The Good Luck Girls

Tor Teen. Oct. 2019. 352p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250299703.
Gr 10 Up–This first installment in a new fantasy adventure is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The story is told from two sisters’ alternating points of view. The sisters were sold at a young age to a “Welcome House” and were destined for a life of sex work. But after the younger sister accidentally kills a customer, the girls take off with three other “Good Luck Girls.” Pursued by law enforcement and supernatural forces, they must survive at all costs. Some readers may be overwhelmed with the large cast introduction and world-building early in the novel, but things speed up as the plot progresses. The various romances and supernatural aspects of this book may deter some readers since there is already so much going on with fleshing out the characters’ backstories. The romances are somewhat rushed and lack development, seeming to appear out of nowhere. However, the overarching themes of equality between genders and socioeconomic classes will keep readers rooting for the heroes. Fans will, undoubtedly, have many questions at the end of the novel and will be anxious for the next installment.
VERDICT Teen readers will devour this romp set in a fantastical Wild West–style world, filled with a diverse cast of strong female leads.

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