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The Lucky Kind    by Alyssa B. Sheinmel order for
Lucky Kind
by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Sixteen-year-old Nick Brandt knows he's lucky. His parents are wise and loving, his best friend lives in the same New York apartment building, and he goes to a good private school with his soon-to-be girlfriend, Eden. Then one day he answers the phone and realizes his parents have kept a secret for him for years. His dad fathered a son, who was adopted by a family in Texas, long before Nick was born.

Now Nick is not feeling so lucky. His parents lied to him by omission and he is only told now because his half-brother wants to meet his dad. Nick's reaction is jealousy, and fear for his place in his once perfect family.

Nick does just what his parents did and keeps the news a secret from his best friend Stevie and from Eden. Stevie's family life isn't as loving at Nick's. His parents are always traveling, often leaving Stevie with the Brandts for holidays. Eden's self-centered parents, who have always argued, are about to be divorced. Their interest in Eden and her life is nil.

When Nick finally does tell Stevie and Eden what's going on, they can't relate. They don't see how an unknown adult brother can change Nick's life. If his self-absorbed behavior doesn't change, Nick may lose Eden.

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