Friday, March 9, 2012

The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

imageHigh school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.

I read Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s first book The Beautiful Between last year, and I fell in love with it. So when I saw a copy of The Lucky Kind while browsing a bookstore, I immediately bought it. Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s sophomore novel did not disappoint!

The Lucky Kind flows really well. The writing isn’t up in your face, but it still demands your attention. The Lucky Kind is about something that isn’t talked about a lot in YA. (This next part has white font because it’s a mild spoiler, if you are okay with reading it, just highlight the text.) The main character Nick finds out that his father has a son from a previous relationship that was put up for adoption. The son, who is now grown up, contacted Nick’s father. This makes Nick question his youth, because he figures that if his parents were keeping this a secret, they may be lying about other things. So for most of the novel, Nick is burdened by feelings of betrayal and confusion.

I really liked all the characters in this book. Nick’s emotions were reasonable and real. The secondary characters in this novel were also extremely well developed. Eden and Stevie are really important to the story, and develop throughout the course of it.

The Lucky Kind was an amazing book. It was written well, the characters were relatable, and the story was original. The Lucky Kind is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Alyssa B. Sheinmel is an amazing author, and I can’t wait to read her next novel!

FTC- Bought.

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