The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published May 10, 2011
This is one of those coming of age books that I don’t usually enjoy but I actually really liked this one. It was sweet, a tad silly, imperfect in the best ways, and overall, realistic.
Nick is just a boy who wants to reach out to the girl he likes and he has liked her for quite some time now. He doesn’t know how to talk to her and spends a lot of time concocting scenarios in his head that never goes anywhere. When he later finds out about something but he wasn’t entirely sure what it was so he came up with a few different wild scenarios in this head, he suddenly turned his life around and gets the girl – he became outgoing, sure, and more confident in himself. But once he finds out what his family was actually hiding and have hidden from him for a while now, he became lost and struggled to find himself again. I actually liked him a lot when he became more confident because he was nice, caring, and an overall wonderful boyfriend for Eden and it was obvious that they really loved each other. But then when he did the douche move after he found out about his family secret, I wanted to reach into the book and shake him silly.
I really liked Stevie, his best friend, because he was the one who basically completed Nick. When Nick was feeling shy, he was the one who was outgoing and vice versa. He was like his rock. When Nick became a douche to Eden, his girlfriend, Stevie was the one who tried to make him see reason. Their friendship was rock solid and I really liked that. A friendship like that is hard to find these days. And Eden, his girlfriend, is so understanding. Even though he treated her like shit after they basically told each other “I love you” and did the deed, she tried to win him back and convince him that their love was real and they’re one of the lucky ones without being creepy or stalker-like. She gave him his space when he needed it and reached out when necessary.
While I enjoyed Nick’s relationship with his parents – they let him have his space while also being there for him but the whole family secret thing threw some shade into that relationship. Yes, they treated him like an adult but at the same time, they thought he was too young to understand the family secret and decided for him to not include him until he overheard and found out. I related to the relationship because there were definitely times when my parents thought I was too young to understand something when really, I was not but at the same time, I could understand why his parents wouldn’t confide in him because it was a pretty big secret.
Anyways, pretty good book for this type of genre. I would definitely recommend it to those who are a fan of coming of age novels.