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Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in juvie as a 17 year old high school dropout. My hobbies included selling weed, smoking pot, and sleeping until 3 o' clock in the afternoon. I wish I could tell you I was a product of my environment. It would definitely help justify things a little better. But, that just simply isn't the case. I grew up comfortably in the suburbs of New Jersey. I went to a decent public school and came from a fairly normal family, if there is such a thing. The kids my age were all busy applying to colleges. The only real worry anyone had was "what are we doing this weekend?" But no, not Lucas. He's waiting in line for a bologna sandwich, hoping not to get shanked with a spork from the inmate behind him. The only 'recruiter' that ever paid me a visit, belonged to a bootleg Aryan Brotherhood. I'll get to that later. The bottom line is, I had just over 9 months of idle time to figure out how I went from a straight A hero to a drug dealing zero. Every day I asked myself. “Where the F did I go wrong?" Lucky B*stard is a coming of age tale about a boy named Lucas. This is his fight of perseverance, second chances and of course, luck.


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Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in juvie as a 17 year old high school dropout. My hobbies included selling weed, smoking pot, and sleeping until 3 o' clock in the afternoon. I wish I could tell you I was a product of my environment. It would definitely help justify things a little better. But, that just simply isn't the case. I grew up comfortably in the suburbs of New Jersey. I went to a decent public school and came from a fairly normal family, if there is such a thing. The kids my age were all busy applying to colleges. The only real worry anyone had was "what are we doing this weekend?" But no, not Lucas. He's waiting in line for a bologna sandwich, hoping not to get shanked with a spork from the inmate behind him. The only 'recruiter' that ever paid me a visit, belonged to a bootleg Aryan Brotherhood. I'll get to that later. The bottom line is, I had just over 9 months of idle time to figure out how I went from a straight A hero to a drug dealing zero. Every day I asked myself. “Where the F did I go wrong?" Lucky B*stard is a coming of age tale about a boy named Lucas. This is his fight of perseverance, second chances and of course, luck.

46 review for LUCKY B*STARD

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenny McCool

    I need to preface this review by letting you know the author gave me a copy of his book for a fair and honest review. I was extremely impressed with LUCKY B*STARD, by first time novelist, Christian Cianci. Cianci writes with a raw, brutal honesty and passion that is rare these days. He held nothing back in describing Lucky's descent into addiction. He also wrote beautifully of the humanity that Lucky encountered in juvie and the horrors of a for profit rehab center. What struck me most is the uni I need to preface this review by letting you know the author gave me a copy of his book for a fair and honest review. I was extremely impressed with LUCKY B*STARD, by first time novelist, Christian Cianci. Cianci writes with a raw, brutal honesty and passion that is rare these days. He held nothing back in describing Lucky's descent into addiction. He also wrote beautifully of the humanity that Lucky encountered in juvie and the horrors of a for profit rehab center. What struck me most is the universality of Lucky's journey. I look back at hard times I've gone thru and I can relate to Lucky's thoughts and feelings along his journey. My only complaint is that I would like to know of what transpired and what was spoken between him and Pastor Dan. Cianci is to be congratulated on his achievement. He has written an engrossing novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This book carried us through Lucas' growing addiction and bad choices, all with the intent and purpose of being popular, liked, respected, and admired. There were so many chances for Lucas Mancini to get the help he needed, but being a lucky b*stard, he always skimmed by without getting caught. Until he did. Then he had to learn to face life in a restricted area with no one trustworthy to lean on. The tales this guy told, while brazen and over the top, were believable to those that wanted to bel This book carried us through Lucas' growing addiction and bad choices, all with the intent and purpose of being popular, liked, respected, and admired. There were so many chances for Lucas Mancini to get the help he needed, but being a lucky b*stard, he always skimmed by without getting caught. Until he did. Then he had to learn to face life in a restricted area with no one trustworthy to lean on. The tales this guy told, while brazen and over the top, were believable to those that wanted to believe him. It is in many ways a gritty story that should put the fear of reprisal for the readers of a certain age. It had a familiar ring to it from my younger days. Bad choices seem to be made when you are seventeen. Thankfully we aren't all as lucky as Lucas. Worth reading! Good plot and characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    A bright young man from a loving family and decent schools, Lucas opts for an adolescent life of petty crime and idle mischief. Which is not a disaster in itself – the fact that he is a pretty bad criminal, however, is… “Lucky Bastard” is the story of Lucas, an aimless teenager that somehow finds himself in bad situations and making the most of criminal opportunities. This is a coming of age novel that somehow captures the rawness of the classics (Think “Adrian Mole” IS “The Catcher in the Rye”) A bright young man from a loving family and decent schools, Lucas opts for an adolescent life of petty crime and idle mischief. Which is not a disaster in itself – the fact that he is a pretty bad criminal, however, is… “Lucky Bastard” is the story of Lucas, an aimless teenager that somehow finds himself in bad situations and making the most of criminal opportunities. This is a coming of age novel that somehow captures the rawness of the classics (Think “Adrian Mole” IS “The Catcher in the Rye”) while maintaining a humour that is dry and self-deprecating (Think Pat Conroy rewrites anything by John Irving) combined with base hedonism (Think “The Wolf of Wallstreet). Cianci’s prose style is rapid and unapologetic, emphasised by his creative use of fonts (don’t ask, just enjoy!). He knows how to reveal information to his readers gradually, with perfect timing, while still keeping the plot unravelling as fast as his hero’s life. This is a book that combines drama with humour, tragedy with redemption – please do yourself a favour and read it, it is brilliant.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sian Claven

    Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in juvie as a 17 year old high school dropout. My hobbies included selling weed, smoking pot, and sleeping until 3 o' clock in th Anyone can wake up feeling happy. But we need an outlier to feel lucky. Now would be a good time to mention how much of a stubborn S.O.B I am. Let’s just say I have an extraordinary talent of making my life harder than it has to be. So when I was sentenced to Juvenile Detention, followed by an In-patient rehab program. I can't really say I was that surprised. I landed in juvie as a 17 year old high school dropout. My hobbies included selling weed, smoking pot, and sleeping until 3 o' clock in the afternoon. I wish I could tell you I was a product of my environment. It would definitely help justify things a little better. But, that just simply isn't the case. I grew up comfortably in the suburbs of New Jersey. I went to a decent public school and came from a fairly normal family, if there is such a thing. The kids my age were all busy applying to colleges. The only real worry anyone had was "what are we doing this weekend?" But no, not Lucas. He's waiting in line for a bologna sandwich, hoping not to get shanked with a spork from the inmate behind him. The only 'recruiter' that ever paid me a visit, belonged to a bootleg Aryan Brotherhood. I'll get to that later. The bottom line is, I had just over 9 months of idle time to figure out how I went from a straight A hero to a drug dealing zero. Every day I asked myself. “Where the F did I go wrong?" Lucky B*stard is a coming of age tale about a boy named Lucas. This is his fight of perseverance, second chances and of course, luck. This for me was another kind of book that I don't read. I generally stick to the sci-fi / fantasy section of my library but after delving into this book I have to admit I was rather pleasantly surprised at what a great book it turned out to be. I struggled a bit with the way the book was written - different sized text and what seemed like different fonts was a bit daunting for me but I have to admit, Christian definitely had the right idea because it contributed to the story for me in a major way. I could almost hear the characters voice and feel his emotions. The story was a whirlwind for me; and I kept turning the page with mixed emotions over whether I wanted to continue reading or have a panic attack or both. I chose both and I was justly rewarded. The story was real. It was what I would imagine a "live" book should be. It made me introspect and taught me so many great lessons about life. I laughed; I cried... I deeply condemned the choices this character made but I enjoyed it. It was a fresh story that really woke up me up. I took a great deal from this book and it is my absolute pleasure to recommend it to anyone looking for a book that speaks to them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    3 Stars The Book Lucas finds himself entering into a world many teenagers find themselves encountering at some or other point. Peer pressure, drugs, a desire to prove that he is one of the top dogs really. The problem lies in Lucas' inability to maintain control over his desire to be considered the 'main man', Mr Badass, who somehow always seems to be able to slip out of sticky situations. That is until the day comes that he can't. Having stepped on one too many toes, and having one too many lucky 3 Stars The Book Lucas finds himself entering into a world many teenagers find themselves encountering at some or other point. Peer pressure, drugs, a desire to prove that he is one of the top dogs really. The problem lies in Lucas' inability to maintain control over his desire to be considered the 'main man', Mr Badass, who somehow always seems to be able to slip out of sticky situations. That is until the day comes that he can't. Having stepped on one too many toes, and having one too many lucky breaks (he is a lucky bastard after all), Lucas has to wake up to the reality of where his actions have lead him. But, will there ever be a day where he realises that sometimes, the world really isn't your own, and that often, your actions leave ripples in the lives of those you love. What I liked 1. The unapologetic rawness of the book. Cianci has managed to encapsulate the average teenagers mentality, sense of invincibility and desire to be whoever they damned well want to be, thank you very much. It is honest, and as one who has dealt with the dark world of drugs and addiction - I can agree with a lot of what Lucas observes in his experiences 2. Unique formatting. Unlike any other book I've read, Cianci uses a fascinating combination of formatting techniques which make it quite interesting to read. Larger fonts, bold, italics, I think there was even a completely different font used at one point. It's a daring move and I appreciate Cianci taking such a risk. 3. It doesn't feel like you're reading a novel. This felt like an autobiography. What I didn't like 1. The unique formatting. Yes, I know it's what I liked as well, but there is a part of me that didn't quite understand the impact some formatting was meant to have on me. I'm slightly obsessive about visual appeal so this may have been the problem. The short paragraphs I did not find to be visually appealing though it did make it easier to find the last spot where I left off. 2. This is more for the slightly more conservative reader, there is a lot of swearing. I myself have a sailors mouth so truly appreciated being able to read dialogue that may as well have been myself talking, but this may not appeal to some. If you are looking for the perspective of a teenager on life, this would be a good book to grab hold of. The character of Lucas manages to provide us with a realistic and frank account of the uncertainty faced when hitting puberty, entertaining the reader by being frank about the relationships formed (and lost) and just how the teenage mind works (I seem to recall feeling the same sense of invincibility). It is a fantastic opportunity for parents to engage with their kids on the social difficulties which may be encountered due to peer pressure, or the desire to be liked by all. Cianci has a very different writing style than the majority of authors out there, I look forward to reading more of his work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula van der Riet

    Lucky B*stard was a very enjoyable read. It is a story about young Lucas, a memoir that brings back the turmoil of adolescence - except that Lucas really takes it to the max!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Mactough

    The novel touches on many subjects such as peer pressure, addiction, and the landscape of rebuilding for a better life. Cianci is tone and dialogue on being from New Jersey and speaking the language of Teenagers is genuinely accurate and realistic. There are some incomplete sentences, but overall, it is an enjoyable read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    JohnnyBoy

    *4.5* Stars! I finished this in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Lucas's journey and how his mindset and character was developing and changing throughout time. I want to give him a hug and tell him how happy he made feel at the end! Excellent! *4.5* Stars! I finished this in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Lucas's journey and how his mindset and character was developing and changing throughout time. I want to give him a hug and tell him how happy he made feel at the end! Excellent!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cori Nichols

    I was given this book for free, for an honest review. This coming of age story is a bit different then some that I have read. It was believable, it had heart, and it didn't turn out super perfect in the end. I really enjoyed the book. There were times I heard my self say, "You have to be kidding me", quite a few times. The pacing in the book was really good. I never felt that things were being dragged out or that they were going to fast to keep up with. If you want to read my full review; https:/ I was given this book for free, for an honest review. This coming of age story is a bit different then some that I have read. It was believable, it had heart, and it didn't turn out super perfect in the end. I really enjoyed the book. There were times I heard my self say, "You have to be kidding me", quite a few times. The pacing in the book was really good. I never felt that things were being dragged out or that they were going to fast to keep up with. If you want to read my full review; https://journeyingwithceltic.wordpres...

  10. 5 out of 5

    John

    WOW! What an interesting book that I have to say I really enjoyed. AsI started reading this I noticed that "Vicki'", "Andrew" and "Twombie's" reviews was spot on. I would rate it a solid 4.5 Stars and look forward to reading other works by Christian Cianci. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy WOW! What an interesting book that I have to say I really enjoyed. AsI started reading this I noticed that "Vicki'", "Andrew" and "Twombie's" reviews was spot on. I would rate it a solid 4.5 Stars and look forward to reading other works by Christian Cianci. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy

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