Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review: If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz

Title: If You're Lucky
Series: Stand-Alone
Author: Yvonne Prinz
Genre: YA, Mystery, Literature & Fiction
Published Date: October 20th 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
Format: e-arc
Source: I got this book on Netgalley in exchanged for an honest review
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.

Now I was really surprise how much I loved and enjoyed If You're Lucky, because I saw a lot of mix reviews about it. But I didn't let that detour me to read it. And I am so glad and happy that I give this book a chance. This book is not for everyone, but I really loved and enjoyed the mystery and mental illness concept of this book. Which I thought the author did a really great and honest job about the mental illness that Georgia’s has. I thought she was totally spot on about the mental illness, because I have mental illness as well not the same as Georgia but pretty close the same diagnosis. And the way how Yvonne Prinz wrote how Georgia was going down hill with paranoia, seeing hallucinations, hearing voices and becoming psychotic. I thought was absolutely honest and true. Georgia was not taking her medicine trying to figure out the mystery of how her brother Lucky died, did Lucky truly drowned or was he killed? I totally love the mystery twist of the book as well. It is really easy to figure out the truth on how Lucky truly died while reading through this book. And the ending was a bit rush but I was totally satisfy with the ending. I absolutely loved and enjoyed Yvonne Prince writing style and her ideas for her books, that I will absolutely continue on reading more of her books in the near future!
Yvonne Prinz is the author of several books including the Clare series, All You Get Is Me, and The Vinyl Princess, which won the California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction, and nominated for a Northern California Book Award. A Canadian living in the San Francisco Bay area, she spends her days complaining about the weather, watching foreign films (mostly French), and wondering what that noise was.

Yvonne's next book, "If You're Lucky" (Algonquin Books For Young Readers) will be out in the fall of 2015.

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