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Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don’t hold that against her. Sure, she and her best (okay, only) friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that’s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t believe in proms. Or dancing. Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza,Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don’t hold that against her. Sure, she and her best (okay, only) friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that’s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t believe in proms. Or dancing. Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza, the new boy next door. After a near-fatal accident, Max is determined to defy mortality with a checklist: 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying. Dead set on carrying out fabricated demises ranging from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into helping him with this two-month macabre mission. But as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line between his make-believe deaths and her real life....

Title : Lucky Few
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ISBN : 9781481455282
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Lucky Few Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-02-14 15:35

    What is this I see???? A book that actually has a GOOD AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF HOMESCHOOLERS??!!?!? I can't even say how happy I am about that!! How ridiculously happy!! I'm a homeschool graduate and like, it's never perfect (neither is school tbh), but it's still an excellent way to be educated if it works for you. 10/10 for the homeschooling in here. And on top of that it was really REALLY funny and actually heart wrenchingly perfect. My only complaint is the ending absolutely sUCKED. But we'll get to that.Also I loved the diversity!! I kind of fail at paying attention to what characters look like haha, but I think (from the cover) that Max and Sanger are POC. Max has anxiety and missing fingers. Also Stevie has Type 1 Diabetes and it's ridiculous that I've not read that in a book before, so I'm really glad it was here!! I also thought al the diversity worked extremely well and seemed really accurate and none of it was like "there for the trendy cookies", if you know what I mean? It affected the story and it was amazingly done!!The characters were like BEST, mate, absolute BEST. They seemed so real and maybe it was a homeschooler thing that I related to them...but also just they were nerdy and intelligent and sassy and thought deeply about things. MA PEOPLE. Plus the sass. I love banter. I also 10000% adore how it features a really strong girl friendship. Stevie and Sanger are literal best friend goals. SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS too, which I appreciated.And the romance was cuuuute as anything. Also I think I'm a huge fan because the romance was like 5% of the story. It was firstly about (a) friendship, (b) Stevie sticking up for her activist believes, (c) talking very brutally honestly and openly about death and fears, and (d) judging people. But like I totally shipped Max and Stevie. They were adorable and their romance was slow and super sweet and just AWK. FEELINGS.I gotta admit some of the homeschool stuff was lost on me. I don't think we have "co-ops" in Australia??? And I'm mildly offended (kidding!) because I probably was more of the Jeans Jumper Homeschooler variety and I'm not proud hahhahhahh. I'll say mildly, and now I am a furious dragon queen of blood and fire and activism for things I believe in (like feminism and equality) so. Things change.Writing = totally addictive. I didn't want to put it down, although it DID feel like a slower read...maybe because I was paying attention to all the lines because I enjoyed it so much.Okay but here comes the DOOM GLOOM SECTION and the reason it's not getting 5 stars. The ending really bombed okay. REALLY bombed. It made no sense to me and I have an unhappy. I maybe even have two unhappies, or even nine. And it sucks that a book that is PERFECT up until the last 50 pages can all be undone so fast. GAHHHHHH. But here, some things:• I don't like how it handled Stevie's cousin, Joel. It had so much unfinished business with him. I really really liked Joel!! He seemed really complex and interesting and I wanted to know more about him...but it just ended up being tossed aside with zero answers. PETITION FOR A JOEL THEMED SEQUEL SPIN-OFF.• I do NOT understand Stevie by the end. (view spoiler)[I don't get why she suddenly freaked out and decided to break up with Max. I get it that she nearly died and so the near-death-things they were doing were suddenly not okay. I get that. But why did she break up?? Why didn't she talk? Why did she cut Max out of her life when he'd told her that he was trying to overcome severe anxiety too? I do NOT agree that he was on a good path to overcoming anxiety, but hey: we don't always make good decisions and the fact that at the end he was going to a therapist was excellent. But Stevie's actions just made NO SENSE TO ME. And then the way the book didn't say if they repaired their friendship or relationship and just ended...???? Like wtf man. I like open endings, but this felt like the book got bored of telling a story and just cut off. It makes me not like Stevie because I don't understand where she was coming from and why they couldn't talk about it. It was not Max's fault Stevie nearly died. So was she blaming him?? or what was she doing? i DON'T KNOW. IT'S MAKING ME SAD. (hide spoiler)]• It ended so abruptly and ugh, it just felt like the book got bored of talking. It was a non-ending. I'm pretty upset about it tbh.ALL IN ALL: it was funny and witty and AMAZING and made me feel so at home and I really liked it! I will just try to forget the ending. I will burn the ending from my mind with a super heated spork. But I loved how diverse it was <3 and how morbid it was and how sassy it was. I LOVED THE CHARACTERS TO PIECES. Definitely read this if you want an accurate depiction of homeschooling. Because, hey, we are not freaks. We are intelligent and complex individuals who bomb tests and appreciate show reruns and like tacos and fake their deaths. NORMAL.(Ok fine. Homeschoolers aren't normal but shhhhh. WHO IS NORMAL. NO ONE.)

  • Jess
    2019-01-29 11:42

    4.5/5 stars-loved 90% of it so much!-existential crisis checked off my list for this week. -not a cliche; not all books need happy endings. -a lot more profanity/ friskier than I thought!-I swooned for Max. -deeper than I thought too (I actually want to reread this and grab some of the quotes this time around because I absolutely LOVE the writing style)-only problem? unfinished business. Edit: This and other reviews can be found on Princessica of Books.Who would’ve thought that fake-dying would be the perfect start to summer, not just for me but for the characters of Kathryn Ormsbee’s latest novel and YA debut Lucky Few? I finished this within the first few days of June and absolutely loved it. Its diversity of characters and plot combined with a darker premise than initially imagined creates a memorable non-cliche.Ormsbee incorporates diversity perfectly. In Lucky Few, the characters personalities are not a check-list. The female-female parents of Sanger is just another fact, home-schooled Sanger and Stevie is subtle. Not only is Stevie homeschooled but she has diabetes. Prior to this book, I haven’t read a book with a diabetic MC. Lucky Few incorporates characters and qualities around us that we often ignore, from the weird kid next door to those church protestors against evolution.Touching on that, Lucky Few was surprising! Surprisingly more morbid, deeper, and funnier than I first thought. I’m not going to lie, I thought this would be a typical summer read but it’s far from that. Starting summer by brushing elbows with death constantly is different. I’m not going to lie again and say I got an existential crisis from this. This time on the topic of being alive. The relationship between how close we get to feeling alive and how close we are to dying.I honestly and genuinely love all the characters and their relationships with each other. I love how this isn’t just a romance, but this story of friendship is also discussed throughout. I swooned for Max. He said the smoothest things and he is so eccentric and ALIVE. I am in love with their love. It isn’t instalovey at all and it reminds me a bit of Hazel Grace and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars.The only reason I took off half a star is because the ending had some unfinished business. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER: I really do wish they finished the list. Sigh. END SPOILER END SPOILER.Like I said before, Lucky Few is not a cliche. Some stories don’t end happy and that is okay. More than ever, during the last few days of school, people change, friends fade and grow into other groups, and things happen. For everything Lucky Few gave to me, I am giving it 4.5 stars and I do plan a reread.Final Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5)How much do I recommend it? I would reread it and I would definitely pick it up from the bookstore at my earliest convenience!

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2019-02-07 17:49

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*This was a fun book. I didn't really think it was going to be as fun as it was, actually. Of course I thought it would be good or I wouldn't have wanted to read it, but I was not expecting laugh-out-loud funny either. Stevie and Sanger are just delightfully weird, and when Max comes into the picture, well, he and his wacky fake-deaths fit right in somehow. I think I assumed it would be extra tragic? (view spoiler)[Frankly, I thought that we were going to find out that Max really DID have some terminal illness, or that Stevie's diabetes was going to do her in. I was basically scared of some kind of TFIOS moment. (hide spoiler)]And sure, faking one's death 23 times is kind of silly (and in hindsight, disrespectful) but... they're kids. And they learn a lot throughout their adventures, which I think makes it worth it. Because look, who among us hasn't done something when we were younger (or even now) that in retrospect was a little flippant? That's how we learn, right? I really loved all the characters. They were very well done, and I found myself caring for each of them- even some of the more minor ones. I felt like they were the kind of quirky people I'd know in real life. They weren't perfect, either, which I liked. Sanger tried to be tough all the time, even to the point of hurting her friend, Stevie could be judgmental, and she was quite sheltered. And Max... well, he was faking his death 23 times, so there's that. But they were just decent kids trying to navigate their way through changing relationships and growing up. I think the best part was that each of them learned so much about themselves- and each other- along the way. And the reader was endlessly entertained by their shenanigans, and yes, by some of the more poignant moments as well. Because while it was a fun book, it did tackle a bit of the tougher stuff too, which is kind of my favorite thing in a contemporary novel. Bottom Line: The writing was fabulous and funny, the story flowed perfectly, and the characters were so much fun to read. A definite win!**Copy provided by publisher for review

  • Destiny Soria
    2019-02-09 12:47

    Reading this book is like taking a leisurely stroll through all the best parts of a John Hughes’ film, with a few scenic detours through the cult classic Harold and Maude. The story is from the POV of Stevie, a “Normal Type” homeschooler with no shortage of dry wit and teenage pessimism. She and her best friend Sanger, who (1) drives a lemon-yellow Fiat and (2) is basically my patronus, join forces with Max, the new kid in town, as he attempts to fake his death in 23 ways (without actually dying). Here are some things I love about this book, in no particular order:1. Sanger (okay, well slightly particular order, because Sanger is the best). She’s cocky, smart as a whip, and devastatingly clever. So basically, all my favorite things. She also takes a ridiculously long time to text, rocks red aviators, and her favorite composer is Grieg. I could probably start a Sanger fan club. In fact, maybe I will. But moving on…2. Stevie’s friendship with Sanger. These two have been through a lot together, but their friendship has only grown more flavorful with age. I love their loyalty and honesty with each other, and I felt it was a beautiful, authentic look at what it’s really like to have a best friend—rather than the watered-down version of female friendships that popular media constantly tries to feed us. 3. Stevie’s activism. Stevie’s favorite spot in Austin—Barton Springs—is in danger of being destroyed by a big corporation’s encroaching pollution. For Stevie, Barton Springs is so much more than a public pool—it’s her personal safe haven, tied to precious memories with Sanger.4. Max’s fake deaths. I mean, they are kind of the driving force of the entire plot. Some of my favorites include Allergic Reaction (Max eats a ghost pepper) and Scared to Death (there are Abraham Lincoln and Prince Charles masks involved). It’s not all fun and games though. The three teens figure out pretty quickly that flirting with morbidity is asking for trouble. 5. The kissing. Kirkus says there’s just the right amount of it, and I wholeheartedly agree. (Well, okay, I wouldn’t complain if there were a little more.)Overall, this book is clever, genuine, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and brimming with the best kind of gallows humor. It’s impossible to pick any single theme that this book encompasses—there are so many important ideas woven skillfully into the narrative. And really, that impossibility is representative of one of the story’s central questions. At the beginning, Stevie categorizes homeschoolers into four neat groups, but by the end she’s asking herself why it is that we are so eager to pigeonhole our fellow humans, when nothing else in the world can be categorized so easily. It’s something that bears thinking about—whether you’re a teen or an adult.

  • Marci Curtis
    2019-02-06 15:42

    WOW...Loved. this. book.LOVED.A beautifully written story of loss and acceptance, of humor and tragedy, of finding yourself by losing yourself.

  • Peach
    2019-02-08 16:46

    I was hesitant in snatching this because the whole idea of "a list of fake deaths" had me on the fritz, but itkindaworks.Stevie Nicks Hart is homeschooled and has been sheltered practically her whole life. Her only friend is an amazing girl with two moms, Sanger. But when a boy covered in blood is found, collapsed in her front lawn, she appropriately freaks the eff out and tries to help him. However, when he simply climbs to his feet and brushes himself off, she's couldn't be less thrown. Mind you, this is not a dystopian.This freak turns out to be Max Garza. After a tragic accident, which has left him missing a few fingers and traumatized into the next century, he decides on the Fake Death list to help qualm his fear. Sanger is all for it, but Stevie isn't. With good reason, obviously. Eventually, Stevie stops being such a wuss and joins her friends in their creepy adventure, and I honestly don't have much of a problem with this novel. It's so hilarious and I hadn't even expected it to be. Sanger absolutely makes the novel. I burst into laughter numerous times. So glad I didn't read this in public."I took him to a strip club."I said nothing."Kidding," he said. "Kidding. We went to Zilker Park. We walked around. We fed ducks.""Strip club was more believable.""I'm serious, Stevie. We fucking fed ducks. I'm not even joking. We brought a loaf at Central Market, and we fed the ducks. Ducks are crazy. Like, vicious, too. One of them nearly took a bite out of the other one's wing trying to get to the bread first. Canniducks."Something I found odd, though. While they were helping Max achieve his "fake deaths" neighbors never questioned it. No one ran out of their house or called the police. Nothing. And Max and Stevie, who start off as weird friends, (view spoiler)[ jump into a relationship.(hide spoiler)] It's not exactly instalove, but there's no such thing as a "fake kiss."I was endlessly infatuated with Sanger and Stevie's friendship. A few reviewers made it sound like the book ends tragically, but it doesn't. I think it's predictable. But honestly, I like the ending. (view spoiler)[ I wish Joel and Sanger had a bit of a happier ending. He should've kissed her, at least.(hide spoiler)] Otherwise, it's mostly cute. I think this'll be a favorite of Summer 2016. Texas is shone beautifully, and the cast is diverse and empowering.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2019-01-18 09:37

    Reading Lucky Few made me feel like I was a part of this funky trio. I don't even care some of the people on Goodreads complaining about the depiction of homeschooling. There's no such thing in my country so I was desperate to get any type of info about the whole process. The book had two different homeschoolers so it's not like she only showed us one side of the story. Forgive me for not writing a better review. I read the book weeks ago so my memory is kind of fuzzy. I just found out her next book is going to be about an internet famous asexual and I can't wait to read it. I can see why she's at S&S.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-01-23 15:41

    Trigger warnings: homophobia, needles and medical crises (the protagonist is diabetic), death of a parent (in the past), car accident (in the past), accidents involving circular saws and fingers (in the past but still horrifying ohgod), simulations of death(???), blood. Well, this was super cute. It's the story of a 16 year old girl who's a) homeschooled and b) diabetic. She basically has one friend, and so when a cute boy moves in next door, she's all "OMG WHAT DO I DOOOOOOOOOO???". Turns out he's on a mission to fake his own death 23 times after losing two fingers to a woodshop accident at school - his own form of immersion therapy. And Stevie's one friend decides that they need to help him in this death-faking exercise. It sounds a little ridiculous and over the top, but that's really a fairly minor part of the story. Similarly, the romance between Stevie and Max (which can be seen coming a mile away) is also a minor part of the story. The bulk of it is about Stevie standing up for her beliefs (she's part of an activist group protesting the development of a local park and lake), the friendship between Stevie and Sanger growing and changing, and Max learning to live with his anxiety. So on the whole, it was an engaging and easy read full of great friendships, teen hijinks and a protagonist who's not afraid to speak her mind. And there's a TON of diversity in the story, so...WIN.My two gripes here are fairly minor:1. Stevie's cousin, Josh? Yeah, his story was hella interesting and I'd love to see him show up in a standalone book to explore that better because it wasn't nearly as developed as I would have liked; and2. Sanger's name. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Sanger as a character. I mean, she's a mixed race daughter of lesbian mothers who's really into coding. Buuuuuut "sanga" is Australian slang for "sandwich" and so I just kept thinking of her as "sandwich" the entire time. Which is unfortunate.

  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    2019-02-10 11:54

    This review originally appeared on Such a Novel IdeaI received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When I first read the synopsis for this book, I skipped right over it. But, it nagged at me and kept coming back to my brain, so I read it again. And the part about Texas overruled everything else. You see, I’m from Texas, and my family lives in San Antonio. We’ve been going to Austin since I was a kid. I have this thing about books that are set in places I’ve been to. I LOVE reading about places I know, they just really help ground me in the book. Plus, it’s fun to say I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, CHARACTER. I don’t know if this is a human thing or a Jessica thing, but it definitely made me want to read this one.Only a few pages into Lucky Few, I knew I’d made the right decision. These characters are funny and brilliant and have such strong personalities they come across as three-dimensional people before the plot really even has a chance to unfold. And they are fun and cool in an effortless way. This is like a John Green book or a John Hughes movie – it just breezes into your soul and makes an impact before you know what hit you. And forget about the manic-pixie dream girl trope. These characters are cool, but they aren’t unattainable people. They’re just quirky teenagers.So you’re probably wondering if the whole kitschy fake-your-death list worked. And it did. But really, I wasn’t even focused on that. There are SO MANY other things happening, that the list was just another part of the story. You’re immersed in the setting and the relationships and the plot, so it doesn’t come across as a gimmick. Instead, it’s just a teenager doing something to make sense of the world he’s come to live in.And let’s talk about the setting. Austin and the Hill Country of Texas are some of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to in real life. The places this author takes you to came alive in my mind. Even the ones I’d never seen, I could visualize with great clarity (a skill I’m definitely NOT known for, mind you!). Ormsbee goes to great lengths to treat the setting with as much care and reverence as she does her characters – it really shines throughout the entire story.I feel like this is an unassuming book you’ll see on the shelf and think it’s just another cutsy-fluff piece. But Lucky Few had heart and really was hard-hitting. This is a book you’re going to have fun with, but also really remember. It’s got heart and has everything you’d want out of a contemporary novel. This is one I’m going to be pushing on people for the rest of the year. So, I’m starting with you. PICK THIS ONE UP. You won’t be disappointed.-------------------------------------Original Thoughts:I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. I'm glad I didn't let the weird fake-death-list turn me off this one, because it really stuck in my heart.

  • Ashley Blake
    2019-02-17 16:52

    Pitch-perfect, a lovely girl-girl best friendship, and really intriguing looks at death, loss, and acceptance. Beautiful book!

  • Tole
    2019-02-10 17:49

    This book is just completely solid. I really enjoy all the characters and their interactions. Very much a friendship focussed book which is my fav <3

  • Kieli Jo
    2019-02-14 10:50

    I met kathryn at a book festival and was super excited to read her book! She did not let me down, this story is exciting and fun, but also has very deep moments. My favorite part was the close friendships and how they were important and that they were never ruined because of a boy.

  • Julia
    2019-02-02 12:56

    I don't know why, I really liked this book. At first, I thought it was really boring, but the end made me want to cry...

  • Alissa
    2019-02-08 16:54

    The first time Stevie encounters Max, he's lying in the neighbor's yard in a pool of (fake) blood. The second time the two bump into each other, Max is (fake) drowning in a local lake. Each time max is in peril, Stevie comes to his rescue. And each time she discovers Max's almost-deaths are nothing more than cleaverly-orchestrated acting. How frustrating!With a meet-cute like this, how can it NOT be true love?Stevie soon learns that Max recentely had a near-death experience and lived to tell about it. Ever since then, he's bound and determined to thumb his nose at Death by faking his death in as many ways as possible without... well, without actually dying. Stevie, along with her equally-quirky BFF Sanger, agrees to help Max complete his list, some of which are pretty bizarre (spontaneous combustion, anyone?).What follows is a morbidly hilarious adventure, as the trio of teens cement their friendship over angry (and possibly rabid) peacock attacks, hypothermia, and deadly allergic reactions. But as Max's two-month deadline to complete the list approaches, some very serious truths come to the surface. And Stevie realizes that there are things even more important than (fake) death. Like friendship, love, and life.Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee is the perfect blend of quirky humor, serious life situations, and sweet romance. The characters were well-rounded, likable (but not without faults), and learns (tough) lessons that help them become a better person when everything is said and done. Another thing I liked: The ending wasn't one of those Happily Ever After types that's all wrapped up and tied with a big shiny ribbon. There are things that don't work out. There are loose ends. There are realizations that sometimes you can't erase certain things. But the ending is still satisfying.I absolutely recommend this one!

  • Karen • The Book Return
    2019-02-07 11:55

     See more on my blogThe Book Return BlogI really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week.  (It's been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee's  new novel, 'Lucky Few', gave me all that and more.Although I wasn't sure  what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger's yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie's tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat.Stevie herself is a complicated character. She is preoccupied by being defined as an outcast but doesn't do much to deflect this reputation. Her best friend, Sanger, is a larger than life character. Sanger loves classical music, computer coding, and has two moms. Then there is the new guy, Max. Max moves in with his grandfather after having a near death experience. To help him recover from the accident, Max makes a list of fake ways to die.  Stevie, Sanger, and Max then embark on a crazy quest to act out the list.One of the things I loved  most about this book was Stevie and Sanger's unique and special friendship. Relationships is the driving element in the story. What I take from this  book  is that someone in your life can be there one minute and gone the next so live life to the fullest and don't forget to appreciate those you love.

  • Cara
    2019-01-20 15:44

    4.5 ⭐️Do you ever feel like you just read a book at the right time in your life?? This is me with this book and maybe like 5 other books I've read in my life. Here's a little fact about me guys I'm a sucker for pretentious books, that's how I like my contemporaries. It's something about the psychoanalytical side of pretentious books that just always get me. I loved the questions this book raised, I'm not going to say it's nothing I've never thought of but its something I try not to dwell to long on lest I get sucked into the all consuming void of an existential crisis, but this book made me think about it. It's confronted me with ideas that I usually don't give the time of day and I'm grateful because I got something out of this. That's all I ever really want from a book; to get something out of it, wether that be a new outlook on a certain situation or group of people, new questions to ask myself, or simply just a sense of enjoyment. This book was exactly what I didn't know I wanted right now and I loved it.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-21 17:50

    Great contemporary YA fiction read about a teenage homeschooled girl in Austin, Texas. Loved how she described the different types of homeschooled kids and defended her own position as a NORMAL. I was intrigued because she has Type I diabetes, like my daughter, but this isn't the main plotline of the book--it isn't even mentioned until location 312 on my kindle, when she "double-checked my messenger bag to be sure the vitals were there: water bottle, cell phone, chewing gum, glucose tablets, insulin pen." This is one of those romance, coming of age, friendship, light drama type of story--pretty clean for a YA novel, but still funny and dramatic when it needed to be. Kudos to the author for creating a main character with Type I!

  • Asia
    2019-02-12 16:46

    It was a nice read, containing things like: homeschooling, religion, sexuality, death and sickness. It wasn't a dark, tough book. It was rather simple but I wouldn't read it if you want cute, ponies and rainbows. I liked the friendship between Stevie and Sanger :) And tbh, I was kind of freaked out with the refrigerator scene!

  • BookChic Club
    2019-02-02 11:48

    Really interesting book about death and loss in all of its different forms, yet it's also really funny. I enjoyed the interactions between Sanger, Max and Stevie as they go through Max's fake death list. I also liked the depiction of home-schooling and the many different approaches to it; I usually never read books that involve the character being home-schooled.

  • Red Book Buyer
    2019-01-29 10:58

    If you enjoyed Goodbye Stranger, you'll enjoy this. For readers 8th grade and up.

  • Kendall
    2019-01-26 14:58

    Wow! Great book and also the best book with a diabetic MC I have ever read.

  • Zoie
    2019-01-26 10:54

    Read this review on my blog: https://renellayslingsbookblog.blogsp...OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ASFDGKLWEUDFSHKJLN.CANNOTFORMCOMPREHENSIBLESENTENCERIGHTNOWASHFODIOSJKLRFJKSIODJXFLK*takes a drink of water*Phew. Okie. I'm back now.(Actually no I am still recovering from the wonderfulness that is Lucky Few, but for the purposes of this book chat, HERE I AM. I'M READY TO FORCE EVERYONE I KNOW TO READ THIS ASDGSHFKJLDA AMAZING BOOK.)Let's start off with the nonspoilery thoughts, shall we?Presenting you...My attempt to force persuade everyone to read Lucky Few!Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee is a fantastic novel that completely exceeded my expectations of how good of a contemporary novel it was going to be, and proceeded to metaphorically punch a hole in the roof of my room.Ha ha. Get it? Because it exceeded my expectations so much?Hardy har har.Lucky Few was such a wonderful and thoughtful book about life, death, the way we label people, and what it really means to be "lucky." The writing in this book was compelling, and combined with the perfect pacing of plot events and character developments and the revelations of themes, Lucky Few was essentially everything a contemporary novel should be and more. The standard I have for contemporary books has risen. (And yes, I do believe that is grammatically correct but I'm still not 100% sure so let's just move on! :) The characters in this book were so wonderful and real, and none of them were stereotypical at all. The thing about this novel is that it really did seem like some aspects of this book were going to turn out as horrible cliches or stereotypes (e.g. the friendship between Stevie and her best friend, Sanger; Sanger herself as a character; Max as the smooth-talking guy character, etc.) BUT NOOOOOOOOO NEED TO WORRY IN THAT ASPECT! Ormsbee does a fantastic job in making sure that none of these characters fell into a stereotypical role. If you're a huge fantasy fan and are willing to branch out and find your first contemporary novel, CHOOSE THIS ONE. Lucky Few particularly resonated with me because even though the main character, Stevie, is a homeschooled high-schooler, I still related with her and her relationships with other students. The entire novel led to a revelation at the very end about Stevie's mindset that was just so amazingly insightful, and I feel like many people can learn from that-most-amazing-revelation-ever. I certainly did. I gave this book a 10/10 stars. *blows a kiss* This book was so amazingly fantastic. *more keyboard smashing*Okay, I'm literally going to explode right now, so now it's time for theSPOILERY THOUGHTS! Leave, people who have not read the book! This is not the kind of book you want to get spoiled for! Experience this novel of pure amazingness for yourself, peoples. (view spoiler)[Let's chat about the characters first!First of all, they were all so deeply developed. Their personalities and backstories and actions felt so real, like they could actually walk out of the page and I could have an actual conversation with them. The dialogue in this book was so snarky and totally quote worthy. I loved Stevie's character arc in the book. She learned so much about herself and how she was the one who put labels on people, especially homeschoolers. Max's argument with her at the end of the book pushed Stevie finally to reach the conclusion, and, to be honest, it was refreshing in the way that it felt like it was not just Stevie who came to this revelation -- I was too. Stevie starts off the novel with a list of how she divides people in the homeschooling population: Blue-Jean Jumpers, Granolas, Last-Chance Charlies, and the Normal Types. Stevie claims that she and Sanger are part of the Normal Types, and she openly makes fun of any other homeschooler, Normal Type or not, yet gets ferociously angry if an outsider makes fun of homeschoolers."'That's how homeschoolers do it, right? The parents whisper to each other in the back pew at church and decide that little Zeke and Martha ought to court, but only so long as they're accompanied by a chaperon and don't look into each other's eyes for more than thirty seconds as a time, because as we all know, a full minute of eye sex could lead to eye pregnancy.' 'We're not those kind of homeschoolers.' I said it like I was angry, because I was" (Ormsbee 68). When Stevie discovered how she labeled others so cruelly, even those in the same situation as her -- Max calls it her 'filing system' -- it was like this brilliant revelation that made me go, "Aha!" It was perfectly executed and I LOVED IT AND ALL THE FEELS ASDFKJLSDFLKJ"All the Blue-Jean Jumper types at co-op sort of blurred together in my mind, a visual swirl of braids and Velcro shoes. I'd piled them into an easily forgettable, easily dismissible box" (Ormsbee 343). Stevie was basically one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about. I don't have her Condition, as she calls it, but I do have year-round allergies that NO ONE UNDERSTAND THE INCONVENIENCE OF, and Stevie has allergies! Hurray!"I sneezed three times in a row and remembered then, at the most inconvenient of times, that I hadn't taken my allergy pill that morning" (Ormsbee 118). My goodness. Someone who finally understands the struggles! Can Stevie come alive so we can talked about our shared allergy struggles?(I'm particularly excited to read The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee because not only does the guy in the book have a peanut allergy, but he has to carry an epipen around. OMG. MUST. READ. AND. RELATE.) I felt like Stevie was completely justified in acting out and crying literally every couple of hours during the last few days of the novel, because just think about it: her best friend was moving away, her efforts to protect the STA failed, and Joel just revealed to her how morbid and foolish completing the list was. Ormsbee could have made Stevie an annoying, sobbing character -- but she didn't. Stevie still was so strong in my eyes, and I admire Ormsbee so much for pulling that off.Joel's relationship with Stevie was more distant than Max's and Sanger's, but he was present enough in the story for me to really appreciate the good aspects of his character (despite the fact that he cannot seem to keep a long-term relationship. Oh, Joel. You were so close to being a perfect human being. At least Sanger still loves you for who you are). When Stevie was absolutely mortified by her puking on Max (HAHAHHAHAAAAAAA ANYONE GETTING KOTLC VIBES?!?!?! Sophie and Fitz... BWAHAHAHAA), Joel attempted to help her calm down,"Which would've been more comforting if I hadn't seen Joel's shoulders shaking with laughter. I told him this wasn't funny, and he told me it was a little funny, and then he smiled in a way that made me laugh, despite my best efforts to remain a slobbering mess" (Ormsbee 73). It's people like these in our life -- the people who can make us laugh and smile even though we are in a totally not-laughable situation and completely content to remain miserable -- that are special, and I really appreciated Joel's positive presence in Stevie's life, even if it wan't that large throughout the novel.Enter Sanger, Stevie's BFF and the girl who uses semicolons in her texts. OMG. That is so cool. If you're wondering why in the world I'm using semicolons in my texts now, it's all because of Sanger. Her coolness is rubbing off of me through the pages of the book.I was so worried that Sanger and Stevie's best friendship was going CRUMBLE because of Max. I was like, Max, DON'T YOU DARE BE THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL THING. After being so thoroughly disappointed with the female friendship in Truthwitch (I had such high expectations, everyone... *sob* So disappointed) I think I've been pretty scarred with books that feature female friendships at the beginning because WILL THE AUTHOR MAKE IT WORK? WILL THEY?Guess what? Kathryn Ormsbee made it work!!! OMG I am so glad Stevie and Sanger were best friends since before the story started, and they continued to stay best friends after the story ended. I've (sadly) never read a book with a female friendship this strong, which is complete #goals, and hey, I could totally relate to how Stevie felt when Sanger told Stevie she was going to move away. As someone who has only has best friends my entire life, I felt like Stevie's loss and sense of emptiness in the future without her best friend always with her was also my personal loss. *throws confetti* GAHHH THIS BOOK IS SO FANTASTIC!!!Here's my favorite Stevie quote about Sanger:"I'd known Sanger since third grade, but I still marveled at the way she got so familiar with people so fast.... For the time being, I observed the spectacle of two risk-taking extroverts in action -- Sanger charming Max and Max charming Sanger. It was like something you'd see on Animal Planet" (Ormsbee 83). For the record, if their was a show like that on Animal Planet, I would totes watch it.Oh, Max Garza. Maximilian Garza, to be precise. I enjoyed that- He was not super tall -- in fact, he was actually the same height as Stevie. - He was also not super toned! That was a surprise, because for some reason it seems to be that every teenage guy in a contemporary book it required to have a six pack even though they're only like 14?!?!?!? I mean, I understand Max is older than 14, but still. Very refreshing. - He was an interesting mixture of jock/preppy kid/idk?? Now that I think about it, I think it was Ormsbee's way of kinda hitting readers in the face (Okay, fine. Maybe not hitting. As the usual author stalker I am, I went over to Ormsbee's blog and read a couple of her blog posts. She seems like a really nice person, so maybe she was intending to, um, smack readers in the face? With Stevie's stuffed elephant?) with the idea that people cannot -- shouldn't be -- confined within a box. Sanger, Stevie, and Max seemed like people who could be labeled as one thing at the beginning of the novel, but it quickly became apparent that all of them were too unique to be locked in a labeled box. - Max has a cool response for everything. I would read a book of his dialogue. His and Sanger's. Example -- Sanger: "And if anything goes wrong, Stevie knows CPR, don't you, Stevie?"Stevie: *nods* Max: "That's not a good inventive for me to resurface still conscience" (Ormsbee 244). - Oh my goodness. *cue violin music* swoonAlso, this book made me LOL. It made me LOL so hard, and that's pretty rare. It's hard to find a book where I laugh both on the inside and the outside, and Lucky Few did that to me! Here were some of my FAV MOMENTS THAT MADE ME LOL"I perked up. 'Do you speak French?' 'Just the pretentious kind. You know, like a la carte, encore, coup de grace. Why? Do you think that's hot?' 'Not anymore'" (Ormsbee 65). "Last year, when we lsot to Austin Christian, Mr. Vanderpool turned over the water cooler and punted the lid onto the field, where it nearly hit a player" (Ormsbee 157). The way the "23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying" list started out as a fun thing, and turned out to be part of an experience that made all three of the main characters grow and learn more about themselves and the world at the end of the novel was so brilliant. Kathryn Ormsbee is now one of my new favorite authors, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading everything she's already written, and everything she will write in the future.Thanks so much for reading this blog post! Did you enjoy this book as much as I did? Tell me in the comments!Cya next time!~Renell AyslingP.S. Did anyone else notice that there is a ton of bleeding in the novel? Like, especially for Stevie. She had to resort to using an instruction manual to wipe off her bloody heel. Um. Resourceful, I guess? XD (hide spoiler)]

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-07 17:45

    As a former homeschooler, when someone points out a book or movie that has a homeschooler in it...I kinda grit my teeth and try to smile because usually those characters are made for jokes and laughs at their expense. So when I heard lucky few had homeschoolers in it, I was more then a little apprehensive. But the rep for homeschooling is so amazing in this book! They are sassy and smart and understand the world and YAY!! Give me more perfect rep like this!But Steph, you might be wondering, why isn't it then a 4-5 star book? Oh man...because even great rep cannot handle what I found glaringly wrong and off putting about this book. Basically Stevie (which I kinda loved because that's a variant of my name which is all kinda of awesome) is homeschooled and has legit one friend and then a boy moves next door who she pretty much likes. Oh and the boy has the plan to fake his own death 23 times for his own type of immersion therapy. So...I have a lot of thoughts. Here's the good:-girl friendships! Sagar and Stevie were close girl friends who kept the saying "sisters before misters" and almost pretty much kept it-awesome homeschool rep yo. (I never went to a co-op but I do know several who did growing up)-the family interactions. So lifelike. -Stevie has diabetes and the boy Max is missing a few fingers due to an accident so there's some nice rep going on here. However...this is where it goes down for me:-the writing style was weird. It felt like we took FOREVER to set up this encounter and do things but then the ending, felt like really rushed. I'm all for ending a book openly, but this one ends like the author got up for a drink of water and her cat hit the send button to her publisher. That's how abrupt it ends which really isn't fair to the readers -Joel. Her cousin who lives with them and was really quite an interesting character and I felt like he was just there for plot purposes and for random facts. I wish his story would have been more front and center because I wanted to know more about him. -the death list. Here's the thing, as soon as he told them his plan to pretend to die 23 different ways, I immediately thought he was suicidal and was trying to actually end it. While I'm grateful the author didn't do that, at the same time the only time this behavior is called out is when Stevie asks if he wants to die. Which is towards the end of the book. He finally sees a therapist but again, how he was going about it was not a healthy way. -there were also a lot of politics involved and I don't know much of them because I began to skim because I was so bored. Anyways. While I enjoyed certain parts of this book, I also didn't care for much of it. It might just be me as most people really seemed to enjoy this book, so read at your own risk eh?(Library)

  • Dazz Ross
    2019-02-10 17:38

    An Encounter with Current Me and Past Me from Early 2015Current Me: *thumps on the ground*Past Me: Oh my gosh, Future Dazz! Are you okay? What happened?Current Me: Nothing much….Just...this book...I read.Past Me: Oh, I know the feeling. You just finished the latest in the Dark Elements trilogy, right?Current Me: No. *mutters* But oh, is that book going to be a disappointment.Past Me: What?Current Me: Nothing. Do you have any more guesses?Past Me: Let me think...Oo, how about the Red Queen trilogy?Current Me: Nope. That’s starting to weaken over here. And I’m not sure if you’re aware yet, but one more book was added to that series.Past Me: *gasps* Really? Well, that’s something to be excited for!Current Me: Meh, I guess. I’ll give you one more try on what book I’m referring to.Past Me: All right. Well, I know it isn’t a contemporary, because you don’t read those often, and it has to be in a series. Silly me. I’ve read some amazing ones. Like I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre.OH! I think I’ve got it.Current Me: What is it?Past Me: The epic finale of The Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas! I just got done with the first one and it proved to be a lot better than I thought.Current Me: *stares blankly at Past Me for a few seconds before sighing*Past Me: Not it?Current Me: Nope. It’s this.*picks up book from chest titled Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee and hands it over to Past Me*Past Me: Wait, what is this? I expected something more romantic, like a love interest with smoldering eyes or bulging muscles or-Current Me: Gonna stop you right there. This is Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee. You obviously haven’t seen this before, but it’ll come out next summer. *mutters* Don’t worry, you’ll forget about it after this conversation.Past Me: What?Current Me: I happened to read Ormsbee’s second book Tash Hearts Tolstoy after picking it up from the library two years from now once you’re a senior. Man, seeing you as a freshman is weird. You’re going to mature in so many aspects in the years to come.Past Me: I just read about a character from this anime being in the shower. Want to see it? I can load it up on my computer.Current Me: ...And in some, you won’t. Whatever. Regardless, I loved that book so much because Ormsbee took risks that other contemporary authors skirt around. From giving extensive background detail to great characters, an excellent story, hilarious writing, and not to mention fantastic asexual representation. I learned a lot from that, yet it also gave me the desire to check out that YA debut. One I’d heard about, but never really knew.Looking at the premise again, I was super excited for it. Not only was I interested in a more morbid read, but I wanted to see how Ormsbee got her foot into the YA pool after having written a MG fantasy. It did take me a few weeks, but I finally got around to it.Past Me: And? I’m tingling with anticipation here.Current Me: Well, Ormsbee did it again. This may not have been as amazing as Tash Hearts Tolstoy was, but the strengths were incredibly similar. The rich background detail, the thoughtout characters, the great story, and the tongue-in-cheek writing that could get quite serious. I did think one side plot could have benefited from being fleshed out more, but overall, this book is amazing and you should read it.Past Me: I’m excited already. Tell me more, tell me more.Current Me: Well, for starters, Ormsbee makes time to touch on details relating to her characters or the events around them. Again, some authors, regardless of their field, don’t bother to do that.Past Me: Are you sure? Fantasy and sci-fi tend to have very complex world and characters.Current Me: Not all of them do. But Ormsbee makes sure to give everything the space to breathe, such as various kids from the homeschool co-op, further detail as to why in the world Max Garza would want to play games against death, and the Springs for Tomorrow Alliance’s objective, which dealt with protecting Barton Springs, a body of water used as a community pool. Again, I gobbled this down whenever it showed up, because it’s now obvious Ormsbee cares about what she writes because she goes that extra mile to make sure everything’s there and UGH YAS QUEEN! I’m also happy to see the great characters back. Though there were a few that didn’t felt as central to the plot, they were still touched upon and given enough detail so that they weren’t disposable props. Stevie’s diabetes was handled really well (and like with romantic asexuality, I learned more about it in the process) and didn’t define her character. She was confident and driven to promote a central part of her childhood, and in eventually working with Max on the Death List.Plus, I ADORED her friendship with Sanger. Not only was Sanger my type of friend with sass to last on a trip across the country, but she and Stevie had incredible banter and knew the best for each other and YES! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE! Not people who claim to be “best friends” and either fight or are like, “Is she sleeping with that boy again? Ew, what a hoe.”Past Me: That’s a bad word. You shouldn’t say that.Current Me: *mutters* A few years from now, you won’t be afraid to cuss when you read aloud or sing.Past Me: What?Current Me: Anyways, the story and pace were good. Lucky Few took a little longer to get going, but once it did, it was hard to put down. On the technical side of things, the chapters were a little lengthy. On the plot side of things, I forgot about the Springs for Tomorrow Alliance until it was mentioned in a later reading after first hearing about it the day I started. It does matter in the grand scheme of things, but if it was emphasized a bit more, it would have stuck in the brain instead of me needing to be constantly reminded about it.That aside, Ormsbee still crafted an entertaining plot that built up to a suspenseful climax. The ending was more bittersweet this time around, but I still appreciated it, because not everything has to end akin to fairy tales. It still put a smile on my face, though it didn’t make me feel as teary-eyed. I guess that’s a positive.Past Me: That should be.Current Me: Finally, the writing was great. I had to stop at more passages that were very insightful or just hilarious. There was a great mix of both in here, plus I felt that sense of reliability again. Despite not being homeschooled (I know of one girl who now goes to my high school from my church who used to be), I liked having that peak into that lifestyle because Ormsbee was a part of it herself. Experience always helps with crafting realistic settings, along with research!Past Me: Can you wrap it up already? I’m starting to get bored.Current Me: Okay. Lucky Few proved to be another fun time from an author that I now have to watch. I’d recommend this to any YA reader, because I think you’ll like something here. Yes, this book does talk about death, but it’s fun to explore that, even if it’s a little morbid. Can’t wait for The Great Unknowable End, Ormsbee! I know it’ll be worth the wait!Past Me: Thanks for coming all the way here to the past..somehow. Do you have a way back?Current Me: Of course I do. Surprisingly enough, my watch works as a portal.Past Me: ‘Kay! In the meantime, I guess I’ll see you later, then! Bye, Future Dazz! Maybe I’ll see you down the road.Current Me: *mutters as Past Me begins to run off* Maybe so?Well, in the meantime, let’s go back to 2017 and continue to find great books.*flicks watch, which makes Dazz vanish into the future...and beyond*

  • Hunter Hyland
    2019-02-01 12:42

    I'm ADD on steroids when it comes to reading books and usually have ten or more going at one time. But I could not put this one down and finished in two days. The writing is just so spectacularly good, that's why. I took a long arm and shoved the other open books to the side until I finished Lucky Few.Stevie is a likable character with a saucy tongue and a soft spot for social causes. Sanger is a girl I would gladly marry in Las Vegas after only knowing her for 48 hours. Max is the boy next door who's cute and quirky - the anti-jerk. Each character comes alive on the page and you feel by the end of the book that they are YOUR friends, too.You can read the synopsis elsewhere, but I do want to address the ending because other reviewers thought it was a disappointment. I don't understand what is not to like? Bad stuff happens to Stevie (main character) but not so bad that she doesn't learn to appreciate what she has. Happy endings don't always happen when everything works out in the end. They happen, also, when characters learn to accept life's crazy tribulations and get over themselves. I enjoyed that Stevie struggled and screwed up, and nearly died, on her way to learning something valuable.I am anxious to read Ormsbee's other books. This was a great find.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-08 17:59

    I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.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.

  • EJ
    2019-01-19 12:36

    I was a fan of this. It was deep in a not-deep way, and I appreciate that. If you start reading this book and are like, "What kind of absolute bullshit..." then you are not alone, the main character is right there with you, haha. By the end of this book, things make sense. Sort of. I mean, this book is pretty much about death. So there's no way that it can make sense. But I really like the way that Ormsbee takes a big idea and includes it in a YA novel and by the end you don't feel like you've been through hell and you don't feel like you have an answer, because that's life. Honestly, I feel like this is the sort of book I would want to write?? It's not life changing or anything, but it's enjoyable and heartfelt and real. Super super good. Looking forward to her next one.

  • Ella
    2019-02-14 11:45

    I did like the book, I found it had some humor in it. I also liked how the main character had a different outlook of people. But I also found the book a little insensitive, which it could be the way the author wanted it to be. The way one of the main characters, Max wanted to fake his death in a bunch of different ways seemed like a okay idea in the beginning but later on it would come to the conclusion it wasn't the best thing to do. Mostly because it was insensitive to the people who actually died that way.The book wasn't bad or great , so I would give it a 3 star rating. Somewhere in the middle.

  • Maria Rachmat
    2019-01-21 15:32

    This book is an enthralling and heartfelt story of a girl named Stevie and her best friend Sanger. Both of them are homeschooled. A boy, Max Gazara moves to the neighborhood, right next door of Stevie in fact. He ask her to he him with a list of his; 23 ways to fake my death. Stevie ends up falling for him, and they have many ups and downs together. This book has romance, but also a bit of comedy and action.

  • Kathryn Wuerker
    2019-01-20 17:49

    Personally, I don't know if I particularly loved the topic of the book (ie: the list) BUT I love the characters and the way they interacted. I found myself laughing out loud during many of the the conversations. I would definitely recommend this book for 8th grade book groups (as this is why I read it). The author's voice came through from acknowledgements to the end, and all of my teens greatly enjoyed it.