The Lucky Ones (Paperback)
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May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn't know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through--no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.
Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister...and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won't let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.
Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.
A Chicago Public Library Systems selection for Best Teen Fiction
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020
A Texas Library Association 2021 Reading List selection
"A harrowing and beautifully told story about how far the tentacles of tragedy can reach. May's story of grief, survival, and reckoning is tenderly and honestly explored. A simply stunning debut." --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
"A must-read for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and This Is How It Ends."--Paste Magazine
"Gripping, emotional, suspenseful, and ultimately hopeful" --Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
“Wildly ambitious and wholly empathetic, devastatingly raw, and impossibly gentle; a must-read in this moment.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"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.” —School Library Journal
"[An] intense, affecting debut" —Publishers Weekly
"Tragically relevant and with a nuanced perspective on grief and being a survivor....The Lucky Ones portrays grief as multifaceted and complicated." —Booklist
“A gripping, emotional, suspenseful, and ultimately hopeful story about loss, survivor’s guilt, and learning to find love and trust again. Put The Lucky Ones on your TBR list—you do NOT want to miss it!” —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
“A harrowing and beautifully told story about how far the tentacles of tragedy can reach. May’s story of grief, survival, and reckoning is tenderly and honestly explored. A simply stunning debut.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“Liz Lawson writes as a listener first, allowing her characters to fill the pages of The Lucky Ones with their vibrant, unique voices as they take up the space they (and Lawson) demand for themselves, for their humanity, for their lives.” —Will Walton, author of I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain
"Exploding with raw anger, and underneath it all, a deep, driving ache, this debut is a reminder to hug those we love, and not take a single second we have with them for granted. Highly, highly recommend." —Kelly Coon, author of Gravemaidens
"Goodness. This story made me ugly cry next to strangers on an airplane. The Lucky Ones is so beautiful and important. As a teacher, mother, author, and human being, I say thank you to Liz Lawson for tackling a horrible reality in such a heartfelt and lovely way." —Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe
"The Lucky Ones takes a subject that has become tragically familiar and manages to tell the untold story. Liz Lawson deftly explores grief and trauma, but she always threads it through with hope and love. This is a beautiful and necessary book." —Lauren Morrill, author of Better Than the Best Plan