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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Lucky Stars by Hazel Eggleton is a coming of age novel that tells the story of a young girl trying to come to terms with her turbulent life and trying to make sense of what she should and what she wants to do. While Sam is just a normal teenager, she is anything but normal. Her character is very relatable, something that many teenagers going through tough times will be able to empathise with. Representation matters and Hazel Eggleton represents a large chunk of teenagers in a very humble and nonjudgmental way.
Samantha lost everything when she lost her father at the tender age of 10. While she still had her mother, who loved her a lot, nothing was ever the same again. Her world came crashing down one more time when she found out that her mother was seeing someone. Desperate and lonely, even when she has people who love her dearly, she becomes obsessed with an arcade machine called Lucky Stars, something so inconsequential but it becomes her lifeline. Sam does everything she can to go see Lucky Stars, even if it means that she has to steal to do so. However, soon her life becomes toxic and she has to do something, anything to stop herself from becoming a complete mess.
This novel was intense and did justice to the subject matter. While Sam could be any young girl in this world, she is somewhat of a universal protagonist that is easily relatable. Her struggles felt real and so did her resolve, whether it was to find more money to play her favorite arcade machine or to find an end to her miserable existence. She always found a way to fight back, which makes her an amazingly resilient character, someone that teenagers will take strength from.