How Lucky by Will Leitch

Book Review by Subhadra Jayaraman

Hot from the printing press!! How Lucky is just the kind of vibe we need in this ramshackle of a life we’re all suddenly living. With the lockdowns and restrictions and bottled-up anxiety, we fail to see beyond our limitations. Smothered by the news, the virus, the disappearance of a work-life balance, we find ourselves thirsting for something normal, something to hold on to, something to remind us of happier times.

Now, on to this story – as story that is sunshine on paper –

Daniel. He lives in a quaint little university town, has a best friend, lives a happy life with fruit smoothies and football games. He also has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) – a debilitating condition that has him stuck to a wheelchair for life, with the end just round the corner. And as he says “𝑫𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒋𝒖𝒅𝒈𝒆. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒐𝒐”

One day, he sees a young Asian woman get into a man’s car just outside his house. Soon, the small town he lives in is shaken by the sudden disappearance of this girl. He must help. Only he doesn’t clearly know how. In the backdrop of this mysterious disappearance, we live Daniel’s life and experience his confusion, worry, alarm, and most importantly, his passion. His love, his positivity, his blazing penchant to help

You must be thinking what I am going on about – a disabled man, a kidnapping, a town in upheaval – how can this possibly be a sunny story? Well, that’s where Will Leitch brews magic and scatters it all over your world. To build a positive story about a summer vacation on a beach – anyone can do that! But to build one out of the ingredients of a perfect tragedy – only wizards can!

How Lucky has a quirky, intelligent, dry humor that’s a combination of Wodehouse and Sedaris, running all through the book. The theme is so well maintained throughout the book that you come out of a better, happier, and more understanding human being. You understand that caretakers are angels in disguise; that a strong friendship trumps any calamity that could come your way; that even if your hands, feet, mouth, and lungs don’t work, all you need is a kind heart, and that heart will render you immortal.

It is hard to fully comprehend the power of positivity until it towers over you, blocking all the darkness out. This book of Will Leitch is that juggernaut of positivity! This is one of the books that reinforces my belief that reading fiction is one of the best portals to bliss!

A shout-out to amazing character building – Travis’s unfaltering friendship and Marjani’s unconditional love will be my favorite things for years to come

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