The Lucky Kind
By Alyssa Sheinmel
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375867859, 208pp.)
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.
Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected--and sometimes unwelcome—circumstances.
ALYSSA B. SHEINMEL is the author of The Beautiful Between. She works in publishing and lives in New York City.
"Sheinmel takes her family story into some genuinely fresh and interesting territory, resisting soap-operatic details of scandal and home-wreckage...The well-crafted family story offers an excellent stage for depicting the challenge facing every young adult - how to accept human responsibility and frailty as we go through life." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The Lucky Kind is an honest, powerful and emotional look at family secrets and falling in love." - Justine
"The first-person narration is honest and compelling, and the book's thoughtful nature will appeal to readers who like more introspective realistic fiction." - School Library Journal
"The storyline urges readers to think not only about adoption and the role of family, but about how they themselves relate to those around them, urging them, ultimately, to practice compassion." - The Atlanta Young Adult Literature Examiner
"Sheinmel effectively uses a breezy, often humorous first-person voice that's deceptively slight in its handling of deep issues, even as Nick does the hard emotional work to pull himself out of the depths of his self-pity." - Kirkus Reviews
"Teen readers will be touched by the unexpected friendship and change of heart that will help him [Nick] put his life back together again." - Bookpage.com
"A charming, entertaining read." - The Tennessee Herald Citizen
"Any readers who enjoy passionate, teenage romantic dramas should revel in The Lucky Kind." - TeenReads.com
"A good story about first loves and family, this is a book both teenage boys and girls will relate to." - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Alyssa Sheinmel's The Lucky Kind is a charming story about teenage love." - Angela Johnson, Cleveland Plain-Dealer