Finished Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel. I received a copy for review.
Rosie and Maddie have been best friends for basically ever. Rosie is the pretty one and Maddie is the smart (and kind) one. Except since Maddie got back from spending the summer in Spain, she’s gorgeous. And honestly? Rosie is super jealous. So she flirts with Maddie’s crush. It doesn’t mean anything…except then he sexually assaults her at a party. Maddie thinks she sees them making out and doesn’t register what actually happens.
I think the best part of this book is the fact that Rosie is a pretty horrible friend. It would be easy to feel awful for her if she was sweet and selfless and genuinely excited for Maddie. (And she is! She wants Maddie to get the guy she’s wanted for ages…she just wants to feel pretty and wanted, too.)
And yet, what happens to Rosie is just as awful. She is just as blameless and her “no” is no less important.
There’s a lot more to this book than that aspect. Rosie has family issues and there’s a new boy at school. But what I love best is the fact that she’s an imperfect (and frankly, kind of unlikable, at least at times) heroine. Because who hasn’t, in their smallest moments, been jealous of the people they love most? Maybe we’re not conflicted over their newfound attractiveness, but I would be willing to bet that, no matter how much we love our friends, we’ve all had at least one “Why couldn’t that happen to ME?” bitter thoughts.
So read this and think about it and share it. It’s important.