Lucky by Marissa Stapley

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay, I really enjoyed this book. It had a wonderful story about a girl growing up with a con artist for a dad. Her life’s education was learning to swindle others, but then she finds herself alone, on the run from the police, and in possession of a winning lottery ticket that she can’t cash in without being caught by the police.

The story is told through alternating timelines both present day, and different times in Lucky’s past that helps to tell the story that has led up to present day. Lucky is a compelling character to read about. You want to know how things are going to go for her. You want the best for her, and she keeps you turning the pages. I really enjoyed her.

The story was great for about 85% of the book. Then, it felt like a complete change happened, and we were rushed at 100 mph to the finish line. I would have liked a little more depth and development for the ending. It was a good ending, and I would have liked to enjoy it a bit longer.

Overall though, this was a great story, and I would recommend it!

Content Warnings: Teen pregnancy, infertility, pregnancy loss.

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win readers’ hearts.

What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.

When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.

As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she was just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose dark past is catching up with her, too.

This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, multilayered character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest…before her luck runs out.

Just the Facts:

Lucky by Marissa Stapley
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pub Date: December 7, 2021

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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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