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For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost...
For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost...
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  • For fans of Thirteen Reasons WhyThis Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost it all?

    May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn't know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through—no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her. 

    Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister...and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won't let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band. 

    Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

    This audiobook includes a PDF of Resources from the book.

    "A must-read for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and This Is How It Ends."—Paste Magazine

    "A gripping, emotional, suspenseful, and ultimately hopeful story about loss, survivor's guilt, and learning to find love and trust again. Put The Lucky Ones on your 2020 TBR list—you do NOT want to miss it!" —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

    "A harrowing and beautifully told story about how far the tentacles of tragedy can reach. May's story of grief, survival, and reckoning is tenderly and honestly explored. A simply stunning debut." —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

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    Chapter One

    May

    I bolt across the lawn, squinting through the inky black. The streetlamp behind me casts a pool of light, but it's weak. Clouds block the moon.

    As I run, I wipe my hand across my forehead, and it comes back wet. It's hot as shit out here, even though it's January in Los Angeles and that's supposed to mean something. It's been like this for weeks—hot and still. Earthquake weather, Lucy's grandmother claims, even though I keep telling her it's been scientifically proven that you can't predict an earthquake.

    I'm alone; Lucy ditched me after our late-night dinner. I guess I can't blame her for going home; it's after midnight and we have school in the morning—my first day at this new school since I was kicked out of the old one almost ten months ago. I probably should have gone home too, but I couldn't without coming here first. It's not like I sleep anymore, anyway.

    Lucy would have a fit if she knew where I went after she left.

    Ever since we figured out that Michelle Teller installed motion-sensitive lights on the side of the garage, Lucy's been so much more cautious—all Dude, May, I love you but we need to be careful, messing with that shit—which I get for her—I get it, I do—but for me, it's different. For me, it's worth it. She disagrees, but as much as I love Lucy and as much as I tell her about what's running through this fucked-up head of mine, I don't tell her everything.

    Like, tonight. When I called her, late, and asked her to meet me at the diner for some food—I didn't tell her why.

    This afternoon I checked the mail for the first time all weekend and there was another one, waiting for me in the box.

    When I saw it, my insides froze. I grabbed it, went upstairs, stuffed it under my clothes way in the back of my closet, and then went into the bathroom and threw up. After, I lay down on my bed, head pounding. But from across the room I could feel the thump of its presence, like a fucking telltale heart. There are so many now, hidden around my room, haunting me at night from my desk drawer, from my closet, from every nook and cranny in my bedroom where I shove them. If I actually fall and stay asleep, like a normal human being, they creep into my dreams, turning them into nightmares.

    I couldn't stay still. I jumped out of bed and started cleaning my room but couldn't concentrate enough to do much more than pace back and forth across the cluttered carpet.

    Hence the call to Lucy. Hence not going home when she did. I need this—it's the only thing that will smooth the sharp memory of those letters.

    I finally reach the garage door, but as soon as I get to it an image pops into my head, distracting me, of my twin brother Jordan's body sprawled on the jazz band room floor, thick, bright crimson pouring out of him, soaking into the ratty gray carpet. I'm thrown for a moment, before I take that image and shove it down out of my head, down into the depth of my belly, and I step too close to the side of the house. I know not to; over the past months, I've gotten to be an expert on the layout of the Tellers' driveway and the system of lights they hooked up, but as usual I screw things up.

    A spotlight blasts on, and for a split second I'm like an animal caught in headlights, one of the idiotic ones that always get mowed down. I freeze.

    After a few long seconds, I finally get it through my dumb head that standing here in the middle of a bright circle of light is not a great idea, and I force myself to move. I dart around the corner into the...

About the Author-

  • Liz Lawson works in the entertainment industry as a music supervisor for film and TV. The Lucky Ones is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. To learn more about Liz and her novel, go to lizlawsonauthor.com or follow @lzlwsn on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 9, 2020
    In this intense, affecting debut, May McGintee is “one of the lucky ones,” though she feels anything but. Back in school for junior year, May is consumed by survivor’s guilt: 11 months ago, she hid in a closet as her genius twin brother Jordan, favorite teacher, and five classmates were shot and killed during band practice. Following an ineffectual stint of homeschooling after she was kicked out of school for fighting, this is likely May’s last chance to graduate with her peers. Angry, isolated, and regretting the distance between Jordan and her when he died, with parents who are detached themselves, May is a mess. So is classmate Zach Teller: his mother is the shooter’s lawyer, which means he’s a social pariah whose house keeps getting vandalized. When Zach and May meet, they form a real connection, strong enough that it survives May’s fury upon learning Zach’s identity. Lawson does a good job at conveying how out of control May feels alongside her friends’ continued love for her, and though parts of the plot feel predictable, the book credibly depicts the terror of “the frightening places and the daily places” being “one and same,” building to a tentatively hopeful ending that feels earned. Ages 14–up.

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