ARC Review – The Lucky Ones

Hello Everyone! How are we all holding up? In need of a good cry? Well today I have a review and a bit of information on Liz Lawsons debut novel The Lucky Ones. I received an arc of this one and I can honestly say my heart was not ready for it. I cried a bit. Ok a lot. But that made it such a good book. It brought out that raw emotion.
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So lets get to it!

How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you’ve lost it all?

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.


Content Warning: School Shooting, PTSD, survivers remorse, anger issues.

This is a tough book. It will make you cry, cry, and did I mention cry. It follows a girl post school shooting. She survived but her twin brother did not. After being homeschooled she returns to school. Not the same school but another one. This is basically a what comes after and how can one learn to cope.

Do not read this if you cant handle the warnings above. This doesn’t give you a play by play of the shooting just afterwards. But it will still tear at you. This is a book that you better go in prepared to cry your eyes out. It tears at you and gives you a side that normally we don’t want to look at. I may be over mentioning the crying but for me it was a whole book whole box of Kleenex.

The main character has a lot of survivers guilt and we see it play out through the book and how it interacts with daily life, making friends, moving forward, and just knowing you lost that person. To me this was the best part because it brought you in and made you feel for May.

Liz Lawson has been writing for most of her life in one way or another. She has her Masters in Communications with a Concentration in Rhetoric from Villanova University, and has written for a variety of publications including PASTE MAGAZINE. When she’s not writing, she works as a music supervisor for film & television.
Liz resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she lives with an adorable toddler, a fantastic husband, and two VERY bratty cats. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @lzlwsn.

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