- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481455281
- ISBN-13: 978-1481455282
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lucky Few Hardcover – 7 Jun 2016
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"Stevie Hart puts the cool in homeschool. Whip-smart dialogue, top-notch writing, and truly unique characters make for the perfect reading combination: quick pacing and heartaching. This book is alive in so many ways."--David Arnold, bestselling author of Mosquitoland
"LUCKY FEW swings between a wholly immersive search for a hand to hold in the midst of fear and loss, and navigating the vulnerable joy of true friendship and first love - a totally unique, beautifully crafted story at once hilarious and heartbreaking, exhilarating as the waters of Barton Springs. This book absolutely sings, without forsaking the honesty of loneliness and self-doubt - and the bravery it takes to become who we truly are."--Jennifer Longo, author of Six Feet Over It and Up to this Pointe
"A beautifully written story of loss and acceptance, of humor and tragedy, of finding yourself by losing yourself."--Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing
*"Ormsbee writes with an occasionally tongue-in-cheek tone that manages to be authentically emotional while delivering a realistic picture of a population that rarely gets much scrutiny in fiction for young adults: home-schoolers. The smart, efficient language features dialogue that pops. A sweet story told with intelligence, humor, and just the right amount of kissing."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"This quirky novel brings humor, relatable characters, and an inside look into the world of homeschoolers. . . . A fun, character-driven novel likely to find readers among fans of realistic fiction."--School Library Journal
*"Winsome characters, crackling dialogue, and an effortlessly enjoyable writing style help this one stand out in the crowded contemporary YA marketplace."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"This second novel from Ormsbee shines in its offbeat humor."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Kathryn Ormsbee grew up with a secret garden in her backyard and a spaceship in her basement. She is the author of The Water and the Wild and the YA novels Lucky Few and Tash Hearts Tolstoy. She's lived in lots of fascinating cities, from Birmingham to London to Seville, but she currently lives in Austin, Texas.
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Kathryn Ormsbee’s Lucky Few follows an epic end of the school year and start of the summer for a homeschooler named Stevie. She isn’t your stereotypical homeschooler by her own admission, she’s normal. Between trying to save a local pool from being polluted, being best friends with a loyal genius, and assisting the new boy-next-door in his attempt to fake his death 23 different ways, she’s totally your average sixteen year old. But as she’s quick to dismiss the idea of what a homeschooler is known to be, she’s starting to find out she might not be so different from all those people that are so quick to judge her...
Lucky Few grabs you with an opinionated narrator that quickly lays down all the different “types” of homeschoolers there are and how she differs from them. Stevie is wonderfully fleshed out with her all her failings making her so utterly human and relatable. When she finally meets Max, pretending to be dead in the yard next door, they both, along with Sanger are drawn into a summer long game of helping Max fake his death in increasingly difficult and incredible ways.
Ormsbee captures the budding relationship between Stevie and Max without having it overshadow the death challenge and the other relationships Stevie has and maintains with her family and friends. Overall, Lucky Few was an adorable, quirky read that I couldn’t put down.
=>For fans of: quirky comedies, Mosquitoland, Harold and Maude, and Austin, TX.
Stevie and Sanger are joined by newcomer Max who has a list of things to do before the summer ends. This book is reminiscent of a quintessential summer break in high school. I absolutely adore all the characters. With Sanger's wit, Stevie's passion, and Max's maxness, how do you pick a favorite?! And then there's Joel.
Lucky Few has all the elements of the perfect indie film, including the bittersweet conclusion.
Lastly, Stevie's 4 different types of homeschoolers is the best. Though she discovers that maybe lumping people into stereotypes is not as simple and accurate as she thought.