Penny Brighton is the most unlucky person in the world. She lost her job and her apartment on the same day. Then life goes on ... and with it a little luck. She is living in her best friend Helen's storage unit (lucky); no bathroom or heat and kids keep trying to break in (unlucky). She gets a new job at a laundromat, run by Helen's family (lucky); her boss is a grouchy 12-year-old with something against her (unlucky). Then there is the cute guy she met at the community center, which comes with lots of awkward feelings. Is that lucky or unlucky?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
This is one of the easiest reads I’ve had in a long while. I flew through Lucky Penny and finished it within a sitting. It is a comic book that made me laugh and I will definitely recommend it to those who want to laugh too. For teens and older for some drug use and some crude images.
Humor and semi-realistic events carry readers through the world of a teen trying to make her way in the world.
This is a graphic novel for mature readers. Do not use the reading level as a gauge of the audience. The story contains descriptions/images of drugs and what our teen described as "crude" images.
This is a young adult graphic novel with a "slice of life" feel to it.
Lucky Penny is meant to be ironic, making this a good story to use in discussing this style of writing. It makes light of Penny's situation which, unfortunately, is a reality for some people. Poverty is real, as are some of the relationship dynamics described in the story.
16 and Up
14 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16