Friday, September 30, 2016

Teen review: Realistic fiction

Lucky Few
by Kathryn Ormsbee
368 Pages
Realistic fiction
Not part of a series
Reading level: High school

Reviewed by S. L., grade 10

Stevie can’t calm herself down after finding a dead body in her neighbor’s back yard. The boy looked newly killed, but after approaching to examine him and poking him in the stomach, the dead boy started to laugh, and move. He magically regained conscious and started to suck on the blood on his t-shirt. The boy told Stevie it was maple syrup mixed with dark red food coloring. Stevie couldn’t believe her eyes, and ran away.

After all that drama, Stevie calls up her friend Sanger to tell her all this. Sanger knew the only way to calm Stevie down was to bring her to the beautiful park in Barton Springs. But once they got there, Sanger noticed a dead body in the pool and called Stevie to come over. Stevie saw that it was the same boy she saw playing dead that morning. She "saved" the boy again and then asked him some questions. The boy was named Max, and he wanted help from both of them to finish his "23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying" project. After some arguing between Stevie and Sanger, they decide to help Max.

This book deals with touchy subjects such as heartbreak, death in the family, and rejection from society. It even examines marriage equality and the modern family. The characters in the book give great advice on how to deal with these types of problems, although they are a little crazy (in a good way). Having reading the first few chapters, I thought it was going to be a mystery novel, but it was totally the opposite of what I thought. I like how Ormsbee created these characters to fit in this modern era where people are still trying to find closure, and discover who they really are and how they fit in society. I recommend this to readers who also want to find closure, but not to people who can’t handle these dark subjects.

I give this book a rating of five out of five ghost peppers for handling such dark subjects to which a lot of people can relate.

Editor's note: I don't really get the whole ghost peppers rating system, but I'm glad S. L. liked the book. Here is a ghost pepper, just because.

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