The Good Luck Girls is a novel about five girls escaping indentured servitude in a welcome house where they are forced into prostitution (I feel like this part isn’t very clear in the book summary and it’s kind of important information) and travelling across the Scab to freedom. What drew me to this book is the black girl on the cover and the hype on the internet. It’s not the type of book I usually go for but I’m really glad I decided to read it. It’s a YA Adventure Fantasy and Davis did not skimp on the adventure and action.
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Goodreads | ★★★★★
“If you’re not willing to play dirty, you’ve already lost.”
What I Loved
- The Wild West feel just riding horses on their way to freedom
- The sibling relationship between Aster and Clem, you could tell that they had each other’s backs no matter what.
- The lack of romance overshadowing the girl’s friendships, I loved that it wasn’t centred around romance even when a male love interest showed up
- The world-building was incredible, it really took you into the Scab, the scenery, the waterfall, the mines, the dust rising as they rode across the land.
- The Thelma and Louise vibe but with a much happier ending, robbing banks and horrible men to pay for their freedom.
- The magic system was easy to understand and not too complicated. Sometimes fantasy books delve too deep into magic systems and the story ends up being about that instead of being one of the elements. The Good Luck Girls is an example of a magic system explanation done right.
- The character development – I really disliked Violet in the beginning but her abrasiveness grew on me in the end. Every group needs one person who doesn’t give a fuck.
- Clem wrapping her hair before sleeping even though they were in the wild and on the run!!!😭😭😭 THIS IS REPRESENTATION. I’m always side-eyeing black characters who don’t wrap up their hair because who doesn’t do that. I loved this so much.
- No racism – who knew it was possible to write a Fantasy/Dystopia book with a class system but no racism – I guess Davis did 😲 and she killed it.
What I Didn’t Love
- The pacing – the pacing is very exciting and quick for the first three-quarters of the book but then it slows down and kind of kills it
- The ending – it made sense but then it didn’t. There’s a three months later prologue and it didn’t tie things up properly. Hopefully, in the next book, that gap will be filled.
This book was everything. I love Fantasy when it’s fast and the worldbuilding and magic systems are easily understandable but completely new. The Good Luck Girls ticked all the boxes. There isn’t a shred of quietness, it’s the type of book that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Have you read The Good Luck Girls? If not, will you be adding it to youTBR? Let’s chat in the comments!