Despite not really knowing what to expect going into this book, I am glad I gave it a chance. While there were a couple of slower parts for me, I did enjoy it overall.

Hello everyone!

I am back again with another book review, The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC as part of the Teens Read Preview, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows five girls and is told from the third-person perspective of Aster. The girls are Good Luck Girls, sold to welcome homes as children - or sometimes just taken - branded and forced to live a life they would never have chosen for themselves. On the night Aster's sister, Clementine, becomes a sundown girl, forced to entertain a man for the first time, something inside her snaps and Clem kills the man. Only he wasn't just an ordinary man, a McClennon, the most affluent family in Arketta and his family wants revenge. Faced with no other options, Aster, Clem and three other Good Luck Girls make a run for it, trying to escape those chasing them and be free from the welcome house forever.

It initially took me a little bit to get into this book, mainly, I think, because I couldn't situate the timeline. I wasn't sure if the book was supposed to be fantasy or historical-fiction - a lot of what the social structure was based on seemed to connect to the history of African slavery - but this book wasn't necessarily a story of that kind of slavery, at least not in the time period the story takes place in. Once I got out of my head a little bit (easier said than done!), I was able to get into the story and enjoy it.

This book reminded me a lot of what I wanted Walk on Earth a Stranger to be - rough-and-tumble trek through the country, avoiding the law and trying to make it to the other side alive. The girls' journey was by no means easy and it was written in a way that was interesting to read.

In general, I did enjoy this book and certainly think other readers will too, however, there is just something that is holding me back from loving it as much as I want to - and I'm really not sure what it is. By no means is it a bad book, or one that I wouldn't recommend, it just felt like it was missing something.

Overall, I'd definitely check this one out if it sounds interesting, and despite my lukewarm reaction, I may still pick up the sequel when it comes out.