I'm the luckiest person I know, and the luckiest person everyone else knows.
But Lolly's luck begins to turn. When her dad loses his job and the family home, Lolly thinks things can't get any worse. Then she overhears her parents arguing and learns a secret that will change her life for ever...
I knew before I began reading Lolly Luck that I would enjoy I was going to like it. The plot sounded great, and the cover was cool (Is it just me or does this cover remind you of the new Cathy Cassidy covers?!). And I was proved right! I loved this book, there wasn't a bit I didn't enjoy! I liked the little twist that was Lolly being lucky. It made the book more interesting for me. There are a lot of books with a similar plot to Lolly Luck, but that ((and a few other things) made it that bit different.
I liked the character of Lolly but she wasn't my favourite. She was nice, but I thought she seemed a bit spoilt, near the beginning of the book. Like, she was cross because she didn't get her bike (her birthday present) straight away the morning of her birthday, she had to wait until the evening. I mean, she was lucky to get a bike at all! Some children have nothing! And I thought she was a bit whiny too. But I suppose she did have quite a lot to deal with, considering she was only eleven! Aside from all that, however, I did like her, honestly!
The characters were well thought-out and believable. My favourite was either Zola, Lolly's older sister or her best friend Nancy. Zola was a typical older sister, a bit mean to Lolly sometimes! But really she was a good sister, and helped and supported Lolly. You could see that the two sisters were close and they really had to pull together during the family's problems. Their relationship was great. And Lolly's best friend Nancy was also really kind and supportive, although she seemed very mature for eleven!
I read this book in one sitting, it was surprisingly hard to put down! It is a quick simple read but it has more depth and meaning than I had expected. I think a lot of children reading this book would be able to relate to Lolly and her family's financial situation because of the world wide recession at the moment. I thought it was brilliant in that sense. The book was very real, something refreshing in middle grade fiction! I think fans of Jacqueline Wilson will like it.
Overall this is a realistic, relatable book with a brilliant story and fantastic characters!
Source: For Review
Age Group: 10+
Official Publication Date: 5th January 2012
Publisher: Andersen Press
Author Website: http://www.elliedaines.com/
Come back to Bookster Reviews on the 21st January for the Lolly Luck blog tour to see an interview with Ellie Daines herself!
P.S. I just want to say, this is my first review in exactly 3 months! I hope you all like it :)