Lucky Few

Lucky Few Stevie Max and Sanger keeping Austin weird Stevie Hart is homeschooled but don t hold that against her Sure she and her best okay only friend Sanger will never be prom queens but that s just b

  • Title: Lucky Few
  • Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
  • ISBN: 9781481455282
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stevie, Max, and Sanger keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don t hold that against her Sure, she and her best okay, only friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn t believe in proms Or dancing Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza,Stevie, Max, and Sanger keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don t hold that against her Sure, she and her best okay, only friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn t believe in proms Or dancing Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza, the new boy next door After a near fatal accident, Max is determined to defy mortality with a checklist 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying Dead set on carrying out fabricated demises ranging from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into helping him with this two month macabre mission But as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line between his make believe deaths and her real life.

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    1. What is this I see???? A book that actually has a GOOD AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF HOMESCHOOLERS??!!?!? I can't even say how happy I am about that!! How ridiculously happy!! I'm a homeschool graduate and like, it's never perfect (neither is school tbh), but it's still an excellent way to be educated if it works for you. 10/10 for the homeschooling in here. And on top of that it was really REALLY funny and actually heart wrenchingly perfect. My only complaint is the ending absolutely sUCKED. B [...]

    2. 4.5/5 stars-loved 90% of it so much!-existential crisis checked off my list for this week. -not a cliche; not all books need happy endings. -a lot more profanity/ friskier than I thought!-I swooned for Max. -deeper than I thought too (I actually want to reread this and grab some of the quotes this time around because I absolutely LOVE the writing style)-only problem? unfinished business. Edit: This and other reviews can be found on Princessica of Books.Who would’ve thought that fake-dying woul [...]

    3. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*This was a fun book. I didn't really think it was going to be as fun as it was, actually. Of course I thought it would be good or I wouldn't have wanted to read it, but I was not expecting laugh-out-loud funny either. Stevie and Sanger are just delightfully weird, and when Max comes into the picture, well, he and his wacky fake-deaths fit right in somehow. I think I assumed it would [...]

    4. Reading this book is like taking a leisurely stroll through all the best parts of a John Hughes’ film, with a few scenic detours through the cult classic Harold and Maude. The story is from the POV of Stevie, a “Normal Type” homeschooler with no shortage of dry wit and teenage pessimism. She and her best friend Sanger, who (1) drives a lemon-yellow Fiat and (2) is basically my patronus, join forces with Max, the new kid in town, as he attempts to fake his death in 23 ways (without actually [...]

    5. WOWLoved. this. book.LOVED.A beautifully written story of loss and acceptance, of humor and tragedy, of finding yourself by losing yourself.

    6. I was hesitant in snatching this because the whole idea of "a list of fake deaths" had me on the fritz, but itkindaworks.Stevie Nicks Hart is homeschooled and has been sheltered practically her whole life. Her only friend is an amazing girl with two moms, Sanger. But when a boy covered in blood is found, collapsed in her front lawn, she appropriately freaks the eff out and tries to help him. However, when he simply climbs to his feet and brushes himself off, she's couldn't be less thrown. Mind y [...]

    7. Reading Lucky Few made me feel like I was a part of this funky trio. I don't even care some of the people on complaining about the depiction of homeschooling. There's no such thing in my country so I was desperate to get any type of info about the whole process. The book had two different homeschoolers so it's not like she only showed us one side of the story. Forgive me for not writing a better review. I read the book weeks ago so my memory is kind of fuzzy. I just found out her next book is g [...]

    8. Trigger warnings: homophobia, needles and medical crises (the protagonist is diabetic), death of a parent (in the past), car accident (in the past), accidents involving circular saws and fingers (in the past but still horrifying ohgod), simulations of death(???), blood. Well, this was super cute. It's the story of a 16 year old girl who's a) homeschooled and b) diabetic. She basically has one friend, and so when a cute boy moves in next door, she's all "OMG WHAT DO I DOOOOOOOOOO???". Turns out h [...]

    9. This review originally appeared on Such a Novel IdeaI received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When I first read the synopsis for this book, I skipped right over it. But, it nagged at me and kept coming back to my brain, so I read it again. And the part about Texas overruled everything else. You see, I’m from Texas, and my family lives in San Antonio. We’ve been going to Austin sin [...]

    10. Pitch-perfect, a lovely girl-girl best friendship, and really intriguing looks at death, loss, and acceptance. Beautiful book!

    11. This book is just completely solid. I really enjoy all the characters and their interactions. Very much a friendship focussed book which is my fav <3

    12. I met kathryn at a book festival and was super excited to read her book! She did not let me down, this story is exciting and fun, but also has very deep moments. My favorite part was the close friendships and how they were important and that they were never ruined because of a boy.

    13. I don't know why, I really liked this book. At first, I thought it was really boring, but the end made me want to cry

    14. The first time Stevie encounters Max, he's lying in the neighbor's yard in a pool of (fake) blood. The second time the two bump into each other, Max is (fake) drowning in a local lake. Each time max is in peril, Stevie comes to his rescue. And each time she discovers Max's almost-deaths are nothing more than cleaverly-orchestrated acting. How frustrating!With a meet-cute like this, how can it NOT be true love?Stevie soon learns that Max recentely had a near-death experience and lived to tell abo [...]

    15.  See more on my blogThe Book Return BlogI really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It's been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee's  new novel, 'Lucky Few', gave me all that and more.Although I wasn't sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger's yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie's tiny ranch house, a [...]

    16. 4.5 ⭐️Do you ever feel like you just read a book at the right time in your life?? This is me with this book and maybe like 5 other books I've read in my life. Here's a little fact about me guys I'm a sucker for pretentious books, that's how I like my contemporaries. It's something about the psychoanalytical side of pretentious books that just always get me. I loved the questions this book raised, I'm not going to say it's nothing I've never thought of but its something I try not to dwell to [...]

    17. Great contemporary YA fiction read about a teenage homeschooled girl in Austin, Texas. Loved how she described the different types of homeschooled kids and defended her own position as a NORMAL. I was intrigued because she has Type I diabetes, like my daughter, but this isn't the main plotline of the book--it isn't even mentioned until location 312 on my kindle, when she "double-checked my messenger bag to be sure the vitals were there: water bottle, cell phone, chewing gum, glucose tablets, ins [...]

    18. It was a nice read, containing things like: homeschooling, religion, sexuality, death and sickness. It wasn't a dark, tough book. It was rather simple but I wouldn't read it if you want cute, ponies and rainbows. I liked the friendship between Stevie and Sanger :) And tbh, I was kind of freaked out with the refrigerator scene!

    19. Really interesting book about death and loss in all of its different forms, yet it's also really funny. I enjoyed the interactions between Sanger, Max and Stevie as they go through Max's fake death list. I also liked the depiction of home-schooling and the many different approaches to it; I usually never read books that involve the character being home-schooled.

    20. Read this review on my blog: renellayslingsbookblogspOH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ASFDGKLWEUDFSHKJLNNNOTFORMCOMPREHENSIBLESENTENCERIGHTNOWASHFODIOSJKLRFJKSIODJXFLK*takes a drink of water*Phew. Okie. I'm back now.(Actually no I am still recovering from the wonderfulness that is Lucky Few, but for the purposes of this book chat, HERE I AM. I'M READY TO FORCE EVERYONE I KNOW TO READ THIS ASDGSHFKJLDA AMAZING BOOK.)Let's start off with the nonspoilery thoughts, shall we?Presenting [...]

    21. As a former homeschooler, when someone points out a book or movie that has a homeschooler in itI kinda grit my teeth and try to smile because usually those characters are made for jokes and laughs at their expense. So when I heard lucky few had homeschoolers in it, I was more then a little apprehensive. But the rep for homeschooling is so amazing in this book! They are sassy and smart and understand the world and YAY!! Give me more perfect rep like this!But Steph, you might be wondering, why isn [...]

    22. An Encounter with Current Me and Past Me from Early 2015Current Me: *thumps on the ground*Past Me: Oh my gosh, Future Dazz! Are you okay? What happened?Current Me: Nothing much….Justis bookI read.Past Me: Oh, I know the feeling. You just finished the latest in the Dark Elements trilogy, right?Current Me: No. *mutters* But oh, is that book going to be a disappointment.Past Me: What?Current Me: Nothing. Do you have any more guesses?Past Me: Let me thinkOo, how about the Red Queen trilogy?Current [...]

    23. I'm ADD on steroids when it comes to reading books and usually have ten or more going at one time. But I could not put this one down and finished in two days. The writing is just so spectacularly good, that's why. I took a long arm and shoved the other open books to the side until I finished Lucky Few.Stevie is a likable character with a saucy tongue and a soft spot for social causes. Sanger is a girl I would gladly marry in Las Vegas after only knowing her for 48 hours. Max is the boy next door [...]

    24. I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Kathryn Ormsbee’s Lucky Few follows an epic end of the school year and start of the summer for a homeschooler named Stevie. She isn’t your stereotypical homeschooler by her own admission, she’s normal. Between trying to save a local pool from being polluted, being best friends with a loyal genius, and assisting the new boy-next-door in his attempt to fake his death 23 different ways, she’s totally your average sixteen year ol [...]

    25. I was a fan of this. It was deep in a not-deep way, and I appreciate that. If you start reading this book and are like, "What kind of absolute bullshit" then you are not alone, the main character is right there with you, haha. By the end of this book, things make sense. Sort of. I mean, this book is pretty much about death. So there's no way that it can make sense. But I really like the way that Ormsbee takes a big idea and includes it in a YA novel and by the end you don't feel like you've been [...]

    26. I did like the book, I found it had some humor in it. I also liked how the main character had a different outlook of people. But I also found the book a little insensitive, which it could be the way the author wanted it to be. The way one of the main characters, Max wanted to fake his death in a bunch of different ways seemed like a okay idea in the beginning but later on it would come to the conclusion it wasn't the best thing to do. Mostly because it was insensitive to the people who actually [...]

    27. This book is an enthralling and heartfelt story of a girl named Stevie and her best friend Sanger. Both of them are homeschooled. A boy, Max Gazara moves to the neighborhood, right next door of Stevie in fact. He ask her to he him with a list of his; 23 ways to fake my death. Stevie ends up falling for him, and they have many ups and downs together. This book has romance, but also a bit of comedy and action.

    28. Personally, I don't know if I particularly loved the topic of the book (ie: the list) BUT I love the characters and the way they interacted. I found myself laughing out loud during many of the the conversations. I would definitely recommend this book for 8th grade book groups (as this is why I read it). The author's voice came through from acknowledgements to the end, and all of my teens greatly enjoyed it.

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