Welcome to Fortune Falls, a magical town where superstitions are real. Four-leaf clovers really do bring good fortune, and owning a rabbit’s foot is the secret to success. However, there aren’t enough charms in the universe to help Sadie Bleeker. She can’t pass a ladder without walking under it, and black cats won’t leave her alone. That’s because Sadie is an Unlucky. And things will only get worse as she gets older, which is why Unluckies are sent away at age twelve to protect those around them. Sadie can’t stand the thought of leaving home, so she and her friend, Cooper, devise a plan to reverse her bad luck. But when their scheme accidentally results in a broken mirror, the situation turns dire. Because for Sadie, seven years bad luck isn’t an inconvenience — it’s practically a death sentence. Can a girl who’s never so much as found a single lucky penny change her fortune? Or will she be forced to celebrate her twelfth birthday by saying farewell to everyone she loves?
Things I Liked:
- COOPER IS ADORABLE OMG I LOVE HIM. <3
- I love the cat. Partially just because I love cats but I really like the fact that (spoiler alert) in their community entirely based on superstition, a black cat saves her. Irony is beautiful.
- The way that Sadie feels responsible for her dad’s death. Okay, if I was an Unlucky, I feel like I would blame myself for a lot of bad stuff that happened to people around me, and to be honest, some of it probably would be, but not all of it. Prime example: I’m supremely clumsy. I run into people all the time. Sort of my fault, but not really. And a lot of what luck is is…
- perceived. I really liked that, even though their town is magical and luck is practically tangible, the author still let her characters realize that “luck” is a notion made up by people to make themselves feel special.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- not enough Cooper
- The cat rescuing them by bringing them a rabbit’s foot… ew. I find that kind of gross, but I guess rabbits’ feet are just very important in Fortune Falls…
- Has some cheesiness at the end when she’s like “I won the spelling bee not because of my luck, but because of my skill.”
Basically, it was pretty good I thought of a lot more good things about it than bad, and I really love Copper, like y’all should read it just for him. 😉 Have a good week everyone!