Synopsis on Goodreads:
58,642,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.
Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse . . .
Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then . . .
Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town — it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when . . .
Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing.
Book Name – Lucky Girl | Author – Jamie Pacton | Release Date – May 11, 2021 | Publisher – Page Street Kids | Genres – Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health | Page Count – 240 | Book Edition – Hardcover
Jamie’s writing always leaves me spell-bounded and laughing out loud. Lucky Girl was no exception. A 240-paged book that is cute, humorous, witty, and fast-paced. This YA contemporary is everything that you need right now in your life.
This is a story of a 17-year-old, Fortuna (yes TUNA) Jane Bellweather – who never considered herself lucky until the day when she purchased a lottery ticket, and guess what? She WON 58 million dollars!!! But, she can’t cash it. Why? Because she is a minor and isn’t 18 yet. And it is illegal in the USA to buy a lottery ticket before 18-years of age. And other barrages of problems in her life, which can bring nothing but trouble in Jane’s life.
She feels like she can’t turn up to anybody for help for several reasons. Firstly, her mother is a hoarder. Since her father’s death 5-years-ago, Jane’s mother hasn’t recovered from the loss and the last thing Jane wants is to add more junk from $58 million. Secondly, her only best friend Bran is the one investigating the lotto winner and announces on the news that he is going to find that lucky person. Lastly, things start to go downhill when Jane’s ex-boyfriend shows up again in her life, and maybe this time with different intentions.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jamie’s first book – The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly and now Lucky Girl was no different. It is speedy, with lucid writings and great narration. Jane’s life is full of odds and none of them is in her favor. MC’s character development is magnetic because we can see Jane rising against all obstacles and doing the right thing for herself and her family.
I enjoyed the lottery theme, the variety of characters and the narrator expressing each of the characters wonderfully was indeed made it an enthralling reading experience. Jane is a character with a lot of anxieties and problems and struggling with her inner emotions and conflicts. And the best part of all of this is moving and standing up past and beyond her insecurities.
Overall this was an easy and surprising book for me with a lot of fun, laughter, a swirl of emotions, and most importantly a loving MC, Jane Belleweather.
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