Lucky Star by Holly Curtis #BookReview @1HollyCurtis

Cover: Lucky Star
by Holly Curtis

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

(by Amazon)

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.


Genre(s): Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction
> Urban Life
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction
> Coming of Age
> Urban
Series: n.a.
Length: 193 pages
Release date: 2018-04-25



She nods very slowly, like it’s all a big joke. ‘Nice place. Very classy. What’s it like inside?’

‘Oh, we never go inside,’ I reply, thinking it sounds really cool to say we never go inside the community centre.

She tilts her head back and laughs. ‘Wow! So you just use the community centre to hang about outside it!’

Realising how clumpish my comment must seem I laugh with her. …

My Opinion

This story introduces you to Ben Somerset, his friends, and their teenage lives in the 1980s.

With “Lucky Star”, Holly Curtis transports us back into the 1980s to meet ‘Somers’, ‘Harts’, ‘Jord’, and further acquaintances. The story is told by a realistic teenager of that time, a nice journey into the past; especially readers who were teenagers in the 1980s will consider this book a nice reminder. As the story proceeds, Ben gains complexity, the other characters are of sufficient depth, according to their relevance. The book comprises interesting turns and has a good flow. Holly Curtis provides us with Ben’s view of his world, lets the readers get close(r) to him. I was drawn into the story after a few chapters – when I gained a basic knowledge of Ben. I could then easily envision the characters and locations. I had a good time reading “Lucky Star”. It is a quite enjoyable read.

This is for you if you like coming of age stories with some likeable characters.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three to four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (a little slapping)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mild kissing)


About the author

Holly’s first book is a comedy called “Celluloid” and has been hailed as ‘the best book ever about a film lover who tries to prevent his local, independent cinema from being closed and turned into flats by a psychotic gangster property developer.’

Holly’s favourite story is A Christmas Carol and loves movies from the 30s-50s.

Holly was born and raised in the UK and will probably perish there.

Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Holly Curtis

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Lucky Star”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Lucky Star” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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