Alyssa Sheinmel


The Lucky Kind

High school junior Nick Brandt has always felt pretty lucky. He has great parents, good grades, and a best friend, Stevie, who’s practically a member of his family. And Nick is sure that this is the year he’s going to finally talk to Eden Reiss, the girl he’s wanted for as long as he can remember. But after a cryptic phone call on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, Nick begins to think his luck has changed – for the worse. His parents have been keeping a secret from him, and Nick doesn’t think he will ever trust them again. Yet the more estranged Nick feels from his parents, the closer he gets to Eden. Maybe luck is more complicated than Nick realized; maybe what he thought was bad luck is actually just the opposite.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected – and sometimes unwelcome – circumstances.

Praise for The Lucky Kind

Fresh and interesting…The well-crafted family story offers an excellent stage for depicting the challenge facing every young adult—how to accept human responsibility and frailty as we go through life.
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The Lucky Kind is an honest, powerful, and emotional look at family secrets and falling in love.
 Justine Magazine

Sheinmel deftly navigates the subtle complexities of her protagonist’s concerns…Honest and compelling.
– School Library Journal

Sheinmel seems to have a strong connection with the teenage voice…quite masterful.
– The Atlanta Young Adult Literature Examiner

Sheinmel effectively uses a breezy, often humorous first-person voice
that’s deceptively slight in its handling of deep issues.
– Kirkus Reviews

Teen readers will be touched by the unexpected friendship and change of heart
that will help [Nick] put his life back together again.
– Bookpage

A charming, entertaining read.
– The Tennessee Herald Citizen

An emotionally fulfilling romance…Any readers who enjoy passionate,
teenage romantic dramas should revel in The Lucky Kind.

A good story about first loves and family, this is a book both teenage boys and girls will relate to.
– Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Realistic…The Lucky Kind is sure to resonate with teen readers as they navigate their own journeys into adulthood and discover that their lives don’t have to be perfect to be the lucky kind.
– The Edmond Sun

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