Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears.
Set in England in 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben's introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.
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Curtis conveys a convincing portrait of a teenager flushed with the excitement of first love and the thrills of shoplifting but Somers’ introspection can get a bit much at times. These contemplative moments, although convincing, made this relatively short novel feel longer than it is. Somers’ shoplifting expeditions with his friends are exciting and provide enough detail to appreciate the cleverness involved in their raids, but the thrills of this aspect of the story are few and far between. The denouement was satisfying and threw in some mind-blowing revelations.
I think I would’ve enjoyed Lucky Star a lot more if I’d read it in my late teens/early twenties, or even during a stage when I felt particularly nostalgic about my own teen years.
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