Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson - OPTIONAL

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson, 352 pages. Delacorte Press (Random House), 2020. $19.

Language: R (269 swears, 124 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



May should have been in the room during the shooting that killed her twin brother, but, instead, she hid in the band closet and listened to the screams. Zach begged his mom not to take the case to defend the school shooter, but she became a social pariah anyway. What else is there when all May and Zach can feel is anger?

Tragedies aren’t just for Shakespeare, and real life can be as scary as a Stephen King novel. Lawson puts readers into the aftermath of a school shooting, highlighting the hate and confusion that occurs after disaster strikes. As readers follow the lives of May, Zach, their families, their friends, and their peers at school, we discover together the healing power of forgiveness -- the importance of forgiving others and forgiving ourselves -- even if the road is long and arduous. The mature content rating is for illegal activity, underage drinking, and mention of drugs; the violence rating is for blood, gun use, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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