The Lucky Ones audiobook review

The Lucky Ones, Kiersten Modglin
audiobook, 6ish hours
book released January 9th, 2020, audio released January 11th, 2022

This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

This is not a well-constructed mystery and the dialogue is really awkward on top of it. Some of the clues are intriguing, but they don’t resolve in any kind of interesting way, if they resolve at all. Also the narrator of this audiobook sounds too old — she’s a good narrator, but the narrator of this book is 23, max. All of the characters are paper-thin.

Some things I found wildly unrealistic/weird:

  • the cops are corrupt and also the main characters kind of still trust cops, even though there is a scene where they are clearly expecting brutality or to be killed
  • they are Gen Z and they are really shocked that the main character goes to therapy and it’s treated like a very intense and bad and shameful thing, which is just not the case with this generation
  • there was apparently no media surrounding their case even though they are so popular that they have a “nickname” as a group, so this is just, never a problem

Lots of parts in this book just made me kind of throw up my hands and go “okay!” because I apparently am just not getting anything more out of it, details-wise or explanation-wise. Some of it is vague in a “this is a book so we can’t give specific details because we didn’t do the research or get the copyright for this” but I really feel like they could have given some more details, or structured it in a way where it wasn’t so obvious.

I give this book a solid two stars.

Find it on Bookshop here and on Storygraph here.

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