Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David

Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books 
Pages: 352 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Think winning the jackpot will solve all your problems?

Life's hard for Lia. Her mum is a nag, her sister a pain and the gorgeous but mysterious Raf seems immune to her charms. When Lia wins £8 million on the lottery, though, suddenly everything is different.

But will Lia's millions create more problems than they solve?

Firstly, a resentful gang of girls at school set up a 'We Hate Lia Latimer' Facebook group . . . that soon has fans in the thousands. Her friend Shazia can't have anything to do with Lia's new-found fortune, believing gambling to be immoral. The mum of her other best friend, Jack, is threatening to sue Lia for what she believes to be his share of the winnings. Raf's behaviour is getting stranger and stranger, and Lia can't help but wonder whether there's something to the school rumours that he's not . . . well, human.

And when her sister Natalie goes missing, Lia begins to wonder if a millionaire lifestyle is all it's cracked up to be. . .

Kritters Thoughts:  Lia is your typical teenager in London until her best friend buys her the winning lottery ticket.  From the moment she realizes that she has won over 8 million pounds her life is sent into a tail spin.  Her friends have interesting reactions and her family went over the deep end, there weren't many people who weren't trying to get something out of her.

Although there was a blatant lesson to be learned, I enjoyed that there was more to this story then learning the value of one's life with and without money.  The reactions of her family members were all of the place and it was quite entertaining to see where the whole family dynamics would end up.  I also enjoyed that there was other drama in her relationships that wasn't money related at all.

The perfect YA read to pass onto a younger reader who thinks that everything could be solved with a little more money.   

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Frances Lincoln Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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