The Lucky Ones is my first book by Liz Lawson, and it won’t be my last. I have read a lot you YA books touching on unspeakable subjects as; rape, bullying, abusive and toxic relationships. I have read books that have touched on school shootings of a murder-suicide and how it has impacted the family they left behind. I am no stranger to reading the topics most are scared to touch.
This book is a dual-point-of-view and is about what happens to those who survived after one individual kills everyone in a classroom. The book centers on May and Zack, two high school students, and classmates of the shooter.
“The fact is: I’m a SURVIVOR. I’m the leftover. The lucky one. The only one in that room who lived.”
May is a survivor, the only survivor from that class, and from that same class, she lost her twin brother, and her best friend, May, and her family are spiraling out of control trying to deal with this newfound grief and guilt.
“He would have wanted you to live. Fucking live, May.”
Zach is the son of a lawyer who has taken the shooter as her client. Zach and his family have been deemed traitors and have received vandalism and threats. ‘It helps that the pair of them has at least one friend in their corner.
It’s beautiful to witness how their relationship forms from connecting the dots of their connection to the love they soon come to have for the other. Misery never wants to be alone and it in fact does love company. Sometimes, when dealing with trauma, it’s good to have a least one friend.
The topic of mental illness is heavy in this book. I wish the story covered the shooting more than the aftermath. It would have been nice to know why the school shooting occurred or why Zach’s mother decided to defend the shooter. The book left me with a lot of unanswered questions, but it was still a great read.
- I received this copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion*
Author: Liz Lawson
ISBN-13 : 978-0593118528
Grade Level: 9-12
Paperback: 352 pages