Lucky Star – Review


Goodreads Synopsis:

Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears.

Set in England in 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben’s introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.

My Favourite Quotes:

“Whenever I want to think about something – I mean really give it a lot of thought – I find it always helps if I’ve got a cup of tea on the go. I don’t even have to be drinking it. Just to know it’s there, next to me – steaming away like an old, faithful companion – is enough.”

‘Tea should be drunk slowly and you should savour every drop, like it’s the last cup you’ll ever have.”

** I know what you are thinking: how many tea quotes will she add? I loooooove tea and feel the same kinship with it as Ben does!**

“…and I’m massively grateful to this book – for opening my eyes to a new world.”

My Thoughts:

I have mentioned in my previous reviews where I find myself always struggling with books who have teenage male protagonists. I am not sure where this stems from or the deeper meaning behind it as well as if it is just that I was never a teenage boy.

There were times when the main character, Somers (Ben) was just that typical teenage boy, who I could not feel I could relate to, and then there were times through his love of music and reading where I found a connection to him.

I loved how the author, Holly Curtis, was able to create such deep meaning from Somers’s interaction with music and books and how they correlated with the world. How these two mediums were what was able to help him navigate the realms of the life he found himself living as well as his past.

I was very grateful to feel as the book and characters progressed, that I did find a lot more connection with the characters especially Somers’s friends Harts and Jord. They were those typical teenage boys which provided me with a lot of angst as I read what they were getting themselves up to, but I really liked those deeper moments between the boys when they were alone on the beach. I really feel like this was a great book to show social dynamics within groups especially teenage boys at a time of life where they are still too young to be having to figure out what they are supposed to be doing for the rest of their lives.

There was a particular theme Somers’s touches on surrounding a football expression known as ‘a game of two halves,’ and how it related to a current book he was reading (George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier) and how he felt connected to the first half of the book and couldn’t find himself understanding the second half. I also like how reading the book, opened his eyes to the current events in his own country and how they paralleled the book. Bringing about this great idea of how books from different time periods are able to help us understand the world in which we live and how it sometimes isn’t too far off from fiction.

I just found this expression of great interest for a lot of the events within the book and I feel like it highlighted my own feelings from the beginning of the book to the end with regards to my lack of connection with the teenage boys of the story.

I think this is an important right of passage story and think it is a great read for anyone who loves how books and music can influence our lives in magnificent ways.

I heart Lucky Star this much:


You can purchase the book here and follow the author on Twitter @1HollyCurtis.

***Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review***


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