Lucky Girl is a fast-paced, quick read that I really enjoyed the whole way through. The character dynamics are fascinating, and the whole premise asks the question: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Title: Lucky Girl
Author: Jamie Pacton
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix
58,642,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.
Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse . . .
Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then . . .
Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town — it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when . . .
Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing?
Fortuna Jane Belleweather has never considered herself a lucky person, despite her name. Her father died when she was young, and her mother never recovered, becoming a hoarder who tries to “rescue” other people’s forgotten memories. Not only that, but her long-time boyfriend dumped her for no reason. So when she finds out she has the winning lottery ticket, she is both elated and panicked. While she figures out how to cash her ticket (she’s a minor, so she’s not legally allowed to), she realizes what she has already that makes her a lucky girl.
The character dynamics were probably my favorite part of this book. I loved seeing Jane interact with her best friend Brandon Kim, and it was heart wrenching to see her trying to get along with her grieving mother. Her ex-boyfriend plays an interesting and surprising part in the book, that made for a fun twist.
I really enjoyed Jamie Pacton’s debut The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly, and I think fans of that book and of fun contemporary premises will enjoy Lucky Girl as well.