Title: Lucky Star
Published: 26th April 2018
Author: Holly Curtis
Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears.
Set in England in the summer of 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben’s introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.
Coming of age story based in the 80’s about a group of lads taking a few wrong turns before coming right. Ben and his friends are at that stage in life where they need to start making plans for the future. Jobs, Uni, the army, who knows, the only thing they do know is that they have the summer to get through before the real world begins.
One thing that they like to do is hang outside the Rec centre – not much has changed then. Not cool to go in, but wait outside, yeah that’s the stuff. It’s the best way to meet up with certain people who have knock off goods at a cheap price for them to buy. This first encounter showed very clearly how Ben let’s his emotions get the best of him. Really wanting a pair of cool trainers only for the registered bully of sorts to buy them first almost made him cry because he wanted them so badly. I mean I could see him being really annoyed that the other guy got them but the fact he was about to cry from devastation seemed a bit much.
It’s also here that Ben meets Susie for the first time, emotions running high again. Full on head over heels crush within seconds of talking to her, even though it was only through the window in a car. From the moment he got home his mind went from crush to being in love. You can see that heading for heartbreak just as quick but he has to learn.
After slowly gaining the trust of the main guy selling stolen goods Ben and his friends are soon asked to come with him next time to help. A day trip to Guernsey to learn the ropes leads them to think they can make it on their own on mainland. A few weeks of crime, what’s the harm? Well they will soon find out when their futures are on the line.
Well written story but a little slow to get going and for me a little bit boring in places with not that much going on. A side story that I thought might have been developed more was the mystery surrounding the deaths of Ben’s parents but not much comes out of finding out.
3 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.