I believe this captivating story is the beginning of a series, and I look forward to more far out and fantastical stories full of wonder and a moral and all sorts of strange and exciting adventures.
On Goodreads, I give Strange Luck 5 out of 5 stars. See what I wrote about it below:
Strange Luck is a delightful morality tale with those age-old themes of the grass is always greener on the other side and you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, all wrapped up in a Wizard of Oz-like story but on a much smaller scale.
Strange Luck is a Young Adult Fantasy, but the main characters, Daisy and Roger, are in their late teens and on the verge of adult life and faced with adult choices. Their budding romance isn’t mushy and doesn’t overshadow the main themes and action of the story.
The most interesting aspect of Strange Luck (for me, at least) is the idea of memories. The villain of the story steals people’s most prized memories because he doesn’t have any good ones of his own. Our memories are valuable and must be cherished and savored and kept safe. But sometimes those memories are stolen from us through the greedy villain called illness or accident or Farnsworth.
This fun little story stopped me in my tracks and caused me to think of my own most prized memories. While we often think of the monumental moments as our best memories, we mustn’t allow that villain to steal the memories of those mundane moments that are oh so beautiful and precious.
And let’s not forget about making those fake memories. It’s called daydreaming, and I do it all the time!
“How can something be so wonderful yet so terrible at the same time?” ~ chapter 13
“Most people don’t realize what it is that matters most to them until it’s gone.” ~ chapter 15
“Our memories are all that we have in life. We are our memories.” ~ chapter 22
What do you think?