Title: If You’re Lucky
Author: Yvonne Prinz
Date finished: 10/15/15
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Pages in book: 278
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Blurb from the cover:
Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled?
When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe that Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky was smart. He wouldn’t have surfed in waters more dangerous than he could handle. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating Lucky’s girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: Did Fin murder her brother in order to take over his whole life?
Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. She is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.
As the chilling narrative unfolds, the reader must decide whether Georgia’s descent into madness is causing her to see things that don’t exist–or to see the deadly truth.
My rating: 3.75 stars out of a scale of 5
My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book is about Georgia, a seventeen year old girl whose brother (Lucky) dies suddenly in Australia while surfing. Georgia has trouble dealing with her brother’s death, and her lack of control makes her want to stop taking her medication for her previously diagnosed schizophrenia. And then a boy named Fin starts hanging around more. And he inserts himself in what used to be Lucky’s life. Befriends his friends, takes his old jobs, starts dating his girlfriend, makes nice with Georgia’s parents. It seems like every time she turns around, Fin is filling up the hole that Lucky left behind. But something doesn’t feel right to Georgia. So many pieces of Fin’s story don’t add up and Georgia starts to wonder if maybe Lucky’s death wasn’t so accidental after all.
Overall I really liked this book. It was riveting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought it was really interesting to hear the story from Georgia’s point of view since (especially once she stopped taking her meds) it was sometimes difficult to tell what was real and what wasn’t. Normally that would have frustrated me to no end but in this story it just made me all the more interested. I didn’t care as much as to what was real and what wasn’t because it was all real to Georgia and she and I were in this together! Anyways Georgia goes off the deep end a bit but she figures it out in the end. I thought that the ending of this book went just a tad too quickly. There was a whole book of build up and then bam it all happened so fast at the end I almost missed it. This was a good book though and I would encourage everyone to try it!
The bottom line: I really liked this book, I thought it was interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Ending went a little fast for me but I would definitely recommend this one!