I Am Lucky Bird

I Am Lucky Bird

by Fleur Philips


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ISBN-13: 9781908462046
Publisher: New Dawn Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fleur Philips graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in English, and previously graduated from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded a place on their Kidd Tutorial Creative Writing Program, studying under Chang Rae-Lee. Currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles, Fleur Philips lives with her boyfriend and 11yr-old son.

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I Am Lucky Bird 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Fleur Philips Published by: New Dawn Publishers Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 5 Review: "I Am Lucky Bird" by Fleur Philips was really some read that took place in rural Montana that deals with some tough topics. I found this read to be well written and once you start it you will get hooked immediately. "I am Lucky Bird" does cover a range that implores a range of time from a baby being found behind a bar...only to be adopted by Marian...who wasn't so nice and her daughter Anna Marie...later she disappears...was she murdered? Marian becomes very abusive..then her boyfriend (Tom) is just a little too friendly. Lucky becomes pregnant..Marian kills her baby...then Lucky runs away. Now, when you think certainly this is all of the horrible things that will come to Lucky...guess what? There will be a lots of other things going on in this abusive read and this is will be where I way you much pick up this read: "I Am Lucky Bird" to see how this author will take the reader on thru Lucky's adulthood... of 'fear, love, despair, and and even hope.' This was definitely a read of much sadness and abuse. Lucky gets introduced to many charmers...but were they? The characters that were introduced were very well described, developed and very realistic. I felt this author did a incredibly good job with this topic...'Child Abuse.' I am left with this quote: "Every event that happens in life, happens for a reason, every person you meet, every tragedy that unfolds, every small bit of good that's bestowed upon you. There's a reason for it." Maybe this was why Lucky was the way she was. "I Am Lucky Bird" was definitely a difficult topic but it was delivered very well to the readers. Would I recommend this novel? YES ... and be ready for a 'breathtaking, heartbreaking and powerful read.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I wasn't completely sure about. I mean the story sounded so compelling to me, but at the same time I knew it was going to be dealing with some pretty tough topics as I read. Lucky Bird is a twelve year old girl, a loner, a girl who was found in a dumpster behind a bar. The only person in her life who ever loved her was her "mother", AnnMarie. Then AnnMarie mysteriously disappears. Lucky is left alone with Marian, AnnMarie's abusive mother, whose drunken creepy boyfriend who seems to be watching her every move. Just when Lucky seems to have made a new friend and found middle ground with Marian, her world closes in around her--imprisoning her. When Lucky is finally able to escape, she finds herself unable to let go of her past and drowns herself into a dark underworld. But with a name like hers you know that can't be the end. When her world goes completely black, she finally finds a safe and happy place. But wait there is even more--- Let me say I could not hardly put this book down! I wanted to know what was next for Lucky and at the same time I wanted to know the back story of those around her. This book drew me into Lucky's world. I wanted to reach out and help her. I kept hoping for more, hoping for better for her. Fleur Philips wrote a story that dealt with some very dark themes and yet wrote it all in such a way you could read it with out feeling like it was to graphic. This is just a non stop book, beautifully written. I am highly recommend it! *Note this is a YA book, but I would really say it's for a mature YA/Adult.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Twelve year old Lucky Bird finds herself thrown into adulthood when her mother vanishes from a small town in Montana. When she finally manages to escape an abusive grandmother and the grandmother’s lover, she finds herself into a whole nother world of trouble. As she heads down a dangerous path, trying to outrun her past. She meets an amazing family. If she can meet her past head on there is hope that she can get a normal life finally. Child abuse is an incredibly tough topic for any person to tackle. Fleur Philips wrote about it beautifully. I found myself caring for Lucky Bird and praying that she would finally find her happiness. I found myself unable to put the book down having to know if she would finally free her demons and find her happy ever after. I felt that quote really tells why Lucky’s life is as it is. “Every event that happens in life, happens for a reason, every person you meet, every tragedy that unfolds, every small bit of good that’s bestowed upon you. There’s a reason for it.” The plot moves along quickly and the story pulls you right in. I am Lucky Bird is a worthy read. It is not light and easy, it will pull at your heart and makes you truly care for Lucky Bird.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
What I thought was going to be a simple coming of age novel, quickly turned into a dark, macabre story filled with so much anguish and tragedy that it was difficult to tear my eyes away from the pages for even a second. Philips' writing flows off the pages making it such a pleasure to read. The story still haunts me in many ways and the images that filled my head while reading are not easy to forget. I think this novel would make a brilliant movie. Lucky's life has never been easy. The only people she really knows are AnnMarie, her "mother" for all intents and purposes and her "grandmother", Marian, who is hardly ever around. Then there is Tom Cressfield - the minute he made an appearance in the story, my skin began to crawl because he has a strange creepiness that just screams, "Cannot be trusted!!". Lucky's life takes a turn for the worse when AnnMarie mysteriously disappears, and Marian becomes abusive, making her life a living hell. Lucky takes refuge in the new friendship she forms with Rika, a new girl who not only understands Lucky, but accepts her without a question. Rika and Lucky's relationship develops into something much deeper and they share a strong bond of love and friendship, and I felt that Lucky held onto it with dear life because it was the closest thing to normal that she ever had. Yet another tragic event befalls Lucky and it was at this point that I thought she should consider a name change, because she was anything but lucky. Marian's psychotic behaviour pushes her over the edge and Lucky makes what was probably the best decision of her life, she leaves. But she also very quickly realises that leaving does not mean that the past can be forgotten. The mystery of what really happened to AnnMarie haunts her wherever she goes, and the fear that Marian will find her and drag her back to hell forces Lucky to find an escape from her reality. One that nearly costs her, her life. It is at this point that things start to look up for Lucky. Things finally start falling into place for her and for the first time in her life she finds stability. Only Lucky's past comes knocking sooner than expected, threatening to destroy her happiness, and she is thrown right back into the mess that is Tom Cressfield and Marian. But the horror of revisiting her past brings with it many answers as well as many heartbreaking truths. Everything happens for a reason and there are never any chance encounters are two messages that read strong within the pages of this story. It is filled to the brim with emotion. Lucky doesn't always make the right decisions and many times I shook my head in disbelief but that was what made this story so phenomenal. Lucky was real. She wasn't perfect and things often fell apart for her, but she kept moving forward. What I loved about this book were the small things which stood out from the drama. Like the birds that always appeared to Lucky at the appropriate times. It may not have played an integral part in the story, but there was something magical about the tie in with what AnnMarie had told Lucky about birds being responsible for bringing the souls of the dead to heaven to become angels. It was like finding gems amongst the ruins of Lucky's life, and I think Fleur Philips needs to be applauded as an author for adding such special moments of beauty to such a tragic story. Favorite quotes from the book: "We were like children playing a game for the first time, but with no directions and no wrong moves." "I saw my past and his, two broken roads running side by side, then joining to form one steady path."
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review I'm trying to think of a way to describe this novel. It's not a happy story, where everyone gets along and there's a separate bad guy or thing that they must unite to find themselves victorious. No, Lucky is a girl very much left to her own devices. And often, that's not a pretty sight. I think I love these kinds of stories because I can honestly relate to the character. Even if she doesn't have anyone else in her corner, I'm there cheering for her to find her way out of the darkness. Fleur (lovely name, isn't it?) has a sweet writing style that just grabs you and won't let go. And she uses the most unique font! I don't know what it is, but it's different. The paragraphs are separated and it's a font you won't see in any other book. It makes it feel like you are reading a diary or something other than a mass marketed paperback. This isn't a pretty coming-of-age story, but it was fully worth my time. This is going in my library for keeps.
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Humbee More than 1 year ago
Just briefly I want to say that "I Am Lucky Bird" is one of the most stunning and visceral books I've read on child abuse this last decade. It is so brilliantly and beautifully written I found myself holding my breath through many of the passages. While the author takes on a difficult topic, the writing is so compelling the pages just slipped past me. I found myself caring for Lucky Bird and being reluctant to leave her. Fleur Philips easily captures the essence of childhood, the terrors of being small and defenseless in a nightmarish world of adult alcoholics, the destruction of rape and abandonment, as well as the deep injury of a primary lack of love and early nurturing. I was mesmerized by this book. Held my breath many times over as I read passages that cut to the depths of my psyche. This author knows how to convey emotions and feelings through her characters. Lucky Bird, a foundling who wasn't even given a decent name, is a child bare emotionally as an open wound...vulnerable and neglected when she isn't being battered. She remains that way into early adulthood until love finally finds her and builds her up... Striking stuff to read. Strong imagery with an equally strong message about the power of life's lessons. We may not have heard of Fleur Philips on a wide scale at the moment, but look out world! She is a force to be reckoned with in the writing fringes as she obviously is continuing to build her arsenal. This author will be one of the players on the big stage at some point, I have no doubt. Her grasp of plot, characterization, mood and storytelling are strong. She is an excellent writer. I can't wait to read her next book.
lassein1940 More than 1 year ago
Book is a haunting story about abuse and teenage homelessness. As this as per" BBC America " is a serious problem in this country as every 5th child is abused in this nation. This story is about rape and incest and teenage despair. Very good reading and although sad has a happy ending.