Parents' Guide to

The Lucky List

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet, queer coming-of-ager about grief and self-discovery.

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This charming novel about self-discovery, facing grief, and falling in love satisfies on many levels. Primary characters are well-developed and interesting. The natural world is described in beautiful language. Em's attraction to Blake grows organically, believably. The tense relationship between Em and her dad leads to tear-jerking moments of hard-won connection. Shimmering moments of joy so long lost to Em will have readers cheering for her success long before the bucket list is completed.

Unfortunately, the only Black family in the book set in a small, mostly White town, is under-explored. We don't learn much about why they live in Huckabee, what's it like for them, or how Kiera and Em's moms became best friends. These characters don't feel like full, essential characters. This might not ruin the experience of the lovely story for readers, but how and why (White) authors write characters of color is a good topic to talk about with teen readers. Verdict: The Lucky List is a fun but flawed summer read for teens who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a queer twist.

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