by: K.E. Ormsbee
Published by:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird.
Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don’t hold that against her. Sure, she and her best (okay, only) friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that’s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t believe in proms. Or dancing. Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.
Enter Max Garza, the new boy next door. After a near-fatal accident, Max is determined to defy mortality with a checklist: 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying. Dead set on carrying out fabricated demises ranging from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into helping him with this two-month macabre mission. But as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line between his make-believe deaths and her real life.
I really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week. (It’s been a tough week around here). Kathryn Ormbee’s new novel, ‘Lucky Few’, gave me all that and more.
Although I wasn’t sure what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book. This story is both plot and character driven. Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details. I can still envision Sanger’s yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie’s tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat.
Stevie herself is a complicated character. She is preoccupied by being defined as an outcast but doesn’t do much to deflect this reputation. Her best friend, Sanger, is a larger than life character. Sanger loves classical music, computer coding, and has two moms. Then there is the new guy, Max. Max moves in with his grandfather after having a near death experience. To help him recover from the accident, Max makes a list of fake ways to die. Stevie, Sanger, and Max then embark on a crazy quest to act out the list.
One of the things I loved most about this book was Stevie and Sanger’s unique and special friendship. Relationships is the driving element in the story. What I take from this book is that someone in your life can be there one minute and gone the next so live life to the fullest and don’t forget to appreciate those you love.
3 Finished Copies of LUCKY FEW (US Only)
ABOUT KATHRYN ORMSBEE:
Hello! I am a ginger girl who writes stories. My debut novel, THE WATER AND THE WILD, is a Middle Grade fantasy out now from Chronicle Books, with a sequel to follow in Fall 2016. My YA debut, LUCKY FEW, will be published by Simon & Schuster in Summer 2016. THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD, a standalone MG fantasy, comes out in 2017.
I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Austin, TX. Now I’m back in the land of Proper Autumn.
In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.
Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you’ve never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I am from the 90s.
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