I Am Lucky Bird Paperback – May 27 2012
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About the Author
Fleur Philips is a 1998 graduate of the University of Montana with a BA in English. She also studied Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Oregon from '92 to '95, where she was awarded placement in the Kidd Tutorial Creative Writing Program in 1994, directed by Mr. Chang Rae-Lee. In 2001, Fleur Philips moved to Los Angeles, California, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing with Antoich University Los Angeles. Fleur's passion for writing began when she won an all-school writing contest that put her first book, Misty's Adventure, on the shelves of the school library for all her fellow classmates to read. Excluding Misty's Adventure though, I AM LUCKY BIRD is her stunning literary debut.
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Lucky's life has never been easy. The only people she really knows are AnnMarie, her "mother" for all intents and purposes and her "grandmother", Marian, who is hardly ever around. Then there is Tom Cressfield - the minute he made an appearance in the story, my skin began to crawl because he has a strange creepiness that just screams, "Cannot be trusted!!".
Lucky's life takes a turn for the worse when AnnMarie mysteriously disappears, and Marian becomes abusive, making her life a living hell. Lucky takes refuge in the new friendship she forms with Rika, a new girl who not only understands Lucky, but accepts her without a question. Rika and Lucky's relationship develops into something much deeper and they share a strong bond of love and friendship, and I felt that Lucky held onto it with dear life because it was the closest thing to normal that she ever had.
Yet another tragic event befalls Lucky and it was at this point that I thought she should consider a name change, because she was anything but lucky. Marian's psychotic behaviour pushes her over the edge and Lucky makes what was probably the best decision of her life, she leaves. But she also very quickly realises that leaving does not mean that the past can be forgotten. The mystery of what really happened to AnnMarie haunts her wherever she goes, and the fear that Marian will find her and drag her back to hell forces Lucky to find an escape from her reality. One that nearly costs her, her life.
It is at this point that things start to look up for Lucky. Things finally start falling into place for her and for the first time in her life she finds stability. Only Lucky's past comes knocking sooner than expected, threatening to destroy her happiness, and she is thrown right back into the mess that is Tom Cressfield and Marian. But the horror of revisiting her past brings with it many answers as well as many heartbreaking truths.
Everything happens for a reason and there are never any chance encounters are two messages that read strong within the pages of this story. It is filled to the brim with emotion. Lucky doesn't always make the right decisions and many times I shook my head in disbelief but that was what made this story so phenomenal. Lucky was real. She wasn't perfect and things often fell apart for her, but she kept moving forward.
What I loved about this book were the small things which stood out from the drama. Like the birds that always appeared to Lucky at the appropriate times. It may not have played an integral part in the story, but there was something magical about the tie in with what AnnMarie had told Lucky about birds being responsible for bringing the souls of the dead to heaven to become angels. It was like finding gems amongst the ruins of Lucky's life, and I think Fleur Philips needs to be applauded as an author for adding such special moments of beauty to such a tragic story.
Favorite quotes from the book:
"We were like children playing a game for the first time, but with no directions and no wrong moves."
"I saw my past and his, two broken roads running side by side, then joining to form one steady path."
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Published by: New Dawn Publishers
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"I Am Lucky Bird" by Fleur Philips was really some read that took place in rural Montana that deals with some tough topics. I found this read to be well written and once you start it you will get hooked immediately. "I am Lucky Bird" does cover a range that implores a range of time from a baby being found behind a bar...only to be adopted by Marian...who wasn't so nice and her daughter Anna Marie...later she disappears...was she murdered? Marian becomes very abusive..then her boyfriend (Tom) is just a little too friendly. Lucky becomes pregnant..Marian kills her baby...then Lucky runs away. Now, when you think certainly this is all of the horrible things that will come to Lucky...guess what? There will be a lots of other things going on in this abusive read and this is will be where I way you much pick up this read: "I Am Lucky Bird" to see how this author will take the reader on thru Lucky's adulthood... of 'fear, love, despair, and and even hope.' This was definitely a read of much sadness and abuse. Lucky gets introduced to many charmers...but were they? The characters that were introduced were very well described, developed and very realistic. I felt this author did a incredibly good job with this topic...'Child Abuse.' I am left with this quote: "Every event that happens in life, happens for a reason, every person you meet, every tragedy that unfolds, every small bit of good that's bestowed upon you. There's a reason for it." Maybe this was why Lucky was the way she was.
"I Am Lucky Bird" was definitely a difficult topic but it was delivered very well to the readers. Would I recommend this novel? YES ... and be ready for a 'breathtaking, heartbreaking and powerful read.
As far back as she can remember, Lucky Bird has always been told how lucky she was to have been saved from the dumpster of a restaurant as a young infant. In some ways, Lucky can agree with this. She loves the time she spends with Anne Marie, her adoptive mother of sorts. However, in other ways (such as her Anne Marie's mother Marian's loud complaints to the creepy guy who always seems to be there at the wrong time) she can beg to differ. Everything changes, though, when Ann Marie suddenly disappears into thin air one day. Lucky isn't sure what happened, but she's positive Marian had something to do with it. Her theory only becomes clearer when Marian begins to get even worse than usual. What will happen to Lucky Bird? Will she be able to save herself in the end, or has her journey of terror only just begun? Only time and more pages can tell in this intriguing and heartbreaking as well as heartwarming story of coincidence, love, loss, and starting over.
From the first page, Lucky Bird's voice instantly pulled on my heart strings. She was such a sweet girl with lots of good intentions, even with the horrible circumstances she had been given. I enjoyed seeing her prescriptive of things as well as seeing how she developed as the story progressed. She starts out as a timid girl, and while she faces a few hardships and bad times as the book progressed, she really becomes her own by the end. What I also enjoyed about Lucky's story was the wide variety of other characters that came with it. Some of my favorites included Rika, Lucky's first "real" friend who showed her a different side to life, as well as Jason, a boy who manages to save Lucky latter on in life. Each character (even the bad and truly nasty ones) added something amazing to the book, and without it, the book surly would have suffered.
The plot in this was interesting as well. From the summary, I thought it was going to only focus on Lucky's life at age 12, so I was surprised when it covered ages 12 to 18. I really enjoyed this part though. It added a lot of development to Lucky's story, and I especially loved how Fleur brought coincidence into it all. It was interesting to see how the littlest of things could mean the most latter on, and truthfully, it really made me think as I read this book.
The writing was also beautiful. Fleur did a great job of bringing Lucky's story to life. She showed every part (good to bad, especially the bad) and managed to really bring out the feelings and emotions of Lucky's. I especially give her props for not scurrying away from some of the tougher parts of Lucky's story. Instead, she dove into them completely, and while sometimes it was a bit hard to stomach and handle, it ended up doing a lot for the book.
In all, if you love contemporary, you should check out I Am Lucky Bird for sure. It's simply a spectacular book, one I really think people will enjoy if they give it a chance. I can't wait to see what Fleur writes next!
Lucky isn't so lucky. She has to defend herself from her adoptive mother's abuse. Then a boyfriend came into the picture. He was defintely not a positive person in Lucky's life. When Emma just up and disappeared, things got even worse. You probably wonder how that might be possible? Murphy's Law, "If anything bad can happen, it will".
Lucky defies everything and leaves the horrors of her past only to confront more. I feel a lot of Lucky's problems may be caused by her poor choices.
The book is rather hard to read because of the abuse. The author relates exactly what is happening in the real world. Lucky endures this abuse at such an early age. The years that are so impressionable and when you learn a lot of life's lessons.
Just when it's time for Lucky to call it quits, Prince Charming enters. A new journey begins. I won't tell you any more about the book. Don't want to give it away because it is too good a book for you not to read.
This book will definitely pull at your heart strings. It's worth reading more than once, even though it has a lot of sadness in it. But reality can be sad. The book has some characters that were well described. It covers child abuse which is a hard topic to read about and I'm sure, to write about. They say, "Everything happens for a reason". but sometimes you can't find that reason. The words flow very nicely, which makes the book easy to read. The book was full of realistic people. You could take the characters out of their setting and place them in ours and they would fit right in.
The story tears at your heart strings. You want so much for Lucky to finally be happy. It seems like her life is one of tragedy that she may not escape.
I can't wait for Fleur Phillips' next book. Whatever it is, it will be a good read, I'm sure.
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I received a complimentary e-copy of "I Am A Lucky Bird" from Net Galley on behalf of New Dawn Publishers for this review.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book "I Am A Lucky Bird" by Fleur Phillips, from Net Galley on behalf of New Dawn Publishers for this review.