Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky reads almost like a chapter sample, or part of a short story or novella. Although it’s a far cry from the Marissa Meyer that wrote the Lunar Chronicles, which I have been dying to read, this short snippet makes me want to read her work even more.
Carswell is a young boy that comes from a very privileged family and has everything he could want, except his freedom. We meet him preparing for school, as he argues with his father over his grades, especially maths, which he is currently failing. However, we see that it’s his best subject by the way he talks, and thinks, about money and percentage rates, yet he is failing the class as an act of rebellion, as any 13 year old boy would. We also see that he’s a bit of a con artist, fooling his neighbours and even the school bully to buy goods from him. This includes conning them into buying fruit he has stolen off their own trees, and fools the school bully into buying a spot treatment he concocted from things in his mother’s vanity, and almond oil from the pantry. Although the real gripper in this 19 page long segment, is the almost budding romance between Carswell and Kate, when he asks her if she will help him study from math, even though he is great at it. My favourite part was when Carswell gets beaten up to protect Kate, as this is one of the key signs to any romance. This has the potential to go very far as a full length novel or even as a short novella, it doesn’t really matter, as Marissa Meyer’s writing style and technique is amazing and I honestly can’t read more.
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