About the Book
Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.
“But no matter what, strangers never disappointed, because she expected nothing from them. It was the people she knew, who liked and even loved her, who could let her down most cruelly.”
Anyway, I had gotten this book late last month but I really didn't have time to read it due to issues with moving. So I ended up having to return it after only listening to it for about half an hour... and then I had to wait almost another month to get it back. That was pretty frustrating, because I was really enjoying it.
I did get it back earlier this week, and due to the current weather issue where I live I finished it pretty quickly... because I evacuated 2 hours away and I was too wired to sleep much of today. And this book was pretty much awesome at keeping me alert on the drive. There's so much stuff going on, but not in an overwhelming way. But it's just enough to keep me captivated... and too excited about what was going on to sleep.
One thing that really got to me is how there aren't any actual "bad guys". Except both sets of characters are antagonists toward each other. And I found that pretty interesting. Because there's all this drama and stuff going on, and we're getting both sides of it. That made it really hard for me to side with any of the characters on the main issues since I was emotionally invested in both sides of the issue.
Things really pick up toward the end. I actually had to stop listening to the audiobook for a bit. And then when I started, I had to listen in small bursts. When I'm really tired, I get extra emotional. And it's already pretty intense without the added boost to my emotions.
I ended up enjoying this way more than I anticipated. And I should probably guilt everyone at my bookclub for missing out on this fantastic read. Highly recommend.