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I Am Lucky Bird [Paperback]

Fleur Philips

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Book Description

Aug. 1 2011
When her mother AnnMarie mysteriously vanishes from the small town of Plains, Montana, 12yr old Lucky Bird's childhood comes to an abrupt end. Left alone to defend herself against her suddenly abusive grandmother Marian Bird, and forced to endure the twisted predatory game played by Marian's lover Tom Cressfield, Lucky's life soon descends into a nightmare. Even when she manages to escape, the outside world can't take away the brutal images of her past. Still haunted by her mother's disappearance and the trauma that followed, Lucky is easily led down a path of self-destruction, a path that only the intervention of a handsome young stranger and his family seems to offer any hope of guiding her away from. But first, she will have to confront her demons, and the dark truths that they kept hidden... The literary debut of brilliant new author Fleur Philips, MFA Creative Writing student at Antioch University Los Angeles, I Am Lucky Bird is an intensely gripping, heart-wrenching novel, telling the tale of Lucky Bird through her suffering, her long, hard-fought struggle against strife and adversity- and, in its breath-taking climax, of Lucky Bird's inspirational triumph, as she finally uncovers the sinister secrets behind it all...

Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: New Dawn Publishers Ltd (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908462043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908462046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, tragic story! Nov. 27 2012
By Roxy Kade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What I thought was going to be a simple coming of age novel, quickly turned into a dark, macabre story filled with so much anguish and tragedy that it was difficult to tear my eyes away from the pages for even a second. Philips' writing flows off the pages making it such a pleasure to read. The story still haunts me in many ways and the images that filled my head while reading are not easy to forget. I think this novel would make a brilliant movie.

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."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book Nov. 4 2012
By Crossroad Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book! Lucy was a character that you wanted to see come out on top, but the bad things just keep happening that stop you from getting there. This story was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and powerful! Child Abuse is a real issue in todays world. We have mothers killing their kids, Dad killing their entire families just because they have lost their job and they go nuts. The author has taken a difficult topic and created a wonderful stunning book! If you would like another like this try Rape Girl> see review at [...] ! It is another story about a difficult subject but is also a great book!
"*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."
4.0 out of 5 stars story is rich and powerful Oct. 8 2013
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I Am Lucky Bird is a poignant coming of age novel, but with dark overtones that had me filled with anguish and just about broke my heart. Poor Lucky, she just wanted to be loved and be wanted. Child abuse is horrific and Phillips tackles the subject no holds barred. I read this book in one sitting, it is just so powerful. I found myself wrapped up in Lucky's world, a girl who doesn't even have a name.

Lucky really isn't lucky at all. Every decision that is made for her or that she makes doesn't always seem to work out. Just when things start to be going well for her, something happens. Lucky can't outrun her past, she must tackle it head on. The title having a bird is spot on as that is what Lucky reminds me of. A small baby bird, so fragile and delicate and must be handled with gentleness. Abused, I prayed she would find her wings to fly away. I experienced so many emotions in this book - anger, sadness, hope, joy and much more!

Although the subject matter is dark, the story is rich and powerful. A must read book, with spectacular writing and a protagonist who has found a special place in my heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read Aug. 20 2013
By Paul R. Millman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was so engaging. You start reading and are instantly drawn in to the characters which are so well developed. It's a great can't-wait-to-turn-the-page story. Bravo!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Aug. 16 2013
By Missy Balmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was hard to read at times, but I really enjoyed Lucky Bird's story. I will look for more books by this author.

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