Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton

*Spoiler free*

58,643,129. 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?

After reading The Life And (Medieval) Times Of Kit Sweetly, I was ready for this book. I think the synopsis of this book is what pushed me to pick up Kit when I did! It sounded so good, so I wanted to check out the author’s other books! Anyway, this book is about a girl who wins the lottery, 58 million dollars. But, she can’t claim the money since she is a minor. She feels like she doesn’t have anybody to turn to for help, and money makes people do wild things. Trigger warnings: hoarding

This book is short, sweet, and totally awesome.

I will admit, that I had a hard time getting into it. It might have been my emotional state while reading it, but I felt like a good chunk of felt kind of slow to me. Despite this, when I finally got going, I ended up loving it. Since this book is pretty short (the ARC clocks in around 230 pages), this was towards the end of the book. But honestly, I can’t complain. The ending made the whole book feel amazing!

This is a book that has a sweetness to it, but it’s also tinged with angst. Personally, I love the mix. Jane struggles to figure out what she should do with the money, who to trust, and what it could to her, her life, and the people she loves. She feels like she only has bad options to turn towards. She tries to come to a conclusion, and I really, really enjoyed seeing her journey. Plus, she’s just a great character overall. She loves the ocean and whales, is hilarious, and is just a really great person.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the friendships in this book. There is a central f/m platonic friendship. It’s a solid, loving relationship, and boy do I love seeing guys and girls loving each other in a non romantic way. Bran and Jane truly love each other, and they completely support each other. Bran even has a girlfriend who is friends with Jane! I adore best friends-to-lovers, but I adore best friends-to-best friends too!

This book features a whole lot of lottery winning horror stories, and they’re TRUE. Like, names from headlines true! Money affects people, and a lot of the times those affects take a drastic and terrifying turn.

And let’s talk about the character I want to punch. I am going to be vague, because spoilers, but gosh, there is such a punchable character in this book. They are SUCH an asshole. Like, my sister and I were both screaming about how awful their actions were.

All in all, Lucky Girl is a fantastic book! It has a certain sweetness to it, and it’s tinged with angst, making a fantastic mix. I really, really enjoyed it.

Lucky Girl comes out May 11, 2021! You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy in the meantime!

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