The Lucky Ones

Delacorte. Apr. 2020. 352p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593118498.
Gr 7 Up–May is a survivor of the school shooting where her twin brother, Jordan, and some friends died. But she doesn’t feel like a survivor. She feels angry and guilty for what happened in the band room that day. She survived by staying in the closet, but that did not prevent her from hearing, and then seeing, everything that happened. Zach is angry, too. His mother can’t see how being the lawyer of the school shooter is making his and his sister’s lives unbearable. When someone paints epithets on their garage, he feels too hopeless to tell his mother how her decisions are affecting them. But when May and Zach meet, something magical happens for both of them. Can either teen truly move on with the other, especially when neither is being exactly truthful with themselves or one another? May, Zach, their families, and friends are all complex and intriguing characters that readers will immediately connect with and want to see succeed.
VERDICT This heartbreaking and touching story of grief and loss, as well as hope and forgiveness, will resonate with readers who deal with this fear and reality on a daily basis.

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