside my house for the past week almost (since last Wednesday), so that’s been a little loud and annoying, but besides that, things have been slowly but surely getting a little bit more normal. The dog is getting used to us being home all the time, which he’s not super happy about haha- he just wants to be left alone- and I’m finally finding the balance between working and doing other things like reading, working out, and watching TV (and ensuring that all the TV I watch isn’t just corona virus related news coverage, but I’ll write another post about the TV I’m watching). One of the books I finished recently was the Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson- thank you so much to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review an early copy of this book!
The Lucky Ones 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.
Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.
Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.
Oh man… this book was heavy. And so, so good. I graduated high school back in 2011, and at that point in time, the only big school shootings that had happened were Columbine and Virginia Tech, but we did have at least one lockdown drill every year. I can’t imagine what life is like for people in school now where school shootings are so normalized and you never know what’s going to happen when you walk in those doors. I loved this book so much because I feel like we as outsiders are always so concerned with shooting when they happen and in the weeks afterwards, but what about in the months afterwards? This book takes place about 11 months after the shooting, and I loved that it showed that even though it’s been some time, people aren’t ok and that is super normal. I tore through the book so fast and I loved all of the characters and how everything they were going through seemed so real.
The Lucky Ones comes out on April 7th, so make sure you pick it up if you can!