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A Big Dose of Lucky - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist." — Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015

A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn is one of the 7 books from the Secrets series. I have to say it was hard picking which book to read first. They all seemed to appeal to me, but at last I guess A Big Dose of Lucky appealed to me more.

After the devastating fire that burned the orphanage to the ground, Malou and all the older girls were told that there was no place for them and they were on their own. They were each given a clue and sent on their way to find their biological family.

Malou is at first very hesitant about going on the journey. With nowhere else to go she heads for the small town of Parry Sound, Ontario following the clue that she was given. As she arrives in Parry Sound, she soon discovers more shocking clues that drive her closer to solving the mystery of her biological parents.

I found the first part of the book to be really boring and uninteresting. It just really dragged out the event of Malou choosing to follow her clue or not. There's a saying that says the first 50 pages of the book are the most important because that's when most readers decide if they would rather burn the book or marry it. I feel like the author really didn't take this into consideration, because it was kind of agonizing to read the first part of this book. The only thing that kept me reading was the enormous amount of faith I had in the author. I was convinced that the author would come through and deliver the type of story that I had expected from her and, in the end, I was right.

After Malou arrives at Parry Sound, that's when this book does a complete 360 and goes from a lullaby to a thriller. The author had a great way of engaging me and leaving a trail of anticipation and mystery on each page (well after the first 50 pages). This novel also really gave me insight and reminded me how different things were back then. It shows how far we as a society have come since 1964. From racism, homophobia, and poverty, there is a lot of intersectionality and it makes this book stand out from the others. Although the other books do mention them briefly, A Big Dose Of Lucky profoundly explores a first-hand experience of what it was like to be a person of colour at that time.

Overall I really liked reading this book and if it sparked your “I want to read that book” sensation, you can go to your local branch and check it out.


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