The Odds of Lightning

Jocelyn Davies. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4053-0
Davies (the Beautiful Dark trilogy) offers a heady story of four once-close friends finding their way back to each other during a “stormpocalypse” in New York City, the night before they take their SATs. Nathaniel is a science whiz living in the shadow of his dead older brother; Will, formerly overweight, is now a popular soccer star; Lu, a theater kid, buries her many hurts; and Tiny, Lu’s (supposed) best friend, feels insignificant to the point of invisible. During a chance encounter on a rooftop during a party, the four are struck by lightning and survive to find themselves supernaturally transformed in ways connected to their insecurities: Lu feels nothing but numbness, Will suddenly looks like his soccer co-captain, etc. In third-person chapters that flip between her characters’ past and present, Davies acutely expresses their innermost feelings, hopes, and vulnerabilities. As these four teens crisscross the city, contemplating who they really are and what makes them worthy of friendship and love, readers will be hard-pressed not to reflect on similar questions themselves. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jessica Regel, Foundry Literary + Media. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/25/2016
Release date: 09/20/2016
Genre: Children's
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