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The Lucky List



by
Rachael Lippincott

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Simon & Schuster BFYR
ISBN
9781534468535
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
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Rachael Lippincott, coauthor of #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, weaves a captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.

Emily and her mom were always lucky. Every month they’d take her lucky quarter, select lucky card 505, and dominate the heatedly competitive bingo night in their small, quirky town of Huckabee. But Emily’s mom’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer, and nothing has felt right for Emily since.

Now, the summer before her senior year, things are getting worse. Not only has Emily wrecked things with her boyfriend Matt, who her mom adored, but her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mom’s belongings away. Soon, she’ll have no connections left to Mom but that lucky quarter. And with her best friend away for the summer and her other friends taking her ex’s side, the only person she has to talk to about it is her dad’s best friend’s daughter, Blake, a girl she barely knows.

But that’s when Emily finds the list—her mom’s senior year summer bucket list—buried in a box in the back of her closet. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off on a journey to tick each box and help Emily face her fears before everything changes As they go further down the list, Emily finally begins to feel closer to mom again, but her bond with Blake starts to deepen, too, into something she wasn’t expecting. Suddenly Emily must face another fear: accepting the secret part of herself she never got a chance to share with the person who knew her best.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.6: points 11

Lexile

850L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Romance

Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Grief. Luck. Fathers and daughters. Lesbians. Friendship. Small towns. Summer. Romance. Death. Cancer. Family. Friends. Breakups. Bucket lists. LGBTQ.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Emily Carter hasn’t been the same since her mom died three years ago. She’s become anxious and afraid, and made a mess of her social life when she publicly kissed someone other than her boyfriend at junior prom. On top of it all, her best friend is away at camp and Emily and her dad are moving out of her childhood home. The summer is looking bleak, until her dad’s best friend moves back to town, along with his daughter Blake. While packing up her mom’s closet, Emily and Blake discover her mom’s bucket list from the summer before her own senior year, containing items like “get a tattoo” and “get over my fear of heights.” Emily sees completing the list as a way to connect to her mother, as well as fix her social life. With Blake’s help, Emily may discover more about herself along the way. The first-person narrative subtly explores the interplay of Emily’s grief, social pressures, and self-discovery in a quietly meaningful tone. The romance takes a backseat to Emily’s coming-of-age but remains an important part of her story. Blake is slightly two-dimensional, but readers will nevertheless be rooting for the two to get together. Emily’s race is never explicitly mentioned; Blake is noted as having a Japanese mother. VERDICT Reminiscent of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, this is a gentle and moving exploration of grief and what it can mean to move forward without a loved one, perfect for fans of romance and realistic fiction. –Aaren Tucker, Univ. of Illinois

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Emily Carter hasn’t been the same since her mom died three years ago. She’s become anxious and afraid, and made a mess of her social life when she publicly kissed someone other than her boyfriend at junior prom. On top of it all, her best friend is away at camp and Emily and her dad are moving out of her childhood home. The summer is looking bleak, until her dad’s best friend moves back to town, along with his daughter Blake. While packing up her mom’s closet, Emily and Blake discover her mom’s bucket list from the summer before her own senior year, containing items like “get a tattoo” and “get over my fear of heights.” Emily sees completing the list as a way to connect to her mother, as well as fix her social life. With Blake’s help, Emily may discover more about herself along the way. The first-person narrative subtly explores the interplay of Emily’s grief, social pressures, and self-discovery in a quietly meaningful tone. The romance takes a backseat to Emily’s coming-of-age but remains an important part of her story. Blake is slightly two-dimensional, but readers will nevertheless be rooting for the two to get together. Emily’s race is never explicitly mentioned; Blake is noted as having a Japanese mother. VERDICT Reminiscent of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, this is a gentle and moving exploration of grief and what it can mean to move forward without a loved one, perfect for fans of romance and realistic fiction. –Aaren Tucker, Univ. of Illinois

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