Lacey Turner is an ordinary girl who has an ordinary city life. She loves the city—the crowds of people, the tall skyscrapers and buildings, even the smell of pollution in the air that is so city-like. So she is devastated when her parents decide to shift away from their nice house in the city and move into a ramshackle house in the country. For Lacey, this is a nightmare. She is a city girl through and through. The thought of leaving her friends and school is too much to bear, and she tries her best to change her parents’ minds, but all to no avail.
When she begins at her new school and finds out that she is the only girl in her year, things seem even more hopeless. In a desperate effort to fit in, Lacey begins to play rugby with the boys. She tries to cope with all the unlucky things the countryside brings her, such as loneliness, the horrible old house, and worst of all, her cantankerous old neighbor Mr. Fred. Through these experiences she learns to adapt and fit in with her environment, and at the same time slowly learns that maybe she was lucky to have the change after all.
I decided to read this book because it was given to me by a friend about a year ago. At first I was reluctant to read this book because I generally don’t like books that tell you about a girls daily life etc. etc. and the blurb sounded quite cliché. But after reading it, I must say that the book is very enjoyable.
A character that I particularly liked in the book was the story’s protagonist, Lacey Turner. She is a credible and likeable character that is passionate about dancing. At first she is determined not to like the country but gradually her willingness to give everything a try allows her to make the best of what she sees as a bad situation. Lacey refuses to conform to stereotypes of what girls should do and joins in with the boys playing rugby. She shows perseverance and drive when planning the dance piece for the school concert, despite the lack of co- operation that she receives from the boys. She is also stubborn and outspoken. These qualities are never shown more clearly than in her interactions with Mr Fred, her grumpy neighbor. However, despite conflict between the pair, Lacey continues to spend time with him. She shows such dedication to caring for the calf that Mr Fred is forced to admit that he may have been wrong about her. Lacey’s character matures as the novel progresses. She learns the valuable lesson that you shouldn’t make judgments about people and places before you get to know them. She also learns that you often only get out what you put in, and teaches the reader the importance of making the best of a bad situation. I feel that she is a very strong character and I admire her for her perseverance and determination. This book made me think about the difficulties that are inevitable in life. Lacey’s parents didn’t give her any choice about whether she wanted to move or not. She could have either tried to sulk and act hostile towards the whole situation or she could try and make the best out of the worst. In the end, lacey tries to make many new friends and actually ends up enjoying living in the countryside, despite her initial rebuke towards her parents and her new environment. The problems that lacey had can be related to many teenagers and even adults. I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends on the way we meet the events of life, rather than on the nature of those events themselves.
Lucky For Some is a lively and interesting novel that will appeal particularly to girls. Told in third person point of view the novel tells the story of Lacey Turner and the difficulties that she faces as she tries to adapt to a new life in the country. The text is highly readable and contains colloquial language that readers will relate to. I would recommend this book to girls who are 10-14. The language is easy to understand and I think most people will enjoy this book very much.