Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault, from the author of the acclaimed Tease.
Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it.
But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to get over it. Plus, someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who became semifamous after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never experienced before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.
Then at a party one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, something happens that tears apart Rosie’s life and sets her on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to face uncomfortable truths about reputation, identity, and what it means to be a true friend.
This affecting tale of survival and rebirth centers on Rosie Fuller, the most beautiful girl at Midcity High. It's a shock to Rosie when the summer ends and her "sporty, STEM-y" best friend, Maddie Costello, returns to Omaha looking like a model. Rosie is determined to be supportive, so when Maddie admits to a long-standing crush on Rosie's summer fling, Cory Callahan, Rosie sets aside her jealousy, cuts ties with Cory, and gives Maddie her blessing. The situation is awkward but manageable until a tornado hits during a house party and the attendees must spend the night. Drunkenness ensues, and Cory tries to rape Rosie; Maddie interrupts and assumes that Rosie instigated the encounter. Guilt, shame, and fear plague Rosie, but she copes with the help of Alex Goode, a transfer student with his own baggage who convinces Rosie that she's more than just a pretty face. Maciel (Tease) offers a nuanced take on her characters' individual situations (Rosie isn't the only character to suffer trauma) and approaches their stories with empathy and respect. Ages 14 up.
Not so lucky...
I thought the story felt somewhat incomplete. I also thought I took a surprisingly long time to get to the brunt of the story