Title: Lucky Girl
Author: Jamie Pacton
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an arc to read in exchange for a review!
“A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix
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?” (Goodreads)
I’ve never read a book about a character winning the lottery but I really enjoyed this unique plot!
Fortuna Jane, but goes by Jane, has won big money from a lottery ticket she bought spur of the moment. This causes her to go into panic mode as she decides what to do with it but more importantly, how she will even get the money if she isn’t eighteen.
I enjoyed getting to know Jane and the life that hasn’t been easy for her. Even though it’s been five years since the death of father, it can still be a hard thing to process. I have never lost a parent but I do know grief from losing my grandmother. Death sucks. I think Jane handles it well but her mother is another story since she decides hoarding is the best medicine. This not only impacts her mother but it also affects Jane as she has to live in a house filled with everything that her mother collects.
Jane is also going through the emotions of a past break-up as her ex comes back into the picture suddenly. This type of situation can definitely take a toll. Been there multiple times! It was easy to relate to her as she maneuvered through it all. Besides her friend being in a relationship and talking to his girlfriend, who is also friends with Jane, there isn’t much when it comes to romantic relationships and honestly, I love books like this where a character doesn’t have to fall in love to find themselves. I also liked seeing a great relationship between a boy and girl who are friends and good ones at that! Bran is such a good guy.
Besides hoarding, this book also deals with the outcome of winning a lottery and what money/greed can do to people. It talked about “the lottery curse” but it also talked about how money can be used for good. I liked seeing both sides of the coin and it all gave Jane a better perspective to make her decision on what to do. It also doesn’t help that she has a close group of people to help her along the way.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a unique plot with important topics that was easy to read as I finished it in one sitting, haha.