Monday, April 22, 2013

A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth

Hailee is embarassed by how poor her family is and the fact that they have to buy clothes at the Goodwill and Salvation Army.  When her parents win the lottery Hailee starts making a list of the things she wants and envisions her new amazing life.  But while she does get a new bike and - finally! - gets a cell phone, she is dismayed to find out that one of the things her parents decide on her behalf is to send her to exclusive Magnolia Academy.  She makes a couple of new friends but is very drawn to bad girl Nikki and soon finds herself alienating new friends, her best friend from her old school and her parents.  After Nikki pulls Hailee into a scheme that makes her realize how she has been behaving Hailee realizes she has to try to fix things.  But not everything can be resolved with just an apology.  I expected something different from this book but in the end I found it to be a pleasant story.  It is obviously aimed at younger readers who are worrying about fitting in and, sometimes, making the wrong choices even if they don't have millions to worry about.