Title: If You’re Lucky
Author: Yvonne Prinz
Genre: YA Thriller
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
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.
Holy. Cow. This book was so deliciously twisted, and I loved every minute of it.
I read this book in one sitting, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I genuinely had no freaking clue what was going on the entire time, in the best way possible. Too many psychological thrillers, especially in YA, for whatever reason, are so easy to figure out. Not this one. The author had me thinking one way, and then not even ten pages later, I was thinking a completely different way. There were so many times when I was left staring at the page, thinking “what the hell????” and I love it when books are able to pull that off.
This is truly a must read. If You’re Lucky is one of the most twisted books that I’ve read this year (another good one was Charlie, Presumed Dead) and I more or less want to push this book on everyone I know, simply to see their reactions. I’m pretty sure I felt a little bit of every emotion that there is while reading. If You’re Lucky provides such an intense reading experience that anyone can appreciate. Five out of five stars.