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Popular Lucky Few Author Kathryn Ormsbee are Ebook Kathryn Ormsbee writes books songs in Nashville TN Her debut YA LUCKY FEW published June with Simon Schuster Her next Y

Popular Lucky Few Author Kathryn Ormsbee are Ebook Kathryn Ormsbee writes books songs in Nashville, TN Her debut YA, LUCKY FEW, published June 2016 with Simon Schuster Her next YA, TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY, comes out June 6, 2017.Kathryn also writes Middle Grade fantasy novels as K.E Ormsbee She is the author of THE WATER AND THE WILD series and the upcoming standalone THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD Chronicle Books, 2018.In her wild, early years, Kathryn taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping Nowadays, she teaches piano lessons, records a weekly true crime podcast with her sister, and runs races she never wins She likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s She is from the 90s You can visit her online at keormsbee or follow her on Twitter Instagram kathsby.. Stevie, Max, and Sanger keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don t hold that against her Sure, she and her best okay, only friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn t believe in proms Or dancing Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza,Stevie, Max, and Sanger keeping Austin weird.Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don t hold that against her Sure, she and her best okay, only friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn t believe in proms Or dancing Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.Enter Max Garza, the new boy next door After a near fatal accident, Max is determined to defy mortality with a checklist 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying Dead set on carrying out fabricated demises ranging from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into helping him with this two month macabre mission But as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line between his make believe deaths and her real life.. Good Books Lucky Few What is this I see???? A book that actually has a GOOD AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF HOMESCHOOLERS??!!?!? I can't even say how happy I am about that!! How ridiculously happy!! I'm a homeschool graduate and like, it's never perfect (neither is school tbh), but it's still an excellent way to be educated if it works for you. 10/10 for the homeschooling in here. And on top of that it was really REALLY funny and actually heart wrenchingly perfect. My only complaint is the ending absolutely sUCKED. But we'll get to that.Also I loved the diversity!! I kind of fail at paying attention to what characters look like haha, but I think (from the cover) that Max and Sanger are POC. Max has anxiety and missing fingers. Also Stevie has Type 1 Diabetes and it's ridiculous that I've not read that in a book before, so I'm really glad it was here!! I also thought al the diversity worked extremely well and seemed really accurate and none of it was like "there for the trendy cookies", if you know what I mean? It affected the story and it was amazingly done!!The characters were like BEST, mate, absolute BEST. They seemed so real and maybe it was a homeschooler thing that I related to them...but also just they were nerdy and intelligent and sassy and thought deeply about things. MA PEOPLE. Plus the sass. I love banter. I also 10000% adore how it features a really strong girl friendship. Stevie and Sanger are literal best friend goals. SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS too, which I appreciated.And the romance was cuuuute as anything. Also I think I'm a huge fan because the romance was like 5% of the story. It was firstly about (a) friendship, (b) Stevie sticking up for her activist believes, (c) talking very brutally honestly and openly about death and fears, and (d) judging people. But like I totally shipped Max and Stevie. They were adorable and their romance was slow and super sweet and just AWK. FEELINGS.I gotta admit some of the homeschool stuff was lost on me. I don't think we have "co-ops" in Australia??? And I'm mildly offended (kidding!) because I probably was more of the Jeans Jumper Homeschooler variety and I'm not proud hahhahhahh. I'll say mildly, and now I am a furious dragon queen of blood and fire and activism for things I believe in (like feminism and equality) so. Things change.Writing = totally addictive. I didn't want to put it down, although it DID feel like a slower read...maybe because I was paying attention to all the lines because I enjoyed it so much.Okay but here comes the DOOM GLOOM SECTION and the reason it's not getting 5 stars. The ending really bombed okay. REALLY bombed. It made no sense to me and I have an unhappy. I maybe even have two unhappies, or even nine. And it sucks that a book that is PERFECT up until the last 50 pages can all be undone so fast. GAHHHHHH. But here, some things:• I don't like how it handled Stevie's cousin, Joel. It had so much unfinished business with him. I really really liked Joel!! He seemed really complex and interesting and I wanted to know more about him...but it just ended up being tossed aside with zero answers. PETITION FOR A JOEL THEMED SEQUEL SPIN-OFF.• I do NOT understand Stevie by the end. (view spoiler)[I don't get why she suddenly freaked out and decided to break up with Max. I get it that she nearly died and so the near-death-things they were doing were suddenly not okay. I get that. But why did she break up?? Why didn't she talk? Why did she cut Max out of her life when he'd told her that he was trying to overcome severe anxiety too? I do NOT agree that he was on a good path to overcoming anxiety, but hey: we don't always make good decisions and the fact that at the end he was going to a therapist was excellent. But Stevie's actions just made NO SENSE TO ME. And then the way the book didn't say if they repaired their friendship or relationship and just ended...???? Like wtf man. I like open endings, but this felt like the book got bored of telling a story and just cut off. It makes me not like Stevie because I don't understand where she was coming from and why they couldn't talk about it. It was not Max's fault Stevie nearly died. So was she blaming him?? or what was she doing? i DON'T KNOW. IT'S MAKING ME SAD. (hide spoiler)]• It ended so abruptly and ugh, it just felt like the book got bored of talking. It was a non-ending. I'm pretty upset about it tbh.ALL IN ALL: it was funny and witty and AMAZING and made me feel so at home and I really liked it! I will just try to forget the ending. I will burn the ending from my mind with a super heated spork. But I loved how diverse it was <3 and how morbid it was and how sassy it was. I LOVED THE CHARACTERS TO PIECES. Definitely read this if you want an accurate depiction of homeschooling. Because, hey, we are not freaks. We are intelligent and complex individuals who bomb tests and appreciate show reruns and like tacos and fake their deaths. NORMAL.(Ok fine. Homeschoolers aren't normal but shhhhh. WHO IS NORMAL. NO ONE.)

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  1. Kathryn Ormsbee writes books songs in Nashville, TN Her debut YA, LUCKY FEW, published June 2016 with Simon Schuster Her next YA, TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY, comes out June 6, 2017.Kathryn also writes Middle Grade fantasy novels as K.E Ormsbee She is the author of THE WATER AND THE WILD series and the upcoming standalone THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD Chronicle Books, 2018.In her wild, early years, Kathryn taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping Nowadays, she teaches piano lessons, records a weekly true crime podcast with her sister, and runs races she never wins She likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s She is from the 90s You can visit her online at keormsbee or follow her on Twitter Instagram kathsby.

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  1. What is this I see A book that actually has a GOOD AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF HOMESCHOOLERS I can t even say how happy I am about that How ridiculously happy I m a homeschool graduate and like, it s never perfect neither is school tbh , but it s still an excellent way to be educated if it works for you 10 10 for the homeschooling in here And on top of that it was really REALLY funny and actually heart wrenchingly perfect My only complaint is the ending absolutely sUCKED But we ll get to that [...]


  2. 4.5 5 stars loved 90% of it so much existential crisis checked off my list for this week not a cliche not all books need happy endings a lot profanity friskier than I thought I swooned for Max deeper than I thought too I actually want to reread this and grab some of the quotes this time around because I absolutely LOVE the writing style only problem unfinished business Edit This and other reviews can be found on Princessica of Books.Who would ve thought that fake dying would be the perfect star [...]


  3. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5 This was a fun book I didn t really think it was going to be as fun as it was, actually Of course I thought it would be good or I wouldn t have wanted to read it, but I was not expecting laugh out loud funny either Stevie and Sanger are just delightfully weird, and when Max comes into the picture, well, he and his wacky fake deaths fit right in somehow I think I assumed it would be e [...]


  4. Reading this book is like taking a leisurely stroll through all the best parts of a John Hughes film, with a few scenic detours through the cult classic Harold and Maude The story is from the POV of Stevie, a Normal Type homeschooler with no shortage of dry wit and teenage pessimism She and her best friend Sanger, who 1 drives a lemon yellow Fiat and 2 is basically my patronus, join forces with Max, the new kid in town, as he attempts to fake his death in 23 ways without actually dying Here are [...]



  5. I was hesitant in snatching this because the whole idea of a list of fake deaths had me on the fritz, but itkindaworks.Stevie Nicks Hart is homeschooled and has been sheltered practically her whole life Her only friend is an amazing girl with two moms, Sanger But when a boy covered in blood is found, collapsed in her front lawn, she appropriately freaks the eff out and tries to help him However, when he simply climbs to his feet and brushes himself off, she s couldn t be less thrown Mind you, th [...]


  6. Reading Lucky Few made me feel like I was a part of this funky trio I don t even care some of the people on complaining about the depiction of homeschooling There s no such thing in my country so I was desperate to get any type of info about the whole process The book had two different homeschoolers so it s not like she only showed us one side of the story Forgive me for not writing a better review I read the book weeks ago so my memory is kind of fuzzy I just found out her next book is going to [...]


  7. Trigger warnings homophobia, needles and medical crises the protagonist is diabetic , death of a parent in the past , car accident in the past , accidents involving circular saws and fingers in the past but still horrifying ohgod , simulations of death , blood Well, this was super cute It s the story of a 16 year old girl who s a homeschooled and b diabetic She basically has one friend, and so when a cute boy moves in next door, she s all OMG WHAT DO I DOOOOOOOOOO Turns out he s on a mission to [...]


  8. This review originally appeared on Such a Novel IdeaI received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When I first read the synopsis for this book, I skipped right over it But, it nagged at me and kept coming back to my brain, so I read it again And the part about Texas overruled everything else You see, I m from Texas, and my family lives in San Antonio We ve been going to Austin since I was [...]




  9. I met kathryn at a book festival and was super excited to read her book She did not let me down, this story is exciting and fun, but also has very deep moments My favorite part was the close friendships and how they were important and that they were never ruined because of a boy.



  10. The first time Stevie encounters Max, he s lying in the neighbor s yard in a pool of fake blood The second time the two bump into each other, Max is fake drowning in a local lake Each time max is in peril, Stevie comes to his rescue And each time she discovers Max s almost deaths are nothing than cleaverly orchestrated acting How frustrating With a meet cute like this, how can it NOT be true love Stevie soon learns that Max recentely had a near death experience and lived to tell about it Ever s [...]


  11. See on my blogThe Book Return BlogI really needed a need an uplifting, funny, and quick read this week It s been a tough week around here Kathryn Ormbee s new novel, Lucky Few , gave me all that and .Although I wasn t sure what to expect , I knew a few pages in that this was my kind of book This story is both plot and character driven Orbmbee gives wonderful descriptive details I can still envision Sanger s yellow Fiat with the broken door, Stevie s tiny ranch house, and the blinding Texas heat [...]


  12. 4.5 Do you ever feel like you just read a book at the right time in your life This is me with this book and maybe like 5 other books I ve read in my life Here s a little fact about me guys I m a sucker for pretentious books, that s how I like my contemporaries It s something about the psychoanalytical side of pretentious books that just always get me I loved the questions this book raised, I m not going to say it s nothing I ve never thought of but its something I try not to dwell to long on les [...]


  13. Great contemporary YA fiction read about a teenage homeschooled girl in Austin, Texas Loved how she described the different types of homeschooled kids and defended her own position as a NORMAL I was intrigued because she has Type I diabetes, like my daughter, but this isn t the main plotline of the book it isn t even mentioned until location 312 on my kindle, when she double checked my messenger bag to be sure the vitals were there water bottle, cell phone, chewing gum, glucose tablets, insulin [...]


  14. It was a nice read, containing things like homeschooling, religion, sexuality, death and sickness It wasn t a dark, tough book It was rather simple but I wouldn t read it if you want cute, ponies and rainbows I liked the friendship between Stevie and Sanger And tbh, I was kind of freaked out with the refrigerator scene


  15. Really interesting book about death and loss in all of its different forms, yet it s also really funny I enjoyed the interactions between Sanger, Max and Stevie as they go through Max s fake death list I also liked the depiction of home schooling and the many different approaches to it I usually never read books that involve the character being home schooled.




  16. Read this review on my blog renellayslingsbookblogspOH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ASFDGKLWEUDFSHKJLNNNOTFORMCOMPREHENSIBLESENTENCERIGHTNOWASHFODIOSJKLRFJKSIODJXFLK takes a drink of water Phew Okie I m back now Actually no I am still recovering from the wonderfulness that is Lucky Few, but for the purposes of this book chat, HERE I AM I M READY TO FORCE EVERYONE I KNOW TO READ THIS ASDGSHFKJLDA AMAZING BOOK Let s start off with the nonspoilery thoughts, shall we Presenting youMy [...]


  17. As a former homeschooler, when someone points out a book or movie that has a homeschooler in itI kinda grit my teeth and try to smile because usually those characters are made for jokes and laughs at their expense So when I heard lucky few had homeschoolers in it, I was then a little apprehensive But the rep for homeschooling is so amazing in this book They are sassy and smart and understand the world and YAY Give me perfect rep like this But Steph, you might be wondering, why isn t it then a [...]


  18. An Encounter with Current Me and Past Me from Early 2015Current Me thumps on the ground Past Me Oh my gosh, Future Dazz Are you okay What happened Current Me Nothing much.Justis bookI read.Past Me Oh, I know the feeling You just finished the latest in the Dark Elements trilogy, right Current Me No mutters But oh, is that book going to be a disappointment.Past Me What Current Me Nothing Do you have any guesses Past Me Let me thinkOo, how about the Red Queen trilogy Current Me Nope That s startin [...]


  19. I m ADD on steroids when it comes to reading books and usually have ten or going at one time But I could not put this one down and finished in two days The writing is just so spectacularly good, that s why I took a long arm and shoved the other open books to the side until I finished Lucky Few.Stevie is a likable character with a saucy tongue and a soft spot for social causes Sanger is a girl I would gladly marry in Las Vegas after only knowing her for 48 hours Max is the boy next door who s cu [...]


  20. I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Kathryn Ormsbee s Lucky Few follows an epic end of the school year and start of the summer for a homeschooler named Stevie She isn t your stereotypical homeschooler by her own admission, she s normal Between trying to save a local pool from being polluted, being best friends with a loyal genius, and assisting the new boy next door in his attempt to fake his death 23 different ways, she s totally your average sixteen year old But as s [...]


  21. I was a fan of this It was deep in a not deep way, and I appreciate that If you start reading this book and are like, What kind of absolute bullshit then you are not alone, the main character is right there with you, haha By the end of this book, things make sense Sort of I mean, this book is pretty much about death So there s no way that it can make sense But I really like the way that Ormsbee takes a big idea and includes it in a YA novel and by the end you don t feel like you ve been through [...]


  22. I did like the book, I found it had some humor in it I also liked how the main character had a different outlook of people But I also found the book a little insensitive, which it could be the way the author wanted it to be The way one of the main characters, Max wanted to fake his death in a bunch of different ways seemed like a okay idea in the beginning but later on it would come to the conclusion it wasn t the best thing to do Mostly because it was insensitive to the people who actually died [...]


  23. This book is an enthralling and heartfelt story of a girl named Stevie and her best friend Sanger Both of them are homeschooled A boy, Max Gazara moves to the neighborhood, right next door of Stevie in fact He ask her to he him with a list of his 23 ways to fake my death Stevie ends up falling for him, and they have many ups and downs together This book has romance, but also a bit of comedy and action.


  24. Personally, I don t know if I particularly loved the topic of the book ie the list BUT I love the characters and the way they interacted I found myself laughing out loud during many of the the conversations I would definitely recommend this book for 8th grade book groups as this is why I read it The author s voice came through from acknowledgements to the end, and all of my teens greatly enjoyed it.


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