Title: If You’re Lucky
Author: Yvonne Prinz
Publication Date: October 20th 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 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 his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: did Fin murder Lucky 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. Georgia 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 a deadly truth that no one else can.
This book is actually interesting. Trust me. It’s got the mystery and some creeps that I was expecting when I first read the synopsis. The only thing that made me rate this lower is the character development, or the lack thereof.
So I guess the plot was the only thing I liked about the book. The story was really good. It’s gripping and edgy and it actually made me stay up late. It’s mysterious and predictable at the same time.
The other aspects fell short unfortunately. The characters were flat and it has absolutely zero character development. I didn’t even feel like cheering on for any of the characters. The way the author presented the MC’s mental illness was a little problematic. I think minimal research was put into effort for the book. What made me even more sad was the way Georgia’s parents treat her like they couldn’t support her at all.
Like what I said earlier, the plot was the only thing keeping me together as I was reading the book. I only kept on reading because like Georgia, I wanted to know the truth abot Lucky. Honestly, it had a lot of potential but the execution failed.