by Rachel Vail


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Phoebe Avery has always been a lucky girl.

Popular, smart, and beautiful, Phoebe has it all. She's even planning the hottest party ever with her four best friends to celebrate their middle school graduation. With the perfect green dress picked out at Neiman Marcus and half her class clamoring for invites, plus a new guy to crush on, Phoebe could not be in a better mood—until it looks like the party might be over before it can even start.

When Phoebe's family is suddenly faced with losing it all, she discovers that there is more at risk than just her designer jeans. In a town where gossip rules, Phoebe needs to keep everything a secret, or she may lose her friends too. Can lucky Phoebe really be out of luck?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060890452
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Avery Sisters Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 291,515
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels If We Kiss and Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy) and more than a dozen other novels for young teens, including the Friendship Ring series. Rachel has also written many beloved picture books, including Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and two hit novels for elementary school kids, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; and Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

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Chapter One

Our toaster is moody.

When I got down to the kitchen this morning, just my sisters were there. I said good morning to them. Allison grunted. Quinn said, "Morning. Waffles?" She was putting three frozen waffles into the toaster, one for each of us.

"Yum," I said, but I couldn't wait, so I grabbed a Smoothie out of the fridge. "Where's my Teen Vogue?"

"Should be in the trash. How can you read that crap?" Allison said, grabbing the Smoothie out of my hand to read the label. "You like these?"

I shrugged. "I wake up hungry."

"I'd give anything for your metabolism," Allison grumbled, handing the Smoothie back to me.

"Trade you for your white sweater," I said between gulps.

"I wish." She kicked off her sneakers.

"You're both skinnier than I am, so shut up," Quinn commented without looking up from whatever she was doing on her laptop.

"I'm not skinny," Allison said, yanking off her socks. "I'm interesting looking."

"Get over it," Quinn said. "Grandma didn't mean anything—"

"She meant ugly," Allison interrupted, stomping barefoot toward the back hall. "Whatever. Phoebe, did you take my new flip-flops?"

"No!" I yelled, trying to remember if I had.

The toaster lever popped up. "Phoebe!" Allison yelled at me from inside the back hall closet. "You're standing right there! Could you get the waffles? Come on. Quinn and I have to go or we'll miss our bus!"

"Oh, like the middle-school bus is so much later? Please!" I hate when Allison acts like she and Quinn are a team I'm too young to try outfor. I am fourteen, not four, and she is closer to my age than Quinn's by three months.

I tossed my empty Smoothie bottle in the sink, and then, slowly enough to totally torture my sisters, opened the toaster door to check. All three waffles were soggy on the edges and hard in the middles, with little ice crystals still clinging to the tops.

"Still frozen." I closed the glass door of the stainless steel toaster oven and pressed the lever again.

Quinn's head jerked up. "Seriously? Retoasting?"

"No way," Allison yelled, coming back into the kitchen with my new flip-flops dangling from her fingers. "You know the toaster gets insulted."

"No, only you do," I told her. "Those are my flip-flops."

"They're mine! You just stole them yesterday. Yours have the stripey thing, remember?"

"Oh, yeah," I said.

I found the Teen Vogue in my bag and brought it over to where Allison was standing at the sink, wet-paper-toweling invisible dirt specks off the edges of her/my flip-flops.

"Want to see the dress I found for my graduation party?" I asked her, flipping pages. "It's green. Do you think that's—"

Allison cursed and pointed at the toaster. Smoke was curling out of it. I cursed, too, and dashed across the kitchen. When I yanked the toaster door open, a huge ball of dark smoke exploded out.

The smoke alarm started blaring.

"It's not a fire," Allison yelled at the smoke alarm on the ceiling. "Just more exploding waffles." Dropping the flip-flops, she ran to open the sliding glass door to the deck and yelled back at me, "I told you, Phoebe!"

Quinn and I waved our arms in front of the smoke, guiding it toward the fresh air, until the alarm finally quit.

"Our appliances have scary amounts of personality," Quinn said.

"Like the thing," I said, laughing. "Remember? With Mom?"

My sisters both looked at me blankly.

"The electric tea kettle! Remember?" I unplugged the toaster from the wall and, holding out the cord like a sword, announced to my sisters, "Never be intimidated!"

They smiled then, too, at the memory of our mother's epic battle against our old electric tea kettle the last time she was on one of her occasional quitting-coffee kicks.

"Want to see a failure, girls?" Mom had asked that morning last fall, spinning around to face us.

All three of us nodded. Sure. We wanted to see anything she wanted to show us. When my mother is in the room it's almost impossible to look away from her.

She grabbed the electric tea kettle and thrust it out like a weapon, as water dripped guiltily from the spout. "A tea kettle's spout should stick out," she explained, her quiet voice controlled, intense. "But this one is snub-nosed. It's indented. You know why?"

We all asked why, trying not to smile too much as our cereal, forgotten, soggified in front of us.

"Why?" she repeated. "So that boiling water will spill all over the masochist who is making tea instead of going to Starbucks like a normal person!"

My father laughed.

"It's a design failure, Jed. Admit it—it drools!" She spun around toward him. "Look, it left a spot on my new silk shirt."

The spot was microscopic, if it existed at all. In her sapphire-blue silk shirt under her black Armani suit, my mother looked, as always, flawless.

"You just have to pour it slowly, Claire," Daddy told her in his kindergarten-teacher voice. "Easy does it."

"That's so . . . tea-drinker," Mom answered, a small smile tipping up the corners of her mouth. "I'm not Zen enough for this malformed tea kettle? Fine, then, I'm not. Out it goes!" Mom slammed the full glass tea kettle into the garbage can. "That's it," she said, and turned to yank the plug out of the wall outlet so she could dump the base into the trash after the kettle. "Garbage."

Daddy smiled his crooked smile and murmured, "Oh, Claire."

"Let this be a lesson, girls," Mom told us, her chameleon eyes flashing deep sapphire. "We are the Avery women. Nobody—nothing—can intimidate us. We will never back down; we will never surrender. Especially not to moody inanimate objects!"

Daddy laughed again.

She pretended not to smile and continued. "We are warrior women! We are Valkyries! We will not—ever—allow ourselves to be bullied or mistreated! Right?"

Lucky. Copyright © by Rachel Vail. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely am a picky reader. I will stop in the middle of some books and pick them up a year later. I will also sometimes never pick them up again. I need to be interested in a book and need to be wondering what is going to happen next. This book had those qualitys! I started reading this book and couldn't stop! It is about an 8th grader, Phoebe who is in the popular group. She is rich and is really lucky. Her friends and her plan a huge graduation party. Until her parents have a fianancial issue. Will she have to cancel it? Will her friends still hang out with her? She also finds out that she loves Luke. Does she forgive her and like her back? You'll have to read the book to find out!
sanibel08 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on one of those mad-shopping-sprees. It was about a girl going from 800-dollar Vera Wang's to not planning parties with her friends. Very cute. Teaches a lesson about appreciating money and everything you have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Thats all i have to say Wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a excellent book!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love thiis book. It makes me want to read more and never stop.
Lei963 More than 1 year ago
Lucky is a realistic fiction book by Rachel Vail. It was a very good book and it kept me wondering what was going to happen. It had friendship, romance, and school which when put together made an excellent book. This book is set in the modern day, in a small town, at a girl named Phoebe's house and school. Phoebe's mom finds out that she was fired from her job and lost millions of dollars. Phoebe's dad tells her they don't have enough money to get a 500 dollar dress for Phoebe and spend thousands of dollars on the 8th grade moving up party she and her friends were planning. Phoebe doesn't want her best friend Kirsten to pay her share or to cancel the party. Phoebe doesn't want to tell Kirsten she doesn't have the money. She's afraid Kirsten will kick her out of the group. Phoebe thinks that she should take some money out of her bank account and then everything would be fine. She gets in a fight with Kirsten to cancel the party and avoid Kirsten and her other friends from knowing she can't pay for the party. Phoebe starts spending more time with her ex-boyfriend, Luke to pass the time and try to get away from it all. Rachel Vail has a very good language use. She uses some larger words, but at the same time she has Phoebe and her friends talking like real 8th graders. She used the word "like" where it shouldn't be used, but where an 8th grader would use it in that way. Other author's do this too, but it wasn't like Rachel's. I could hear Phoebe's tone as I was reading it. I would definitely recommend this book for girls, mainly teens. Teens who like books about friendship, romance, and cliques would enjoy this book.
Megan_bookluver95 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book I have ever read!!!!!! It is a really good book! It kept me reading!!! I LOVE it!!!!!!!!! Read it everyone! I consider it!!! Great job Rachel Vail!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because there were no loose ends when the book was finished. Everything was explained. It had a very good plot, too. I would recommend this book to any girl who needs a good book to read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Phoebe, the youngest of the Avery sisters, is graduating from middle school. Her life seems perfect. She and her four best friends will be having the party of the year, she has an eye on the perfect dress, and the promise of high school's new beginnings. But when Phoebe's mom starts acting weird, and her friends start alienating her, the perfect conclusion to her eighth-grade year is at stake.

Can Phoebe pull it together and do what's right, even if it means swallowing her pride and forgoing what she wants most?

LUCKY is the wholly enjoyable first novel in Rachel Vail's new trilogy. Phoebe is a nicely relatable narrator who nearly anyone can empathize with. Her problems are those that we've all faced at one time or another, reminding us once again that you don't have to have to be privileged to be able to solve them with your dignity intact.

Witty and engaging, by the time this coming-of-age story is spun, you'll feel truly lucky to read it.
rata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i did not like the writing style and found this book rather monotonous, Fortunately i was able to skim read and felt i didn't miss out on any decent storyline (because there really wasn't any). however a good book to help the reader understand how shallow wealthy clique groups can be.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Phoebe and her group of wealthy friends are planning the ultimate 8th grade graduation party. Then, her mother loses her job and Phoebe's lifestyle has to change. Will that affect her relationship with her friends and her status as one of the most popular girls in school?The issues of popularity and friendship...big ones for middle school students are well-developed in this very readable novel.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Phoebe is so lucky. She has a great group of friends who are throwing the best ever 8th-grade graduation party. She lives in a nice house with a pool. And she gets pretty much whatever she wants. But when her mom loses her job, Phoebe feels like she's losing everything good about her life. She's too embarrassed to tell her friends that she can't afford to help pay for the party and she's starting to think they don't like her very much anyway. What's a girl to do? While the portrayal of middle-school friendships was spot-on, I had a few problems with secondary characters and sometimes the writing was confusing. The only lower class girl that Phoebe knows is shown to live in a disgusting hovel with rusty vehicles in the front yard. And we only get glimpses of Phoebe's family members. Her sisters seem to be empathetic and warm one moment and brushing Phoebe off the next. This may have a place with middle-school fans of the Clique series and its ilk.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a little difficult remembering that Pheobe is only graduating from middle school, I don't remember being so style-aware at that age. But the picture of her group of friends, and the shifting dynamic as her family's fortunes change was well drawn, and I enjoyed her relationship with her older sisters. Throw in a sweet little romance, and this made a very enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the stories of her other sisters.
jnogal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just feel that some things got cleaned up to quickly, without enough explanation, and that some things were forgotten and not resolved. I enjoyed it, but I really don't think Krysten's character has integrity. I do think she was being insecure or just mean in criticizing everything and everybody's taste. She was ready to leave Ann out - and Ann was spelled with an "e" on the end at least once toward the end of the book, but without an "e" the rest of the time. She seemed very catty and not looking out for her friends' best interests, until the end when she says she was. Oh.... okay. No, I just don't buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I widh it would have been told in first person better. It was not one of my favorites. But it was good.
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I had the book and never got around to reading it. It was my friends bday and i forgot. The first thing i grabbed was the book and she asked if it was for her and i said yes, i didnt want her to feel bad im so mad at myself judging by her discription it was gr8 PS book was paperback not ebook
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I thought the book was great! At first, its a little hard to follow, but you will eventually catch on
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