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•Title: Lucky Girl
•Author: Jamie Pacton
•Length: 240 pages
•Publisher: Page Street Publishing YA
•Publication Date: 05/11/2010
•Type Read: paperback
•Genre(s): YA contemporary
A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix
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?
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My Book Review:
Fortuna has a secret that is burning a hole in her pocket. She just won over $58,000,000 on the lottery and she is freaking out… internally. In the outside she refuses to let it show. There are several major issues eating away at her currently. For one, she is only 17 and even though she bought the ticket (illegally) she cannot cash it. She turns 18 soon so she is hoping to wait it out. Meanwhile, the whole town is going crazy because they have pinpointed the lottery ticket as being sold by a local store. So they know someone in their little town won that jackpot… and they cannot understand why the winner hasn’t come forward yet.
The whole town is in an uproar, sharing their ideas on what they would do with the money, and throwing a lot of shade on the individual who hasn’t claimed their winnings yet. Fortuna’s best friend is actually running an pseudo investigation into who the winner could be… leaving Fortuna feeling like a terrible friend, but still not willing to give up her secret.
Fortuna also is dealing with her hoarder of a mother, whose obsession with other people’s discarded memories is literally crushing them. And her ex boyfriend, while they shared two years together, is trying to get back in her life…
This was such a great book. I loved Fortuna. I loved her strength and her sass. She really only ever just wanted to do the right thing. And she must traverse the tumultuous waters through so many aspects of her life: her relationship with her mother, her love life, trying to be a decent friend and just trying to do the right thing.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet story about growth and loss and the realization of who you should keep in your life and who you should not.
About the Author:
Jamie Pacton is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author who grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She has a BA and MA in English Literature, and currently teaches English at the college level. While pursuing her dream of being an author, she worked as a waitress, pen salesperson, lab assistant, art museum guard, bookseller, pool attendant, nanny, and lots of other weird jobs in between. Her writing has appeared in national and local magazines, and she spent many years blogging for Parents.com. Currently, Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family and a dog named Lego.